1394 Trade Association creates new automotive work group

16 Feb 2000 News

The 1394 Trade Association has formed a new Automotive Working Group established to make the IEEE-1394 multimedia standard suitable for use in an automotive environment. The group's work is intended to lead to new multimedia applications for the automobile industry.

The Trade Association includes leaders in semiconductor technology such as Texas Instruments and connector products such as Molex. According to the group, it will leverage the IEEE-1394 standard to provide a cost-effective network solution for vehicle functions and services which are not critical to safety. These include telematics, such as navigation and rescue, and multimedia, including high-speed, high-performance audio and video delivery.

"The 1394 standard, with its industry-leading speed and bandwidth, is ideal for a full range of vehicle applications," said James Snider, the Chairman of the 1394 Trade Assoc- iation. "It is non-proprietary and easily accessible to any company or consortium that wants to use it, which are critical to the success of any new technology. Like our other work groups, this new automotive group will work with other industry groups. In this case, we will work with organisations such as the IDB Forum, to leverage the standard and make recommendations to auto industry organisations for its adoption."

The AWG has scheduled a session in Kyoto, Japan for February to begin the process of defining requirements to support passenger compartment operations, as well as auto grade twisted-pair physical layer requirements, including connec- tor and cable for linking automotive aftermarket consumer electronics products. It will also define automotive grade plastic optical fibre physical layer requirements for OEM-installed components.

The 1394 Trade Association is at website

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