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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: ARM
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 19 October 2004

Freescale puts cores
to new automotive tasks

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ARM has received further endorsement with the release by Freescale Semiconductor of its ARM powered MAC7100 32bit microcontroller (MCU) family

Freescale is addressing the next-generation requirements of automotive designs in body, chassis and safety by basing the MAC7100 family on the ARM7TDMI processor due to its small size, high performance and extensive support. To reduce costs, automotive designers are converging functionality of distinct modules, while at the same time formalising software methods to improve reliability.

The result is a requirement for a power efficient, well supported, software engine.

Combining the efficiencies of the ARM7TDMI processor and flexibility of Freescale's standard platform architecture, the 32bit MAC7100 MCU family is designed to meet the cost and complexity needs of a wide range of automotive applications, including climate control systems, airbags and EPAS (electric power assisted steering).

"We welcome the fact that one of the leading suppliers to the automotive industry is utilising, the ARM architecture".

"ARM has been working with the Freescale automotive team for more than two years and we are now able to disclose our relationship and the results of our developments", said Mike Inglis, EVP, Marketing, ARM "With car electronics systems becoming more sophisticated, silicon geometries shrinking and supply strategies becoming more complex, the Freescale and ARM solution offers the right combination to meet the demands of suppliers to the car industry".

"This is the first Freescale family of microcontrollers for automotive, based on ARM processors", said Alex Pepe, General Manager for Freescale Semiconductor's 32bit embedded controller Division.

"ARM's MCU experience coupled with the comprehensive range of off-the-shelf industry standard tools helps reduce design cycles as well as allow for highly-differentiated solutions for specific applications".

"With this new family, we have deepened and broadened our roadmap across the performance spectrum to better meet the needs of those automotive applications outside of powertrain".

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