16-bit HCS12 microcontroller family.
Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector has secured more than US$1 billion in design wins from global automotive customers over the next five years for its high-performance 16-bit HCS12 microcontroller (MCU) family.
Car manufacturers reportedly plan to use the HCS12 MCU starting in model year 2003 to help enable smarter, highly personalised cars.
According to industry analyst firm Strategy Analytics, Motorola holds a 13 percent market share in the automotive market, which is nearly two times the market share of the closest competitor.
Based on the industry standard 68HC12 architecture, the HCS12 family is said to help reduce customers’ design times by providing an upward migration path from Motorola’s 68HC08, 68HC11, 68HC12 and other MCU architectures.
Built around a powerful processor core and integrating third-generation 0.25 micron Split Gate Flash memory technology for maximum data retention and write-erase cycling, the HCS12 devices are designed for fast programming times that enable quick field updates.
The first member of the HCS12 family (the MC9S12DP256), introduced in November 2000 is initially targeted for body electronics applications, such as instrument clusters, power management and gateway modules, HVAC and lighting controllers.
Motorola plans to introduce additional HCS12 devices in early 2002 for industrial and other consumer-based markets.