Elmos Semiconductor AG has delivered the five millionth FlexRay™ device to its customers. Thus Elmos has reached an important milestone in the still young history of this in-vehicle networking standard for connecting electronic control units.
The ever-increasing use of distributed electronic control systems applied in chassis and powertrain as well as in driver assistance and x-by-wire systems lead to high demands on available data rates, real-time capability, and reliability of in-vehicle networks. The response of the auto industry to these challenges was the development and standardization of FlexRay™. Elmos actively participated in this project early on and brought FlexRay™ chips to series production as one of the first semiconductor companies in the world.
“Elmos is a pioneer in innovative FlexRay™ ICs. We identified the market opportunities of FlexRay™ soon and implemented the standard in globally unique products ready for series production. These products represent cutting-edge technology and give excellent example of our leading position in the development of mixed-signal semiconductor solutions. Elmos will continue to keep pace with the latest trends and anticipate customer requests,” says Dr. Anton Mindl, CEO of Elmos Semiconductor AG.
The Elmos portfolio comprises active star couplers as well as single transceivers in this field. With active star coupler E981.56, up to four branches of a FlexRay™ network can be connected with each other. For this purpose, the Elmos component provides four independent physical bus drivers for sending and receiving FlexRay™ frames. As the world’s first component, E981.56 has passed certification according to the latest FlexRay™ Electrical Physical Layer (EPL) specification v3.0. With the help of transceiver E910.54, individual electronic control units can be connected to the vehicle’s communication network. Transceiver E910.54 thus represents the link between the communication controller and the physical bus. All ELMOS FlexRay™ solutions show excellent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and high ESD immunity (electrostatic discharge).
Elmos FlexRay™ components are used today by many manufacturers and can be found in all cars applying this standard for setting up control unit networks. Elmos Semiconductor AG continues to invest in this technology and will expand its FlexRay™ portfolio with more components shortly.