Freescale extends development environment for in-vehicle Ethernet

October 23, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
An automotive hardware/software solution streamlines development of infotainment systems incorporating Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) for the connected car.

Freescale has added a hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs. The new solution will, the company says, support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.

The SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system uses Freescale's i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment. The development system helps connect a broad array of onboard multimedia nodes using automotive-grade Ethernet components and is optimised for hardware/software integration. Freescale has introduced automotive-grade AVB Ethernet software stacks engineered to work with the development system’s hardware for a comprehensive solution.

“The newest SABRE AI development system brings Freescale’s networking expertise into the vehicle, delivering Ethernet AVB solutions that connect cars to their drivers, the cloud and the rest of the Internet of Things,” said Dan Loop, automotive business development manager for Freescale’s MCU group. “In the Internet of Things era, infotainment’s primary role is to intelligently connect the car and all of its subsystems to the driver and passengers’ world.... Freescale’s SABRE for Auto Infotainment system helps automotive OEMs and their Tier One suppliers rapidly create and deploy automotive multimedia systems for this new paradigm.”