04 Jan 2017

New chip improves in-vehicle infotainment

Microchip has announced that Audi has included MOST150 technology in their latest compact SUV model, the Q2. Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology is designed for in-vehicle infotainment platforms. MOST enables the deployment of a large variety of automotive premium surround sound audio systems and driver information systems such as full digital instrument clusters and heads-up displays

Audi has been using MOST150 technology for many years, also deploying it in their best-selling A4 Sedans, the Q7 SUV and TT Coupe models. This Q2 deployment utilizes the MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INIC) OS81110 and OS81118.

MOST technology is designed to ensure digital multi-channel audio streaming in the highest quality. It offers a robust and proven method of system management and control with superior and reliable Quality of Service (QoS). Compared with alternatives, it is an established deployment that comes with a complete scalable system solution that is low risk and allows for fast time-to-market.

MOST technology is a mature network solution and comes with a complete eco-system. The complete network solution comprises of a variety of tools from several different vendors, a software stack, schematics, layout reviews and multimedia companion IC products.

“The AUDI Q2 is a Compact SUV that meets and reflects the needs of today’s car drivers,” said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Division. “We have worked with Audi for many years and are proud to be a part of helping them deploy the latest models with the very best technology for infotainment and connectivity.”

The MOST Cooperation standards enable automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers with a proven and well-supported methodology for defining and implementing high-bandwidth infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) systems, including a standard physical layer and a robust method for system management and control with superior reliability and Quality of Service (QoS). Using MOST technology also reduces weight for easier compliance with environmental regulations.

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