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Freescale introduces 32bit dual-core automotive MCUs

Posted: 19 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale  MPC5510  Power Architecture  MCU  microcontrollers 

Freescale's MPC5510 32bit automotive MCU

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a dual-core, 32bit MCU family designed to enhance the performance, power efficiency and flexibility of automotive body electronics. The latest addition to the company's MPC55xx portfolio, the MPC5510 family is the first line of 32bit automotive MCUs featuring a dual-core architecture with flexible low-power modes.

Built on Power Architecture technology, the new automotive MCU family promises a range of price/performance options and supports extensive communications capabilities, Freescale said, including FlexRay, CAN and LIN protocols.

Performance and power efficiency
"The MPC5510 family offers the best of both worlds for today's demanding body electronics applications: exceptional performance and excellent power efficiency," said Mike McCourt, VP and general manager of Freescale's microcontroller division. "The MPC5510 family can help reduce the number of modules in the car cockpit area through higher integration of gateway and body electronics functions, such as seat and mirror control, tire pressure monitoring and remote keyless entry."

The MPC5510 family scales from single-core MCUs (with 384Kbytes of embedded flash, low pin count and reduced feature sets) up to 80MHz dual-core devices (with 1MB of flash and advanced communications peripherals). This scalability enables developers to address a broad range of body electronics applications with a flexible platform architecture that extends to other members of the MPC55xx portfolio, the company said.

Target applications include body control modules (BCMs), gateways (linking FlexRay to CAN and LIN networks), instrument cluster controllers, centre stack display controllers and smart junction boxes.

As automotive architectures evolve towards more complex hierarchical networks, automakers require higher-performance body electronics modules to support gateway functions, as well as higher functional integration and centralized services, such as diagnostic, reprogramming and power management. Freescale said the MPC5510 family addresses these needs with a dual-core architecture based on two e200 cores.

Dual-core design
Supported by a crossbar switch architecture and 16-channel enhanced direct memory access (eDMA), Freescale said its innovative dual-core design makes the MPC5510 family one of the most efficient, low-power 32bit automotive MCUs in the market. These MCU family also enables customers to migrate to higher levels of integration in central body electronics and connect the body electronics domain to a FlexRay network. Automakers increasingly are adopting the FlexRay protocol as the vehicle "backbone" network and integrating more functionality into the central body controller.

Freescale plans to offer samples of the MPC5510 family in Q1 2007. A starter kit including an evaluation board and debug interface is planned for April 2007.

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