Freescale works with BMW to develop a high-performance microcontroller

As the electronic and software content in automobiles continues to increase, the need for fast, reliable communication between vehicle subsystems intensifies. To help address this networking design challenge, Freescale Semiconductor recently developed a high-performance microcontroller (MCU) based on its Power Architecture technology in collaboration with leading automaker, the BMW Group.

Freescale’s 32-bit MCU for BMW’s 2010 luxury sports activity vehicles (SAVs) offers innovative dual-core architecture and enables unparalleled performance and integration to help reduce the cost and design complexity of connecting in-vehicle networks together at a single point.

Freescale worked with the BMW Group for over a year – through each design phase from initial concept to the first prototype car – to help provide solutions to the challenges posed by the exponential increase in network traffic between electronic subsystems. This jointly-created solution is able to deliver unprecedented performance and cost balance, and is expected to be deployed in the next BMW 1-and 3-Series and on the new X3 platform.

“We are extremely proud of this cooperation with the BMW Group as the trend toward more centralized data fusion within vehicles continues to require higher-speed processing capabilities,” said Henri Richard, senior vice president of Freescale’s global sales and marketing.

“Electronics are expected to represent 35 percent of the average cost of a vehicle this year. Freescale technology ultimately will help drive more sophisticated but still highly reliable in-vehicle networking capabilities to handle the increasing electronic content in these intelligent automobiles.”

Source: Freescale.

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