Archive for November, 2012

Cadence Announces Availability of Industry’s First Design IP and Verification IP for Ethernet-Based Automotive Connectivity

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced the immediate availability of the industry’s first Automotive Ethernet Design IP and Verification IP (VIP) for the latest Automotive Ethernet Controllers. The standards-based Design IP and VIP support the latest Automotive Ethernet extensions as defined by the OPEN Alliance Special Interest Group (SIG). Together, both IP help speed today’s newest automotive requirements to market, including improvements to in-vehicle safety, comfort, and infotainment as well as reductions in network complexity and cabling costs. Implementation of these new capabilities is made faster and easier by the Cadence® Media Access Controller (MAC) Design IP and VIP for Ethernet-based automotive connectivity.

The automotive industry is trending towards Ethernet for in-vehicle networking based on IEEE standards driven by the OPEN Alliance SIG to develop a simpler and more powerful Automotive Electrical/Electronic Architecture. Ethernet for in-vehicle networking provides a cost effective cabling solution for the Automotive Industry with low-weight, unshielded twisted pair cable.

“Car manufacturers are starting to deploy Automotive Ethernet over unshielded twisted pair cabling inside the vehicles. Therefore it is important for the industry that companies like Cadence provide Design and Verification IP that will enable the ecosystem to develop Ethernet-based products for in-vehicle communication,” said Ian Riches, Director Global Automotive Practice, at Strategy Analytics.

The Cadence MAC Design IP speeds development of automotive Ethernet-based integrated circuits. In addition, Cadence Ethernet VIP customers can automate complex conformance tests of the Automotive Ethernet protocol and take advantage of advanced verification methodologies. Cadence VIP significantly shortens the overall testbench development time resulting in increased verification productivity.

“The introduction of Ethernet for in-vehicle networking delivers revolutionary benefits to automotive connectivity relative to the costly, low performance and proprietary technology previously used,” said Martin Lund, Senior Vice President, SOC Realization Group, Cadence. “With our new IP and VIP offering, customers can more easily implement the latest automotive requirements and create advanced Ethernet-based products for in-vehicle communication.”

Cadence is a market leader in silicon-proven Ethernet IP solutions, with more than 12 years of expertise in delivering, and supporting high-quality Ethernet IP. Cadence Ethernet IP is UNH-tested and silicon-proven in many high-volume commercial products. Leveraging membership and participation in the OPEN Alliance SIG and IEEE 802.3 and 802.1 standards community, Cadence continues to upgrade its IP solution to give customers the highest confidence in their Ethernet solutions.

More details on Cadence Design IP here
http://www.cadence.com/solutions/dip/Pages/Default.aspx

More details on Cadence Design VIP here
http://www.cadence.com/products/fv/verification_ip/Pages/ethernet.aspx

Cadence is a member of the OPEN Alliance (One-Pair Ether-Net) Special Interest Group (SIG), established to drive wide-scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity. www.opensig.org

About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, automotive electronics and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.

Cadence, and the Cadence logo are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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The Automotive Aftermarket X-Factor: Telematics Tech Wins Over the Consumer

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By 2014, 70% of consumer devices will be connected to the Internet, extending the digital lifestyle into vehicles. So one key questions stands out – how will automotive and consumer electronics technologies optimize the customer experience? Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Honda and six other leading automotive OEMs will take the stage in Las Vegas on Jan 7, 2013 in order to discuss how to satisfy consumer demands for a smooth, seamless In-Vehicle Infotainment and HMI solution in the vehicle at the Consumer Telematics Show, one day before the International CES.

Technology in active interfaces have proved to drive car purchasing decisions, and the market for infotainment systems alone is set to grow 7.3% year on year to $35.89 billion in 2013, and as a consequence the telematics value chain is currently investigating how companies can take advantage most effectively of this growth in this vertical.

The Consumer Telematics Show is the premier B2B forum and the key start of year event created specifically to answer the crucial tech and business strategy questions set to unlock the value of telematics innovation in the US market and beyond. High quality, seamless and personalized end-to-end connected driver experiences are at the top of the agenda.

John McLaughlin, National Manager for Cross Car Line Planning at Toyota, declared “CTS is your one stop shop to get on board with the latest technological innovations driving change in telematics”. Now in its 11th year, CTS is the largest forum dedicated to automotive infotainment and HMI in the USA and is once again set to feature exclusive keynote OEM announcements of brand new services for 2013.    

The race to merge the consumer’s out-vehicle and in-vehicle lifestyle

At this lucrative tipping point for connected vehicle services, The Consumer Telematics Show 2013 (Jan 7, Las Vegas) marks the start of a critical year in the development of the consumer telematics industry. Indeed, with embedded connectivity on the horizon, it is imperative that the ecosystem unites at the start of 2013 to engage and maintain consumer loyalty through bridging the gap between life outside and inside the car.

Senior-level speakers  at CTS 2013 including Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Audi, Chrysler, Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Porsche, KIA and many more will address key infotainment and HMI focused topics such as:

  • CREATE YOUR APP DELIVERY STRATEGY: Assess how the availability of apps will influence consumers’ device-related purchasing decisions and debate their form and function in the vehicle: through a tethered solution, embedded, hybrid, or cloud
  • THE ARRIVAL OF HTML5 AND ITS VALUE TO THE AUTO WORLD: Harness the full capability of an HTML 5 ecosystem to create a flexible, cross-platform, non-proprietary solution which enables developers to build a host of profitable applications for the automotive environment
  • BALANCE NEXT-GEN HMI WITH D.O.T GUIDELINES: Discuss innovative HMI technologies such as touch, gesture and audio to ensure the compliancy of your solutions in a landscape fraught with fears over driver distraction
  • BRING CLOUD-BASED APPLICATIONS UP TO AUTO STANDARD: Render apps to the high-quality and robust specifications which customers expect, and ensure a seamless transition for the driver when it comes to cloud-based integration in the vehicle
  • A BRAVE NEW WORLD OF M&As: Hear directly from Hughes Telematics and Verizon Wireless as they speak out on the telematics industry’s first major acquisition and forecast its impact on the market’s development from 2013 to 2020

With exclusive OEM presentations, 350+ exec delegates, 25+ senior-level telematics speakers and 10+ businesses-focussed sessions, CTS 2013 is the premier business intelligence and networking forum for the CE, telematics, digital, mobile and wireless industries.

For the complete CTS 2013 conference program and speaker line-up, access the e-brochure at
http://www.telematicsupdate.com/cts/conference-event-brochure.php, or contact the Telematics Update team at cts@telematicsupdate.com

Register today to join the 350+ senior delegates already registered, via the secure link below: https://secure.telematicsupdate.com/cts/register.php

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Telematics Update Conferences are the most prestigious in the industry. We produce the largest telematics events in North America, Europe & Asia, and attract the most influential speakers providing a rich environment for establishing strategic relationships and networking.

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Freescale Develops World’s Most Advanced Powertrain Microcontroller, Helping Drive Auto Industry to 55 MPG

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Quad-core Qorivva MPC5777M MCU brings the highest level of performance, functional safety and security to future engine applications

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) has announced the new Qorivva MPC5777M multicore microcontroller (MCU), the latest advancement in its extensive Qorivva product line. This advanced MCU family will help automakers worldwide address regional automotive fuel economy and safety trends by providing outstanding performance for a new generation of engine management solutions.

Automakers are under increasing pressure from both governments and consumers to improve overall fuel efficiency across their fleet (e.g. the US goal is expected to be 54.5 MPG by 2025) and lower polluting emissions. This is achieved by increasingly tight computerized control of the complete engine combustion process.

With new fuel choices, and increasing safety demands primarily driven by electric vehicles, automakers need innovation and creativity to address increasingly complex powertrain platforms. As a pioneer and leader in the powertrain market, Freescale is anticipating these needs and continues to increase collaboration with automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers around the world, developing a suite of controllers that will power vehicles beyond 2025.

The Qorivva MPC5777M will help address these needs by powering traditional diesel and gasoline direct injection systems as well as hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicles. The MPC5777M MCU provides three times the performance of Freescale’s Qorivva MPC5674F MCU, which has the highest official performance benchmark score in the industry. By harnessing this level of performance, automakers can simultaneously improve fuel economy and lower emissions. The MCU, with its smart on-chip partitioning, allows virtually instantaneous switching between high-performance and low-power operations, reducing the load on an increasingly complex vehicle electrical system.

“As the global powertrain market continues to evolve, Freescale is working hard to anticipate our customers’ needs by providing the value and capabilities required for future engine control developments,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Global Marketing for Freescale’s Automotive MCU business. “The Qorivva MPC5777M device, along with our recently announced MCU for electronic braking systems at Continental, demonstrates Freescale’s leadership in the most advanced areas of automotive electronics.”

Functional safety and security are becoming increasingly important to automakers and system suppliers. The MPC5777M is the newest Freescale SafeAssure functional safety solution and has been defined and developed from the ground up to address the ISO 26262 standard. The MPC5777M allows functional safety technology and ASIL-D compliance to be included in this new generation of powertrain controller and several key features have been included in hardware to help developers create safe solutions.

With the tremendous amount of data streaming through today’s vehicles, security has become a necessity for automakers to protect their control systems from software attacks. The MPC5777M MCU offers a hardware security module (HSM), which can prevent a hacker from taking control of the engine control unit. In addition, tamper detection protects against unauthorized code changes, power modifications and emissions tampering, which can lead to potentially critical damages to the automotive systems.

To help customers bring their designs to market more quickly, Freescale provides comprehensive enablement solutions for powertrain development, including comprehensive software libraries and reference solutions with full software and hardware integration. Freescale also offers an extensive suite of advanced development tools from partners such as Green Hills and Lauterbach.

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Product availability

In addition to the Qorivva MPC5777M family, Freescale will make available the MPC5744K and MPC5746M families, based on the same Power Architecture® technology. With this offering, Freescale now offers seamless scalability from 2.5 MB to 8 MB in memory, allowing customers to easily scale up or down as their product lines grow and diversify. Alpha samples of the MPC5777M MCU are available now. General market samples are planned for Q3 2013. Alpha samples of the MPC5744K are available now, with general market samples planned for availability in 2014.

Freescale SafeAssure program: Functional Safety. Simplified.

The Freescale SafeAssure functional safety program is designed to help system manufacturers more easily achieve system compliance with functional safety standards: International Standards Organization (ISO) 26262 and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508. The program highlights Freescale solutions – hardware and software – that are optimally designed to support functional safety implementations and come with a rich set of enablement collateral. For more information, visit www.freescale.com/SafeAssure.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Qorivva, SafeAssure and the SafeAssure logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. The Power Architecture and Power.org word marks and the Power and Power.org logos and related marks are trademarks and service marks licensed by Power.org. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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Freescale and Continental Partner on Quad-Core 32-Bit Microcontroller for Advanced Stability Applications

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Automotive industry’s first quad-core MCU with two pairs of redundant cores integrates Continental’s “fault recovery” technology for safety-critical chassis control applications

Continuous developments in microelectronics are helping make advanced electronic braking systems (EBS) more reliable, responsive and affordable for mainstream vehicles. To enable the next generation of EBS and chassis control systems, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) and Continental have joined forces to design a high-performance, quad-core microcontroller (MCU) optimized for EBS applications.

The two automotive suppliers are collaborating on a custom MCU program called Quad-core microcontroller for Automotive Safety And Reliability (QUASAR) designed to provide the processing intelligence for Continental’s next-generation EBS products. The first device in the family integrates four e200z4 cores based on Power Architecture® technology, making it the industry’s first quad-core automotive MCU with two pairs of cores in redundant lockstep.

“The QUASAR device is designed to be one of the most powerful, sophisticated automotive MCUs in its class,” said Dr. Adrian Traskov, IC Development Manager at Continental’s Chassis & Safety Electronic Brake Systems business unit. “Creating a device of such complexity has required close collaboration between Continental and Freescale engineering teams on all technology fronts – silicon design, software tools, simulation and modeling, and hardware platforms. We’re working in unison to develop what we think will be a breakthrough in multicore technology for the automotive industry.”

Designed to double the performance of existing MCUs, the highly integrated device contains 4.75 MB of flash memory, 256 KB of SRAM and Continental’s fail-safe technology, which meets the requirements for ISO 26262 ASIL D and SIL3 according to IEC61508 applications. Due to the full symmetry, there is no need to partition the software into safety-relevant and safety-not relevant. Different from other available safety MCUs based on functional and checker cores, the QUASAR device provides full two-channel architecture, thus allowing recovery in the case of random hardware failure to a single channel that extends system availability.

The device’s exceptional quad-core performance makes it ideal for a wide range of fail-safe-critical applications in the performance-intensive chassis control market. Integration of customer software “virtual ECU” becomes an easy task due to clear separation and independent execution. The high level of integration also helps reduce system cost, power requirements, component count and board space.

“Developing a quad-core MCU based on Power Architecture technology with this level of integration, redundancy and functionality redefines innovation,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Global Marketing for Freescale’s Automotive MCU business. “The resulting device has the potential to provide unprecedented levels of performance and safety for new generations of braking systems.”

The custom design program required a major investment in software and hardware tools, including low-level drivers (LLDs), development tools, evaluation boards and cycle-accurate simulation software for virtual prototyping at the system-level. The LLDs used with the MCU family will be compliant with the AUTOSAR 4.0 standard.

The quad-core device, currently built using 55-nanometer process technology, is the first member of a comprehensive MCU family, with a roadmap to double-performance, double-memory devices planned in 40-nanometer process technology. There also will be devices scaled down to meet the requirements of basic EBS systems.

For more information about Freescale automotive MCUs, visit www.freescale.com/automotive.

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About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. http://www.freescale.com.

About Continental

With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 170,000 employees in 46 countries.

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. The Power Architecture and Power.org word marks and the Power and Power.org logos and related marks are trademarks and service marks licensed by Power.org. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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Freescale Introduces Xtrinsic Pressure Sensors for Automotive Engine Control and Green Vehicle Applications

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

New MPXHZ9000 high-accuracy absolute pressure sensors are pin-for-pin compatible with MPXHZ6000 family, providing design flexibility

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is adding three new pin-for-pin compatible pressure sensor replacements for the MPXHZ6000 family to its portfolio of Xtrinsic pressure sensors for automotive engine management and efficiency applications. The MPXHZ9000 absolute temperature compensated, piezo-resistive pressure sensors provide the same trusted functionality as Freescale’s other integrated pressure sensors, while adding clipping functionality and the ability to customize for multiple end user applications.

Freescale’s latest MPXHZ9000 pressure sensors come with package porting and mounting options, offering significant advantages for the automotive engine control market as well as consumer and industrial applications. The MPXHZ9115A is a non-ported sensor for fuel-injected car engines, motorbike and scooter engines and comfort seating and lumbar applications. The MPXHZ9400AC and MPXHZ9250AC are ported versions with tube attachments for applications such as alternative fuel or hybrid/electric vehicles, liquid propane gas (LPG) or remote sensing.

The MPXHZ9000 family of pressure sensors has two new distinct features—factory programmable output clipping and loss of supply/ground output diagnostics. The MPXHZ9000 family can be ordered with factory programmed ratio-metric clipping levels. In addition, these sensors are designed to detect loss of supply or loss of ground conditions and to signal the host controller with output levels outside of the normal operating range.

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“Our new MPXHZ9000 pressure sensors are pin-compatible with our MPX6000 family of sensors, providing our global customers with a trusted and enhanced solution for several automotive applications,” said Seyed Paransun, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division. “These devices enable designs that contribute to more efficient engine controls for greater reliability, fuel efficiency and pollution reduction.”

The MPXHZ9000 pressure sensors use a five-volt power supply and can sense pressure ranging from 15 – 400 kPa. The sensors are available in a durable thermoplastic eight-lead surface mount package that uses the same pin-out as existing MPXHZ6000 family pressure sensors for easy pin-for-pin compatible design with no board layout change required. In addition to Freescale’s proven sensor technology, customers benefit from the two-die solution and no laser trimming resulting in less test time. Additional products with pressure ranges from 15 to 400 kPa are planned to be added to the portfolio in the next year.

A leading supplier of automotive semiconductors, Freescale has provided pressure sensors for more than 30 years and is dedicated to enabling designs that meet government regulations and consumer requirements for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles while delivering best-in-class performance. Freescale’s sensors, analog products and 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCU families provide intelligence and connectivity for advanced automotive safety, body electronics, chassis, engine control, powertrain, driver information and telematics applications. Freescale has been supplying barometric airflow and manifold airflow pressure sensors to significantly reduce exhaust emissions and fuel consumption since 1982.

Pricing and availability

The MPXHZ9000 pressure sensors are sampling now, with full production planned for Q1 2013 at a suggested resale price starting at $3.50 (USD) in 10,000-piece quantities. For more information, visit http://www.freescale.com/pressure.

The Freescale Tower System is a modular development platform that helps developers quickly prototype and evaluate their applications. The Tower System pressure sensor TWRPI-MPXHZ9115 and TWRPI-MPXHZ9400 plug-in development boards are expected to be available in Q1 2013 for a suggested resale price of $75 (USD). For more information, visit www.freescale.com/towersensorpakauto.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Xtrinsic are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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Xtrinsic Radar Transmitter from Freescale Improves Performance, Cost and Complexity of Automotive Active Safety Systems

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Industry’s first 77 GHz VCO+Tx built on SiGe BiCMOS technology for automotive radar sensors improves logic and power amplifier integration

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) has introduced the new Xtrinsic PRDTX11101 automotive radar transmitter for active safety applications, such as adaptive cruise control. The industry’s first 77 GHz silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS transmitter features an integrated voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) and power amplifier for greater control, reduced system design complexity and lower system costs.

Automotive active safety applications, or advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are a rapidly expanding market. A recent Strategy Analytics report predicts that the market for ADAS, including radar applications, will reach nearly $15 billion by 2019. These are systems that help drivers make better decisions and reduce automobile accidents and fatalities.

Freescale silicon and software are accelerating the availability of ADAS for mainstream vehicles. Featuring scalability, low power consumption and high levels of integration, Freescale offers the industry’s most complete selection of microcontrollers, sensors and analog devices for ADAS. Using Freescale technology, auto equipment manufacturers are able to simplify the highly complex development process and reduce time to market for front, rear and surround cameras, as well as radar for adaptive cruise control.

Adaptive cruise control is enabled by radar, which allows continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s field of view. Freescale’s transmitter solution supports radar sensing up to a 200-meter range and enables the determination of the distance and closing rate between the vehicle and other objects, including cars, stationary objects or pedestrians. If the radar system detects an impending collision, active braking could be applied to prevent an accident if the driver doesn’t respond.

“Freescale is working to make active safety applications more cost-effective for mainstream vehicles, making the roads safer for everyone,” said Dan Viza, director of Millimeter Wave Products at Freescale. “The Xtrinsic PRDTX11101 transmitter reduces the cost and complexity of 77 GHz automotive adaptive cruise control and long-range radar applications as well as short-range automotive applications, such as blind spot detection, lane change assist and cross traffic alerts.”

The new radar transmitter is manufactured using 0.18 µm SiGe BiCMOS technology, which enables integration of the digital control functions in CMOS with millimeter wave frequency capabilities. The integrated VCO combined with power amplifier (PA) stages reduces system complexity and enables a smaller customer circuit board size. The transmitter also features low phase noise, coupled with low power consumption and a wide tuning range, improving the fidelity of the signal and enabling the device to be tuned to a range optimized for specific conditions or applications.

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PRDTX11101 key features

The Xtrinsic PRDTX11101 radar transmitter is built on certified HiP6MW SiGe BiCMOS technology designed for 77 GHz radar applications. It features:

  • Low phase noise at 77 GHz of -93 dBc/Hz at 11 MHz offset frequency
  • Single supply voltage of 3.3 V
  • Wide tuning range greater than 6 GHz
  • The lowest reported frequency pulling to allow software-based phase lock loops (PLL) applications
  • Low power consumption at 1.5 W, with high output power of 2 x 13 dBm
  • On-chip frequency divider provides outputs for frequency control
  • Special PA feature to keep the current consumption on chip stable during activation and de-activation of the transmitted signal to avoid thermal drift of the oscillator signal. Peak power detector enables output power control via open and closed loops
  • A peak power detector and separate temperature sensor on-chip, enabling users to optimize their application.

Pricing and availability

The Xtrinsic PRDTX11101 radar transmitter is planned for availability in March 2013. Contact a Freescale sales representative for pricing. For more information, visit www.freescale.com/PRDTX11101.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Xtrinsic is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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60V Input Step-Down DC/DC Controller Draws Only 40µA in Battery-Powered Systems

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3864, a high voltage step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 40µA quiescent current in standby mode with the output enabled in Burst Mode® operation. The 3.5V to 60V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients, to operate continuously during automotive cold crank and covers a broad range of input sources and battery chemistries. The output voltage can be set from 0.8V to VIN due to its 100% duty cycle capability, making it well suited for 12V or 24V automotive, heavy equipment, industrial control, robotics and telecom applications.

The LTC3864 drives an external P-channel MOSFET, operates with a selectable fixed frequency between 50kHz and 850kHz, and is synchronizable to an external clock from 75kHz to 750kHz. The user can select from pulse skipping and low ripple Burst Mode operation during light loads. Its current-mode architecture provides easy loop compensation, fast transient response and excellent line regulation. Output current sensing is accomplished by measuring the voltage drop across a sense resistor for highest accuracy. Additional features include programmable soft start or tracking, overvoltage protection, overcurrent and short-circuit protection, a power good output signal and FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) verified for adjacent pin opens and shorts.

The LTC3864 is offered in 12-pin thermally enhanced MSOP and 4mm X 3mm QFN packages. The LTC3864E and LTC3864I versions operate from -40°C to 125°C junction temperature. The LTC3864H is guaranteed to operate from a -40°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The LTC3864MP is 100% tri-temperature tested and guaranteed to operate from -55°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The 1,000-piece price starts at $2.06 each. For more information, visit www.linear.com/product/LTC3864.

Summary of Features: LTC3864

  • VIN Range from 3.5V to 60V
  • Wide VOUT Range: 0.8V to VIN
  • Low Quiescent Current 40µA in Standby mode
  • Selectable Low Ripple Burst Mode® Operation or Pulse Skipping at Light Loads
  • Selectable Fixed Operating Frequency from 50kHz to 850kHz
  • PLL Synchronizable Operating Frequency from 75kHz to 750kHz
  • Current-Mode Control for Fast Transient Response & Easy Loop Compensation
  • Adjustable Soft-Start or Tracking
  • Output Overvoltage & Overcurrent Protection
  • Power Good Output Signal
  • Extended & Industrial Grades:
    -40°C to 125°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Automotive Temp Grade:
    -40°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Military Temp Grade:
    -55°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp

About Linear Technology

Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for three decades. The Company’s products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModule® subsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com.

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eSOL’s eCROS Real-Time OS-Based Software Platform Extends CPU Support to ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-R Series

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, has announced that its eCROS real-time OS-based integrated software platform now supports the ARM(R) Cortex™-R processor series.

Incorporating eSOL’s eT-Kernel real-time OS, the core of eCROS, ensures proven real-time capability and high reliability in the ARM Cortex-R processor series-based systems, which are designed to meet the requirements of demanding real-time applications including automotive, factory automation, industrial equipment, and hard disk drives (HDDs). With Cortex-R processor series support, eSOL now offers complete solutions for all Cortex (Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M) processors.

eSOL plans to release eCROS for Cortex-R series – including CPU support for Cortex-R4 and Cortex-R5 – in the fourth quarter of 2012. eSOL will demonstrate eCROS support for Versatile™ CoreTile development boards for ARM Cortex-R4 at booth D-17 at the Embedded Technology 2012 Conference and Exhibition November 14-16 in Yokohama, Japan.

“We welcome eSOL’s eCROS real-time OS-based software platform support for ARM Cortex-R processor series,” said Richard York, Director of Embedded Processor Products, ARM. “eSOL is one of ARM’s strategic partners with deep expertise and knowledge of ARM processors. The adoption of Cortex-R series processors in markets such as automotive and industrial will be strongly supported by eSOL’s comprehensive OS solutions for software developers.”

The cost-effective ARM Cortex-R processor series offers superior energy savings in demanding real-time applications with strict response time requirements such as HDD controllers, wireless baseband processors, and electrical control units for automotive equipment.

Software developers working with the Cortex-R processor series can now take advantage of eSOL’s highly reliable, proven eCROS with its eT-Kernel, the eBinder development tools, middleware (including network protocol stacks, and file systems with USB stacks), all supported by professional services. The eT-Kernel ensures high reliability, utilizing the Cortex-R processor-series’ lockstep mechanism to produce fault-tolerant systems. Developers can set the respective cores on a dual-core Cortex-R5 CPU to run independently or build asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) systems by installing two eT-Kernels on each core.

“eSOL’s enhanced real-time OS solution for ARM Cortex-R processor series-based systems will satisfy software developers who demand stringent real-time capability in automotive, FA and industrial equipment systems,” said Nobuyuki Ueyama, Executive Vice President of eSOL. “eCROS has supported various ARM cores including ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore(TM), Cortex-A8, and the ARM11 and ARM9 families. We believe eCROS is ideal for fault-tolerant systems that make excellent use of the ARM Cortex-R processor series’ lockstep function.”

About eSOL Co., Ltd.
eSOL is a leading embedded software developer that enables customers to accelerate development of applications based on high-end embedded processors including multi-core. Our advanced, scalable, multi-profiled real-time operating systems are tightly integrated with development tools and middleware components to create flexible development platforms used by OEMs and ODMs worldwide in competitive vertical markets such as automotive, consumer electronics, industrial and medical equipment and aerospace. Founded in 1975, eSOL is based in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit www.esol.com

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Altera’s Functional Safety Data Package for Industrial Applications Accelerates Design Time and Reduces Certification Risks

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company adopts Altera’s functional safety solutions for a reliable, pre-certified development process to accelerate time-to-market for major project

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) has announced the availability of an updated version of its functional safety data package for automotive, industrial, medical and defense applications. Altera’s 2012 functional safety data package includes additional device support and enhanced software support, allowing customers using Cyclone® IV FPGAs toreduce risks and adhere to the latest safety regulations when developing safety-critical designs. The updated functional safety data package accelerates customer’s certification process, enabling developers to dramatically decrease their development time.

Working with the TÜV Rheinland Group, an independent organization globally recognized for safety and quality testing, Altera ensures the package includes certification for its Cyclone IV FPGAs and provides a safety design flow, the intellectual property (IP), and development tools necessary for designs that must comply up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3). By leveraging this pre-tested package, system designers can simplify their certification process, reduce overall design costs, and ensure their products comply with worldwide IEC61508 standards.

In China, Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company recently leveraged Altera’s Functional Safety Data Package for use in a modern escalator and moving sidewalk project. The company was required to adhere to China’s recently mandated safety certification process for escalators, the GB16899 standard.Altera’s Functional Safety Data Package provided a reliable, pre-certified development process that enabled Shanghai Mitsubishi to dramatically reduce development and certification cycles and accelerate time-to-market.

Christoph Fritsch, senior manager of Altera’s industrial business, commented, “With functional safety being a paramount design concern, and often a requirement under government standards, the selection of system components and a system design methodology can represent a considerable burden for a system design team. As a partner in our customers’ design efforts, Altera is providing a Functional Safety Data Package to ease the certification process and substantially reducing the work designers must perform in order to achieve critical milestones for their systems.”

Altera’s Functional Safety Data Package contains safety IP cores to ensure system integrity in accordance with the IEC 61508. All of Altera’s FPGAs supported in Quartus® II design software version 11.0 SP1 have been pre-qualified by TÜV Rheinland. The unique partnership between Altera and TÜV Rheinland has resulted in a verification/validation flow that embeds Altera’s complete tool chain for the development of VHDL and C code, as well as for simulation and verification.

Availability
Altera’s Functional Safety Data Package is available now. Information on the company’s Functional Safety Data Package and industrial solutions can be found at www.altera.com/end-markets/industrial/functional-safety.

About Altera
Altera® programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera’s FPGACPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via FacebookRSS and Twitter.

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