Security firmware and software from NXP maximize security and streamline
System level safety hardware and software simplify ASIL certification.
Free automotive grade drivers accelerate development and quality compliance.
Smart memory design enables fast, reliable and secure over-the-air updates.
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) NXP
Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the S32K3 microcontroller
(MCU) family, the newest addition to its S32K product line. The S32K1 family,
released in 2017, marked an important turning point in addressing software’s
central role in automotive development. The new S32K3 family, designed for
automotive body electronics, battery management and emerging zone controllers,
continues to simplify software development with an enhanced package that spans
security, functional safety and low-level drivers.
NXP Tackles Cost and Complexity of Automotive Software Development with New
The S32K3 expands NXP’s S32 automotive platform from gateway and domain
control into zone control and edge nodes. Plus, it enables software reuse
among multiple applications to reduce the complexity of vehicle software
development and ease the burden for Tier 1s and carmakers.
“Software development is one of the central challenges in modern vehicle
development and the S32K3 MCU family is designed to help customers meet it,”
said Ed Sarrat, director of product management, Automotive Processing at NXP.
“It accelerates development with free automotive grade drivers, simplifies
security and over the air updates, and streamlines safety compliance.”
The S32K3 security solution includes the hardware security engine, designed to
anticipate the ISO/SAE 21434 standard still in development and future OEM
requirements. Beyond the hardware, NXP provides its own firmware and crypto
driver, aiming to reduce the cost and complexity of engaging with third party
providers. The firmware maximizes the performance of the hardware security
engine, blocks rogue access to protect the integrity of the security subsystem
and is field upgradable to address evolving cyber security threats.
Customers will benefit from S32K3‘s system-level approach to functional safety
including safety framework software, a core self-test library, and hardware
features including lock-step cores, and clock/power/temperature monitors which
ease compliance with ISO 26262 requirements. In addition, the S32K3 is being
announced with the
NXP FS26 safety power management IC. The combination includes the software driver, reference design and joint
safety documentation to further accelerate customer development timelines for
The unique Real Time Drivers (RTD) package combines low level drivers for both
AUTOSAR and proprietary software architectures. This provides platform reuse
to Tier1s and carmakers who no longer need to maintain separate architectures.
The RTD package is production grade and will comply with the ISO 26262
standard, this can reduce the time required for customer code validation.
S32K3 is designed for secure over-the-air software updates. The smart memory
design enables updates to be downloaded during normal runtime, while automatic
address translation functionality eliminates the need for software
reconfiguration. Together, these features enable an instant switchover to the
new software version after reset and the original software is preserved as a
roll back option.
The S32K3 family offers scalability from 512KB -8MB of flash with up to 3 Arm®
Cortex® M7 cores. Plus, it is the first NXP MCU to offer the breakthrough
MaxQFP package which reduces the footprint compared to a standard QFP by up to
55%. The S32K3’s combination of scalable hardware and easy to use software
aims to accelerate innovation for next generation vehicle features.
Engineering samples, evaluation boards and a software package for the 1st
product in S32K3 family are now available for alpha customers. Production of
the lead device is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021. For more
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