The Best Future Proof Solution to a Vehicle Network Design Using the 1394 Automotive Standard

In today's economy — where R&D investments are difficult to justify and long life cycles for electronic technologies are mandated — the 1394 Automotive network offers an excellent solution for all in-vehicle electronic applications. Whether your platform is an entry level or a luxury model, the same technology is shared and is expandable — even at the dealer level. The 1394 Automotive technology was developed by automakers and Tier 1 and component companies with baseline requirements for today's automobile; and it meets the requirements expected over the next 10 years. In addition, several proven automotive harnessing systems are specified for maximum flexibility, and all are interoperable with multiple sources for cost effective implementation. The 1394 Trade Association, AMI-C and IDB Forum have spent eight years developing and proving out this superior networking technology. The 1394TA leads the effort now with proposed device compliance testing and extensions to the standard.

This technical paper describes the features and benefits of the new 1394 Automotive standard for in-vehicle entertainment and navigation networks. The paper defines the various benefits of 1394 for the car, including cost, reliability, real time quality of service, flexibility, and others. The standard also provides automakers and tier one suppliers with the long life cycles and efficiencies required for successful development of innovative in-vehicle systems including rear-seat entertainment and navigation.

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