Domain control is the centralization of control of similar functions and functionality. Domain architectures aid in the reduction of vehicle engine control units (ECUs) and in the simplification of software development and distribution, as system complexity within the vehicle grows. The NXP S32 automotive platform captures the opportunity to move towards the transformation of vehicle electronic architectures (VEA) and the transition to the software-defined vehicle (SDV).
OEMs are approaching the transformation of the VEA by following two different vectors. The logical path is about coordination and consolidation of functional domains, including body domain, powertrain domain and ADAS domain. This is where domain controllers are required and where NXP provides optimized products and insights.
The other vector is the physical path, which looks to reduce the complexity of the wiring harness and thereby reduces vehicle weight and reduces costs. Zone controllers, which control physical zones of the vehicle, improve the efficiency of energy consumption as well.
Both of these vectors can relate to each other, and OEMs are following architecture strategies that combine each of these vectors in varying ways. NXP provides optimized hardware and software to meet the needs of both vectors.