First automotive MCU manufactured using GlobalFoundries’ 55nm automotive-specific platform Scaleo chip, the fabless semiconductor company in automotive electronics for powertrain, body control and driver-information, has used the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm eFlash NVM Platform to develop a new family of microcontrollers. GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology and a member of the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC), developed the optimized semiconductor manufacturing platform to specifically meet the stringent and evolving needs of the automotive industry. Built on the company’s 55nm Low Power process and AEC-Q100 Group D qualified, the platform supports the implementation of non-volatile memory (NVM) in MCUs and SoC designs, as well as best-in-class, automotive grade SST-based embedded flash technology. With a projected revenue growth of about 11 percent over the 2013-2016 period, automotive semiconductors are one of the fastest growing segments, with about twice the growth rate of the mobile device segment. The growing need for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly, safer and more connected cars is sustaining an increase of electronics content in vehicles. Powertrain applications are one of the fastest growing sub-segments and car manufacturers require more integrated, powerful and complex electronic systems to address both the stringent ISO 26262 functional safety standard along with mandatory reduction of emissions and fuel consumption. “The growing need for advanced automotive electronics is driving semiconductor companies to strengthen their collaboration with foundry partners, so together we can act at all levels of the supply chain to provide the best products to our customers,” said Ana Hunter, vice president of product management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “The combination of Scaleo chip’s new microcontrollers and our 55nm automotive platform will improve the efficiency, performance, and power consumption of automotive ICs while maintaining adherence to the industry’s strict safety and quality standards.” “Above and beyond the quality and efficiency of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ technology and team, their long-term commitment to the automotive market, demonstrated by their current investment and roadmap, is a key foundation of our preference for the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm eFlash NVM Platform,” said Bruno Paucard, President & CEO of Scaleo chip. “We see GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a critical partner for us, fully supporting the success of Scaleo chip and our products as well as the satisfaction of our customers.” OLEA microcontroller silicon samples are already available for selected customers. Demonstration of the first plug-in, full hybrid demonstration car powered by OLEA microcontrollers will be available shortly.