Software stack smooths interface to in-vehicle infotainment networks, says Microchip

The Unified Centralized Software Stack (UNICENS) software module is available, at no charge, to Microchip customers who are using intelligent network interface controllers (INIC), such as the OS81118, OS81119, and any future INICs, says Microchip.

The high-speed network stack for in-vehicle infotainment with device control over Internet Protocol (IP) is available now from Microchip.

UNICENS encapsulates many of the network specifics and allows customers to focus on application development rather than network management details. The module enables customers to choose their preferred device control method including Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology’s FBlock, Ethernet IP and customer-specific methods.

UNICENS also supports the configuration and control of all network participants from one central node and can eliminate the need for microcontrollers (MCUs) in all other nodes in the network.

UNICENS and INICs effectively provide the control method of an Ethernet-based network without the challenges of managing bandwidth reservation protocol for audio and video data, explains Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s automotive division. “Using UNICENS eliminates the need for a MCU and software management in network nodes, which results in cost savings and faster time to market,” he said, adding “It takes Ethernet and MOST technology and combines the best of both worlds.”

Customers can apply standardised software application programming interfaces (APIs), such as open, read, write, and Ethernet device control with the free UNICENS software and proven MOST technology INICs from Microchip. Customers do not need to have extensive knowledge of MOST technology or commit to an extensive MOST technology network to use UNICENS software.

UNICENS is available now as free and open-source software for Microchip customers.

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