DETROIT – Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. debuts a new family of microcontrollers, along with the latest display-controller technology and a support plan for the FlexRay electronics control system at the Convergence auto technology conference here.

The supplier is adding two low-power single-chip 32-bit controllers to its FR60Lite microcontrollers. This will give maximum flexibility to motor controllers for climate control, windshield wiper, power steering and other motor-operated automotive components.

The FR60Lite offers one of the lowest-cost and highest-performance solutions for both 16-bit and 32-bit applications, Fujitsu says.

Fujitsu also takes the wraps off a new generation of graphic displays controllers, dubbed Coral PA, the third generation of graphic controllers designed to support infotainment systems.

The new Coral PA controllers allow higher bandwidth transfers between the CPU and the controller, itself, providing improved graphic display quality.

Fujitsu says the Coral PA controller can handle video input from a TV tuner, DVD player or camera signal in PAL or NTSC video formats.

Coral PA allows any combination of up- and down-scaling of pictures, enabling picture-in-picture or full-screen modes. Six display layers can be used simultaneously in Coral PA, with all layers having a color depth of eight, 16 or 24 bits per pixel.

An additional feature of the Coral PA controller is the ability to conduct dual display applications, “meaning we can provide two different signals on two different displays with one chip,” says Dan Landeck, senior marketing director for Fujitsu Microelectronics America.

Fujitsu says the FlexRay electronics control system likely will debut in late 2005. FlexRay enables auto makers better control of a myriad of complex electronic components, including steer-by-wire, brake-by-wire and chassis- and engine-control systems.

FlexRay controllers provide improved performance over CAN (Controller Area network) and LIN (Local Interconnect Network) systems, with the ability to communicate with 16 and 32 bit micrcontrollers.

FlexRay also provides improved scalability and synchronization compared with CAN and LIN systems, the company says.

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