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Scaleo chip enters the automotive powertrain semiconductor market; leveraging OLEA development

Scaleo chip, a leading fabless semiconductor company in body control and driver-information car electronics, is entering the automotive powertrain semiconductor market.

Scaleo chip will leverage the “OLEA” microcontroller research project—led by Scaleo chip—which is pursuing a next-generation automotive powertrain MCU (MicroController Unit) that address three challenges related to powertrain efficiency and performance: the energy efficiency of the engine; the increasing complexity of electronics systems; and the in-vehicle extension of networking.

OLEA is a component of the NextSTEP (Next Solution for Thermal and Electrified Powertrain) R&D project, which is receiving €6.7-million (US$9.6 million) in funding from OSEO, a French public-sector funding institution. OLEA will integrate technologies providing flexible hardwired powertrain control, multi-core based system integrity and deterministic Ethernet communication to provide solutions for advanced internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV).

OLEA customers will benefit from hardware and software portability, reusability and real-time responsiveness of the complete powertrain control system as well as complex engine functions and high integration capabilities. To ensure the reliability of the embedded electronics, Scaleo chip multi-core based ISO 26262 functional safety technology enables customers to better segregate functions, to lower systems cost and to shorten time-to-market, the company says.

The real-time and deterministic Ethernet technology supports the increasing interactions between powertrain ECUs and other car ECUs required by the new mobility together with networking simplification and wiring weight reduction. Scaleo chip says it will demonstrate these technologies beginning next year.

The total cost of OLEA is €18.1 million (US$25.8 million) over 3 years. The research consortium, in addition to Scaleo chip, comprises Menta, Delphi Automotive, CEA and IFP List New Energies.

For the first time in our company history, we are at the cutting edge of technologies that are not only smart, practical and cost saving, but above all, technologies that contribute to the global effort for a cleaner planet and for sustainable development.

—Bruno Paucard, President and CEO of Scaleo chip


Henry Gibson

Perhaps power electronics should be eliminated from some electric vehicles so that they can be cheap. INNAS hydraulic technology does not use any power transistors, but could give hybrid performance cheaper than supercaps or perhaps any electric technology. Compressed gas in tanks has a very high power to weight ratio. Steam locomotives still work well; as does a small road vehicle from the Swiss firm DLM. ..HG..

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