Freescale Semiconductor Articles
How to tackle leakage current in the automotive industry
In today’s automotive industry there has been a gradual shift from traditional concerns like area and cost to power consumption and leakage current. Consequently, the designers focus more on techniques like clock gating, power gating, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling to meet the requirement.
MCU takes Kinetis device form factors to another dimension
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 MCU, integrating 120MHz of performance and a vast array of memories and interfaces into a package measuring only 0.34 millimeters in height. The device is suitable for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics, where security and small form factors are essential.
Processor can be operated with INTEGRITY RTOS
The TQ Group’s TQMa6xbased on the i.MX6 processor from Freescale can now be operated together with the INTEGRITY RTOS from Green Hills Software. The TQ minimodule and the INTEGRITY RTOS are suited for applications in which a high degree of safety is required.
Secure MCUs address mobile point of sale market
Freescale Semiconductor announces that its Kinetis K8x MCU family, the industry’s most secure MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M technology, is now shipping worldwide in volume quantities. The company has also introduced the pin-compatible Kinetis KL8x family, which retains many of the same world-class security features, while leveraging the energy-efficiency of the ARM Cortex-M0+ core to address secure mobile applications including point of sale p...
Software stack is among the first slated for Thread certification
Coinciding with Thread Group’s introduction of its product certification programme, Freescale Semiconductor announces the availability of a Thread pre-certified software stack optimised for Freescale products. The stack is currently moving through Thread’s certification programme, and will be among the first to receive official Thread certification later this month.
Development solution provides support for IoT device platform
Designed in collaboration with ARM mbed, Freescale Semiconductor’s popular FRDM-K64F board is available now with comprehensive support for ARM mbed IoT Device Platform technologies, including ARM’s new mbed OS operating system. Recognised earlier this year as one of the industry’s first development boards to fully support mbed, Freescale’s FRDM-K64F board enables end-to-end mbed solutions and works with a full complement o...
Thread & Bluetooth Smart from a single wireless MCU
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the Kinetis KW41Z – the industry’s first multi-mode radio MCU to support concurrent operation of IEEE 802.15.4 Thread and Bluetooth Smart/BLE connectivity while hosting associated applications. The Kinetis KW41Z MCU is a unique platform providing a comprehensive solution for applications and connectivity in a single package.
System basis chips receive TÜV SÜD ISO 26262 functional safety assessment
Freescale Semiconductor announces that its analogue MC33907 and MC33908 System Basis Chips (SBCs) have received ISO 26262 functional safety assessments up to the ASIL D level from one of the world’s foremost automotive safety assessment organisations. The assessment was conducted by TÜV SÜD, an independent and renowned functional safety accredited appraiser, which assessed the Freescale products up to the most stringent automotive...
Beijing tech students stay on track to win Freescale Cup
Students from the University of Science and Technology of Beijing have won the Grand Final of the Freescale Cup Challenge 2015, hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen. They prevailed and won the race after a fierce competition that brought together the winners from regional rounds around the globe. The teams were from universities in India, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, the USA, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and...
Battery cell controllers support low cell count connected applications
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the MC33772 3- to 6-cell Li-ion battery cell controller, expanding its portfolio of highly integrated and connected solutions for reducing BOM cost, increasing operating robustness and meeting stringent functional safety requirements for automotive and industrial battery systems powering the solid-state Internet of Tomorrow.
Freescale drives the first 10Gb/s WiFi enabled home gateway solution
Freescale Semiconductor is driving next-gen, multi-gigabit broadband access toward mainstream adoption with the industry’s first 10Gb/s Internet plus 10Gb/s WiFi enabled home gateway solution.
IoT development expands the ARM mbed OS ecosystem
Freescale Semiconductor has announced that its advanced FNET software will serve as the TCP/IP stack in version 3 of the ARM mbed OS, playing a key role in the platform’s connectivity capabilities.
Freescale acquires automotive image cognition IP developer
To solidify its strong position in solutions for the autonomous vehicles/ADAS market, Freescale Semiconductor has announced the acquisition of Ottawa-based CogniVue, a leading developer of image cognition IP for automotive and consumer applications.
Achieve control & reliability for 2.45GHz RF systems
Engineered to replace magnetrons and other vacuum tube-era technologies, an RF power transistor has been introduced by Freescale Semiconductor. The MRF7S24250N delivers exceptional precision, control and reliability for manufacturers of products targeting industrial applications such as heating/drying, material welding and plasma lighting systems; as well as medical applications used for skin treatment, bloodless surgery and cancer treatment.
Advanced automotive radar increases passenger safety
Freescale Semiconductor and Continental have announced plans to integrate Freescale’s 77GHz radar technology into Continental’s next-gen short- and mid-range automotive radar modules. This represents the next step in the evolution of Continental’s comprehensive ADAS radar solutions, helping automakers meet safety mandates and extend ADAS safety benefits to more vehicles.
RF power amplifiers target industrial radios
Two RF power amplifiers that can be operated at 3.6 or 7.5V and are targeted for applications where power for radio range and efficiency for battery life are key design requirements have been introduced by Freescale Semiconductor.
Pre-certified Thread stack provides one stop shopping for smart home connectivity
Freescale Semiconductor is announcing a pre-certified Thread networking stack, compliant to the R1.0 specification recently released to Thread Group members, which will usher in a new level of compelling solutions for the connected home. Freescale’s pre-certified Thread stack carries IP from the cloud to end devices, providing a simpler and more efficient way of connecting devices in the home.
Single chip module provides IoT-ready compactness
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the world’s smallest Single Chip Module (SCM) for the IoT. As the IoT requires more processing horsepower to be packed into ever smaller spaces, Freescale’s SCM line of products can integrate hundreds of components including processors, memory, power management and RF parts, which would otherwise be deployed on a 6" board, into a tiny 17x14x1.7mm package.
Migration to 16nm FinFET doubles performance
Freescale Semiconductor has disclosed initial details regarding the next generation of its successful QorIQ multicore processor portfolio, announcing it will drive innovation for the secure IoT on highly advanced 16nm FinFET process technology. The move to 16nm FinFET is expected to enable next-gen QorIQ processors to deliver double performance gains within the same power envelope relative to 28nm products.
Multi-application MCUs offer integrated high security
Freescale has announced the Kinetis K8x multi-application MCU family, delivering high levels of integrated security on an ARM Cortex-M class platform. Creating a secure embedded application has previously required a main processor, a security co-processor to perform cryptographic functions, and in some cases an IC for physical tamper protection. Kinetis K8x MCUs perform all of these functions for savings in cost, size and power.