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ST takes licence for ARM’s 32bit v8-R processor, targets auto applications

STMicroelectronics has licensed ARM’s 32bit ARMv8-R processor technology and will deploy it in 32bit MCUs targeting real time safety related smart driving applications, as well as in industrial applications.

According to the company, the first implementations of the ARMv8-R processor will be in multicore devices for powertrain, safety and gateway applications.

“As a lead partner of ARM’s automotive optimised microcontroller technology, ST is continuing to pave the way to delivering products that enable every facet of smart driving,” said Marco Monti, general manager of ST’s automotive product group. “ST will continue to support and develop its successful current 32bit MCU platform, while beginning the transition to the ARM architecture.”

Automotive MCUs employing the ARMv8-R architecture are expected to deliver best in class real time performance and functional safety features, combined with innovations for sensing, computation and actuation. The architecture offers virtualisation and separation to improve software reliability, reduce development costs and enable consolidation of multiple applications onto one smart processing platform.

James McNiven, general manager of ARM’s CPU group, said: “ST has extensive automotive experience and deep customer relationships. Its transition to the ARMv8-R architecture will be a significant boost in ensuring it is well positioned for continuing success in this highly competitive market.”

Graham Pitcher