MOST150 Technology in Audi A4 Virtual Cockpit Infotainment System

MOST150 Technology in Audi A4 Virtual Cockpit Infotainment System

Microchip Technology Inc. announced that AUDI AG is using MOST® technology to network the high-end Audi virtual cockpit system in the latest model year of its best-selling A4 Sedans. This follows a similar deployment in its Q7 SUV and TT Coupe models. Specifically, Audi is utilizing Microchip’s OS81110 and OS81118 MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs), which provide 150 Mbps performance and support all MOST network data types. The OS81118 also includes a High Speed USB 2.0 interface (PHY/HSIC), to seamlessly connect with the virtual cockpit’s System-on-Chip processor.

To learn more about Microchip’s MOST networking products, visit http://www.microchip. com/MOST-121515a.
To date, approximately 200 million MOST interface controllers have been installed in 194 car models since 2001. Audi and all major carmakers have for many years successfully implemented MOST technology in their multi-node infotainment networking systems, as it provides a field-proven, low-risk, whole-system solution. 

The MOST150 standard also provides Ethernet or Internet-protocol networking capabilities. This latest version of MOST technology continues to predictably and efficiently transport video, audio, packet and control data throughout the vehicle without time-synchronization protocols, using dedicated channels for minimal processor overhead in the main infotainment control unit processors.

“We are thrilled that Audi is continuing to roll out the latest MOST150 standard, this time in its mid-class A4 car model,” said Dan Termer, Microchip’s Automotive vice president. “Their ongoing deployments demonstrate that MOST technology continues to be the de-facto standard for automotive infotainment networks.”

More information: Microchip