MOST networks get link into Genivi

November 16, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The next Linux Mainline Kernel will contain a driver for the MOST infotainment data network technology. Thus, the MOST world can be integrated into the Linux-based infotainment operating system Genivi.

According to MOST Technical Coordinator Wolfgang Bott, the Mainline Kernel will be equipped with a Linux starting with version 4.3. This piece of software enables access to all MOST data types. Likewise it supports the USB, MediaLB and I2C interfaces. The driver also supports standard Linux interfaces such as ALSA for audio and V4L2 for video data as well as IP data communications over the standard Linux Networking Stack.

Market researcher IHS projects that by 2020, Linux will lead the estimated 130 million unit in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) market with a 41.3 percent share, taking 53.7 million units. Linux adoption is growing because it provides automotive designers with an open-source platform that allows them to maximize the reuse of existing work, while making their own incremental improvements. Additionally, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) was built on top of a well-tested and stable Linux stack that is already being used in embedded and mobile devices. The combination of MOST and Linux provides a solution for the increasing complexity of IVI and ADAS, accelerating development via open-source software and the automotive-industry-proven MOST networking technology.

A fast and reliable network infrastructure is necessary to achieve the promise of the connected car. Integrating this into the architecture for an open, common automotive platform will benefit the global car market. Inclusion of this driver in the Linux Mainline Kernel simplifies the task of making all the components in an infotainment system of a car seamlessly work together.
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