Monday, October 20, 2008
Souped up 32-bit microcontrollers for both sides of the automobile firewall debuted Monday (Oct. 20) at Convergence 2008 in Detroit. Lowering the cost of "green" engine control and infotainment was the goal of Freescale Semiconductor's new 32-bit microcontrollers. The MPC5674F Power Architecture targets precise engine control of engine needed to lower emissions while increasing mileage. Freescale claimed the device is 30 percent cheaper but 10 times faster than the devices it would replace. The i.MX35 multimedia processor family is said to lower the price of functions like map-based navigation and hands-free control of in-car audio.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 10:59 AM