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NXP’s OmniPHY acquisition paves way for Autonomous Cars

Deal delivers critical expertise and Ethernet technology required for autonomous driving including IP experience at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

NXP Semiconductors has acquired OmniPHY, a provider of automotive Ethernet subsystem technology. The company’s expertise includes automotive Ethernet, a technology that enables the rapid data transfer required for autonomous driving. OmniPHY’s advanced high-speed technology, combined with NXP’s leading portfolio and heritage in vehicle networks, uniquely positions NXP to deliver the next-generation of data transfer solutions to carmakers. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

An automotive networking revolution is underway, driven by the need for higher data capacity and speed to meet the requirements of increasingly autonomous and connected vehicles. New advanced autonomous driving systems will require gigabit data speeds and beyond. Current plans for next-generation vehicles call for eight or more cameras, high definition radar, lidar and V2X capability, all of which generate steep data challenges for current car networks. These requirements, combined with the modern vehicle’s need to offload data to enable the new business opportunities of the connected car, will soon make terabyte levels of data processing commonplace.

“Our heritage in vehicle networks is rich and with our leadership positions in CAN, LIN, and FlexRay, we hold a unique viewpoint on automotive networks,” said Alexander E. Tan, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Ethernet Solutions, NXP. “The team and technology from OmniPHY give us the missing piece in an extensive high-bandwidth networking portfolio.”

“Together with OmniPHY’s know-how, expertise and enthusiasm, we can accelerate the time-to-market for our 10-port Ethernet switch and PHY – SJA1110 and TJA1110, as well as drive standardization and innovation for the multi-Gbps solutions. This is an important achievement to position NXP Automotive as the leader in the autonomous drive market of the future,” shared Sanjay Gupta, Vice President & India Country Manager, NXP. “We are enthusiastic for the contributions to innovation and leadership in standardization for automotive networking technologies that the Automotive Ethernet Solutions teams based in Hyderabad and Bangalore bring to the table,” he added.

“We are very excited to join NXP – a leader in automotive electronics, for a front-row seat to the autonomous driving revolution, one that will deliver profound change to the way people live,” said Ritesh Saraf, CEO of OmniPHY. “The combination of our teams and technology will accelerate and advance the delivery of automotive Ethernet solutions providing our customers with high quality and world-class automotive Ethernet innovation.”

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