Bosch and Freescale collaborate on automotive airbag reference platform
Bosch ’s Automotive Electronics Division and Freescale  have collaborated to product an automotive airbag reference platform, whose cost-effective nature should see it taken up in emerging markets such as India and China.
The new airbag reference platform is based on chipsets from Freescale’s Qorivva 32-bit MCU family and Bosch’s Airbag ASSP family and works with sensors from both companies. Freescale’s Qorivva MPC560xP MCU family is a scalable MCU used for safety applications, while Bosch’s CG147 Airbag ASSP family is a single, integrated airbag system IC that combines power supply, firing loops, sensor interfaces, and a safety controller.
“With this new reference platform, Bosch and Freescale are enabling local suppliers to adopt an airbag safety solution that helps them improve time to market, reduce design risks, is easy to use and affordable, and delivers the highest automotive quality standards,” said Henri Richard, senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale.
“A platform based on a proven ASSP and MCU chipset is the key to fulfilling market demand fast,” said Erich Biermann, senior vice president of engineering for Bosch Automotive Electronics. “Combining Bosch’s scalable range of Airbag ASSPs with Freescale’s Qorivva MCU family enables ECU makers to tailor their systems exactly to the market needs.”
The reference design platform comes with preloaded demonstration software. Sales and application support for their respective components will be offered by Bosch and Freescale individually.