The automotive market is changing rapidly, driven by the revolution that is turning vehicles from mechanical machines into
connected, electric robots, where passengers can relax and be entertained while being driven to their destination.
Such epochal change has deep impact on all aspects of the vehicle, from the number of electronic control units (ECUs) and their
compute power to the complexity of how they are interconnected, and from how these systems are kept safe and secure from
external hackers and internal bugs. Arguably though, software is going through the biggest change of all.
Today’s automotive software dictates the user experience much more than in the past. Software defines how fast and far a car can
go, how connected and entertained the passenger can be, and in the end, determines the vehicle’s value.
In this new world, NXP is positioned to offer platform solutions that can enable OEMs and Tier-1s to first define and then
deploy new software-defined products. The new SJA1110 Ethernet switch plays a key role in such reference designs.
NXP Connected Gateway System Solution
The gateway has a critical role in the vehicle. It is in fact this ECU that interconnects, manages and updates all other ECUs in
the vehicle. It also acts as interface to the external world by securely communicating with the cloud.
GoldBox is NXP’s system solution targeting
connected, service-oriented gateway applications. It is built around NXP’s
S32G Vehicle Network Processor
and the new 10-port Ethernet switch (SJA1110) and uses 15 unique, and 35 total, NXP components. Additionally, GoldBox leverages
the capabilities of NXP’s VR5510 power management
IC (PMIC) that powers the whole system. What makes this automotive-grade solution so special is that it integrates all the
necessary hardware capabilities and basic software layers to accelerate customers’ production ECU development efforts.
Additionally, the NXP S32 Design Studio (S32DS) provides a complementary integrated development environment (IDE) for
programming both the SJA1110 Ethernet switch (which also includes an Arm®
Cortex®-M7 core) and the S32G processor with the same graphical user interface.
NXP creates highly optimized solutions for vehicle networking applications.
How can the
SJA1110 Ethernet switch
improve your design?
Going Beyond the IC
The GoldBox reference platform is more than just a solid hardware baseline. New vehicles will require new concepts to be
deployed in the vehicle. GoldBox helps engineers to develop innovative networking solutions such as:
Extended Networking Security
By taking advantage of the true strengths of each component, NXP offers a new concept for securing the data that is being
transported by the in-vehicle network, leveraging a combination of the SJA1110 Ethernet switch and the S32G processor. Ethernet
switches are the main I/O interfaces for Ethernet data. All Ethernet packets reaching the gateway go through a switch, so the
switch is the ideal place to deploy the first line of defense and monitoring of data. This is why the SJA1110 comes with such
powerful monitoring classification and filtering capabilities. At the same time, only a processor such as S32G, is fully aware
of the status of the system and can make decisions based on this knowledge. The combination of the devices offers a strong
platform for advanced Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS). For that reason, NXP believes that a combination of
SJA1110 and S32G, where security tasks are allocated between the two devices, can bring the extra advantage that no single
device delivers. Customers and partners using NXP’s GoldBox can leverage these advanced networking security capabilities to
explore new concepts and create truly differentiating products.
Similar to security, safety applications can also take advantage of the NXP system solution. In an in-vehicle network that is
primarily based on Ethernet, ASIL B rated Ethernet components such as the new SJA1110 Ethernet switch can contribute to
extending the safety of the vehicle by constantly monitoring itself and the cables connected to it. Once a deviation is
detected, the SJA1110 can interact with the ASIL D S32G processor or the VR5510 PMIC to notify the system and trigger a
Ethernet based in-vehicle network transporting safety critical information
By leveraging the security and safety capabilities of SJA1110 with the networking and compute power of the S32G, customers can
now imagine new diagnostics possibilities. For example, by combining the diagnostic information with a service-oriented
protocol, customers can deploy a cloud-based fleet diagnosis system and trigger new mechanisms for predictive maintenance.
GoldBox comes with the basic software building blocks that enable customers to experience just this.
For an in-vehicle network that is primarily based on Ethernet and running on batteries, energy efficiency is paramount. All NXP
Ethernet components support a new, standardized wake up mechanism, commonly referred to as “TC10 wake up mechanism”. GoldBox
includes the necessary hardware building blocks and on-board circuitry to deploy this mechanism in a TC10-enabled network,
therefore taking full advantage of this new capability.
Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN)
Upcoming in-vehicle networking will merge critical and non-critical traffic on the same wires. TSN is a standardized set of
tools which enables just this: ensuring that critical traffic is delivered on time whilst also supporting less critical data in
the same network. Both SJA1110 and S32G implement the most relevant TSN standards for the automotive use-case. GoldBox is then
the ideal platform to first evaluate these solutions and then build on top of these to develop new applications that can take
advantage of TSN capabilities.