austriamicrosystems Builds Profound System Know-How on FlexRay(TM) - the Next Generation Automotive Networking System

The Virtual Vehicle's TEODACS research project provides expertise for the deployment and validation of FlexRay(TM) based distributed systems

Graz, Unterpremstaetten, Austria (June 18, 2008) - austriamicrosystems (SWX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for automotive, communication, industry and medical applications, is a driving force in the TEODACS (Test, Evaluation and Optimization of Dependable Automotive Communication Systems) research project which is being launched by The Virtual Vehicle, a group of industry partners and research facilities in Graz / Austria. The project brings together AVL List GmbH, CISC Semiconductor Design + Consulting GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum and the Institute for Technical Informatics (ITI) at the Graz University of Technology in a partnership aimed at building expertise for the deployment and validation of FlexRay(TM) based automotive networking systems.

FlexRay(TM) becomes an emerging technology for in-vehicle networks to support the requirements of the next generation vehicles. Safety, infotainment, reliability and dependability, cost and weight reduction together with CO2 prevention for vehicles are key drivers for new automotive local area networks. FlexRay(TM) is developed to cope
with these demands, but as it is a young technology with little field affirmation, a comprehensive level of system investigation is still needed.

austriamicrosystems is a leading provider of FlexRay(TM) Transceiver ICs and with its AS8221, which is already well known in the FlexRay community, the device focus changed to a system-based focus to provide profound knowledge for customers in design-ins of FlexRay Transceivers. The AS8220 FlexRay(TM) Basis Transceiver and the AS8224 FlexRay(TM) Active Star Device will be available soon, expanding austriamicrosystems' FlexRay(TM)
Transceiver family.

"TEODACS allows us to combine the knowledge from different domains to utilize experience in an efficient way for our customers", Harald Gall, Product Manager In-Vehicle Networks at austriamicrosystems, explains. "In addition, this unique know-how will be reflected in our future automotive networking products."

The deployment of FlexRay(TM) networks results in numerous challenges for the system design. At the same time, the networks and the various possibilities the system offers, have not been entirely investigated so far. This is the goal of the TEODACS project which aims to investigate the FlexRay system behaviour with a novel holistic
approach including analysis on an enhanced laboratory setup and the concurrent simulation of the comprehensive framework. This duality combines the advantage of capturing limiting factors in real networking structures and the flexibility when performing simulations considering varying conditions. The experience gained during the
development of the physical setup and the simulation environment will be used to develop novel concepts and methods for the efficient test and deployment of FlexRay(TM) in vehicles.

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About austriamicrosystems

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading
customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).

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Product Manager FlexRay
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