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NXP's S32G automotive network processors will enable rapid over-the-air data transfers

Published: 6 January 2020 - Christian Lynn

NXP Semiconductors has announced its new S32G vehicle network processors. As the latest offering from NXP’s S32 family of processors, the S32G processors are helping the automotive industry to segue its ambitions into high performance domain-based vehicle architectures, and provide reduced software complexity and enhanced security and safety. The S32G processors’ primary role will be in service-oriented gateways, looking to enable data-driven business expansion for automotive OEMs.

Forthcoming generations of connected vehicles will require a dramatic shift in performance and security to deliver data-driven opportunities. The S32G processors take automotive networking to a new level by securely managing data transmission around the vehicle and protecting safety critical applications from malicious intent. These processors are the world’s first integration of traditional MCUs fitted with high-performance application processors, coming with ASIL D functional safety support and network acceleration. 

The evolution to connected, autonomous, electrified vehicles will allow a host of data-based services to emerge. Usage-based insurance, vehicle health monitoring and fleet management services for commercial operators are a few of the opportunities under exploration by OEMs, enabled by NXP’s robust, secure processing capabilities. 

The S32G is not, however, solely a network processor. Its unique combination of capabilities enables it to support the latest ADAS applications, as well as providing safe and secure communication capabilities that contribute to the total integration of the vehicle’s network. Bernhard Augustin, director of ECU development in autonomous driving at Audi said, “We found the unique combination of networking, performance and safety features of the S32G processor to be ideal for use in our next-generation ADAS domain controller.” 

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