Freescale Introduces Programmable Wireless Charging Solutions for Automotive and Consumer Applications
The new Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now.
In-Vehicle Wireless Charging
As feature-rich, power-hungry mobile devices rapidly proliferate, the need to charge anywhere grows imperative.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American’s daily work commute time to be about 50 minutes, and more consumers are bringing their mobile lives into the car expecting the same options as the home for charging and connectivity – thereby fueling demand for in-vehicle wireless charging.
Asian-Focused Business Conference September 11-12, 2014
MEMS Industry Group (MIG), in partnership with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) and Shanghai Industrial Technology Research (SITRI), will host MEMS Industry Group® Conference Shanghai, a two-day event exploring the global MEMS and sensors supply chain, with particular focus on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities in Asia.
Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with Neusoft Corporation and Green Hills Software to establish an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) ecosystem designed to dramatically speed and simplify the creation of next-generation automotive vision applications.
The solution integrates CogniVue Corporation’s APEX Image Cognition Processing (ICP) IP, available from Freescale, with “silicon-aware” software from Neusoft’s ADAS vision applications, and the safety certified INTEGRITY® operating system and MULTI® tool chain from Green Hills Software.
Freescale Semiconductor announced what it said is the industry’s first general market AEC-Q100 qualified intelligent battery sensor to combine three measurement channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, and a CAN protocol module in a single package.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MAC57D5xx, a new family of ARM® Cortex®-based single-chip, triple-core microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive instrument clusters.
With more than 1.7x higher performance than any currently available automotive instrument cluster MCU, the new devices support complex graphics, including heads-up displays that previously required multiple components.
High-end automotive instrument clusters typically incorporate multiple external components, including a main processor, graphics unit, external SRAM, and dedicated circuitry to manage heads-up display warping and other sophisticated functionality. The cost and complexity of integrating these multiple parts previously restricted this functionality to the premium car segment.
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corporation together launched the Freescale Qorivva MPC5606E, a single-chip microcontroller (MCU) that integrates the Broadcom BroadR-Reach PHY. Its predecessor, the dual-chip MPC5604E, is currently in production. Freescale is sampling the new device now and expects that will be available in production quantities by the end of 2014.
Among other applications the device targets 360-degree “surround view” camera systems, which are used in applications such as park assist and blind spot detection. Automotive OEMS prefer peripheral cameras to be miniaturized and unobtrusive to maintain vehicle aesthetics. Smaller cameras can be more easily hidden within design features of the car, such as a front grill, bumper or wing mirror.
Freescale Semiconductor announced a new series of ARM®Cortex-based Kinetis microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive body electronics applications.
It said that with new Kinetis EA series MCUs, tier-one suppliers can develop initial prototypes in as little as 24 hours, and potentially reduce research and development time by two weeks or more.
Freescale expects the new Kinetis MCUs to be especially well accepted in China, where time-to-market is paramount and developer familiarity with the ARM architecture is strong. The development environment planned for the Kinetis EA series of MCUs includes comprehensive automotive reference designs and a suite of easy-to-use tools that support fast prototyping for inexperienced and veteran automotive applications engineers alike.
MC33816 for Direct Fuel Injection Engines Improves Fuel Efficiency, Reduces BOM Cost
Freescale Semiconductor announced the MC33816 programmable solenoid controller, a device the company said can reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency for gasoline and diesel direct fuel injection engines. It can also be used for driving dual clutch transmissions.
4 μCores; 16x Faster Response Time
The MC33816 programmable solenoid controller embeds intelligence with four integrated μCores, enabling four parallel tasks to run independently of the main system microcontroller. The result is a response time up to 16x faster than traditional architectures, thus improving engine efficiency with precise fuel delivery that reduces unnecessary fuel use.
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) are critical requirements in harsh industrial and automotive environments due to the close proximity of a wide range of networked electronic systems and devices.
According to Freescale, its MC33901 and MC34901 chokeless CAN high-speed physical layer transceivers deliver outstanding EMC performance and high ESD robustness without the need for external components, thereby reducing overall system costs.
The devices also offer fail-safe features to assist with system functional safety, as well as exceptionally low quiescent current down to 8 micro amps.
RealVNC said it has formed partnerships with Freescale® Semiconductor and QNX Software Systems Limited. Freescale selected RealVNC as a partner for MirrorLink™ certified in-car connectivity and QNX will work with RealVNC to bring RealVNC’s MirrorLink mobile-to-vehicle connectivity solution to the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment.
VNC Automotive allows safe and secure access and control of a mobile device from a vehicle head unit or infotainment system. It gives drivers access to all of their smartphone content, such as navigation applications, music libraries and Internet radio stations, while on the move. The mobile device can be directly controlled from the infotainment system touch screen, vehicle bezel keys, steering wheel switches and by voice command, ensuring all content can be accessed safely.