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SMSC to Present MOST® Automotive Feature Implementations at Audio Engineering Society’s Conference

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--SMSC today announced that Henry Muyshondt, Senior Director of Business Development, will present a paper co-authored with Clif Sanchez, Divisional Vice President of Engineering ICs, on the use of Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST®) as the information and entertainment backbone in modern automobiles at the Audio Engineering Society’s 36th International Conference, held in Dearborn, Michigan, June 2-4, 2009. The theme of the conference is Automotive Audio – Sound in Motion. MOST is used in several million vehicles from automotive manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Hyundai/Kia, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Toyota and Volvo. It enables feature-rich, state-of-the-art information and entertainment systems and is the de-facto standard for high multimedia networking in vehicles.

Mr. Muyshondt’s presentation will describe the MOST technology and the key features that have made it the high-speed networking technology of choice for many car makers. The discussion will also focus on the ways in which MOST has been designed from the ground up to carry the different kinds of streaming and control information needed to create feature-rich information and entertainment systems that meet the high Quality of Service (QoS) and reliability requirements of the automotive industry. These systems also include protection mechanisms so they can transport commercial content like DVD and Blu-ray audio and video.

“Automobiles today include A/V systems that are more complex than most home theater installations,” said Mr. Muyshondt. “MOST provides the features needed to not only move audio and video around the vehicle, but also to efficiently control the various subsystems so the driver is not distracted. As a leader in smart mixed-signal connectivity and an originator of MOST technology, SMSC has also brought to MOST the mechanisms needed to transport Ethernet packets in parallel with A/V information. SMSC’s expertise in MOST, Ethernet and USB connectivity gives it a unique perspective on how to bring automotive and consumer technologies together.”

With a focus on performance, programmability and integration, SMSC plans to build upon its leadership position in various connectivity solutions to help integrate automobiles into consumers’ digital lifestyles without compromising the automotive quality and reliability requirements of its customers.

SMSC is one of the creators of MOST technology and a leader in defining the architecture of the overall MOST system. The first vehicles with this technology were introduced in 2001 with the BMW 7 Series. Today over 70 vehicle models rely on MOST to deliver compelling audio-visual experiences to drivers and passengers alike.