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Molex is banking on its 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Network to make greater inroads in the vehicle market.

It’s no secret that interconnections companies see the vehicle market as a key market for future growth.  In recent weeks, Molex Inc., a top-tier interconnections supplier which plays in the appliance, data communications, industrial, and medical sectors among other markets, has made a number of announcements in recent weeks related to vehicle interconnection systems and communications networks.

First, Molex said it would collaborate with BlackBerry Limited on developing a 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Networking platform designed to increase data bandwidth in intelligent connected vehicles. The platform leverages Blackberry’s QNX Neutrino SDP 7.0 RTOS, which provides high performance and enhanced kernel-level security through a microkernel architecture, file encryption, adaptive time partitioning, and multi-level policy-based access control. The platform also leverages Blackberry’s Certicome Managed PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Service to provide secure communications between modules and other vehicle ECUs and peripheral devices connected to the network.

Molex is banking heavily on the Ethernet platform to be a key component in next-generation vehicles. The company also announced a collaboration to leverage Aquantia’s Multi-Gig automotive Ethernet technologies in its 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Network. Based in Silicon Valley, Aquantia has pioneered high-speed communications ICs for Ethernet technologies in automotive as well as data center and enterprise infrastructure applications. Their ICs help alleviate network bandwidth bottlenecks caused by the growth of global IP traffic.

Still not finished, Molex added it would team with Excelfore, a Silicon Valley provide of middleware solutions for in-vehicle and vehicle-to-cloud smart mobility networks, to streamline connectivity in its automotive network platform. Excelfore’s eSync system can push data via cloud-based eSync servers to the vehicle for OTA software and firmware updates, or pull data for diagnosing and tracking vehicle status and performance. Excelfore protocol stacks can run on cameras, video displays, head units, ECUs, and network gateways so that CAN, LIN, and other buses can be reached by Ethernet.

Molex also announced it would collaborate with AllGo Systems, to develop advanced infotainment systems for intelligent connected vehicles. AllGo’s OTG and Media Solutions provide IP for multimedia, navigation, and connectivity, supporting smart phones and distributed media playback to other smart devices within the car.

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Molex demonstrated these vehicle solutions. The company also showed integrated USB Media Modules and USB Power Delivery Solutions for automotive infotainment systems developed in collaboration with semiconductor supplier Microchip Technology Inc. One demonstration showed a full complement of Microchip devices utilized to create a USB Power Delivery solution with power balancing, while simultaneously supporting driver assistance applications on a mobile handset.

 

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