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Freescale MCU family targets car body electronics

Posted: 16 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? MCU? microcontroller? automotive? S12X?

S12XS 16bit MCU series from Freescale

Addressing customer needs for design flexibility and platform compatibility, Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled a 16bit MCU family designed for a broad range of cost-sensitive automotive body electronics applications. The family includes six devices designed to give customers flexibility in choosing different memory, package and cost options to accommodate their application requirements.

The latest addition to the S12X portfolio, the S12XS family promises an economical, compatible extension to the recently announced high-performance S12XE family. It also broadens the overall S12X product offering and provides customers with lower cost and smaller package options, the company said.

The S12XS and S12XE families have complementary memory, peripherals and packages. This flexibility can help designers react quickly to market opportunities and reduce the cost of migration if application requirements change during the development cycle. The full range of S12 and S12X products enables scalability, hardware and software reusability, and compatibility across a broad array of automotive electronics platforms, explained Freescale.

Passenger comfort apps
The S12XS family features a streamlined set of on-chip peripheral, memory and package options optimized for automotive body and passenger comfort applications. Potential applications include seat controllers, heat ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control modules, steering wheel controllers and sunroofs. The S12XS devices are also available in QFN packages as small as 7-by-7mma reduced size for a 16bit MCU. Compact packaging makes these devices suitable for space-constrained applications, said Freescale, such as small actuators, sensor modules and column-integrated modules.

"Automotive electronics customers continually look for ways to reduce development cost and time while maintaining software and hardware reusability across applications and platforms," said Mike McCourt, VP and general manager of Freescale's MCU division. "With the introduction of the S12XS family, Freescale now offers a full range of compatible, 16bit price/performance options, giving customers greater flexibility in their body electronics designs."

Freescale offers a broad range of price, performance, peripheral and package options within each of its MCU families and provides automotive customers with choices that span 8-, 16- and 32bit architectures. Within each product family and architecture, customers can choose the optimal device at the right price point for their application needs and easily migrate to higher performance and more advanced functionality. They can also leverage common sets of hardware and software tools, which can help reduce development cost and speed time to market.

Freescale plans to offer samples of MC9S12XS family devices in Q1 2007. Evaluation boards, software and documentation are available today.

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