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16 November 2010

Freescale Semiconductor has announced its next-generation 32bit MCUs
Freescale Semiconductor has announced its next-generation 32bit MCUs

Freescale announces its most powerful and versatile 32bit microcontrollers for automotive applications.

To meet the automotive industry’s ever-increasing need for processing performance and integration, Freescale Semiconductor has announced its next-generation 32bit MCUs.

The new Qorivva microcontroller families, based on Power Architecture technology, are built using a 55nm non-volatile memory (NVM) process for improved power efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Qorivva MCUs are built on Power Architecture cores configured to meet the rigorous demands of the automotive environment. The new 55nm Qorivva MCU families address key challenges for the automotive market, including the need for increased performance, new safety requirements and enhanced security features.

Automakers are continually exploring new options to satisfy evolving consumer demands. Technology trends in the automotive industry include active vehicle safety (in addition to the traditional passive safety systems) and electrification of the powertrain.

The increasing complexity of new automotive electronic systems is leading to rapidly increasing requirements for MCU performance, making multicore processing a necessity for safety and performance. Safety mandates around the world continue to increase, with many requiring fault-recognition systems and even fault tolerance, for braking, steering, powertrain and some of the latest advanced driver assistance systems. At the same time, as complexity continues to grow, reducing power consumption is quickly becoming critical, as up to 100+ electronic control units require current to function within the vehicle.

In addition to improving the overall performance of its latest product families, Freescale has taken extra steps to help automakers build the safest cars on the road. MCUs with multiple cores help build redundancy into the system for the fault monitoring and distributed control required by safety-critical applications. Freescale’s design process documents features and functions of the MCU so automotive manufacturers have all of the necessary, detailed information during the required safety certification processes.

Each 55nm Qorivva MCU comes with a full run-time software solution, including AUTOSAR MCAL driver suites and AUTOSAR real-time operating system for single-core and multicore MCUs. Qorivva MCUs also are supported by development tools, including high-performance compiler support and multicore debuggers from Freescale development partners and Freescale’s own CodeWarrior tool set.

Freescale is a founding member of the DSI, FlexRay and LIN consortia, a premium member of AUTOSAR and an active member of the PSI5, JASPAR and GENIVI consortia.

The new Qorivva MCU families are planned for availability in early 2012.


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