Freescale, Macronix's combine serial Flash with Qorivva microcontroller in dashboard application

December 15, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
NOR Flash memory vendor Macronix International has announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor: The latter plans to provide a cost-effective platform for high-resolution color graphics and analog functions for the automotive dashboard displays market, based on Freescale's Qorivva MPC5645S MCU. This platform will employ Macronix's latest serial Flash iteration.

Using the 256-Mbit (3.3V) serial Flash memory from Macronix that can extend the density up to 32-Gbit with extended command set of 32-bit addressing technology and individual block protection, Freescale's MPC5645S MCU generates superior high-resolution color, TFT dual displays and video input capabilities for more advanced automotive applications, the companies promise.

In order to keep up with higher expectation from automotive dashboard and instrument cluster design market, Macronix's multiple I/O flash memory, MX25L25635E is now able to achieve higher read speed which can surpass standard parallel Flash memories during continuous data output mode. Furthermore, for next generation instrument cluster IC, Macronix provides Freescale with another innovative technology, Double Transfer Rate (DTR) which doubles the data out-put by triggering the signals on both the rising and falling edge of the clock to facilitate high speed Execution in Place (XIP) function.

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