Development system brings the Internet of Things to the vehicle

October 22, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.

The system will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.

The comprehensive SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment. The development system helps connect a broad array of onboard multimedia nodes using automotive-grade Ethernet components and is optimized for hardware/software integration.

The company has also introduced automotive-grade AVB Ethernet software stacks engineered to work seamlessly with the development system’s hardware for a truly comprehensive solution.

“The newest SABRE AI development system brings Freescale’s extensive networking expertise into the vehicle, delivering Ethernet AVB solutions that connect cars to their drivers, the cloud and the rest of the Internet of Things,” said Dan Loop, automotive business development manager for Freescale’s MCU group. “In the Internet of Things era, infotainment’s primary role is to intelligently connect the car and all of its subsystems to the driver and passengers’ world — enriching the driving experience and enhancing the safety of the vehicle.”

SABRE AI is designed to work with Freescale’s corresponding Microcontroller Software Solutions to support the development of Ethernet AVB connectivity applications for automotive systems and the integration of automotive grade Ethernet components. The development system saves OEMs considerable hardware system cost and cabling weight by leveraging Ethernet AVB using 2-wire CAN cabling to replace more expensive connectivity technologies. SABRE AI supports both 100 Mbps automotive Ethernet physical interfaces as well as multi-port switches to allow customers to design for their specific needs.