NXP rolls plethora of new chips for cockpit, motor control and remote access

October 05, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At the opportunity of its FTF Connects Forum taking place in Detroit, NXP has introduced a flurry of new products for automotive electronics designs. The list comprises additional variants of NXP’s i.MX 8 microprocessors, more than a dozen new motor controllers of the MagniV product family, a new LF transceiver for secure keyless entry systems and two system basis chips (SBC)s for system-level functional safety systems.

The most prominent product roll-outs are probably the new i.MX 8 processors targeting cockpit applications. Combining high-performance graphics with support for safety-critical functions, they are positioned as enablers for innovative multi-sensory features such as gesture control, audio processing and speech recognition; according to NXP, their performance is high enough to implement natural speech recognition for navigation systems and other cockpit control applications. At the graphics side, they are designed to support high-resolution instrument clusters, head-up displays and up to four video screens with independent HD content or one 4K screen.

The new devices are based on up to six 64-bit ARM processor cores in v8-A technology. In addition they contain a DSP and dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and support LPDDR4 and DDR4 memory types as well as the Audio Video Bridging (AVB) networking technology. The new devices include:

  • i.MX 8QuadMax which integrates two ARM Cortex®-A72 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores, two Cortex-M4F cores and two GC7000XS/VX GPUs
  • i.MX 8QuadPlus which integrates one ARM Cortex-A72 core, four Cortex-A53 cores, two Cortex-M4F cores and two GC7000LiteXS/VX GPUs
  • i.MX 8Quad which integrates four Cortex-A53 cores, two Cortex-M4F cores and two GC7000LiteXS/VX GPUs

You can find more information here: www.nxp.com/iMX8

With the addition of 17 new models to its MagniV product family, NXP closes the gaps and extends the range of possible applications that run on their motor control MCU family. The new products are single-chip, high-voltage MCUs that combine power supply, physical communications layer (PHY) and application specific hardware drivers within one package. Addressing a market of some three billion electric motors for automotive applications, the vendor also provides a range of development tools including the NXP Motor Control Development Toolbox and a function library called Automotive Math and Motor Control Library (AMMCLib). With these tools, NXP claims that it is possible to get a new motor control application running within 10 minutes after the chip has been unpacked. Depending on the individual chip,