Automotive Ethernet makes the NY Times

at least, an online blog of it.

BMW Ethernet Presentation

As a followup to a previous post, BMW presented at Freescale’s Technology Forum 2010 Ethernet for Automotive Applications an overview on what they are doing for automotive Ethernet. By 2015, there will be 9 million RSE (rear seat entertainment), 5 million In-car TV, and more than 15 million parking aids installed in cars. For good or for bad, there is one standard for wire transport from metro, to cell phone backhaul, to your desk IP phone. It’s called Ethernet. There’s one set of protocols for Ethernet: internet protocol suite (TCP/IP and UDP)*. Do you want to re-use and adapt all of the Ethernet technology available for low cost and no royalties, or re-create the Ethernet ecosystem in an expensive, royalty-based closed system that includes an ad-hoc implementation of Ethernet?

*FCoE proponents may disagree with this, but just wait 5 years.

BMW Announces Ethernet Plans

This EE Times article lays out BMW’s plans for Ethernet in the car.