AUTOSAR-Compatible Drivers Provide Code Reusability across Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 21 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
Inc. (FMA) today announced that Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited (FML), a
leading developer of advanced microcontrollers for automotive applications,
has joined Elektrobit of Finland to develop new MCU drivers for Fujitsu's
MB91460 series of 32-bit microcontrollers. The new drivers are compatible with
AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System Architecture) release 2.1, and will offer
customers a high degree of code reusability and maximum efficiency for
Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited and Elektrobit jointly created two
AUTOSAR-compatible drivers. The first driver is designed for the MB91F467DA
dashboard controller, an MCU with a Controller Area Network (CAN) interface.
The MB91F467DA is used in automotive instruments panels to drive meter needles
and control odometers, trip meters, warning lights and other information
displays. The other driver is for the MB91F465XA, a FlexRay(R) 2.1-compatible
MCU for sophisticated controls that provide communication speeds up to 10Mbps
with high reliability. The AUTOSAR 2.1 specification now encompasses the
FlexRay vehicle networking applications, so customers using the Fujitsu
Microelectronics MCUs and the new driver can take advantage of the benefits of
The new drivers will be exhibited as part of an automotive cockpit
product demonstration at Automotive Technology (AT) International 2008, July
23 to July 25 at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo, Japan.
"Electronic control technology is becoming pervasive in the new
generation of onboard vehicle systems," said Akio Nezu, senior manager,
Embedded Solutions Group, Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "As a result, the
number of electronic components is increasing and the software that controls
these components is becoming more complex, creating the potential for higher
costs for manufacturers of vehicles and electronic control unit suppliers. By
deploying AUTOSAR standards, application software can be reused on any
microcontroller, enabling efficiencies and cost savings for users."
Incorporating the FlexRay networking standard into the AUTOSAR specification
leverages these benefits for leading-edge application designs, he added.
Fujitsu Microelectronics became a premier member of AUTOSAR in 2005, and
in 2007 established a strategic partnership with Finland's Elektrobit, a
leader in automotive embedded systems software and hardware solutions. The new
drivers are part of Elektrobit's EB tresos(R) family. Both companies will
distribute the AUTOSAR-compatible drivers.
Fujitsu Microelectronics and Elektrobit plan to continue providing
drivers compatible with upgrades to the AUTOSAR standards. AUTOSAR is a
standards consortium for automotive electronics and software. Originally
active in Europe with the publication of Release 2.1 of its specification at
the end of 2006, AUTOSAR concluded Phase 1 of development plans and has now
focused on Phase 2, in which safety features will become incorporated into the
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