Driving Connectivity and Communication: Exploring the Synergy of CAN XL and Ethernet IP in Automotive Applications

In today’s automotive landscape, the demand for enhanced connectivity and communication capabilities is rapidly increasing. As vehicles become more advanced and connected, the need for efficient data transfer and seamless integration of multiple systems becomes paramount. In this blog, we will delve into the synergistic value proposition of combining CAN XL (CAN eXtended Data Link) and Ethernet IP in automotive applications, and how Arasan’s IP portfolio enables the development of cutting-edge Automotive SoCs.

CAN XL: Elevating Automotive Communication

Controller Area Network (CAN) has been a stalwart in automotive communication for decades, providing reliable and robust data transfer between electronic control units (ECUs). However, with the evolution of automotive systems, the limitations of the traditional CAN protocol have become apparent. CAN XL, the next-generation CAN technology, addresses these limitations and offers a significant leap forward in performance.

CAN XL boasts higher data rates, increased payload sizes, and improved fault confinement mechanisms. This enables faster and more efficient communication, making it well-suited for applications requiring high-bandwidth data transfer, such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. With its compatibility with existing CAN networks, CAN XL ensures a smooth transition and provides flexibility in system design.

Ethernet IP: Enabling Advanced Connectivity

Ethernet has become the de facto standard for high-speed data communication in various industries, and its integration into the automotive world brings a host of benefits. Ethernet IP offers exceptional scalability, reliability, and bandwidth, making it ideal for the complex communication needs of modern vehicles. By leveraging Ethernet, automotive systems can seamlessly connect with external networks, enabling features such as over-the-air updates, cloud-based services, and advanced vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.

The Synergy of CAN XL and Ethernet IP

When combined, CAN XL and Ethernet IP create a powerful communication ecosystem within automotive applications. The synergistic value proposition of these technologies can be summarized as follows:

1. High-Speed Data Transfer: CAN XL provides increased bandwidth for in-vehicle communication, while Ethernet IP enables high-speed connectivity to external networks. Together, they facilitate seamless and efficient data transfer within the vehicle and with external systems.
2. Enhanced System Integration: CAN XL and Ethernet IP integration allows for the seamless integration of various automotive systems, including ADAS, infotainment, telematics, and more. This integration streamlines system architecture and enables better collaboration and data sharing among different ECUs.
3. Scalability and Future-Proofing: Ethernet IP offers exceptional scalability, allowing automotive systems to adapt to evolving connectivity needs. This future-proofing ensures compatibility with emerging technologies and standards, providing longevity to automotive designs.
4. Flexibility in Data Prioritization: CAN XL provides the ability to prioritize critical and real-time data, ensuring the safety and reliability of essential automotive functions. Ethernet IP, on the other hand, offers flexibility in managing less time-sensitive data, allowing for efficient utilization of the network.

Arasan’s IP Portfolio: Enabling Seamless Integration

Arasan, a leading provider of semiconductor IP solutions, offers a comprehensive portfolio of CAN XL and Ethernet IP cores specifically tailored for automotive applications. By leveraging Arasan’s IP solutions, automotive manufacturers and system integrators can achieve seamless integration, optimize performance, and accelerate their product development.

Arasan’s CAN XL IP cores provide high-speed communication capabilities and extended payload sizes, enabling the development of automotive systems that demand increased bandwidth and data transfer rates. These IP cores are designed for compliance with the CAN XL specification, ensuring interoperability and compatibility with other CAN XL devices.

Additionally, Arasan’s Ethernet IP cores enable robust connectivity, offering features such as time-sensitive networking (TSN) and automotive Ethernet PHYs. This allows for seamless integration with external networks and supports various Ethernet-based applications within the automotive domain.


The combination of CAN XL and Ethernet IP revolutionizes automotive communication and connectivity. The synergy of these technologies enables high-speed data transfer, enhanced system integration, scalability, and future-proofing. Arasan’s comprehensive IP portfolio for CAN XL and Ethernet empowers automotive manufacturers and system integrators to develop cutting-edge Automotive SoCs with seamless integration and optimal performance. By leveraging these technologies, the automotive industry can unlock new possibilities in vehicle connectivity, safety, and efficiency, ultimately shaping the future of mobility.