SMSC's new OS81092 chip for car entertainment systems.

SMSC's new OS81092 chip for car entertainment systems. Credit: SMSC Corp.

A Hauppauge-based maker of vehicle entertainment and communications systems has introduced a lower-cost version of one of its top system controllers. 

Standard Microsystems Corp.’s controller creates a network, linking such devices as a DVD changer, a tuner box, a navigation unit, an amplifier and telephone system. 

“Audio signals can be digitally sent to an amplifier, allowing for crisp sound, and video signals can be digitally transferred to rear seat displays to generate a vivid movie experience,” a Monday news release said. 

SMSC says it was able to cut the cost by using a less-expensive computer chip, using read-only memory instead of flash memory, and reducing the size of some components.

The product is called the OS81092 Intelligent Network Interface Controller. 

“The introduction of SMSC’s OS81092 is the next step in the evolution of cost-effective infotainment solutions,” Christian Thiel, vice president of the company’s automotive information systems group, said in a news release. 

SMSC supplies factory-installed systems to Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

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