Philips Offers 32-bit ARM7 with Both CAN and LIN Gateway Functionality

12/1/2003 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the industry’s first 32-bit ARM7-based microcontroller with embedded Control Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) gateway functionality. The robust processing power of the ARM7 core and the flexibility of on-chip CAN and LIN gateway functionality make Philips’ SJA2020 an ideal solution for the additional computing and memory demands created by complex in-vehicle networks (IVNs). Furthermore, the SJA2020 allows design engineers to reduce component count and centralize communications in IVN systems by replacing several 8-bit microcontrollers with one 32-bit microcontroller to control body applications in the car, including central door locks and power windows.

Leveraging its expertise in automotive electronics and 32-bit microcontrollers, Philips has worked closely with key players in the automotive industry – including Vector Informatik and Green Hills Software – to enter the growing market for 32-bit microcontrollers with a device designed to support the increasing number of IVN applications. The SJA2020 also supports the industry trend towards the centralization of body control applications as the 32-bit microcontroller provides centralized processing power and intelligence for multiple IVN nodes. In addition, by offering both CAN and LIN nodes on a single chip, the SJA2020 enables applications within the vehicle to communicate across different in-vehicle serial bus systems. This provides car manufacturers with a cost-effective and flexible solution for implementing an in-vehicle networking gateway for IVN applications that demand the performance of a 32-bit microcontroller.

“The market for 32-bit microcontrollers for automotive applications is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 19pct through 2007. The proliferation of sub-networks within vehicle electrical architectures is creating an increasing demand for master control modules requiring high performance microcontrollers with multiple interfaces, optimized storage and message handling capabilities. CAN is already the dominant automotive network protocol and new LIN applications will grow rapidly during the next three years,” said Chris Webber, vice president of the Automotive Electronics & Telematics Practice with analyst firm Strategy Analytics. “Being the first 32-bit MCU designed specifically to support both multiple CAN and LIN channels, the SJA2020 device is extremely well positioned to meet these industry demands and reflects Philips' focus and leadership in automotive IVN applications.”

“Leveraging our expertise in in-vehicle networking, Philips has developed the SJA2020 to provide both CAN and LIN gateway functionality,” said Michael Schneider, global system marketing manager, Global Automotive Marketing & Sales at Philips Semiconductors. “This will provide design engineers with a high performance yet low cost solution for centralizing communications of IVN applications.”

Philips’ SJA2020 is based on the industry standard ARM7 core, offering CPU operation up to 60 MHz. Additional features of the SJA2020 include a robust 256Kbytes of embedded Flash memory and support for up to 6 CAN channels and 4 LIN masters, providing designers with the highest level of flexibility in terms of implementation and customization of the gateway.

First samples of the SJA2020 are now available in a 144-pin package and mass production is scheduled to begin Q4 2004.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 31.8 billion in 2002. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 166,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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