PARIS – Automotive supplier Continental AG (Hanover, Germany) said it has begun volume production of electronic stability control systems with ARM-based microcontrollers from Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) built using a 65-nm embedded-flash manufacturing process.
The Continental MK 100 family of electronic stability control (ESC) systems is based on the Continental processor for advanced control in electronic braking systems (PACE). Continental claimed it is the first automotive ESC system manufacturer
to deliver safety features based on TI’s 65nm flash technology, which
also serves as the foundation for TI’s Hercules safety MCU open market
"Developing this complex safety family required close
partnership with TI and Continental design teams to render the final
system design, IC modeling and simulation, resulting in our final
product for the ESC systems," commented Adrian Traskov, IC
development manager in the Electronic Brake Systems business unit at
Continental’s Chassis & Safety division.
Partners said the
safety MCUs follow a development flow and an architecture aligned with
ISO 26262 and IEC61508 standards for easy integration into systems
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