A small camera size is important to automotive OEMS, as manufacturers prefer peripheral cameras to be miniaturised and unobtrusive to maintain vehicle aesthetics. Smaller cameras can be more easily hidden within design features of the car, such as a front grille, bumper or wing mirror. Featuring a 8 x 8 mm package, the Qorivva MPC5606E is designed to reduce the size of automotive camera modules by up to 50%, while helping speed time to market and reduce the overall bill-of-material.
An important feature of the Qorivva MPC5606E is the incorporation of Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY. The integrated Ethernet solution enables compact vision compression and rapid transmission of video data throughout the vehicle.
Ethernet has emerged as a mainstream automotive network technology, allowing multiple in-vehicle systems to simultaneously access information over a single unshielded twisted pair cable at speeds of up to 100 Mbps. By eliminating shielded cabling, automotive manufacturers can reduce connectivity costs – according to Broadcom by up to 80% and cabling weight up to 30%. These cost and weight reductions could pave the way for the incorporation of surround view camera systems beyond the luxury class into higher volume, mid-range and economy vehicles.
Freescale and Broadcom are both founding members of the OPEN Alliance Automotive Special Interest Group (SIG) (One-Pair Ethernet), an industry alliance of automotive and tech industry leaders dedicated to establishing Ethernet as the networking technology of choice in automotive infotainment and ADAS applications. Together with major car makers and global electronic suppliers, Freescale and Broadcom are committed to the promotion of BroadR-Reach as the industry standard interface for automotive Ethernet.