Plessey Semiconductors launched their PS25203 EPIC sensor. The Plessey PS25203 features low gain and high input impedance. The sensor helps car manufacturers build low cost, reliable detection systems for automotive applications. It is ideal for contactless ECG measurement such as driver fatigue monitoring or seat occupancy. The PS25203 EPIC sensors are in commercial production. The PS25203 is priced at less than $2 each in volume.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Qorivva 32-bit MPC5676R microcontroller. The new multicore automotive MCU features 6 MB of on-chip flash memory, 384 KB of on-chip RAM, three enhanced timing processor units (eTPU), 64-channel 12-bit analog-to-digital converter, CAN and FlexRay communications systems, on-chip hardware for knock detection processing. The 90nm Freescale Qorivva MPC5676R microcontrollers make it easier for automotive designers to improve engine efficiency and reduce exhaust pollution. The MPC5676R MCU is ideal for a variety of powertrain control applications, including diesel, gasoline and natural gas engines and hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicles. Evaluation kits and samples will be available in January 2012.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Qorivva MPC567xK 32-bit microcontrollers. The Qorivva MPC567xK MCU family is ideal for radar- and camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning systems, side view assistance and adaptive headlights. The dual-core MPC567xK microcontrollers feature a lock-step mode to detect and mitigate common hardware and software faults while meeting automotive software integrity level D standards. Samples of the first member of the MPC567xK family are expected in March. General availability is planned for Q3 2011.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Qorivva microcontroller (MCU) families for automotive applications. The new 55nm Qorivva MCU product families range from simple, low-cost, single-core controllers up to the latest triple- and quad-core variants. The 32-bit Freescale microcontrollers are based on Power Architecture technology. The MCU devices are built using a unique 55 nanometer (nm) non-volatile memory (NVM) process for improved power efficiency and cost effectiveness. The Qorivva MCU families will be available in early 2012.
Freescale Semiconductor recently launched their S12G microcontroller (MCU) family. The S12G microcontrollers are ideal for automotive body electronics applications requiring controller area network (CAN) or local interconnect network (LIN)/SAE J2602 communication, including body controllers, door modules, occupant detection, HVAC, seating controllers and lighting modules. The Freescale 16-bit S12G MCU family features onboard EEPROM and uses a mature and cost-effective 0.18 micron process.
Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) announced the MB86R02 “Jade D” SoC. The MB86R02 features the Fujitsu MB86296 “Coral” graphics processor unit (GPU) with the 32-bit ARM926EJ-S CPU core. The MB86R02 SoC is optimized for modular automotive display applications requiring high CPU performance and sophisticated 2D/3D graphics. It is ideal for graphical dashboard systems, head-up display units, on-board navigation systems, rear-seat entertainment, point-of-sale terminals and industrial control panels. The MB86R02 is available now in 484-pin TEBGA (Thermal Enhanced BGA) packages, with sample prices starting at $38.00 each.
NEC Electronics introduced eight new All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for safing microcontroller applications and low-end automotive systems (such as motor control and lighting control applications). The new microcontrollers consists of three 16-pin MCUs (78K0/FY2-L), three 20-pin MCUs (78K0/FA2-L), and two 30-pin MCUs (78K0/FB2-L). They feature a low standby power consumption of 0.65 µA, and are capable of responding to all temperature environments. Samples of the new MCUs are currently available. Mass production is scheduled to begin in June 2010 and is expected to reach a monthly production of 300,000 units by June 2015.
The Microtune MT3511 RF MicroDigitizer is designed for automotive infotainment systems. The integrated 16-bit analog to digital converter (ADC) digitizes the IF signal and provides a suitable interface for high-end software defined radio architectures. A generic processor (e.g. DSP) can be used to demodulate the supported radio standards. The MT3511 is currently sampling to key customers and is priced at $3.50 in volumes of 100,000/year.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the S08MP16 microcontrollers (MCUs) for embedded motor control. The entry-level 8-bit S08MP16 microcontroller (MCU) family provides a safe, accurate, and cost-optimized solution for brushless DC (BLDC) motor control applications ranging from industrial drives to automotive fuel pumps. Industrial- and automotive-qualified samples of the S08MP16 are available now in sample quantities, with production quantities planned for early 2010. Suggested resale pricing starts from $1.10 (USD) for 10,000-unit quantities.
NEC Electronics introduced the EC-4260 (NaviEngine-MID) and EC-4250 (NaviEngine-mini) system-on-chips (SoCs) for use in automotive infotainment systems. The EC-4260 and EC-4250 devices have the performance, peripheral set, and software ecosystem to meet the demands of high-performance applications such as navigation, infotainment and telematics systems. The EC-4260 and EC-4250 are currently available for samples, priced per unit at US$140 and US$70 respectively. Mass production is estimated to begin in 2010 and is expected to reach 100,000 units per month by 2012.