NXP, the world’s largest supplier of automotive semiconductors, has produced an all-new control and compute concept for connected, electric and autonomous cars. The NXP S32 platform is, according to NXP, “the world’s first fully-scalable automotive computing architecture. It offers a unified architecture of microcontrollers/microprocessors and an identical software environment across application platforms. The NXP S32 architecture is designed to allow carmakers to bring rich in-vehicle experiences and automated driving functions to market much faster than before.

Modern cars are a complex mixture of applications and disparate software approaches that present significant integration challenges to the carmaker. Automotive industry estimates reveal there are more lines of code in an advanced vehicle than a modern passenger aircraft. This complexity places carmakers and automotive suppliers under pressure to satisfy market expectations for higher electronic functionality within tightening time-to-market constraints.

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