LONDON Fujitsu has acquired a license to use the FlexRay Communication Controller IP module from Robert Bosch so it can embed FlexRay IP into its automotive-control MCUs.
Fujitsu currently has MCUs with the control area Network (CAN) and the Local Interconnect Network (LIN) interface protocols for various automotive-control applications, including body and comfort electronics, climate control, dashboards, navigation, safety and sensor electronics, power train, and chassis electronics.
In-car control systems of the future will require faster and more reliable data transfer as data volume increases and systems become more complicated. By licensing FlexRay IP from Bosch, Fujitsu will be able to introduce automotive control application products with faster data-transfer speeds and improved reliability.
The FlexRay IP core features data-transfer rates up to 10Mbit/s and employs a bus system that pre-defines necessary time slots within the transmission bus to realize higher reliability.
Fujitsu plans to provide an FPGA prototype board that will enable customers to incorporate FlexRay into their products and also intends this year to offer FlexRay as an ASSP standard IP solution, which will make it possible for customers to utilize FlexRay IP with other CPU cores as part of their systems.
The first MCU with embedded FlexRay IP, which will be based on the 32-bit Fujitsu FR core, will follow In early 2006.