ST extends ARM licence to ARMv8-R for advanced automotive designs

September 30, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
STMicroelectronics has licensed further ARM 32-bit processor technology for use in real-time safety-related Smart Driving applications. The ARMv8-R architecture combines real-time performance and functional safety features.

ST, noting that it has been a ‘frequent’ lead partner in ARM microcontroller-core developments, has announced an agreement in which ST has licensed new 32-bit ARMv8-R processor technology. ST will deploy the technology in 32-bit microcontrollers targeting real-time safety-related Smart Driving applications and in industrial applications.

First implementations of the ARMv8-R processor will be used in advanced multi-core, high-performance processors for safety-related automotive devices targeting PowerTrain, Safety and Gateway applications. Automotive microcontrollers employing the new ARMv8-R architecture will deliver peak real-time performance and functional safety features combined with innovations for sensing, computation, and actuation applications. The advanced real-time architecture offers virtualisation and separation to improve software reliability, reduce development costs, and enable consolidation of multiple applications onto a single smart processing platform.

“The demands placed on vehicle electronic control units are increasing dramatically and ARM is at the forefront in developing the processor technology that will address the growing performance, power, safety and reliability requirements,” said James McNiven, general manager, CPU group, ARM. “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.”

“As a lead partner of ARM’s new automotive-optimised microcontroller technology, ST is continuing to pave the way to delivering products that enable every facet of Smart Driving,” said Marco Monti, Executive Vice President and General Manager Automotive Product Group, STMicroelectronics. “ST will continue to support and develop its successful current 32-bit MCU platform while beginning the transition to the ARM architecture.”