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XMOS charts its path into $8 billion automotive industry

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:XMOS? xCore? automotive? microcontroller?

XMOS has undertaken the qualification of its xCore multi-core microcontrollers according to the AEC Q100 specification for a range of automotive applications.

The xCore architecture is built with deterministic integration and modular redundancy, features that meet the requirements for developing safety-critical applications. In the automotive context, XMOS puts emphasis on the Ethernet AVB technology which is seen as the future de-facto standard for infotainment applications and beyond.

The xCore architecture is already used for the design of next-generation ECUs as well as in x-by-wire applications, which in most cases are time-critical and safety-relevant. It is also suited to perform control tasks in power train, chassis and active safety systems. The xCore can provide the combination of audio interfacing, DSP processing and low latency processing required to implement premium vehicle features such as active noise cancellation for car passengers.

XMOS said that it will start its sequence of offerings to the automotive industry with the XS1 L16A 128, a 16core device boasting a computing power of up to 1000Mips. A unique feature that xCore devices share is the C-based programming environment, which allows configuration according to the needs of the respective application.

The company also announced its plan to roll out additional offerings with 6 to 16 cores during the second half of the year.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times Europe

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