SMSC, a leading semiconductor company that provides Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity solutions, announced that its Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) networking technology has been selected as part of the infotainment system for the new Lexus HS250h, which is distributed in the U.S. and Japan.
With the RX and IS having been released earlier, the HS is the third Lexus model that has been launched with MOST this year. In addition to Lexus, MOST is already in use in six Toyota branded models, including the new Prius. A key reason for this fast roll-out is that MOST50 allows the use of copper cables, which enables a plug-in, component approach with existing manufacturing processes.
MOST multimedia networking technology enables the networking of feature-rich infotainment systems in automobiles by providing the means to distribute multimedia entertainment functions among the various control devices around the car. For example, a CD changer, radio, global positioning system, mobile telephone and DVD player can be established in an efficient ring network and can send crisp, static-free audio signals digitally to the amplifier by utilizing the MOST network.