Automotive & Transportation

Automotive Microcontroller Family Aims to Accelerate the Smart Car

12 May 2016

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of automotive microcontrollers designed to bring about the rapid transition to smart cars.

Based on the company’s Power Architecture, the microcontrollers are manufactured using ST’s 40nm embedded Flash (eFlash) technology that integrates high performance with automotive-grade reliability in very small packages allowing for car gateways and body modules to be smarter, lighter and smaller.

The SPC58 family is comprised of three product lines—SPC58 B-Line, SPC58 C-Line and SPC58 G-Line—that offer embedded flash memory ranging from 512KB to 6MB. The devices also combine Ethernet and ISO CAN FD communication interfaces with the latest hardware security module (HSM) technology, which helps to secure a car’s electronic control unit (ECU) from intrusion, detection and protection against security attacks.

ST says the microcontrollers double the performance of previous generation MCUs because it is based on a multi-core architecture, has a higher system frequency and faster memory. These features allow the MCUs to be used in stand-alone of integrated gateways and can be used as a companion MCU for camera or telematics applications.

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