Protocols reduce vehicle electronics costs while enabling advanced control and safety applications
FSA Suppliers Expo & Conference, SANTA CLARA, California, Sept. 12, 2007 – IPextreme® Inc., a semiconductor technology licensing specialist, is promoting valuable Infineon MLI and MSC high-speed serial interface standards by making the specifications openly available. The Multiprocessor Link Interface (MLI) is a fast serial interface for inter-processor communications; enabling heterogeneous parallel processing through just a few pins. Similarly the MicroSecond Channel (MSC) controls power modules such as electric motors, fuel injectors and ignition coils, while minimizing pin count and system cost.
Both specifications can be downloaded from the IPextreme website (www.ip-extreme.com) at no cost. Anyone agreeing to the click-through license terms is free to implement and use the specifications. Infineon’s implementations of MLI and MSC are also available from IPextreme as silicon-proven IP cores.
Infineon Technologies is a leading supplier of automotive semiconductors and developed the MLI and MSC protocols to reduce the electronics cost in vehicles while enabling advanced control and safety applications. Both are well proven in high volume vehicle applications in standard parts such as the TC1766, a 32-bit flash microcontroller of the AUDO-NG family which is based on the 32-bit TriCore® architecture.
“By opening up innovative technology for widespread adoption within the automotive industry, Infineon supports its customers to achieve faster time-to-market for new vehicle control and safety systems,” said Manfred Choutka, Microcontroller product manager at Infineon. “We look forward to IPextreme’s support in establishing them as standards in the marketplace.”
Warren Savage, IPextreme CEO commented “Standards drive cost efficiency into markets by allowing interoperability between suppliers and providing customers with choices. We are excited to be able to provide these technological advances to automotive semiconductor suppliers all over the world.”
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IPextreme brings high-value intellectual property (IP) from large semiconductor companies to system-on-chip (SOC) designers worldwide. These products are silicon proven to minimize design risk and time to market. The IP is provided in a process independent and EDA neutral format, accelerating integration and making the IP easy to use by the broadest range of customers. With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing and supporting IP, our team offers a complete solution for designers. IPextreme has offices in Campbell, Calif., Munich, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan, and representatives in Israel, Korea and Taiwan. www.ip-extreme.com.