Pelagicore and Renesas Electronics Europe Collaborate to Bring Ethernet Audio Video Bridging to In-Vehicle Infotainment

Press Release. Ref: REN0524(A)
Dusseldorf, May 21, 2014 — Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced a close collaboration with Pelagicore with the goal of bringing innovation to in-vehicle infotainment networks. The combination of Renesas expertise – with its new generation of automotive infotainment Systems-on-Chip (SoC), the R-Car series, and Pelagicore with its open source solutions for vehicle networking, is designed to enable multimedia systems with efficient Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (EAVB) capabilities.

Carmakers are looking for robust, low latency networks with high quality of service for in-vehicle
infotainment. Modern infotainment systems consist of entertainment features like radio receivers,
amplifiers and media players, which can all integrate multiple connected sources. These robust systems need an efficient and high-bandwidth automotive network to ensure the quality that
consumers expect in high-end, automotive environments.

Automotive networks are a challenging network environment and modern Ethernet AVB is designed to address that environment with very high quality of service (QoS). These networks often carry data from navigation systems and multiple camera views of the surrounding environment directly to passengers and drivers. Ethernet is a popular solution for in-vehicle networking due to its popularity in consumer and industrial markets, its cost-effectiveness, and available software.

Using the R-Car H2 E-AVB HW support, Pelagicore has developed an open source implementation of EAVB that demonstrates an infotainment use case using the Ethernet AVB network.

This work is directly related to the AVB project started by Pelagicore in the GENIVI consortium in order to produce an automotive Ethernet AVB Reference Software Stack to be made available to all GENIVI members as open source. The Renesas R-Car H2 SoC platform has been chosen because of its special E-AVB support in the MAC, which provides the necessary level of performance and precision for in-vehicle audio and video applications. Pelagicore and Renesas consider this proof of concept as the first step of their cooperation and plan to work together to bring more innovation in the future for in-vehicle infotainment networks.

About Pelagicore
Pelagicore is a technology and product development company which focuses on applying Open Source software in the automotive infotainment industry. Our team of technology and Open Source community experts enable a novel, holistic approach to development. Our unique expertise stretches from silicon design to OEM expert advisory roles.

We build software frameworks and key components to accelerate the implementation of infotainment systems, based on Open Source. Our products and services help our customers identify and maximize the value of Open Source in their product development.

About Renesas Electronics Europe
Renesas Electronics is the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, including system-on-chip and a wide range of discrete analogue and power devices. Established in 2010, Renesas Electronics combines the collective semiconductor expertise of Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC Electronics, encapsulating more than 200 years' experience.

Renesas' products are the result of decades of research and investment into semiconductor technology and customer solutions. Today, they provide pioneering platforms for the advancement of the Smart Society, embedding intelligence, connectivity, safety and security in solutions for cars, homes, buildings and factories. In Europe, Renesas complements its cutting-edge technology with resources that foster customer proximity and span the entire product lifecycle. These include the European Technology Centre, which designs innovative solutions specifically for Europe, and the European Quality Centre in Dusseldorf, which provides technical support to customers throughout the region. Renesas also operates an effective ecosystem, comprising the industry's largest local support network and an extensive network of over 800 hardware and software alliance partners.

Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information is available at www.renesas.com.

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