SAN FRANCISCO Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. Tuesday (May 30) announced the availability of the MediaLB intellectual property (IP) core developed in partnership with design services provider IFI and chip vendor SMSC.
According to Altera (San Jose, Calif.), the IP core eases implementation of the Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) bus protocol for automotive infotainment, networking and gateway applications.
"The MediaLB IP core, combined with Altera FPGAs, lets our customers quickly and efficiently implement their automotive electronic designs," said Don Faria, Altera senior vice president, in a statement "This IP core substantially reinforces our automotive application strengths in this rapidly expanding sector."
MOST networking technology is designed for new classes of automotive multimedia and other applications where efficient transport of streaming media is required. It is said to provide a central control for multiple automotive peripheral applications including navigation, climate control, entertainment and night vision systems. The protocol is intended to enable devices to communicate with each other using a high-speed connection over plastic optical fiber.
"This IP will open doors for further FPGA adoption in the automotive space, especially in the areas of infotainment and car networking where MOST is shaping up as the future bus standard," said Peter Riekert, managing director of IFI (Wertheim, Germany).
Altera said automotive electronics designers can apply the MOST IP core using the scalable IFI MediaLB interface with Altera Cyclone 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, Altera said. It can be parameterized and integrated into Altera's SOPC Builder system generation tool, the company said.
"IFI has done an excellent job implementing the MediaLB interface for Altera FPGAs," said Christian Thiel, vice president and general manager of the automotive infotainment systems group at SMSC (Hauppauge, N.Y.). "The small and efficient IP will provide an economical and powerful solution to the automotive design community."
An evaluation version of the IP can be downloaded from IFI's Web site.