Freescale Semiconductor is already supplying microcontrollers for the high-end functions -- about 70% of the job -- but now it wants to tackle the low-end functions too, with its new family of S32K microcontrollers--derived from its eight-bit S08 and 12-bit S12 families, but now 32-bits wide.
"Freescale has created a new 32-bit ARM-based hardware platform--the S32K--for automotive applications which can perform about 30% of the operations needed in a modern car," Manuel Alves, global product line manager at Freescale told EE Times in advance of the announcement at the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 (FTF, June 22-25, Austin, Texas).
Freescale will also offer a functional-safety compliant software design studio free of charge to "make the life of the software engineer much easier by providing an open-source software-tool environment." The design studio will include reusable modules from Freescale and third parties that are all compatible with the whole spectrum of ARM-based ecosystem partners, ultimately shortening the product development cycle.
The entire software development kit -- from drivers, to middleware (Core Self Test, LIN Stack, Automotive Math and Motor Control Library), to the real time operating system -- are all provided open-source and for free including the application-programmer interfaces to premium tools ecosystem partners such as IAR Systems and Cosmic Software.