Broadcom, NXP, Freescale, and Harman form OPEN Alliance Special Interest Group

Broadcom, NXP Semiconductors, Freescale
Semiconductor, and Harman International announced the formation of a special
interest group (SIG), to drive wide scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive

Jointly developed with founding automotive
members BMW and Hyundai Motor Company, the OPEN Alliance (One-Pair Ether-Net)
SIG will address industry requirements for improving in-vehicle safety,
comfort, and infotainment, while significantly reducing network complexity and
cabling costs.

Designed to encourage wide scale adoption
of 100Mbps Ethernet connectivity as the standard in automotive networking
applications, the OPEN Alliance plans to expand its membership roster in the
coming months to additional automotive suppliers and manufacturers.

Key to SIG is the proliferation of
Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach technology as an open standard. BroadR-Reach technology
delivers high-performance bandwidth of 100Mbps over an unshielded single
twisted pair cable. By eliminating the need for expensive, cumbersome shielded
cabling, automotive manufacturers can significantly reduce connectivity costs
and cabling weight.

Founding members will initially focus on
establishing interoperability requirements, third party testing, certification
procedures, and higher data rate specification requirements. License to
specification for BroadR-Reach is available to all interested OPEN Alliance
members under RAND terms via a license from Broadcom. 

“Through the formation of the SIG,
we’ll gain invaluable insight and support in the proliferation of BroadR-Reach
Ethernet technology as an open industry standard. Making BroadR-Reach Ethernet
open to the industry will help manufacturers achieve higher bandwidth,
significantly reduce connectivity costs, and deliver new and exciting features
and applications to a broad range of vehicles,” said Kevin Brown, vice
president and General Manager, PHY, Broadcom.

“As the global No. 1 supplier of
In-Vehicle Networking technologies NXP will speed up the wide adoption of
Ethernet in the automotive industry. Automotive Ethernet is the logical next
step in NXP’s broad In-Vehicle Networking portfolio of products, starting from LIN,
CAN and FlexRay up to Ethernet,” said Lars Reger, vice president Strategy
& New Business Automotive, NXP.

“Freescale has long been at the
forefront of automotive networking technology, helping to establish such
standards as CAN, LIN and FlexRay. Ethernet is the next step in the evolution
of automotive networking, meeting the need of new high bandwidth applications,
such as cameras and multimedia,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president and
general manager, Automotive Microcontroller Division, Freescale.

“As the leader in connectivity
solutions for the world’s automakers, HARMAN is pleased to support the work of
our industry partners in driving scalable Ethernet solutions for high speed
networking for the car.  Increasingly we see the need for flexible and
cost-effective connectivity solutions supporting the customers growing demand
for information, entertainment, and safety features seamlessly integrated
within the car network,” said Sachin Lawande, chief technology officer and
co-president, Lifestyle and Infotainment Divisions, Harman.

By Team

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