INICnetTM technology helps simplify automotive infotainment networking
Microchip has announced an automotive infotainment networking solution that supports all data types, including audio, video, control and Ethernet, over a single cable.
Intelligent network interface controller networking (INICnet) technology is a synchronous, scalable solution that aims to simplify building audio and infotainment systems, offering seamless implementation in vehicles that have Ethernet-orientated system architectures.
As audio is a key infotainment feature in vehicles, INICnet technology provides full flexibility through supporting a variety of digital audio formats with multiple sources and sinks. The technology also provides high-speed packet-data communications with support for file transfers, over-the-air software updates and system diagnostics via standard Ethernet frames.
INICnet technology supports seamless integration of internet protocol-based system management and data communications, along with efficient transport of stream data. This technology does not require the development and licensing of additional protocols or software stacks.
Working with unshielded twisted pair at 50 Mbps and coaxial cable at 150 Mbps, low and deterministic latency means that INICnet technology can support deployment of complex audio and acoustics applications.
Integrated network management supports networks ranging from two to 50 nodes, as well as processor-less or slim modules where the node is remotely configured and managed. The solution’s power over data line capability aids power management of microphones and other slim modules. Nodes can be arranged in any order with the same result, and any node in the system can directly communicate with any other node in the system, says Microchip.
INICnet technology comes with unified centralised network stack, a free-of-charge network management software. It coexists with IP-based system management, helping to simplify the application code by separating system management from resource management.
INICnet technology 150 products are available now in volume production quantities. INICnet technology 50 UTP samples are available now and will be available in volume production in 2019.