September 6, 2006 – Freescale Semiconductor said it has added 32MB of flash memory to its 32-bit MCU targeted at automotive applications, and is sampling what it claims is the industry’s largest embedded flash memory on an MCU.
Large on-chip flash arrays provide application developers with a high-performance solution to support more sophisticated, memory-intensive engine control functionality, the company stated. The new device enables design of more advanced powertrain engine control systems, to help increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful exhaust emissions. General Motors announced in 2004 that it will use the MPC55xx family in future GM powertrain engine control systems.
In February 2006, STMicroelectronics and Freescale outlined joint efforts to design of 32-bit automotive MCUs based on Power Architecture technology, including future 90nm products with dual-source options available for these devices.