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NXP Semiconductors introduces EV development platform

NXP Semiconductors has announced the introduction of its GreenBox vehicle electrification development platform. The high-performance processing platform is used to design and test control algorithms and energy management tasks for next-generation electric drive vehicles.

GreenBox allows auto makers and suppliers to begin early development hybrid and electric vehicle applications on NXP’s S32 automotive processing multicore platform based on Arm Cortex technology.

With increasing regulatory restrictions on emissions and stricter fuel economy targets around the world, both traditional auto makers and new market entrants are under pressure to roll out electric and hybrid vehicles to consumers quickly. GreenBox enables the design and testing of new control algorithms and energy management tasks critical for next-generation hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

GreenBox is one of the development platforms for NXP’s next generation S32 electrification MCUs, which are part of the S32 automotive processing platform that is built around a safe, secure and fault-tolerant configuration. The S32 electrification MCUs will address the increasingly intensive computation and memory requirements for future HEV and EV applications.

Using the GreenBox development environment, developers can also tap into the mix of high-performance and optimized peripherals, including advanced timers, motor control peripherals and analog sub-systems to interface with their own development hardware.

Available in two configurations, the first is for development of fully-electric vehicles and supports motor control and battery management capabilities. The second is for development of hybrid applications, which supports both EV features as well as traditional engine control capabilities.

“The combination of regulatory and market indicators as well as long automotive development cycles requires auto makers to begin the development of HEV and EV systems now – before the next wave of processors for electrification are available,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of vehicle dynamics and safety at NXP.

“GreenBox meets this challenge by providing auto makers a hardware development environment before the NXP S32 electrification MCU is available.”

Written by Sam Petters

21 February 2018


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