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Date: 04-07-16

Silvaco released CAN FD IP core

Silvaco expanded its portfolio of production proven IP cores with the addition of FlexCAN, a powerful CAN controller that supports the rapidly emerging CAN FD protocol. FlexCAN is part of Silvaco’s IPextreme portfolio of IP cores developed in conjunction with major semiconductor companies based on the same proven technology used in their own products. Pervasive in automotive and industrial applications for many years, CAN is a serial, asynchronous, multi-master communication protocol for connecting electronic control modules. To meet the rapidly growing bandwidth requirements in automotive networks, the protocol standard has been enhanced with a higher data rate. The CAN FD protocol extension provides an average data rate increase of 2.5X using existing CAN transceivers, and an 8X gain when newer high speed transceivers are deployed. The FlexCAN core is also able to perform standard CAN operations and interface with traditional CAN controllers. With backward compatibility, improved performance, and a proven silicon heritage from one the leading companies in automotive semiconductors, FlexCAN allows customers to quickly and credibly participate in the rapidly growing automotive semiconductor market. Silvaco recently entered the semiconductor IP market with the acquisition of IPextreme, a leader in IP commercialization and management. Silvaco enables semiconductor and IP development companies to monetize their captive IP assets, bringing high quality, production-proven IP to the global semiconductor market. The new FlexCAN core developed in conjunction with partner NXP Semiconductor joins one of the industry’s largest portfolios of automotive IP, including multiple CAN 2.0b options, FlexRay and 32-bit processors cores, and specialty serial interfaces for inter-chip communications. "The FlexCAN core builds upon our successful relationship with NXP, and is an important addition to our large portfolio of proven technology created as a result of this partnership", said Warren Savage, General Manager of the IP Division at Silvaco, "The market demand for faster CAN technology is expanding quickly. The availability of our FlexCAN core allows customers to share the benefits from NXP’s years of experience in the automotive semiconductor sector, meeting the stringent requirements necessary for success in this market." News Source: Silvaco, Inc.

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