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Infineon, Delphi co-develop Autosar-based platform

Posted: 11 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive electronics? Autosar? MCU? control unit?

Infineon Technologies has partnered with automotive system manufacturer Delphi Corp. on developing a new generation of body control units based on the Autosar standard.

Delphi will contribute its systems and software know-how and experience in the area of body electronics, while Infineon will provide expertise in automotive MCUs. The focus of the project is on classic automotive sector requirements, such as optimized functionality and costs and reliability, as well as on flexibility, compatibility and real-time performance. The companies see their collaboration as a significant milestone in efforts to incorporate Autosar into automotive electronics, and both want to acquire valuable knowledge that will enable further optimization of control unit hardware and software components for body electronics.

The co-development project bases on Infineon's XC2200 family of MCUs. "Our XC2200 MCU family offering 32bit performance is designed specifically to meet the needs of body applications," said Jochen Hanebeck, senior VP and general manager of the MCU business unit at Infineon. "We will also be supplying the low-level Autosar software drivers for the MCAL layer. This will allow Delphi to take full advantage of an Autosar-based development process at the control unit level."

The XC2200 enables system makers to cover almost the entire body applications segment with just one hardware and software architecture, because the controllers are scalable and compatible from the low-end all the way up to the high-end range. "Besides classic scalability by functionality, memory and peripherals, the XC2200 family is the first to also offer scalability across different package variants. This means that system makers can align their ECU platforms exactly with a comprehensive range of requirements," said Hanebeck.

Delphi will support the partnership by contributing basic software (BSW) modules for the Autosar core. Delphi has developed a number of BSW modules, including communication management (CAN, LIN bus), memory management, and IO hardware abstraction for the Autosar core. Delphi assures the quality of the software modules it develops by using proven and efficient processes defined in Automotive SPICE standards. One crucial prerequisite for the efficient configuration and integration of Autosar-compatible control units is the availability of an integrated tool chain. As part of its Autosar initiatives, Delphi has designed a strategy for the automated, tool-assisted configuration and integration of Autosar-compatible control units.

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