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FMA's new 1394 controller with 400Mbps data transfer rates

Posted: 22 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fujitsu Microelectronics? fma? 1394 controller? idb-1394? Intelligent Transportation System Data Bus-1394?

Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. (FMA) announced that they have developed the world's first IDB-1394-compliant (Intelligent Transportation System Data Bus-1394) physical and link layers with integrated 1394 controller.

The new MB88387 is designed for in-vehicle audio-video multimedia entertainment systems. It connects top-quality video and audio to vehicle displays from their head unit, DVD player, navigation, camera, amplifier or other devices. The controller incorporates both the 1394b PHY and Link in a single chip, along with the digital transmission content protection (DTCP) standard that prohibits unauthorized copying or transmission of protected A/V content. This device supports IEC61883 AV protocols for smooth audio and video stream playback.

The 1394 controller supports data transfer rates up to 400Mbps, and operates at 3.3V (I/O) with internal voltage of 1.8V. The PHY layer supports two 1394b/S400 ports, and the integrated DTCP function allows encryption or decryption of two data streams at the same time. Systems networked using the MB88387 can transmit audio and video throughout the vehicle at distances up to 100m.

"Multimedia entertainment systems are one of the most exciting advances in new vehicles, and automakers worldwide are beginning to develop them now," said Akio Nezu, senior marketing manager for embedded products at FMA. "This new, fully-integrated controller with the 1394b PHY incorporates all of the advanced technology required to implement state-of-the-art audio-video multimedia systems safely and effectively in cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles."

The MB88387 is housed in a 176-pin, 24mm2 LQFP (FPT-176P-M07) package. Pricing for this controller begins at $16.50 each in sample quantities.

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