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8-bit MCUs target India, China

Posted: 25 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive microcontroller  motor vehicles  LCD driver  HVAC applications 

S08 MCU family

Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit automotive microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the announcement of an S08 MCU family designed for entry-level instrument clusters and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls.

Featuring an integrated liquid crystal display (LCD) driver, the new 8-bit S08LG32 MCUs provide a cost-effective solution for LCD-based body applications in value-line vehicles popular in emerging markets, such as India and China. The devices can be used in entry-level automobiles, as well as two/three-wheeled vehicles including motorcycles and scooters.

Freescale's S08LG32 family includes five automotive-qualified 5-volt devices that offer a range of flash memory sizes (up to 32 KB) and package options scaling from 48 to 80 pins. The on-chip LCD driver supports displays with up to 296 segments (8x37 or 4x41 LCD configuration). The highly integrated 8-bit MCUs are designed to deliver enhanced electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance.

The LG32 MCU family is well suited for cost-sensitive instrument cluster applications in entry-level vehicles, which account for more than 80 per cent of the total vehicle market in India. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), India is one of the world's fastest growing automotive markets, with a 17.8 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past five years in domestic sales. India is currently the world's 10th largest producer of motor vehicles and the ninth largest producer of passenger cars. According to SIAM, Indian automakers produced 23.1 lakh motor vehicles and an additional 85.3 lakh two/three-wheeled vehicles in 2007.

The MC9S08LG32 family leverages and expands on the extensive suite of hardware and software development tools available today for the S08 families. The CodeWarrior Development Tool Suite and a wide range of third-party development software tools are available to help ease and accelerate application development.

Freescale plans to offer cost-effective MC9S08LG32 family demonstration boards and instrument cluster reference designs in Q2 2009.

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