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Toshiba licenses SMSC tech for display SoCs

Posted: 18 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dylan McGrath? Toshiba Electronics? Media Local Bus? SMSC?

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has licensed Media Local Bus (MediaLB) technology from chipmaker Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) for integration into its Capricorn SoC devices to provide an interface to a media-oriented system transport (MOST) automotive multimedia network. Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

With the integration of MediaLB, Capricorn ICs will be capable of interfacing with existing and upcoming MOST speed grades and physical layers, the companies said. MOST is said to be a de facto industry standard for automotive multimedia networking, deployed by most major European automobile manufacturers.

"Players in the automotive environment are increasingly seeking ways to connect high bandwidth consumer applications into standard automobile networks based on MOST," said Christian Thiel, managing director of the automotive infotainment systems group at SMSC. "In providing [Toshiba] a dedicated connectivity interface through MediaLB, we succeed in creating a more open and efficient environment that not only meets strict design requirements but enhances the end user experience."

According to Toshiba, MOST multimedia networking technology enables new classes of multimedia applications in automobiles through facilitating the transport of real-time streaming multimedia, control and packet information over a single optical fiber or twisted pair wire, eliminating the need to run multiple wires throughout a vehicle.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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