Freescale Semiconductor's MPC5567 is said to be the industry's first 32-bit microcontroller based on the PowerPC core to offer embedded Flash and integrated FlexRay protocol. It provides fault-tolerant communication at high bandwidth rates of 10 Mbits/sec, making it a strong candidate for the safety-critical FlexRay databus applications. The new MCU is expected to be used in high-end integrated chassis applications, where it would coordinate and control communications and other various activities in the vehicle. Freescale engineers also expect it to see use in engine management systems. For more information on Freescale's FlexRay microcontroller, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-530.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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