Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Aptina, Omnivision Join Auto Ethernet Alliance

PR Newswire: The OPEN Alliance (One-Pair Ether-Net) Special Interest Group (SIG), established to drive wide-scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity announces a membership increase. Aptina and Omnivision are among the 35 new members.

Key to the Open Alliance SIG is the proliferation of Broadcom's BroadR-Reach technology as an open standard. BroadR-Reach delivers high-performance bandwidth of 100Mbps over an unshielded single twisted pair cable. By eliminating the need for expensive shielded cabling, automotive manufacturers can significantly reduce connectivity costs and cabling weight. License to the specification for BroadR-Reach is available to OPEN Alliance members under RAND terms via a license from Broadcom.

To me it sounds like Omnivision and Aptina are going to release sensors or, may be, image processors with Ethernet interface. This might have much broader implications than just automotive sector.


  1. Aptina already has devices that use ethernet interface, it's the assumed cabling for their proprietary HiSpi protocol.

  2. HiSpi is not Ethernet. Not even close.


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