Honda's Membership Gives JASPAR Critical Mass, According to ABI Research.OYSTER BAY Oyster Bay, uninc. area (1990 pop. 6,687) of the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau co., SE N.Y., on N Long Island, on Long Island Sound; settled 1653. It is chiefly residential. , N.Y. -- Honda's decision to join the JASPAR JASPAR Japan Automotive Software Platform and Architecture (Japan Automotive Software Automotive software is a software driving a microcontroller within automobiles. These microcontrollers are usually specific to automotive applications usually containing integrated bus transceivers interfaces for bus systems like LIN, CAN, MOST, LAN among others. Platform and Architecture) consortium formed recently by Toyota and Nissan lends great credibility to the group. It presents a challenge for proponents of new or existing standards worldwide, and an opportunity for smaller technology innovators to help shape future Japanese vehicles.
JASPAR, created to develop a unified architecture for vehicle networking and software development, now includes the "big three" OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and players in the region enjoying increasing automotive production levels.
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(Application Binary Interface) A specification for a specific hardware platform combined with the operating system. Research analyst Dan Benjamin, the group is a significant departure for Japanese OEMs, which were among the last to join such international collaborations such as FlexRay, and remain key abstainers from other standards.
There is strong international will to establish standards. The benefits are clear: automakers can draw from a "global parts bin"; suppliers aren't tied to one customer; costs are lowered, and developers' skills better focused.
JASPAR says that it's inclusive and will contribute to the standards-setting efforts of other consortia. But what are the implications for automotive network and software development around the world?
"Only time will tell if JASPAR truly brings unity to networking and software used by Japanese OEMs and their suppliers," offers Benjamin, "but if Honda, Nissan, and Toyota really stick to this consortium, would you want to be the automotive supplier that ignores them?"
But he also sees JASPAR as an opportunity for "silicon" companies to get in on the ground floor of a new standards development process.
Standards take time, and products based on JASPAR's work are unlikely to appear before 2009. Meanwhile, ABI Research's new report, "In-Vehicle Networking," finds significant momentum among nearly all major OEMs in migrating from proprietary standards to CAN, LIN, FlexRay, MOST, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 1394, and others. The report forecasts the use of these protocols through the end of the decade.
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