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Microchip simplifies automotive designs

29 June 2022 DSP, Micros & Memory

As the market for electric and autonomous vehicles grows, OEMs are experiencing increasing application complexity with the need for AUTOSAR and ISO 26262 functional safety-compliant and secure solutions.

For automotive developers looking to design scalable applications while meeting the latest automotive requirements, Microchip has announced a comprehensive ecosystem around AUTOSAR-ready dsPIC33C digital signal controllers (DSCs) to enable accelerated development and a high level of system optimisation while at the same time helping to reduce total system cost.

Microchip is expanding its broad portfolio of dsPIC33C DSCs with the new ISO 26262-compliant dsPIC33CK1024MP7xx family. This new family of dsPIC33C DSCs with 1 MB Flash enables applications running automotive software like AUTOSAR, OS, MCAL drivers, and ISO 26262 functional safety diagnostics and security libraries. The family of dsPIC33 DSCs also includes a high-performance central processing unit (CPU) with deterministic response and specialised peripherals for general automotive, advanced sensing and control, digital power and motor control applications.

“The AUTOSAR-ready dsPIC33C DSCs enable designers to achieve a high level of system optimisation by implementing AUTOSAR-based applications, functional safety goals and security use cases in a single microcontroller while meeting robust automotive application requirements,” said Joe Thomsen, vice president of the MCU16 business unit at Microchip Technology. “This opens up a world of opportunities for designers looking to work with Microchip while expanding into e-mobility and advanced sensing and control applications.”

The benefit of adopting AUTOSAR-ready devices is that customers can improve their risk and complexity management while decreasing development time through reusability. Customers who have previously designed bare metal or non-AUTOSAR automotive applications and are now adopting AUTOSAR can scale up by staying within the dsPIC33C DSC ecosystem. The AUTOSAR ecosystem for the dsPIC33C DSCs includes MICROSAR Classic from Vector, KSAR OS from KPIT Technologies Ltd. and ASPICE- and ASIL B-compliant MCAL drivers from Microchip.

“We have worked with our partners to offer an integrated solution to simplify development for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s”, said Matthias Kaestner, vice president of Microchip’s automotive products business unit. “The integrated solution gives insights into the AUTOSAR-based development. It simplifies evaluation of an ECU project using AUTOSAR 4.3.x and enables customers to become familiar with the systems based on dsPIC33 AUTOSAR-ready DSCs quickly.”

Microchip has expanded its functional safety packages that include FMEDA reports, safety manuals and diagnostic libraries to cover the ISO 26262-compliant dsPIC33CK1024MP7xx DSCs. These AUTOSAR-ready dsPIC33C DSCs, used together with Microchip’s TA100 CryptoAutomotive security ICs, enable the implementation of robust security in automotive designs.

For more information contact Andrew Athanasiou, Altron Arrow, +27 21 525 1703, [email protected], www.altronarrow.com


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