Nvidia Drive Pegasus selects Marvell’s Ethernet switch for Level 5 driving

Marvell claims that its 88Q5050 secure automotive Ethernet switch is an industry first. It has been integrated into the Nvidia Drive Pegasus platform for autonomous vehicles, making it the first commercially available with embedded security built into the core, says Marvell.

The secure switch can handle multi-gigabit applications and is designed to enable OEM car manufacturers to deliver an in-car network that supports sensor fusion, cameras, safety and diagnostics. The Marvell embedded security technology helps to prevent vehicles from cyberattacks, adds the company. 

The Nvidia Drive Pegasus computing platform has been designed to handle Level 5 driverless vehicles and compute over 320 trillion operations per second. The platform combines deep learning, sensor fusion, and surround vision to understand what’s happening around the vehicle in real-time. The Marvell 88Q5050 layer 2 managed secure IP switch enables the fast and safe transmission of this data for connected vehicles. 

Automotive Ethernet has been purpose-built to address the increasing risk of cybercrime and is more secure than previous connectivity protocols used in cars, such as controller area network (CAN). The Marvell 88Q5050 employs a deep packet inspection (DPI) engine and trusted boot functionality to ensure a robust level of security. The switch also supports both blacklisting and whitelisting addresses on all its Ethernet ports for security against denial of service attacks.

The Marvell Ethernet switch solution is AEC-Q100 qualified and can withstand harsh automotive environments. It supports multiple integrated 100BASE-T1 PHYs as well as 1000BASE-T1 interfaces, and can connect with Marvell’s 88Q2112 1000BASE-T1 PHY.

Marvell operates in the digital storage industry, offering storage, networking, and connectivity solutions. Its intellectual property (IP) and deep system-level knowledge, transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets, says the company.


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