Broadcom enhances automotive Ethernet position with gigabit-capable PHY, secure switch and smart camera MCU

Broadcom announced this week its latest portfolio of automotive Ethernet devices designed to advance in-vehicle connectivity, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and smart mobility.

With over 50 million automotive 100BASE-T1 BroadR-Reach PHY and switch Ethernet ports shipped and growing, Broadcom expands its portfolio with the addition of 1000BASE-T1 PHY, secure switch and smart camera MCU devices to address new and emerging applications.

Ethernet has become the de-facto networking technology for connecting various electronic systems in the car, such as body electronics, infotainment, and ADAS.

High speed Ethernet links are essential in getting endpoints such as cameras, RADAR and LIDAR to transfer large amounts of data across the network for accurate real time decision making. Broadcom’s latest addition of 1000BASE-T1 PHY and secure switches address this need for higher bandwidth while providing an unprecedented level of performance, efficiency and scalability.

As the inventor of the 100BASE-T1 BroadR-Reach technology, the founding member of OPEN Alliance and an active contributor to IEEE 802.3 task force, Broadcom has established a pair Ethernet as a new standard that has paved the way for a slew of new in-vehicle connectivity applications. Broadcom’s newest offerings include 100BASE-T1 / 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet PHY: BCM8988x; 100BASE-T1 / 1000BASE-T1 switches with full security: BCM8955x; and the camera MCU with computer vision functionality: BCM8910x.

The BCM8988x (1000Base-T1 PHY) and BCM8955x (Secure Switch) are designed to operate over one pair UTP cables which are important for reducing weight, space and system cost. These products also deliver EMC and EMI performance and support PoDL functionality for automotive applications.

The BCM8910x (Camera MCU) devices with fully integrated image processing and Ethernet streaming pipeline allow for scalable camera solutions from low latency video encoders to smart camera MCUs, addressing a wide range of automotive vision-based applications.

“We are excited to be leading the next evolution of in-vehicle connectivity and networking. Broadcom has been instrumental in developing the automotive One Pair Ethernet technology and ecosystem from inception. As new technologies make inroads into vehicles, Ethernet will play a crucial role in the next wave of automotive applications. Our latest offering of Gigabit capable portfolio and our continued efforts to define next generation PHY technologies, is empowering auto manufacturers to bring new innovations to next generation connected vehicles,” said Ali Abaye, senior director of marketing of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom.

“The push towards vehicle automation is driving the separation of sensors and processing, while also mandating the fitment of higher-resolution sensors. Both of these trends will in turn drive the adoption of reliable and higher throughput in-vehicle networking standards,” said James Hodgson, senior analyst at ABI Research. “These new gigabit-capable product launches will help Broadcom to maintain the leading position they have developed in automotive-grade Ethernet.”

Broadcom is sampling the BCM8988x, BCM8955x and BCM8910x to selected automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.


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