Freescale Takes Automotive Radar Mainstream with Industry’s Most Integrated ADAS System Solution

  Freescale Takes Automotive Radar Mainstream with Industry’s Most Integrated
  ADAS System Solution

New microcontroller and 77 GHz radar transceiver chipset help automakers meet
upcoming safety mandates and extend ADAS safety benefits to more vehicles

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- June 25, 2013

The industry’s most comprehensive system-level solution for automotive radar
based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is now available from
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL). The new Qorivva MPC577xK microcontroller
(MCU) and MRD2001 77 GHz radar transceiver chipset provide the embedded
technology necessary for affordable radar based ADAS solutions with fewer
components, helping increase adoption in mainstream vehicles.

The Qorivva MPC577xK MCU, built on Power Architecture(R) technology, provides
the highest level of d ...

The Qorivva MPC577xK MCU, built on Power Architecture(R) technology, provides
the highest level of digital and analog integration in a single-chip solution
for radar applications, removing up to four additional major printed circuit
board (PCB) components and reducing system-level cost, PCB space and software
complexity. The MCU also provides high performance for intense computational
tasks with key integrated digital accelerators and features a state-of-the-art
signal processing toolbox that contains all of the hardware modules required
for processing sampled signals from short-, medium- and long-range radar
applications. (Photo: Business Wire)

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently proposed a
number of changes to its five-star safety program. These proposals signal that
automakers may soon be required to do more than protect passengers during a
crash – they may need to prevent crashes altogether. Many automakers are
working to meet this new standard by the year 2016 and are currently testing
solutions that will allow them to achieve the highest level of safety while
also providing the advanced technology and convenience features consumers
expect. Performance data from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro
NCAP) suggests that safety systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking
(AEB), can reduce accidents by up to 27% and can lead to a considerable
reduction in road injuries. Euro NCAP plans to incorporate the AEB assessment
for cars sold in Europe into its five star rating scheme beginning 2014.

Using Freescale’s Qorivva MPC577xK MCU and MRD2001 77 GHz radar transceiver
chipset, automakers can implement long-range and mid-range frontal radar for
adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking systems, as well as
manage blind spot and side-impact detection – all through a single, scalable,
multi-channel solution.

“Freescale’s new system-level solution for automotive radar systems is
bringing automakers an unparalleled level of integration, with the associated
benefits of fewer board components and reduced software complexity and cost,”
said Bob Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s
Automotive MCU business. “And, this capability is affordable enough to help
extend popular safety systems to a broader range of vehicle models.”

Designers can pair the radar transceiver chipset with the Qorivva MCU to
achieve a total system solution for both low-end and high-end radar modules.
By utilizing a single, scalable solution, automakers can avoid purchasing and
reconfiguring various solutions across vehicle models, saving time and
material costs.

“ADAS solutions continue to proliferate and are no longer exclusive to
high-end luxury vehicles. Automakers are now looking to implement these
sophisticated safety features across their entire lineups and, to do so, they
need more integrated, cost-optimized solutions,” said Ian Riches, Director –
Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics. “Freescale’s radar solution
offers automakers virtually everything they need for scalable ADAS
applications, as no other semiconductor or components are needed to complete
the system. This will enable consumers to benefit from safer, more advanced
and reliable vehicles beyond the luxury market.”

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Qorivva MPC577xK MCU – single-chip automotive radar solution

The Qorivva MPC577xK MCU, built on Power Architecture^® technology, provides
the highest level of digital and analog integration in a single-chip solution
for radar applications, removing up to four additional major printed circuit
board (PCB) components and reducing system-level cost, PCB space and software
complexity. The MCU also provides high performance for intense computational
tasks with key integrated digital accelerators and features a state-of-the-art
signal processing toolbox that contains all of the hardware modules required
for processing sampled signals from short-, medium- and long-range radar
applications. These features of the Qorivva MPC577xK MCU will help enable
adoption of radar-based ADAS in more mainstream vehicles.

MRD2001 77 GHz radar transceiver chipset

The MRD2001 77 GHz radar transceiver chipset provides a comprehensive,
high-performance radar transceiver featuring low power consumption and
exceptional VCO phase noise, enabling precise discrimination of objects. The
chipset supports fast modulation with simultaneous active channels, enabling
excellent spatial resolution and detection accuracy. The MRD2001 is housed in
advanced packaging technology that provides extremely low insertion loss and
parasitics at frequencies up to 100 GHz. The packaged chipset simplifies the
end user’s assembly of the radar module since there is no need for chip and
wire assembly techniques for bare die. Furthermore, the chipset is readily
scalable up to four TX channels and 12 RX channels, enabling a single radar
platform capable of electronic beam steering across a wide field of view to
support long-range, mid-range and short-range radar applications over the full
range of budget to luxury vehicles.

Additional applications

In addition to ADAS, Freescale’s Qorivva MPC577xK MCU and MRD2001 77 GHz radar
transceiver chipset solution are applicable for a broad range of industrial
and emerging consumer applications, such as gesture sensing, safety curtains,
security systems and location positioning.

Safety leadership

With more than 15 years of automotive safety leadership, Freescale products
are built to assure the most stringent levels of safety. The new Qorivva
MPC577xK MCU is a SafeAssure functional safety solution that has been defined
and developed from the ground up to address the ISO 26262 standard. The
architecture and design process for the MPC577xK help reduce the design time
and complexity of developing ISO 26262-compliant automotive safety
applications. The MPC577xK targets safety applications at ASIL-D, which has
the most safety-critical processes and strictest testing regulations of all
ISO 26262 safety integrity levels.

Availability and pricing

Freescale’s Qorivva MPC577xK MCU and MRD2001 77 GHz radar transceiver chipset
are now available in sample quantities. For more information, contact your
local Freescale sales representative.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.  From microprocessors
and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity,
our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world
greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and
end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles,
next-generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable
medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
manufacturing and sales operations around the world. freescale.com

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