Each new generation of powertrain controls challenges systems designers with higher complexity and the need for increased computing performance. Driven by global regulations, performance requirements include increased throughput, memory, peripheral and advanced packaging capabilities. Increasingly tougher emission regulations, as well as unprecedented fuel efficiency targets, require sophisticated systems that extend well beyond traditional spark ignition (SI) engine and transmission control.
The addition of hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with motors, battery and system management electronics dictate control technologies that depart from traditional improvement trends.
As a leading supplier of automotive powertrain microcontrollers (MCUs), Freescale Semiconductor has addressed these challenges as it has facilitated automotive industry’s pioneering efforts in electronics control. This white paper will provide background on the need for an advanced control architecture and a multicore solution that addresses current and future powertrain needs.