Expanded support for the automotive processors

Paul Boughton

Green Hills Software, a leading independent software supplier for the Internet of Things, has announced the industry’s first combined support for the latest Freescale Semiconductor automotive processor families – the Qorivva MPC5xxx targeting engine and body applications and the MAC57Dxx family targeting digital instrument clusters. The Green Hills development suite spans both the Power Architecture and ARM Cortex architectures with the MULTI IDE and multicore debugger, optimising compilers, TimeMachine trace suite and processor probes, enabling carmakers and their Tier 1 software developers to lower the cost and complexity of creating software compliant up to ISO 26262 level ASIL D while providing the highest performance and smallest code size in the shortest time for powertrain, hybrid, body and instrument cluster applications.

Green Hills Software’s MULTI development environment is an integrated set of tools optimised for Freescale’s broad range of new automotive processors, leveraging CPU-specific features for the highest performance and safety. The latest Qorivva MPC57xx product family targets functions hidden from the driver – engine control, vehicle dynamics and networking – that demand extremely compact code with high performance and stringent safety characteristics. The family ranges from simple, low-cost, single-core controllers up to the latest triple- and quad-core variants all based on Power Architecture e200 cores. In the vehicle cabin, Freescale’s new MAC57D5xx family focuses on graphics-rich mid-range instrument clusters utilising a multicore architecture based on the ARM Cortex-M and Cortex-A processors coupled with the Vivante 2D GPU (OpenVG 1.1), HUD warping engine and integrated stepper motor with powerful I/O processor, where performance, code size and functional safety are also a concern.

“Our latest series of 32-bit MCUs is growing and delivers an innovative range of solutions throughout the vehicle,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Freescale's Automotive MCU business. “The optimised Green Hills development tools and services fully complement and maximise the capabilities of our latest Qorivva family and the new MAC57D5xx driver information system microcontrollers.”

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