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.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?