LONDON Infineon Technologies and automotive system manufacturer Delphi Corporation are collaborating on the development of a new generation of body control units based on the Autosar (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) standard.
Infineon (Munich, Germany) will be responsible for the automotive microcontrollers to be used in the project while Delphi is to contribute systems and software know-how and long-standing experience in the area of body electronics.
The focus on the joint development will be requirements such as optimized functionality and costs and reliability, as well as on flexibility, compatibility and real-time performance.
The companies say the collaboration will be a "significant milestone" in efforts to incorporate Autosar into automotive electronics.
Autosar is a middleware industry standard for electronic control units (ECUs) within vehicles, aiming at reducing complexity and enabling software reuse in the automotive industry.
The project will use one of Infineon's XC2200 family of 32-bit microcontrollers which were designed specifically to meet the needs of body applications. "We will also be supplying the low-level Autosar software drivers for the MCAL layer. This will allow Delphi to take full advantage of an Autosar based development process at the control unit level," said Jochen Hanebeck, senior vice president and general manager of the Microcontrollers business unit at Infineon.
"Besides classic scalability by functionality, memory and peripherals, the XC2200 family is the first to also offer scalability across different package variants. This means that system makers can align their ECU platforms exactly with a comprehensive range of requirements," added Hanebeck.
Delphi will support the partnership by contributing basic software modules for the Autosar core. The company has developed modules for several functions, including communication management (CAN, LIN bus), memory management, and IO hardware abstraction for the core.
Commenting on the industrial logic of deploying Autosar, Hanebeck said: "All the players in the value chain from automakers to system suppliers to integrators to component vendors have to closely work together to develop robust, error-free or fault-tolerant and, above all, innovative solutions for the system as a whole.
"This means getting involved early on in new development initiatives and redefining how systems are structured in order to create affordable solutions."