China's top car maker goes 32-bit

March 16, 2011 // By R. Colin Johnson
Chery Automobile Co. Ltd.—the largest passenger car maker in China—said Tuesday (March 15) that it is going 32-bit with its entire line of vehicles in order to improve their fuel efficiency, emissions and safety. Chery will incorporate Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s Qorivva 32-bit MPC563x MCUs in its future vehicles.

"Chery developed what it calls the Chery Engine Management System using Freescale's 16-bit S12XE MCU," said Andy Macleod, marketing and business development manager of Freescale's Microcontroller Solutions Group. "But by moving to the Qorivva MCU, Chery will be able to use the 32-bit Power Architecture to improve the performance of its vehicles, which are expected to reach full production in 2012."

Last year, Freescale announced a joint development lab to develop customized versions of its 32-bit Power Architecture microprocessors or greener, safer turcks with Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd., the biggest commercial vehicle maker in China. Freescale has had a similar joint development lab with Chery in Wuhu, China, since 2008. Now, with China's biggest passenger car maker on-board with 32-bit, the Power Architecture microcontroller has become the dominant automotive processor in China.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China is now the world's largest vehicle market, with 18 million vehicles sold in 2010.