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NEC Electronics acquires license of FlexRay IP

Posted: 03 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nec electronics? nec electronics (europe)? nec electronics america? flexray? communication controller ip?

NEC Electronics Corp. and its subsidiaries NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH and NEC Electronics America Inc. have announced the acquisition of a nonexclusive license of the FlexRay Communication Controller IP from Robert Bosch GmbH.

Bosch, a FlexRay Consortium core member and an automotive networking IP specialist, will develop the FlexRay IP core according to the latest FlexRay specification. NEC Electronics will use this IP to develop FlexRay silicon-based on its automotive-proven CMOS technology. Through this cooperation, Bosch and NEC Electronics deepen their partnership on automotive networking which the companies claim has already proven successful for the protocols of CAN and TTCAN.

FlexRay is a next-generation high-speed serial communication system for in-vehicle network, which offers high bandwidth (10Mbps) and flexible configuration options. By complementing the existing in-vehicle networking standards CAN, LIN and MOST, it will enable carmakers and system suppliers to develop entirely new and innovative system concepts for future vehicles.

First silicon for development and prototyping is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2005. This product will be the first device in an NEC Electronics FlexRay roadmap, followed by a qualified second product with sample availability scheduled for fourth quarter 2005.

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