Ethernet AVB development kit for open network standard automotive infotainment applications

January 17, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
FPGA manufacturer Xilinx has demonstrated at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the world's first Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (EAVB) network implementation optimized for carrying high-speed data traffic within the automobile.

As consumer expectations for higher resolution displays and graphics quality in their driver assistance, navigation and passenger entertainment systems grow, so do the associated challenges of moving content around the vehicle. The demonstration highlighted the capabilities of the new EAVB Development Kit co-developed with Xilinx Alliance Program member Digital Design Corp. (DDC) to give automotive system developers the framework and tools necessary to accelerate their development of applications that deliver a richer experience for drivers and passengers.

At the exhibit, the company showed the EAVB demonstration featuring multi-camera driver assistance and infotainment A/V sources streaming, simultaneously on a single network. In addition, a 3D vehicle surround view demonstration built on Spartan-6 FPGAs, highlighted Xilinx's commitment to real-time, multi-camera driver assistance solutions.

"The IEEE 802.1 EAVB standard is already gaining the attention of a number of leading automotive manufacturers even though the specifications are still being finalized. This isn't surprising because the attractiveness of a fully open, flexible and ubiquitous network standard like Ethernet, enhanced to address the unique real-time media streaming needs of automotive systems, is too difficult to resist," said Nick DiFiore, Director of Xilinx's Automotive Segment. "As a founding member of the AVnu Alliance , which is dedicated to enabling an ecosystem of compatible EAVB solutions for reliable transport of audio and video content, our work with DDC furthers that goal and is a natural step in our commitment to offer automotive customers a complete array of vehicle connectivity options that enables them to keep pace with rapidly evolving consumer and information technologies."

The EAVB solution expands the previously released Xilinx Ethernet AVB Endpoint LogiCORE IP into a complete network interface solution, while providing flexibility for addressing a customer's unique application interface needs. The solution also offers maximum integration potential where Xilinx FPGAs are already commonly used. This includes traditional infotainment connectivity (i.e. host processor companion chip) as well as Driver Assistance (DA) applications, where the FPGA is