On March 14th 2017, there was an article posted on New Electronics by Neil Tyler that talks about how NXP Semiconductors Dutch global semiconductor manufacturer, launched automotive grade tools and software to support the ARM Cortex-based MCU. These automotive grade tools are part of the S32K1 family.
The combination of the automotive grade tools and software allow for a development time to decrease in many different items in the market in a broad range of automotive applications.
In most cases, automotive grade drivers are dependent on AUTOSAR. There are a few rare cases where the applications do not require this. In these cases, the automotive grade drivers are self-developmental, however this means it comes more labor intensive. Where AUTOSTAR is not needed, NXP Semiconductor comes in.
Here is what Neil Tyler has to say about this. “In applications where the use of AUTOSAR is not mandated, NXP is looking to provide an alternative, turn-key option for self-development with a free-of-charge, pre-qualified, automotive-grade software development kit (SDK) that enables rapid prototyping with simple drag and drop functionality. It includes: MISRA and SPICE Level 3 compliant low-level drivers (LLDs) for all peripherals; optional application-specific middleware for LIN, NFC and touch sensing; FreeRTOS operating system; drivers for complementary NXP ICs for faster application bring-up and production readiness e.g. system basis chip (SBC) drivers and documented source code and out-of-the-box examples, eliminating the need for device documentation during application bring-up.”
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