PORTLAND, Ore. The world's biggest supplier of automotive processors remans Freescale Semiconductor Inc., which has shipped its 100 millionth Power Architecture microcontroller.
Freescale (Austin, Texas) claims 45 percent of the automotive processor market with its 32-bit flash-memory microcontrollers. It shipped 30 million units in 2006, up from 2005, when it also claimed to be the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive microcontrollers.
"Thirty percent of Freescale's overall product portfolio is powering today's vehicles," said Denis Griot, chairman of Freescale EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Freescale 's Power Architecture, developed in conjunction with IBM, has evolved into a system-on-chip product for automotive electronics. It has been adopted by major auto makers like General Motors and BMW. Based on the e200 32-bit Power Architecture, Freescale's latest MPC5500 chip is made with relaxed 130-nm design rules.
The MPC5500 family includes dual-cores, variable-length encoding for program storage, Fast Ethernet as well as the FlexRay network protocol for real-time control used for auto stability, adaptive cruise control and advanced sensors.