Microcontrollers From STMicroelectronics Drive Vehicle Safety to Highest Standards

Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:24am EST

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  GENEVA, Feb 21 (Marketwire) -- 
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top
supplier to the automotive industry, today announced a new member in its
multi-core microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at functional safety
applications for car electronics. The new device combines compliance with
the most stringent automotive safety standards (ISO 26262) and increased
non-volatile memory size, giving a simple upward migration path from
existing parts and strengthening ST's product line of fault-tolerant
microcontrollers for mission-critical automotive applications. 

    The SPC56EL70 32-bit microcontroller is the newest member in ST's product
line designed to cover a wide range of automotive applications that need
to respect the automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL) that are now
required, up to and including the most stringent ASIL D level. These
requirements are now commonplace in critical systems such as anti-lock
braking, electric power steering, active suspension and advanced driver
assistance systems (ADAS). 

    The ISO 26262 functional safety standard defines the rules needed in
order to avoid unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning
of the complete electrical system. The microcontroller's role is
extremely critical so all sections of the standard that are applicable
have been evaluated for ST's automotive -safety devices.

    ST's new single-chip automotive microcontroller combines two
high-performance cores with 2MB Flash and 192kB internal RAM memory,
three CAN (Controller Area Network) interfaces and an optimized
peripheral set for safety and motor-control applications, supporting up
to two brushless 3-phase motors. The dual-core architecture reduces
duplication of components at a system level, lowering overall system
costs. 

    The architecture also provides unique flexibility by allowing the user to
select lockstep or dual parallel processing (independent core operation)
modes, enabling support of multiple safety architectures that the user
can configure to achieve the required balance between safety and
performance level.

    The SPC56EL automotive microcontroller product line is part of the family
of Power Architecture(TM) devices enabling integrators to use the 32-bit
MCU core throughout powertrain, car body, chassis and safety systems.
These devices support advanced functions, enable improved vehicle
performance and economy, and deliver savings in development by promoting
hardware and software reuse. 

    All the devices combine the scalable e200-core 32-bit Power Architecture
with an application-optimized peripheral set and plentiful embedded Flash
memory, to increase integration, maximize design reuse, shorten time to
market, and reduce costs. 

    As part of the complete supply-chain strategy, this product line is
manufactured in ST's in house embedded Flash (eFlash) process technology,
which builds upon the Company's 20-year expertise in embedded Flash. The
SPC56EL product line has an available memory range from 768 Kbytes to 2
Mbytes of Flash and is currently available in LQFP100 and LQFP144 package
configurations. BGA257 versions are also planned in the near future. 

    "Functional Safety Compliance is essential to realize cutting-edge
System-on-Chip ICs for mission-critical automotive applications," said
Fabio Marchio, Group Vice President, General Manager of ST's Automotive
Microcontroller & Infotainment Division. "Offering an upward migration
path with increased memory while keeping compatibility with already
established dual-core devices enables our automotive customers to rapidly
address more demanding applications such as in radar applications, as
they evolve from producing warnings to taking action."

    Compliant with the ISO 26262 ASIL-D standard, the SPC56EL70 is sampling
now. For further information, including pricing, please contact your ST
sales office. 

    About STMicroelectronics
 ST is a global leader in the semiconductor
market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and
automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy
management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and
wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work
and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and
innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology
to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

    In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further
information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

    ST's New Micro for Automotive Safety:
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For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 

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