Munich, Germany – March 7, 2007 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today unveiled a new microcontroller family for automotive body and gateway applications. The new Infineon XC2200 family of microcontrollers (MCU) fulfills all key requirements for present and future body and gateway applications with their strong need for flexibility.
The new XC2200 family includes more than 60 products. This broad product portfolio offers body/gateway application design engineers the desired scalability to select the MCU with the optimal combination of memory, peripheral set, temperature and packaging to match the application’s respective requirements, both during and after their design cycle without any changes to the printed circuit board design. Once the software is compiled for Infineon’s XC2200 microcontrollers, it can easily be used for various body and gateway applications within different model platforms of a car manufacturer. Overall cost savings in development, qualification, validation and testing can potentially be up to 30 percent of the usual hardware and software efforts for designs, such as a Body Central Module (BCM). The product family features a high-performing central processing unit (CPU) that provides 80 million instructions per second (MIPS); a powerful peripheral set offering e.g. automatic CAN (Control Area Network) gateway functionality and an industry-first feature of light bulb supervision without engaging the CPU load. Further characteristics include AUTOSAR compliance, large memory headroom of up to 1.28 MB, and low power consumption in stand-by mode to preserve the battery’s energy consumption.
Typical automotive body applications include:
- Body Central Module (BCM) application comprising internal and external lighting systems, as well as car access and door modules with lighting, window lift, mirror positioning, refueling indicator for windscreen wipers and clock.
- Central Gateway application which manages all internal interfaces (i.e. motor management, in-car entertainment, dashboard or convenient control) and communication with external interfaces for after-sales software updates.
- Air-conditioning application.
Technical details of the XC2200 family for body/gateway applications
Specifically designed to fulfill the requirements of present and future body/gateway applications, the XC2200 family operates at up to 80 MHz. The power consumption is very low with less than 60 mA at maximum performance and 50 µA in stand-by mode with a running on-chip voltage regulator. This includes brown-out detection, an ultra-low power clock for a short wake-up time, a wake-up timer and stand-by SRAM. Short wake-up time combined with low power consumption in stand-by mode is among the key requirements of future BCM applications, and the XC2200 family fulfills these requirements. Additionally, the family features a powerful peripheral set that reduces CPU load and offers automatic CAN gateway functionality, as well as the industry-first light bulb supervision without engaging the CPU load. Peripherals include two synchronizable A/D converters with up to 30-channels, optional data pre-processing and a conversion time down to 1.2 µs. The A/D converter is triggered by the flexible PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) unit and is then handed over to the CPU to initiate the reaction needed on a different peripheral. The flexible USICs (Universal Serial Interfaces) of the XC2200 family can be used as UART (Universal Asynchronous Receive Transmit) interface, LIN (Local Interconnect Network) interface, buffered SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface), IIC (Inter-IC) Bus interface, and IIS (Inter-IC-Sound) interface. A MultiCAN Interface (Rev. 2.0B active) provides up to 256 flexibly assignable message objects on up to six CAN nodes and gateway functionalities. Infineon supports software standardization for interfaces and software modules for automotive systems by offering AUTOSAR software drivers for all XC2200 products.
All family members are software and pin compatible. They are based on the C166S V2 architecture and offer DSP-level performance. The XC2200 products come in a wide range of memory configurations from 32 kBytes to 1,280 kBytes embedded flash, allowing easy upgrades when the application is short of memory or I/O functionality.
“There is a clear trend in body applications towards AUTOSAR compliancy and flexibility to serve the different body architectures with one MCU family,” said Dr. Christopher Hegarty, vice president and general manager of the Microcontrollers business unit at Infineon Technologies. “Providing a flexible family with 32-bit performance is key for Infineon. Our new body/gateway XC2200 family addresses the need for plug-and-play exchangeability through devices with compatible software and pins. The coherent family concept provides a unique scalability in memory, peripherals, functionality, performance, temperature range and packaging.”
XC2200: A family with at least 60 derivatives
Today, Infineon introduces the first five members of the XC2200 family: the XC2264, XC2267, XC2285, XC2286 and XC2287. A total of 60 derivatives are available with variations of the five members in the flash memory size (448 kBytes, 576 kBytes and 768 kBytes), operating frequency (66 MHz / 80 MHz), peripheral set (for low-end door modules / complex high-end BCM or gateway modules), automotive temperature range (-40°C to +125°C), and green (lead-free) Low-Quad Flat Pack (LQFP) package options (LQFP-100 / -144). Further versions with a flash memory size of 32 kBytes to 1,280 kBytes, operating also at 40 MHz frequency and additional LQFP-packages with 64 and 176 pins will be introduced later in 2007.
Development Tool Support
The XC2200 family is supported by the full suite of development tools, including evaluation boards, debuggers, compilers and documentation.
Availability and Pricing
Samples of the XC2200 family are available for dedicated automotive customers. Volume production of all family members is scheduled to start in April 2008.
Sample pricing varies according to product specification. For instance, the XC2267 with 448 kBytes of flash memory, a temperature range of -40°C to +125°C is priced at approximately Euros 5.65 (US-$ 7.35) per piece in quantities of 20,000.