Cars wired with ethernet may conjure thoughts of roving internet hotspots, but that’s not what Hyundai and Broadcom have in mind in this case. Traditionally, infotainment consoles, safety systems and the like are built on multiple in-car networks, but the duo will rig vehicles with modified ethernet cables to unify some of the disparate systems on a single network. Dubbed BroadR-Reach, the tech uses a single pair of unshielded wires to offer 100Mbps connection speeds and could scale up to 1Gbps. Though Hyundai and other automakers joined with Broadcom’s standards group for the technology last year, the firm is now the second car manufacturer to pledge that its autos will get the tech. As of now, there’s still no word on which models will be lined with ethernet or when they’ll roll off assembly lines.
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If you’ve been taking your trusty ethernet cable for granted since 1985, then we don’t blame you — that’s when the IEEE 802.3 standard was first published and it hasn’t had a full revision since 2008. Behind the scenes, however, the IEEE Ethernet Working Group has continued to add extras like 100Gbps compatibility (1Tbps will have to wait), improved energy efficiency and greater suitablity for in-car networking. As of today, all of those amendments have been incorporated into 802.3-2012, which makes this a good time to pay homage and remember just how often thin air lets you down.
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Killer Technology — formerly known as Bigfoot Networks — has certainly come a long way from its days as a scrappy startup, and now the outfit’s taking one more step towards ping domination with the introduction of two new products. Qualcomm Atheros is actually doing the honors, as it formally reveals the Killer Wireless-N 1202 WiFi module with Bluetooth as well as the Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller. Each one is aimed at DIYers and OEMs, enabling machines based on them to automatically classify and prioritizing gaming, video and audio network data — a bit of behind-the-scenes black magic that’s said to “provide a superior, uninterrupted online entertainment experience.” As you’d expect, both will include the Killer Network Manager software on associated rigs, giving end users a borderline ridiculous amount of control over how bandwidth is used. We’re told that the 1201 will ship next month, while the E2200 is available now; pricing remains a mystery on both, though.
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High-end automakers like BMW and Audi have already demoed their takes on the “connected car,” and even Intel’s gotten into the game with its safety-first, egg-shaped iteration. Now Panasonic and AT&T have partnered to explore the concept: Panny will provide hardware and integration, and Ma Bell will handle connectivity. All this concept-exploration will take place in Peachtree City, Georgia, and the team’s “connected lifestyle projects” will likely include basic in-car infotainment systems — think streaming music and video, along with social networking apps. But we’re also hoping for some really blue-sky stuff, more like the Mini Cooper’s driving-influenced playlist. After all, it won’t be long before the cars drive themselves, leaving passengers to demand some serious entertainment. Oh, and speaking of entertainment, check out the press release after the break.
Continue reading Panasonic, AT&T team up for connected cars, rule out extra-long Ethernet cables
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And to think I’ve been using coax this whole time!
Etsy seller feralswirl (you got rabid swirls runnin’ around?!) is selling these $ 35 ethernet cable floggers. They’re for beating your kinky computer geek boyfriend until his pale, pimply ass is all bruised and battered. Me? I’m waaaaaaaaaay past CAT-5 ethernet cable kinds of kinky. No, I’ve convinced my dominatrix to beat me with an entire internet TUBE. A whole series of them. She’s actually snapped ribs before. Also: into a Slim Jim. R.I.P. Macho Man Randy Savage.
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