Broadcom said it has developed Ethernet PHY circuitry designed specifically for use in cars.
The automobile industry is moving full-speed ahead with plans to deliver cars with broadband connectivity, and chip companies like Broadcom are hustling to accommodate those plans.
Broadcom's BroadR-Reach BCM89810 PHY is designed to be a low-cost cabling solution for 100 Mbps Ethernet connectivity over unshielded single twisted pair wiring in vehicles.
The BCM89810 is fully compliant with RGMII and MII interface specifications, providing compatibility with other Ethernet devices within the vehicle, the company said.
Devices are sampling now, with production volume slated for the first half of 2012.
Simultaneously, Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor and OmniVision Technologies introduced a 360-degree surround-view parking assistance system. The three companies say it is the world's first Ethernet-based parking assist solution.
A vehicular twist on "mobile broadband" is on the way.