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Freescale stays on top of auto IC market

Posted: 25 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive IC market? processor? MCU?

Freescale Semiconductor has maintained its position as the biggest supplier of automotive processors, claiming 45 percent of the market with its 32bit flash-memory MCUs.

The company has shipped 30 million MCUs in 2006, up from 2005, when it also claimed to be the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive MCUs.

"Thirty percent of Freescale's overall product portfolio is powering today's vehicles," said Denis Griot, chairman of Freescale EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Freescale's Power Architecture, which has shipped 100 million worldwide and developed in conjunction with IBM, has evolved into a SoC product for automotive electronics. It has been adopted by major auto makers like General Motors and BMW. Based on the e200 32bit Power Architecture, Freescale's latest MPC5500 chip is made with relaxed 130nm design rules.

The MPC5500 family includes dual-cores, variable-length encoding for program storage, Fast Ethernet as well as the FlexRay network protocol for real-time control used for auto stability, adaptive cruise control and advanced sensors.

- R. Colin Johnson
EE Times




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