NXP doubles its portfolio of MagniV Microcontrollers serving the growing global automotive motor control market

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announces its expansion of the industry’s leading family of automotive motor control microcontrollers (MCUs), and introduces a broad portfolio of hardware, software and integrated motor control solutions designed to dramatically speed time to market. Using NXP’s new integrated solutions, a fully functioning motor system can be up and running in only 10 minutes, thereby radically simplifying system development and shortening design cycles.


According to IHS Markit Technologies, approximately three billion electric motors for automotive applications will be shipped this year, with the vast majority being DC and brushless DC motors.


NXP’s new MagniV solutions are single-chip, high-voltage MCUs housing the power supply, physical communication layer (PHY) and application-specific drivers. The solutions also feature advanced development tool enablement technologies such as the Motor Control Development Toolbox, MCAT and FreeMASTER for shorter tuning and debug cycles. And for even faster time-to-market, NXP now supports all MagniV devices with the Automotive Math and Motor Control Library (AMMCLib), as well as application-specific development kits which serve as hardware and software reference implementations. The result is a robust enablement platform for the rapid development of compact and highly efficient automotive motor systems.


NXP’s addition of 17 new MagniV MCUs more than doubles the size of the popular portfolio for the control of a wide array of automotive systems and motor applications. Like all MagniV MCUs, these new additions share a common platform for streamlined development and optimised hardware and software reuse.


“The continued electrification of vehicles is driving significant growth for electric motors controlling a wide array of automotive systems including fluid pumps, cooling fans, and more,” said Manuel Alves, vice president and general manager, General Purpose and Integrated Solutions for NXP’s Automotive Microcontroller and Processors Business Line. “NXP’s newest MagniV MCUs are engineered to radically reduce the complexity and time associated with software development, essentially demystifying complex motor control for automotive systems designers across the globe.”


Product and technical details

NXP’s new offerings for automotive motor control applications include:

·      Additions to the S12ZVM MCU family now ranging from 16KB to 256KB embedded flash, and featuring new options with onboard physical layer for CAN or High Voltage PWM (HV-PWM), while adding more LIN versions for reuse of software and hardware across applications such as pumps and fans, and across different carmaker platforms and multiple communication protocols. The new S12ZVMA and S12ZVMB members address a variety of uni-, and respectively bi-directional DC motor applications driven by MOSFETs.

·      The S12VR MCU family, which adds new, cost-effective 32-pin versions featuring 16KB to 32KB embedded flash, and targets entry-level, anti-pinch window lift and sunroof applications in China and other fast-growing markets,

·      The highly optimised and production ready AMMCLib, which is free of charge for evaluation and development. Production license fees have been reduced by 50 per cent and are applicable across the NXP Automotive portfolio, including S12 MagniV, S32K and MPC56xx/57xx MCUs.  

·      New advanced motor control algorithms in the AMMCLib to support PMSM sensor-less operations in both single and dual-shunt configuration for current sensing.

·      The Motor Control Development Toolbox for model-based software development, as well as the FreeMASTER Run-Time Debugging Tool which now support MagniV MCUs and are offered free of charge across the NXP Automotive portfolio.

·      A new level of robustness: depending on package options these new products support full automotive qualification according to AEC-Q100 Grade 0 for operation in harsh environments up to 150°C ambient temperature. Additionally, all new MagniV products have been developed according to the stringent ISO26262 standard and come with a guide to accelerate compliance to functional safety requirements.




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