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Freescale unveils MCUs for collision-avoidance systems

Posted: 24 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? MPC5561? MCU? collision-avoidance? automotive?

Freescale's MPC5561 MCU

Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled a high-performance 32bit MCU designed for sensor-based collision-avoidance systems. Built on Power Architecture technology, the MPC5561 MCU is suitable for driver assistance systems that incorporate image sensors and radar technology. The device promises an exceptional combination of high-performance computation and signal processing capabilities, while offering the reliability and familiarity of a proven instruction set architecture. The highly integrated MCU contains a range interfaces and peripherals, such as a high-speed image sensor interface and a FlexRay network controller, specifically tailored for advanced automotive safety systems.

"Ultimately, these safety systems will be smart, aware and automatic. Freescale provides the enabling technology, from sensors and analogue ICs to advanced MCUs like the MPC5561, to help make autonomous vehicles a life-saving reality," said Paul Grimme, senior VP and general manager of Freescale's transportation & standard products group.

MPC5561 supports a wide array of sensor-based automotive safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, backup warning, occupant detection and active lighting systems. These and other advanced driver assistance applications typically require small-footprint PCBs containing compact yet powerful single-chip MCUs with high levels of integration.

The MCU features Freescale's power-efficient e200 core, which has been enhanced for advanced automotive safety applications. It also includes a single-instruction, multiple-data engine to support signal processing and floating point-intensive applications.

The MPC5561 is built on the highly successful MPC5500 automotive MCU platform and peripherals. A comprehensive suite of hardware and software tools for the MPC5561 is available to help accelerate and simplify system design.

Freescale plans to offer MPC5561 samples and the MPC5561EVB evaluation board Q1 2007.

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