NXP Semiconductors today announced that it has shipped its one millionth FlexRay™ transceiver to the automotive industry. This landmark shipment reiterates its number one position as the leading supplier of in-vehicle networking technology, making NXP the only provider to ship over a million FlexRay Physical Layer compliant transceivers. It also reflects a rapid increase in the adoption of FlexRay in-vehicle networking technology among car OEMs globally.
FlexRay is the automotive standard for deterministic, fault-tolerant, high-speed data communication and it clearly delivers the networking performance demanded by newer and enhanced automotive applications such as brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire.
As the next generation In-Vehicle Networking, FlexRay has much higher bandwidth than existing CAN and is expected to be the communication backbone for Drive-by-Wire applications, which will help reduce car weight and energy consumption and allow for better safety.
NXP’s FlexRay transceiver was first road tested by BMW with its 2007 BMW X5, the first series production car with a built-in FlexRay system. In 2008 this was followed by the fifth generation 7 series, which use up to 11 FlexRay node transceivers.