Freescale Semiconductor has announced that it has developed new hardware/software solutions to enable automotive grade ethernet connectivity. The solutions – Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering – or SABRE for short, will facilitate next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.
SABRE is powered by 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.
Freescale has also introduced automotive-grade AVB Ethernet software stacks engineered to work seamlessly with the development system’s hardware.
The company claims that SABRE will save OEMs considerable hardware system cost and cabling weight by leveraging Ethernet AVB using 2-wire CAN cabling to replace more expensive connectivity technologies.
SABRE for Auto Infotainment (AI) is sampling now, with broad availability planned for Q1 2015. 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.
The corresponding AVB software solutions will be released in Q1 2015.