NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) announced what it described as the world’s smallest single-chip 77GHz radar transceiver (7.5×7.5 mm) with very high resolution performance.
Radar is a core technology in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), as it provides precise data about the surrounding driving environment, ultimately making life safer for drivers and consumers on the road. Working prototypes of the RFCMOS IC are in the hands of NXP’s lead customers; they are also currently being field tested by Google engineers working on the self-driving cars project.
Winbond Signs Second-Source License Agreement to Develop XTRMFlash-Compatible Memory Devices
Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) announced XTRMFlash, a NOR Flash device that the company said will revolutionize the way the electronics industry develops systems and applications to help satisfy the insatiable need for “instant-on” performance and fast system responsiveness.
Utilizing its new, low pin-count XTRMBus™ interface that uses as little as 11 active signals, Micron said its XTRMFlash outperforms other industry NOR Flash while drastically reducing pin counts from those found in the fastest Parallel NOR Flash on the market today.
Freescale Introduces Highly Integrated, Dedicated Analog ICs for Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking Systems
New ICs eliminate the need for a heat sink, paving the way for smaller, lighter and more cost-effective braking control systems for motorcycles and scooters
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the SB0400 and SB0401 which, according to the company, are the industry’s first highly integrated, dedicated circuits (ICs) specifically engineered for motorcycle and scooter applications.
By incorporating the 7 x 7 millimeter devices into their designs, manufacturers of electronic control units (ECUs) no longer have to rely on much larger ABS ICs developed for automobiles. Instead, they can realize dramatic savings in cost, weight and space with advanced analog parts designed specifically for motorcycles and scooters.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MC33772 3- to 6-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller, expanding its portfolio of highly integrated solutions for reducing BOM cost, increasing operating robustness, and meeting stringent functional safety requirements for automotive and industrial battery systems.
Together with its previously announced MC33771 14-cell battery cell controller, the MC33772 expands Freescale’s hardware- and software-compatible battery cell controller portfolio to encompass a full range of single chip, 3- to 14-cell solutions.
The new microcontrollers are tailored for automotive applications and will be supported by the complete C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM. AUTOSAR Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL) support for the toolchain will also be available.
Since the introduction of the Kinetis product series from Freescale, IAR Systems has delivered development tools for Freescale’s ARM Cortex®-based MCUs. The new S32K product line is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 architecture and provides scalability and compatibility within an area of the automotive market traditionally served by a mix of 8-, 16- and 32-bit solutions. The new MCUs deliver professional software for AUTOSAR MCAL and other functionality, and include an IEEE-754 compliant Floating Point Unit (FPU).
Automotive Architecture Based on ARM® Cortex® Technology Delivers Software and Hardware Scalability for Faster Development Through Future-Proofing Features and Optimal Software Reuse
At the Freescale Technology Forum 2015, Freescale Semiconductor introduced the S32K, which it described as the first automotive microcontroller (MCU) product line designed to significantly speed and simplify software development.
The S32K is based on ARM Cortex architecture, which delivers exceptional scalability and compatibility for a range of automotive electronics applications traditionally served by a heterogeneous and incongruous mix of 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs, while providing a strong foundation for advanced tools and software platforms.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), which last fall introduced what it called the “world’s smallest” tire pressure monitoring device for passenger cars (FXTH87), has introduced the wireless FXTH8715 family, combining small size and high pressure accuracy for trucks and other large vehicles. The Freescale TPMS will be included in a module recently introduce by Advanced PressurePro.
The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs.
ARM is licensing functional safety support across its Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M processor families to deliver even stronger alignment for automotive use as the industry seeks to meet rapidly rising compute demands.
The company said this will help the ARM ecosystem shape next-generation technologies as vehicle manufacturers plan increasingly complex driver assistance and infotainment systems. ARM-based SoCs are already widely used in the automotive sector.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) have agreed that NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. NXP Chief Executive Officer Richard Clemmer will be President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.
The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing.
At the Mobile World Congress 2015, CogniVue Corporation, which licenses its APEX™ Image Cognition Processor (ICP) technology to semiconductor vendors, announced its next generation of APEX ICP technology with a 10x performance increase.
The automotive market continues to drive the need for high performance vision processing at low power. Building on its expertise in automotive safety applications and working collaboratively with major automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, CogniVue’s team has improved APEX ICP architecture and hardware blocks, and added new features that are said to provide the best performance per area per power for vision and image processing.