Freescale introduces the industry’s highest performance MCUs designed for automotive instrument clusters, enabling a new generation of premium graphics


High-end automotive instrument clusters typically incorporate multiple external components, including a main processor, graphics unit, external SRAM, and dedicated circuitry to manage heads-up display warping and other sophisticated functionality. The cost and complexity of integrating these multiple parts previously restricted this functionality to the premium car segment.


To drive heads-up display and other advanced graphics capabilities beyond the high-end and into the mid- and economy tier automotive segments, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a triple-core, single-chip solution featuring more than 1.7x higher performance than any currently available automotive instrument cluster MCU. This high performance solution helps eliminate the need for costly additional processors and memory chips.


In addition, the triple-core MAC57D5xx helps enhance safety by separating key instrument cluster hardware and software via concurrent operation of separate operating systems on each of the devices’ three cores. Independent operation of an AutoSAR OS on the ARM Cortex-M4 core, and a graphics OS on the ARM Cortex-A5 core allows for enhanced safety in next-generation instrument cluster designs.


“With automotive system integration at an all-time high, OEMs and their suppliers are focused on consolidating large amounts of driver information and increasing the quality of graphics in dashboards, while keeping safety and security as the first concern,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Product Management and Global Marketing for Freescale’s Automotive MCU business. “Leveraging our legacy of automotive innovation, Freescale’s next-generation instrument cluster microcontrollers deliver a secure, single-chip solution that processes masses of vehicle information while delivering high resolution graphics and scaling to meet future demands.”


Simplified Development Environment

Premium cluster graphic design traditionally requires resource-intensive software development and a complex tool chain. Freescale provides a more streamlined approach, leveraging proprietary IP and optimized code for more efficient use of resources and faster time-to-market.



MAC57D5xx DIS MCUs are expected to begin sampling in June 2014.

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