Chipmaker Microsemi Corp. has introduced an automotive-grade version of its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs.
The automotive-grade versions of Microsemi’s SmartFusion 2 and IGLOO 2 programmable logic devices have achieved Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC) Q100 grade 2 qualification, a standard for failure mechanism-based stress tests for integrated circuits. The FPGAs are flash-based and include an ARM Cortex-M3 as well as advanced security and reliability for automotive applications, Microsemi says.
Bruce Weyer, VP and business unit manager at Microsemi, says in a statement that security and reliability are major concerns for automotive OEMs. he says the company’s FPGAs “assure the safety of our customers’ design, data and hardware from tampering and cloning.”
Microsemi is targeting applications where the FPGAs would be a likely alternative to application specific integrated circuits (ASICs). These applications include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-everything (V2V/V2X), communication and electric/hybrid engine control units.
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