On September 5th, the NXP Future Summit was held as scheduled. "We are still us" - this is the opening remarks of NXP's global sales and marketing executive vice president Steve Owen at the summit, but also the first voice after Qualcomm abandoned the acquisition of NXP.
After 19 months, the Qualcomm acquisition of NXP, which totaled $38 billion, failed. The two chip giants did not work together as expected. On the one hand, Qualcomm calmly accepts reality; on the other hand, NXP continues to move forward.
After returning to singles, NXP did the first thing - accelerating the layout of the smart car market.
Acquisition of OmniPHY
Layout next-generation automotive communication technology
Driven by higher data capacity and speed demands, the automotive network is undergoing a revolution, and the new advanced autonomous driving system will require data transmission speeds above gigabit. According to Ian Riches, executive director of global automotive business at Strategy Analytics, one of the challenges of the autopilot era is how to transfer data around the car as quickly as possible.
The same is true for the case. The CAN (Controller Area Network) has been used as the in-vehicle network backbone for more than 30 years. The traditional car wiring harness structure is relatively simple, the controllers are connected to the same device and do not interfere with each other, the transmission speed is 1 Mb/s, and the CAN bus with limited safety is sufficient. However, with the advent of the era of automotive electrification, the number of electronic control units (ECUs) in the car is gradually increasing, and the exchange of information between ECUs becomes more complicated. Especially the emergence of autonomous driving, the car integrates more sensors, the car camera and the entertainment system also put forward higher requirements on the bandwidth and delay time of the vehicle network. The transmission speed of 1Mb/s is difficult to meet the development of autonomous driving technology. Demand, Ethernet has become an important direction.
OmniPHY is a pioneer in the field of high-speed automotive Ethernet IP with 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standard IP in compliance with automotive standards. Through the acquisition of OmniPHY, NXP can apply advanced high-speed transmission technology to leading products in the field of automotive networks. Combining years of experience, NXP will provide automotive manufacturers with next-generation data transmission solutions.
Holding Geely Automobile
Define the next generation of millimeter wave radar
Millimeter wave radar is an indispensable key to achieving automatic driving. At the Future Technology Summit, NXP announced a partnership with Geely to explore forward-looking collaborative definitions for next-generation millimeter-wave radar sensors and radar systems for the next generation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autopilot functions. .
According to Kurt Sievers, executive vice president and general manager of the automotive division of NXP, NXP expects to conduct in-depth technical foresight and results exchange cooperation with Geely in addition to the next generation of millimeter-wave radar. NXP will provide Geely Automotive with a more targeted international leading-edge solution for automotive ADAS sensors, data fusion, security control, and communications, in-vehicle networking and other applications.
Liu Weiguo, senior chief engineer of the Intelligent Driving Center of Geely Automobile Research Institute, said that from basic adaptive cruise (ACC), automatic emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning (FCW), to blind spot monitoring system (BSD), and later intelligence Driving in and out of the car, the rear vehicle warning system (RCTA), etc., must have the participation of millimeter wave radar. Geely hopes to further expand the detection capabilities of millimeter wave radar sensors and customize more powerful expansion functions to serve advanced driver assistance systems and autopilot systems through deeper frontier cooperation with NXP.
Cooperation with VEPCO Technologies
Design ASIL-D motor frequency converter controller prototype
VEPCO Technologies has deep knowledge of motor drive and system experience, providing professional engineering services on the power inverter controller module platform, such as custom application IP.
This time, NXP worked with VEPCO Technologies, Inc. to design a high-voltage power control reference platform and inverter controller prototype supporting ASIL-D. In this prototype, the platform controls a Fuji Electric 800V silicon IGBT power module with integrated current and temperature sensing to drive a 100 kW three-phase motor. The control reference platform uses NXP automotive components to provide all the necessary functional building blocks. The system bill of materials (BoM) is efficient and efficient, supporting both variable frequency controller control and drive operation while maintaining functional safety.
NXP plans to use its system control components, support software and functional safety enabling solutions to help customers develop reference-based motor inverter controllers, and VEPCO Technologies will provide contract system engineering services for specific application and performance development on the platform.
Expand "Friends Circle"
Jointly develop next-generation smart cabin with Hangsheng
Shenzhen Hangsheng Electronics Co., Ltd. (referred to as “Hangsheng”) is a research and development, manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service. It develops and produces intelligent networked car information systems, intelligent driving assistance systems and new energy for automobile manufacturers. High-tech enterprises such as automotive control systems.
At the future summit, NXP signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hangsheng. The two parties will carry out long-term and in-depth joint research and development on the basis of past product and technology cooperation, and jointly devote themselves to innovative areas such as smart travel and connected cars.
Based on this agreement, the two parties will jointly develop the next-generation smart car, and develop a special technical solution for it. The solution covers NXP i. MX8 application processor, S32K processor, power management chip, radio DSP chip, high Performance ClassD digital amplifiers, Ethernet chips, etc.
As Steve Owen said, handling, interconnecting, and security are key to NXP's focus. Autopilot is just one aspect. The Internet of Things is the future battlefield for NXP.