MANHASSET, N.Y. Freescale Semiconductor and Royal Philips Electronics have agreed to share their FlexRay technologies in an effort to speed up the adoption of FlexRay products.
FlexRay, an high-speed data bus standard for next-generation, high-bandwidth automotive control applications, has been touted
as a solution for some automotive systems but is also considered costly.
Both founding members of the FlexRay consortium, Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and Freescale (Austin, Texas—will develop semiconductor-based products as part of a drive to offer FlexRay developers full-fledged solutions, from network simulation tools to silicon products, that comply with FlexRay protocol specification version 2.1.
The companies will now combine their in-vehicle networking expertise and use a common FlexRay protocol engine design and a common System C-based reference software model to ensure interoperability of their FlexRay devices.
Freescale intends to include the FlexRay protocol engine design on products throughout its automotive portfolio, including the S12X, 56F8xxx, MPC55xx and MAC7x00 families. Philips intends to integrate the FlexRay protocol engine design throughout its ARM-based automotive microcontroller portfolio, including the ARM7 SJA20xx and the ARM9 SJA25xx families.
The shared FlexRay protocol engine design and the jointly developed executable protocol model are now available for license from Freescale. The first vehicles equipped with networking capabilities based on the FlexRay protocol are anticipated in 2006.