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Infineon demo 16-bit MCUs for automotive apps

Posted: 11 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor solutions  automotive applications  emission standards 


Infineon Technologies AG has demonstrated innovative semiconductor solutions for body, convenience and powertrain in automotive applications at the fifth SAE India Mobility Conference on Emerging Automotive Technologies. Infineon has highlighted its XC2700 family of microcontrollers for powertrain applications that enable the design of a cost-effective electronic engine control in motorcycles and entry-level cars to meet upcoming emission standards.

India is the world's strongest growing automotive market and second largest motorcycle market after China. India will introduce the Bharat Stage III/IV soon, tougher emission control standards for vehicles that are equivalent to the European EUR-3/4 norms—helping drive the need for cost-effective electronic engine management systems.

Indian companies expect to manufacture 1.5 crore two-wheelers a year by 2010, up from 67 lakh in 2005. According to industry experts, the Indian car market is the fourth largest in Asia with over 15 lakh light vehicles sold in 2006. In addition to enhanced requirements on the reduction of fuel consumption and emission, motorcycles in Asia must meet consumer prices of less than Rs.19,739.20 ($500) and entry-level cars must meet a starting price point below Rs.78,956.78 ($2000).

Offering 32-bit performance, the XC2700 family was specifically developed to reduce the system cost of the engine management system in motorcycles and entry-level cars, while providing the performance that is needed to meet the legislation on emissions.

"It's one of Infineon's objectives to develop more intelligent chips to help make vehicles more energy efficient," said C. S. Chua, automotive marketing director, Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket business group at Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd. "The XC2700 family helps improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in motorcycles and entry level cars by supporting fuel injection system with improved closed-loop control such as throttle, knock and valve controls. These tasks require advanced MCUs, which are powerful and flexible enough to handle all the functions in a modern vehicle," Chua added.

With 64- to 176-pins, the XC2700 family provides a scalable package range from lower cost versions to higher performance devices. Designers can now increase the performance curve by providing engine control systems for motorcycles and entry-level cars and equip them with more efficiency and by significantly improving emissions performance with these products.

The XC2700 product portfolio includes ten products varying in flash memory, frequency and package to help designers choose the best device for a more cost-effective application. Within the XC2700 product family, the hardware and software can be reused to provide excellent time-to-market, cost effectively.

The XC2766X and XC2786X microcontrollers of the XC2700 family are now available to dedicated automotive manufacturers and component suppliers.

Sample pricing varies according to product specification. For instance, the XC2766X with 66MHz frequency, 768kBytes of flash memory, 16 channels, LQFP-100 package and an automotive temperature range of -40°C to +125°C is priced at approximately Rs.292.53 ($ 7.41) per piece in quantities of 20,000. For the same quantities, the XC2786X with 24 channels in a LQFP-144 package and same key features is priced at about Rs.361.23 ($ 9.15) per piece.

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