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IP core eases implementation of MOST bus protocol

Posted: 02 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? MediaLB? IP core? MOST? bus protocol?

Altera Corp. has announced the availability of the MediaLB IP core developed in partnership with IFI and SMSC. Altera said the IP core eases implementation of the popular media oriented systems transport (MOST) bus protocol for automotive infotainment, networking and gateway applications.

MOST networking technology is designed for new classes of automotive multimedia and other applications where efficient transport of streaming media is required, said Altera. It promises to provide a central control for multiple automotive peripheral applications including navigation, climate control, entertainment and night vision systems. The protocol enables devices to communicate with each other using a high-speed connection over plastic optical fiber, the company said.

Altera added that automotive electronics designers can easily apply the MOST IP core using the scalable IFI MediaLB interface with Altera CycloneTM II or Stratix II FPGAs and SMSC INIC chips, such as the OS81050. The MediaLB interface macro implements both the physical- and link-layer requirements and can support up to 15 channels. It can be parameterized and integrated into Altera's SOPC Builder system generation tool.

"IFI has done an excellent job implementing the MediaLB interface for Altera FPGAs," said Dr. Christian Thiel, VP and general manager of SMSC's automotive infotainment systems group, formerly OASIS SiliconSystems. "The small and efficient IP will provide an economical and powerful solution to the automotive design community."

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