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.
Integrating Technology from CogniVue, Green Hills Software and Neusoft
At the Mobile World Congress, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) introduced the S32V234 vision microprocessor, an automotive system-on-chip (SoC) with sufficient reliability, safety and security measures to “co-pilot” a self-aware car.
The new device targets Front Camera, Rear Camera, 360° Surround View, and Sensor Data Fusion applications.
According to Freescale, the SoC leverages numerous automotive-grade technologies to help establish the essential bridge from the current, convenience-centric “assist” era to a time in the relatively near future when cars can capture, process and share control with drivers in critical situations.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announced it will soon introduce an OpenCL (Open Computing Language)-based automotive development environment engineered to open the market for car OEMs and tier-one suppliers alike to bring advanced driver assist and other ADAS technologies to a wider range of vehicles, faster.
The company also called on tier-one ADAS system providers and their suppliers to renew their commitment to automotive safety via the design and deployment of highly secure embedded semiconductors built from the ground up to meet and exceed automotive-grade quality requirements.
Freescale Offers Software and Development Kit to Support MEMS Industry Group’s Sensor Fusion Initiative
In addition to contributing its sensor fusion software, Freescale is making available its sensor fusion development kit and additional development technology based on its Freedom development platforms for Freescale Sensors and Kinetis MCUs with Bluetooth.
The development kit includes optional software development support from Freescale, and works with AIC’s open-source sensor fusion software to help developers more quickly and easily deploy sensors into applications for the secure Internet of Tomorrow.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams.
The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver.
Highly integrated modules based on Freescale i.MX 6 series processor deliver automotive connectivity and applications support
As part of a two-year collaboration with ALPS Electric Co. of Japan, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) announced three automotive-grade connectivity modules for next-generation telematics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
The solutions include Freescale’s Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) based on the i.MX 6 series of applications processors for automotive infotainment and connectivity technology from ALPS to enable smarter, more connected vehicles.
Freescale Battery Cell Controller Balances Measurement Accuracy, Scalability and High Speed Communications
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo –Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announced a highly integrated 14-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller for industrial and automotive applications, designed to cost effectively meet the stringent requirements for ASIL-C functional safety.
With fourteen cell balancing transistors, a current sensor with ±0.5% accuracy from milliamps to kiloamps, and 2 Mbps communication transceiver interface integrated into a single 64-pin QFP package, Freescale’s MC33771 battery cell controller and companion MC33664 isolated communications interface deliver robust, reliable performance for 48 V battery systems, enabling economical scalability beyond 1000 volts.
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.