Ford selects ADI audio bus for next-gen infotainment

20th January 2016
Nat Bowers

The Ford Motor Company has selected Analog Devices’ Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire. This enables advanced, feature-rich infotainment systems while reducing system costs in wiring-intensive automotive applications.

Ford will use the AD2410 transceiver, the first product in the A2B portfolio, in four vehicle platforms moving to production in 2016. The A2B series also includes the AD2401 and AD2402 transceivers that have been specifically tuned for microphone connectivity, making them particularly well suited for applications such as active noise cancellation, hands-free and in-car communications.

A2B devices meet all relevant automotive ESD, EMI and EMC requirements, are fully AEC-Q100 qualified and operate over the extended automotive temperature range (from -40 to +105°C).

Vlad Bulavsky, General Manager, Automotive Cabin Electronics Business, Analog Devices, commented: “We’re extremely pleased that Ford has selected the A2B technology for its infotainment systems. As an early adopter of the A2B technology, Ford has been a great partner and instrumental in refining the feature set of future A2B devices.”

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