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Freescale has announced new automotive sensor modules for its popular Tower System development platform. The new modules are designed to help engineers rapidly design and build innovative automotive applications, such as airbags, electronic stability control, electric parking brakes, tilt angle measurement and engine control systems.

The Tower System automotive sensor development kit combines 8-bit microcontrollers, MEMS-based sensors and analogue products into a single stand-alone development board. The kit supports the full range of Freescale Xtrinsic automotive sensors. The interchangeable sensor modules include a low-g XY accelerometer, a medium-g XY accelerometer and high-g X and Z sensors with PSI5 and DIS protocol interfaces.

The Tower System features a customisable embedded design environment that allows developers to mix and match MCU and peripheral boards to create reconfigurable development platforms that suit their design needs. Interchangeable modules promote reuse of hardware across multiple architectures, and the modular design scales down overall tool costs.

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