Eindhoven, The NetherlandsNXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is shipping what it claims is the industry's first FlexRay transceiver, the TJA1080.
With the high-speed FlexRay network communications system, car makers can introduce advanced safety and comfort features.
The TJA1080 transceiver supports a wide range of microcontrollers, including the NXP SJA25xx family. The TJA1080 can be configured as a node transceiver or as an active star transceiver with only one device.
"Vehicle safety is significantly enhanced with the TJA1080, as active safety systems are able to leverage the high-speed interaction between electronic control units in a FlexRay network," said Toni Versluijs, business development manager, NXP, in a statement.
The FlexRay Electrical Physical Layer specification is gaining momentum among carmakers as the communications protocol for high-end vehicle networks. It is fault tolerant and time triggered, providing on-time delivery of messages for safety relevant applications. In addition, FlexRay is flexible and allows for a large freedom of network topologies ranging from point-to-point to both passive-bus and active-star topologies.
To read more about how FlexRay speeds automotive safety applications, go to : www.automotivedesignline.com/howto/securitysafety/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=1M2FV5CMORVZOQSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=177104918.
It has significantly higher gross bandwidth than CAN, the bus used in existing chassis and powertrain applications. For more information about FlexRay, visit www.flexray.com.
The TJA1080 FlexRay transceiver is shipping in volume for $3.50 each in quantities of 1000.
NXP Semiconductor, 1 (408) 474-8142, www.nxp.com.