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AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS Motor control chipset supports functional fication and accelerate time to market. Designed for advanced safety requirements driver assistance systems, electric power steering, hybrid Texas Instruments has released a total of 12 new Hercules and electric vehicles, rail propulsion control, aviation anti-skid TMS570 ARM Cortex-R4 safety microcontrollers, a complemen- control, off-road vehicles and more, tary TPS65831-Q1 multi-rail safety power management inte- the newest Hercules TMS570 safety grated circuit (PMIC) and the DRV3201-Q1 safety motor driver. microcontrollers expand the product These products form a “safety motor control chipset” and maxi- line to include 36 configurations from mize failure detection and mitigation while minimizing software which customers can choose to meet overhead. The new motor control safety chipset adheres to application-specific needs. the SafeTI-26262 and SafeTI-61508 design packages, helping Texas Instruments customers more easily achieve ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 certi- www.ti.com Star coupler links two FlexRay systems the world’s first FlexRay dual star How can you get your Chipmaker Elmos AG introduces coupler. The E981.57 is certified idea to market fi rst? according to the FlexRay Electrical Physical Layer (EPL) specification V3.0 and meets carmakers require- ments with regard to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electrostatic discharge (ESD). The star coupler connects two branches of a FlexRay network. Towards this end, the chip contains two independent physi- cal bus drivers for transmission and reception of FlexRay messages. An integrated SPI-compatible interface On the road to innovation, enables configuration and mode control as well as diagnosis data ex- speed wins. change through a microcontroller. In addition, a communication interface Accelerate your R&D and beat the competition is integrated which enables design- to market. Instant access to over 3 million ers to use the device as standard transceiver. In autonomous mode top-cited technology research documents can the star coupler exerts the function save hours—and keep your ideas in the fast lane. of a repeater; in this case no micro- controller is required. The entry level model E981.57 features two chan- ® Digital LibraryXploreIEEE nels. In addition, Elmos also offers a quadruple star coupler in the same Discover a smarter research experience package, the model E981.56. Thus, customers have the option to imple- ment systems with two, four, six or eight channels on a single PCB lay- out and configure them according to their respective needs. The E981.56 /57 comes in a 44-pin QFN package Request a Free Trial with 9mm edge length. www.ieee.org/tryieeexplore Elmos AG www.elmos.com. 11-PIM-0420i_Xplore_Market_5x7.875_Final.indd 1 8/26/11 10:46 AM www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2012 37


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