IAR elevates automotive motor control with NXP S32M2 support

IAR elevates automotive motor control with NXP S32M2 support

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

IAR delivers full support for the recently introduced S32M2 motor control offering from NXP® Semiconductors. This latest addition to S32 vehicle compute platform allows high motor efficiency for software-defined electric vehicles, resulting in reduced in-cabin noise, enhanced occupant comfort, and other benefits across automotive body and control applications.

The complete IAR Embedded Workbench® for Arm®, with its powerful compiler and debugging capabilities, is now available for automotive software developers working on the new S32M2 devices.

The S32M2 is a highly integrated system-in-package based on Arm® Cortex®-M microcontroller cores. While fully software compatible with NXP’s S32K MCU products, the new series adds high voltage analog features and high efficiency for vehicle applications such as pumps, fans, sunroof and seat position, seat belt pretensioners, or trunk openers. The S32M2 system-in-package integrates automotive qualified and application-focused capabilities such as voltage regulators operating directly from a 12 V car battery supply, physical communications interfaces (LIN or CAN FD), MOSFET gate pre-drivers for motor control, and non-volatile memory (from 128KB to 1MB) to reduce overall component count. This allows OEMs to reduce the printed circuit board (PCB) footprint, minimize design risks, cut bill-of-material costs, and accelerate time-to-market.

The complete development environment IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm has been providing support for NXP’s widely adopted S32K microcontrollers since their introduction and now consequently also supports the new S32M2 series, which allows for an efficient software re-use. The comprehensive C/C++ suite includes a highly optimized compiler and advanced debugging and analysis functionalities, including an integrated monitoring of power consumption. Complementing the highly optimized building tools, user-friendly code analysis add-ons such as IAR C-STAT, IAR C-RUN, and the C-SPY Debugger help developers catch potential code issues and bugs early in the development process to optimize overall code quality. IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm is also available in a functional safety version certified according to ISO 26262. This aligns with the S32K’s development processes, which are also certified to meet ISO 26262 ASIL B standards.

“NXP’s S32M2 delivers OEMs a solution for efficient motor performance while offering headroom for higher integration and adding new functions and capabilities in the future that address the requirements of software-defined electric vehicles,” said Thomas Ensergueix, Senior Director, Integrated Solutions Automotive Processing at NXP. “The close collaboration with IAR helps us provide a comprehensive software enablement for carmakers to fully optimize their product development and accelerate the transition to SDVs”.

“The IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm empowers automotive software developers to design efficient, simplified, and resilient motor control applications,” says Anders Holmberg, CTO at IAR. “Furthermore, it enables seamless code re-use across the S32 platform implementations, leading to accelerated development cycles and cost reductions.”

Support for the S32M2 series has been implemented in the latest versions of IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm.

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