NXP Unlocks Vehicle Data with the S32G Automotive Network Processors

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

January 07, 2020


Processors enable modern service-oriented gateways for rapid Over-the-Air (OTA) deployment of new capabilities and advanced edge-to-cloud analytics.

NXP Semiconductors, a supplier of automotive semiconductors, announced its new S32G vehicle network processors. The S32G processors' primary role will be in service-oriented gateways that will help transform OEMs from carmakers into vehicle data-driven service providers with expanded business opportunities.

The S32G processors manage data transmission around the vehicle and protect safety critical applications. According to the company, these processors are the world's first integration of traditional MCUs with high-performance application processors with ASIL D functional safety support, and network acceleration.

S32G Processors' Key Attributes
• Performance - S32G processors provide ASIL D MCU and MPU performance with application-specific network hardware acceleration that offloads processors to provide services with network performance needed by OEMs for the real time environment of the modern vehicle.
• Security - The S32G, like all other S32 platform processors, embed high-performance hardware security acceleration, along with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support for trusted key management, enabled by its Hardware Security Engine (HSE). The firewalled HSE is the root of trust supporting secure boot, providing system security services, and protecting against side-channel attacks.
• Safety - The NXP S32G processors offer full ASIL D capabilities including lock-step Arm Cortex-M7 microcontroller cores, and an industry-first ability to lock-step clusters of Arm Cortex-A53 applications cores, allowing automotive safety to support new levels of performance with high-level operating systems and larger memory support.

S32G System Solution
NXP has announced its multi-gigabit safe and secure automotive Ethernet switch, the SJA1110 which is optimized for integration with S32G processors. The new Ethernet switch is aligned to the latest TSN standards and offers integrated 100BASE-T1 PHYs, hardware-assisted security and safety capabilities and multi-gigabit interfaces. The combination of NXP's S32G processor, SJA1110 switch and VR5510 power management addresses the challenges facing vehicle networking today including scalability, safety, security, and high-speed traffic engineering.

S32G Availability and Enablement
The S32G274A is the first of four devices in the S32G family and is sampling today to lead customers. Enablement by NXP and a strong partner ecosystem include comprehensive board, software, tools and systems support to accelerate customer designs. For more information, please visit https://www.nxp.com/S32G.

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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