freescale semiconductor ltd (FSL) Key Developments
Freescale Semiconductor Unveils MC33771 Battery Cell Controller
Sep 18 14
Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled MC33771, an integrated 14-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller for industrial and automotive applications. With fourteen cell balancing transistors, a current sensor with +/-0.5% accuracy from milliamps to kiloamps, and 2 Mbps communication transceiver interface integrated into a single 64-pin QFP package, Freescale's MC33771 battery cell controller and companion MC33664 isolated communications interface deliver robust, reliable performance for 48 V battery systems, enabling economical scalability beyond 1000 volts. The solution's built-in diagnostics help protect automotive and industrial battery packs against critical fault conditions, and its transformer coupled isolated high speed transceiver eliminates the need for expensive isolated CAN busses to meet ASIL-C requirements. Together, these features make the solution ideal for a broad range of automotive and industrial applications including 48 V battery packs, hybrid and electric cars, E-bikes and energy storage systems. As automotive and industrial batteries are placed under increasing strain by new, mission-critical applications, challenges such as overcharge, overheating and internal short circuit or overload must be controlled in order to help ensure safe operating conditions.
Airvana Selects Freescale's QorIQ QonvergeB4860 and BSC9131 Baseband SoCs
Sep 12 14
Freescale Semiconductor announced that Airvana has selected the combination of Freescale's QorIQ QonvergeB4860 and BSC9131 baseband SoCs to power its OneCell system. OneCell is the multi-operator small cell solution. OneCell's single cell architecture eliminates handovers and inter-cell interference issues, which improves user experience and simplifies deployment compared to traditional standalone small cells. Based on cloud RAN principles, the OneCell solution utilizes a Baseband Controller and multiple Radio Points to form a single super-cell for consistently high quality LTE service within buildings - including offices, shopping centers and airports. The OneCell system is deployed over standard enterprise Ethernet Local Area Networks and supports plug-and-play setup, thereby dramatically reducing the cost of cabling, network equipment and installation services. Freescale's powerful QorIQ Qonverge B4860 and BSC9131 processors, combined with its operator-proven VortiQa layer 1 software, provide not only the open programmability needed to develop the innovative OneCell solution, but also the flexibility and processing headroom to provision for LTE-Advanced and other features through field software upgrades. QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 baseband processors are deployed in OneCell access points. The BSC9131 is a highly integrated SoC targeting small cell base stations, enterprise VoIP, smart grid control, and industrial applications. The high-performance device handles a broad range of DSP functions with complementary acceleration and multicore processing. The QorIQ Qonverge B4860 SoC is used in Airvana's controller and combines fully programmable Power Architecture CPU cores, StarCore DSP cores, and a powerful baseband acceleration platform to provide cost-effective, best-in-class performance and connectivity. The device is ideally suited to meet the demands of wireless operators for high capacities and high throughputs in LTE, LTE-Advanced and WCDMA base stations.
Freescale Semiconductor Introduces New VortiQa L1 Baseband Software
Sep 12 14
Freescale Semiconductor introduced new VortiQa L1 baseband software for TDD-LTE on the QorIQ Qonverge BSC913x family of base station system-on-chip, or SoC, solutions, enabling OEMs and ODMs to deliver small cell solutions to the TDD-LTE market. The new Freescale VortiQa software is designed to seamlessly extend to the Freescale QorIQ Qonverge B3421 metrocell platform, which is the most highly integrated metrocell base station SoC in the industry, for enhanced coverage in user-dense environments and throughout large enterprises. It has the flexibility to support multiple bandwidths, including 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz, and can support up to 256 users. Available now, the TDD-LTE VortiQa L1 software is 3GPP release 9 compliant and has integrated cell search software. In conjunction with the fully featured LTE L1 software, Freescale has developed a rich ecosystem of partners that produces BOM-optimized hardware designs and fully integrated and tested L2, L3 and management software, which enables rapid deployment in commercial networks.
Freescale Semiconductor Announces Introduction of Programmable Wireless Charging Solutions
Aug 27 14
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs targeting automotive and consumer applications. The new Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now. As feature-rich, power-hungry mobile devices rapidly proliferate, the need to charge anywhere grows imperative. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American's daily work commute time to be about 50 minutes, and more consumers are bringing their mobile lives into the car expecting the same options as the home for charging and connectivity - thereby fueling demand for in-vehicle wireless charging. Meanwhile, new wireless charging system deployments in offices, hotels, airports and other public spaces are driving demand for highly flexible solutions that allow for innovative, highly customizable implementations. Freescale is addressing these needs by providing differentiated wireless charging solutions to meet the needs of both automotive and consumer applications. Unlike competing products that prohibitively restrict customization, Freescale's new offerings unleash design innovation and enable the rapid development of differentiated wireless charging systems. Flexibility is provided through a programming interface that places maximum control of the end-solution in the product developer's hands.
Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. Appoints D. Mark Durcan to its Board
Aug 19 14
On August 13, 2014, the board of directors of Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. appointed D. Mark Durcan to fill a vacancy on the board effective immediately. Mr. Durcan is the chief executive officer at Micron Technology. Prior to being appointed Microns CEO and a member of its board in February 2012, he held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Micron since joining the company in June 1984.