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Freescale delivers S32K for low-end car functions

Posted: 24 Jun 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ADAS  S32K  microcontroller 

Freescale Semiconductor rolled out its family of S32K microcontrollers—derived from its 8bit S08 and S12 families but now 32bits wide—in addition to its supply of MCUs for high-end functions (engine control unit, automotive driver assistance system, automatic brake system, etc.) in automobiles. The S32K targets low-end functions such as rolling up windows, managing the interior environment and blinking the blinkers among others.

"Freescale has created a new 32bit ARM-based hardware platform—the S32K—for automotive applications which can perform about 30 per cent of the operations needed in a modern car," Manuel Alves, global product line manager at Freescale told EE Times in advance of the announcement at the Freescale Technology Forum 2015.

Freescale will also offer a functional-safety compliant software design studio free of charge to "make the life of the software engineer much easier by providing an open-source software-tool environment." The design studio will include reusable modules from Freescale and third parties that are all compatible with the whole spectrum of ARM-based ecosystem partners, ultimately shortening the product development cycle.

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The Freescale S32K with an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller is the first of a family that fills out the low end of its automotive hardware offerings. (Source: Freescale)

The entire software development kit—from drivers, to middleware (Core Self Test, LIN Stack, Automotive Math and Motor Control Library), to the real time operating system—are all provided open-source and for free including the application-programmer interfaces to premium tools ecosystem partners such as IAR Systems and Cosmic Software.

"What this proves is that Freescale is still fully committed to automotive market—in fact automotive is key to Freescale since they ship a million units per day to automotive manufacturers—second only to Renesas—and when they merge with NXP, Freescale will be number one in automotive," Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research told EE Times.

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