MOST reference designs simplify automotive infotainment projects

July 23, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
MOST ToGo is a concept from Microchip; a collection of reference designs comprising hardware, firmware and documentation for MOST50 electrical and MOST150 coax physical-layer systems, that enable designers to focus on applications rather than the connectivity.

The reference designs, Microchip says, make it easy for designers to learn and implement the MOST technology in their automotive infotainment systems. MOST ToGo enables designers to exploit Microchip's sector experience and focus on their application software development, rather than studying the vast MOST specifications. Included in both reference designs are three MOST network-compliant hardware nodes with full schematics, code and function catalogues—everything needed to train, learn or develop a full MOST system design, from concept, to implementation to testing. The kits can be used as a complete blueprint for critical circuits, to create quick demonstrations and significantly speed overall development and testing times.

Both kits provide a MOST technology hardware reference design and fully implemented software stack, which helps developers pass compliance testing on the first try. The boards include a daughter-card connector, enabling the addition of expansion boards for more audio, video, wireless or a host of other functions.

From microchipDIRECT or Microchip’s distributors, the MOST150 cPhy MOST ToGo Evaluation Kit (B20001, $2,599) includes everything needed to implement a MOST150 coax network. This kit is based on the OS81110 cPhy Evaluation Board, which is also available separately (B20002, $699).

The MOST50 ePhy MOST ToGo Evaluation Kit (B20004, $2,599) includes everything needed to implement a MOST50 electrical network. This kit is based on the OS81092 ePhy Evaluation Board, which is also available separately (B20003, $699).

Microchip; www.microchip.com/get/PG3B