Broadcom and Hyundai have signed a joint development agreement to use ethernet-based networking for in-car infotainment.
The collaboration aims to integrate infotainment, telematics and advanced driver assistance systems into Hyundai vehicles using Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach ethernet technology.
Last November, carmakers BMW and Hyundai teamed up with¬†Broadcom, NXP Semiconductors, Freescale and Harman to make ethernet the computer networking technology of choice inside the car. The alliance, which is called OPEN (one-pair ethernet) wants to establish BroadR-Reach as an open standard for in-car connectivity.
Broadcom, a US based supplier of semiconductors and connectivity solutions, said the use of ethernet will help lower in-car connectivity costs.
“Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor will make features previously only available in luxury models accessible to a broader number of drivers, ultimately improving automotive safety for the masses,”¬†Ali Abaye, senior director, product marketing at Broadcom, said in a press release.
Hyundai said it is confident ethernet provides a viable connectivity solution for the car. Said Hyundai Infotainment Design Division Leader SunJai Lee:¬†“The in-vehicle Ethernet network will enable key features including infotainment, lane departure warning, park assist and telematics to deliver greater value to our customers.”
Automakers need in-car connectivity that can handle more data-heavy applications in a cost-effective way. Broadcom‚Äôs BroadR-Reach technology can operate over single unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling, wich is less expensive and weighs less than shielded cable.