Inova Semiconductors ILaS Technology Agreements by NXP and Microchip for Smart Light and Sensor Networks in Automotive Applications

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

July 18, 2022


Inova Semiconductors ILaS Technology Agreements by NXP and Microchip for Smart Light and Sensor Networks in Automotive Applications

Inova Semiconductors announced that NXP Semiconductors and Microchip Technology have entered into technology agreements for the use of Inova Semiconductors’ ILaS (ISELED Light & Sensor Network) protocol in their microcontrollers, for automotive applications.

The ILaS network is designed to enable a fast and highly efficient, packet switched communication between the microcontroller as initiator and the connected clients - in both directions and throughout the car via single pair UTP cable. All devices connected to the ILaS bus like Smart ISELED LEDs, touch/proximity sensors, or stepper motors are controlled via the ILaS protocol implemented in the microcontroller. The ILaS network is deterministic, unlike other bus systems where all the control resides with the microcontroller making it especially suitable for modern network concepts such as zone architectures with centralized control.

“Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontroller portfolio, paired with our optimized ILaS SW stack provide higher data rates and flexibility to our customers. Combined with our automotive Ethernet portfolio such as our latest 10BASE-T1S products and with dedicated HMI ICs, we support complete solutions for innovative lighting applications and offer a fast and low-risk development path for our customers”, stated Matthias Kaestner vice president of Microchip’s automotive products unit.

"The new ILaS protocol will enable car makers to enhance the driver and passengers’ comfort without breaking their architectures and can leverage the NXP’s S32K3 microcontrollers for zonal controllers to deliver a software-defined in-cabin experience”, said Manuel Alves, VP and General Manager of the General Purpose and Integrated Solutions product line at NXP.

"Inova has been pioneering innovations in the field of display links for many years" said Robert Kraus, CEO of Inova Semiconductors and Chairman of the ISELED Alliance. “In the car concepts of tomorrow, we recognize that light and display are converging. With our latest ISELED/ILaS technology next to our legacy APIX link for displays, we now also offer solutions to economically control the ever more increasing number of LEDs and sensors throughout the car."

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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