Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) selected SMSC’s (Nasdaq: SMSC) Media Local Bus (MediaLB®) technology for use in the PARIS automotive infotainment development platform. MediaLB is an inter-chip communication technology used to efficiently transport multimedia data through SMSC’s intelligent network interface controllers (INICs) onto a Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST®) network. MediaLB IP has already achieved a high adoption in the automotive market and was selected because it helps reduce development time and cost in end-user systems.
An integrated macro supports a 3-pin MediaLB connection with up to 1024 FS and interfaces to all MOST speed grades (MOST25, MOST50 and MOST150). MOST technology is a de facto industry standard for automotive multimedia networking of high-bandwidth audio, video and control information or network data, enabling applications to communicate with minimum effort. MediaLB is also designed to provide a simple migration to future MOST network speed grades.
Jointly developed by Altera and TRS-STAR GmbH, the PARIS platform is the industry’s first flexible and scalable development system used in next-generation car infotainment and telematics systems, including head-units, navigation, radios and driver assistance systems. The development platform is available as a fully equipped prototyping kit with a predefined microcontroller and demo applications. The goal of the PARIS system is to provide a means for more consumer content to be seamlessly connected inside of the car.