Elektrobit Launches Automotive Ethernet Switch Firmware For Secure In-vehicle Communications

Mobility Outlook Bureau
19 Nov 2021
12:29 PM
1 Min Read

The firmware will make it easier for carmakers and their suppliers to develop the advanced, high-bandwidth communications systems next-generation vehicles requirements.


To enable secure, high-performance communications for in-vehicle networks, the leading global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, Elektrobit has announced the industry's first automotive ethernet switch firmware.

Available for switches from leading hardware vendors and already on the road in production electric vehicles (EVs), the EB zoneo SwitchCore will make it easier for carmakers and their suppliers to develop the advanced, high-bandwidth communications systems required by next-generation vehicles.

Every car maker is challenged to develop electronics networks that support the high-bandwidth communications, and faster data throughput required for routing data from sensors, controls and interfaces in EVs, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and self-driving vehicles company said in a press release. 

EB zoneo SwitchCore is a firmware that adds a layer of intelligence to automotive ethernet switches that enables them to handle the ever-increasing network functions required to enhance vehicles' scalability, safety, and security. The firmware provides advanced network management and network security functions such as routing, gateways, firewalls and network intrusion detection and prevention systems.

EB zoneo SwitchCore is available for switches from leading manufacturers, including Marvell and other leading hardware manufacturers. Although new to the market, the Elektrobit firmware is used in the architecture for a prominent line of production vehicles, which was implemented with Marvell switches.

Associated with this news, Elektrobit also unveiled EB zoneo VSwitch, which enables the virtualisation of switch functionality inside ECUs, maximising high-speed local communication. Furthermore, EB zoneo VSwitch efficiently connects multiple virtual machines/processor cores to a single automotive ethernet switch port. As a result, EB zoneo VSwitch frees up processing power for additional applications by reducing the overall consumption of computational resources.

Michael Robertson, Head of Product and Strategy Management, Elektrobit, said, 'Our new EB zoneo product line addresses a key pain point for car makers. Adding innovative software to the advanced features in today's automotive ethernet switches gives our customers the highest performance and widest range of functionality. Together, with our hardware partners, we're ushering a new era of smart switches.' 

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