Elektrobit Launches Industry-First Automotive Ethernet Switch Firmware for Secure, High-Performance, In-Vehicle Communications

November 18, 2021

New EB zoneo SwitchCore enables new category of advanced “smart” Automotive Ethernet switches for high-speed, high-bandwidth networks required for EVs, sophisticated ADAS and self-driving vehicles.

It is available for leading automotive switches, and already on the road with Marvell switches in production EVs, new firmware makes it possible for car makers to accelerate the production of next-gen vehicles.

Elektrobit also unveiled EB zoneo VSwitch, which enables the virtualization of switch functionality inside of ECUs, maximizing high-speed local communication.


ERLANGEN, Germany, November 18, 2021 – Elektrobit a visionary global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, today announced the industry’s first Automotive Ethernet switch firmware enabling secure, high-performance communications for in-vehicle networks. Available today for switches from leading hardware vendors and already on the road in production electric vehicles (EVs), the EB zoneo SwitchCore will make it easier for car makers and their suppliers to develop the advanced, high-bandwidth communications systems required by next-generation vehicles.

Every car maker is challenged to develop electronics networks that support the high-bandwidth communications and faster data throughput required for routing data from sensors, controls and interfaces in EVs, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving vehicles. Automotive Ethernet switches are the backbone of these new systems. Switches play a key and growing role in the electronic control units of these networks, from today’s highly centralized architectures powered by a handful of high-performance computers to tomorrow’s more distributed, zonal architectures.

EB zoneo SwitchCore is a firmware that adds a layer of intelligence to Automotive Ethernet switches that enables them to handle the ever-increasing network functions required to enhance the scalability, safety and security of vehicles. EB zoneo SwitchCore provides advanced network management and network security functions such as routing, gateways, firewalls and network intrusion detection and prevention systems.

EB zoneo SwitchCore is available for switches from leading manufacturers including Marvell and other leading hardware manufacturers. Although new to the market, the Elektrobit firmware is used in the architecture for a prominent line of production vehicles, which was implemented with Marvell switches.

“Working with Elektrobit to add firmware ‘smarts’ to our switches provides car makers with a complete solution that gives them a big advantage in accelerating their time to market,” said Will Chu, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Business Unit, Marvell. “Our collaboration with Elektrobit will benefit the automotive industry where the cloud, carrier and vehicle networks work seamlessly together to enable the proliferation of smart, software-defined vehicles.”

“Our new EB zoneo product line addresses a key pain point for car makers. Adding innovative software to the advanced features in today’s Automotive Ethernet switches gives our customers the highest performance and widest range of functionality. Together, with our hardware partners, we’re ushering a new era of smart switches,” said Michael Robertson, Head of Product and Strategy Management, Elektrobit.

Associated with this news, Elektrobit also unveiled EB zoneo VSwitch, which enables the virtualization of switch functionality inside of ECUs, maximizing high-speed local communication. EB zoneo VSwitch efficiently connects multiple virtual machines/processor cores with each other and to a shared, single automotive Ethernet switch port. By reducing the overall consumption of computational resources, EB zoneo VSwitch frees up processing power for additional applications.

For more information about EB zoneo SwitchCore and EB zoneo VSwitch, visit EB zoneo Solutions.


About Elektrobit

Elektrobit is an award-winning and visionary global supplier of embedded and connected software products and services for the automotive industry. A leader in automotive software with over 30 years serving the industry, Elektrobit’s software powers over one billion devices in more than 100 million vehicles and offers flexible, innovative solutions for car infrastructure software, connectivity & security, automated driving and related tools, and user experience. Elektrobit is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Continental.


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