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Near Field Communication It’s a

revolution out there!

Lars Reger, VP automotive strategy, new business and R&D at NXP

Semiconductors talks to CIE about what he sees as a ‘revolution’ in

automotive electronics and the rise of the connected car

Neil Tyler: NXP talks of a revolution in electronics in the automotive space. How would you describe that revolution; what are the key trends and how is NXP responding? Lars Reger: The automotive industry is facing some key changes driven by two main trends: connectivity and efficiency. Connectivity comes from a desire for people to be always connected, even when they are in the car. Connected mobility will bring more safety, convenience and entertainment while on the road. This trend is fuelled by the need to solve the congestion problems in megacities - by introducing car sharing concepts, intelligent traffic management, inner city zones, or by giving priority to inner-city busses, to name just a few. The second trend is the need to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. We at NXP have leveraged our experience in sensors and vehicle networking to optimise the overall energy efficiency in vehicles. We’ve researched how to improve performance in things like drive train and have used electronic control units to replace bulky mechanic and hydraulic systems. With this we have achieved significant CO2 reductions. Further potential for CO2 reduction comes with the introduction of affordable LED lighting for front and tail lights, with telematics for intelligent traffic

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management, as well as from high- precision sensors and smart networking ICs.

With these trends, the automotive industry also sees a lot of changes in the traditional automotive ecosystem, with consumer technologies, industrial applications, and mobile & computing elements entering the game. We are excited to be a part of these developments.

NT: What are the main automotive products NXP is focused on and how are you using them to position yourself in the automotive space? LR: Our portfolio can easily be summarised under one headline: NXP connects the car!

Let me explain this: Our strategic focus is set on providing all the electrical interfaces to connect the car to the outside world, more exactly this means from car-to-car (C2C), car-to-infrastructure (C2I), car-to-portable, and also the insides of the car. Key applications are therefore car entertainment, in-vehicle networking, and car access - in all of these we are the

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global market leader. Apart from that we are number three globally in the magnetic sensors business and provide power MOSFETs, as well as Automotive Logic, Display Drivers, Interface Products, and Small-Signal Discretes.

NT: What products is NXP developing in response to the growing need and demand for the connected car? LR: NXP delivers three main technologies for the connected car: C2C/C2I, telematics, and NFC.

For C2C and C2I we work with Australian-based Cohda Wireless to achieve reception levels far beyond what any conventional reception device could ever achieve. This is currently being tested in a variety of field trials around the world, including U.S., Germany, France, and Singapore. By connecting cars wirelessly with each other and with the infrastructure around, the car accident rates can be dramatically reduced. NXP’s telematics solution “ATOP” combines GPS, GSM/GPRS mobile communications for advanced security and in-car connectivity. One popular use case is the eCall automatic emergency call system. In the event of a serious accident, the device would automatically set off a call to the nearest emergency service. This feature will be binding for all cars in the EU from 2015. This same compact telematics solution can also cover location- based services - a service which will become inevitable with the rise of the electrical car. It books and directs you to the next petrol station while allowing cash-free and secure payment for the services. It also covers flexible GPS-based road pricing, stolen vehicle tracking, or authentication in car sharing systems. So you see: one solution for a variety of use cases - a great opportunity for the industry. The NXP solution has been integrated in a variety of car makers around the world by now.

Personalisation is another top discussion in the industry. This is why we are promoting NFC for automobiles. NXP has co-invented NFC with Sony - a technology that has conquered a multitude of smartphones in the past few months and we’ll see it everywhere in all kinds of end devices in the future. What does it bring to the car? By just a touch of the smartphone to your car key, you can use the smartphone to monitor the status of your car - from maintenance status, door locked yes/no function, car finder, and

many more. And with just another touch of your smartphone to the car entertainment station in the car, you can customise all your car settings - from favourite music, to favourite mood light settings, seat adjustment or personal contacts. A cool feature, especially when you think of car sharing.

NT: Standards and compliance are crucial in the automotive market - what specifications are you having to address and how are they impacting on the development of new products? LR: There are quite a few new enhancements of existing in-vehicle networking standards that we see arising, e.g. CAN-FD for higher data rates and CAN Partial Networking for energy efficient networks. Beyond that, the most important to mention are Ethernet, digital radio broadcast reception, or IEEE802.11p for C2X. Ethernet is interesting as it will allow a new quality of entertainment and safety functions that require high-bandwidth data networks. These are infotainment and safety cameras, for example. NXP is adopting a standard called BroadR Reach – which offers high-performance bandwidth and a low-cost cabling solution. Borrowed from the consumer and industrial world, the automotive manufacturers therefore apply a standard that has been tested and proven already in billions of electronic devices in use today. To drive this standard, a high effort in standardising is needed. We are founding member of the OPEN Alliance Special Interest Group, encouraging wide scale adoption of Ethernet in the car. Over 81 leading including car manufacturers such as BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, and Continental are part of this group.

Digital radio reception in car

entertainment bears the challenge that the past years have brought about a multitude of regional standards globally. Obviously, the car makers cannot afford to have individual car entertainment solutions per region. To save on logistics and development efforts, NXP has strongly invested in software-defined radio solutions, allowing one hardware platform for all digital and analogue standards. With the increasing importance of digital radio, this will be a strong competitive edge for NXP.

IEEE802.11 p for car-to-car and car-to- infrastructure communication is another

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