• OmniPHY is a pioneer in high-speed automotive Ethernet IP offering 15 IP families including
the 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standards.
• OmniPHY acquisition brings high-speed Ethernet to NXP’s extensive automotive portfolio.
• The deal delivers critical expertise and Ethernet technology required for autonomous driving
including IP experience at speeds up to 100 Gbps.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI)
The world’s largest supplier of automotive 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.
One of the vexing questions of the Autonomous Age is how to move data around the car as fast as
possible – Ian Riches, Executive Director for Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics. Further added, Cameras and displays will ramp the number of high-speed links in the car to 150 million by 2020 and by 2030 autonomous car systems will aggressively drive that number to 1.1 billion high-speed links.
As the self-driving ecosystem works to deliver on emerging automotive data requirements, many have
turned to enterprise networking solutions as a stopgap measure for testing. Yet long-term solutions
will need to be automotive grade and of a size and weight that make their implementation feasible.
NXP’s acquisition of OmniPHY, which has already begun to translate 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet for the
automotive space will give NXP a significant position in this rapidly evolving area.
Heritage in-vehicle networks are rich and with leadership positions in the CAN, LIN, and FlexRay, 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 the missing piece in an extensive high-bandwidth networking portfolio.
Together with OmniPHY’s know-how, expertise, and enthusiasm can accelerate the time-to-market
for or 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.
Contributions to innovation
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.
OmniPHY is a pioneer in high-speed automotive Ethernet IP and automotive qualified IP for
100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standards. Over its six-year history, it has worked with some of the
largest consumer companies in the world and has developed competitive 1st-silicon-right solutions for
emerging markets like automotive and industrial Ethernet. OmniPHY interface IP and communication
technology along with NXP’s automotive portfolio will form a “one-stop shop” for automotive Ethernet.
The companies’ technology synergies will center on 1.25-28Gbps PHY designs and 10-, 100- and
1000BASE-T1 Ethernet in advanced processes.
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 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.