NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) -- the world's largest supplier of in-vehicle networking semiconductors -- today announced the availability of a new family of FlexRay transceivers that supports the automotive industry move towards a 48V board net in future vehicles. The new 48V FlexRay products complement ....." />
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NXP Supports Automotive Industry Move to 48V On-Board Supply With Industry-First 60V FlexRay Transceivers

Increased Electrification of Vehicle Applications Drives Industry Need for Higher Voltage Supply Systems (March 15, 2012)

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/12 -- NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) -- the world's largest supplier of in-vehicle networking semiconductors -- today announced the availability of a new family of FlexRay transceivers that supports the automotive industry move towards a 48V board net in future vehicles. The new 48V FlexRay products complement NXP's existing portfolio of 48V CAN transceivers. Last year, at an international automotive electronics congress in Ludwigsburg, Germany, the top five German carmakers BMW, Audi, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen had jointly announced their agreement to take this step. NXP's transceivers are the industry's first that are capable of supporting the new board net by offering up to +/-60V robustness.

As the electrification of previously mechanical functions within vehicles continues, from power steering to the power train and vehicle dynamic systems, the standard 12V board net has reached its limit. Rather than increasing the cable diameters in 12V systems, automotive manufacturers are now determined to standardize on 48V instead. This step will ensure efficient power supply to all high-current devices. OEMs also expect that 48V systems would reduce CO2 emissions based on optimized recuperation, replacement of hydraulics in power steering, and improved air conditioning. At the same time the 48V board net would reduce the weight and footprint of high-power actuators.

NXP is once again demonstrating leadership in in-vehicle networking by being the first company to deliver robust FlexRay transceivers capable of supporting the upcoming 48V standard without the need for expensive external decoupling devices. Offering reduced CO2 emissions due to very low current consumption in standby and sleep mode plus high immunity to ESD, the new transceivers highlight NXP's high performance mixed signal strategy. While other companies continue to design using lower voltage CMOS processes, NXP's ABCD3/9 technology offers high voltage features far beyond 60V at a high density of digital logic.

At the 15th Automobil-Elektronik Congress in Germany in 2011, BMW, Audi, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen had jointly announced their decision to push for a rapid implementation of 48V systems in the short or medium term. At the same time they appealed to semiconductors companies to actively support their move. Giuseppe Mascolino, BMW, head of E/E architecture, system functions, software development, and e-mobility, explains: "As more high-power devices are being added to vehicles it becomes increasingly difficult to drive these functions out of a 12V supply, both from a technical and economic point of view. This is why BMW and other major car manufacturers decided to add a second system of 48 Volts into future car models to supplement the existing 12V board net. This will facilitate easy and cost-efficient integration of high-power components in the future and will enable new innovative functions."

Kurt Sievers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of NXP's automotive business, says: "As the leading global supplier of semiconductors for in-vehicle networking, we are constantly looking for ways to drive innovation within the automotive industry. Our existing in-vehicle networking portfolio and our new family of 60V FlexRay transceivers clearly prove this, as they enable the advancement of a whole new power domain within in-vehicle networking. With CAN and FlexRay transceivers now available from NXP to support 48V systems, car manufacturers can start designing applications for the cars of the future today."

NXP is the global number one supplier of CAN and FlexRay products and has pioneered the FlexRay market for over 10 years.

The new family of 60V FlexRay transceivers comprises the following devices:

  • TJA1081B will be available from Q2 2012
    • EPL V3.0.1 & JASPAR compliant
    • gap-free under-voltage specification
    • improved EMC, compliant to OEM specifications
    • with Sleep-function (VBAT supplied, incl. voltage regulator control)
  • TJA1083 will be released in 2012
  • TJA1085 will be released in 2012

NXP's FlexRay transceivers: http://www.nxp.com/products/interface_and_connectivity/transceivers/flexray_transceivers/

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.

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This document includes forward-looking statements which include statements regarding NXP's business strategy, financial condition, results of operations, and market data, as well as any other statements which are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. These factors, risks and uncertainties include the following: market demand and semiconductor industry conditions; the ability to successfully introduce new technologies and products; the end-market demand for the goods into which NXP's products are incorporated; the ability to generate sufficient cash, raise sufficient capital or refinance corporate debt at or before maturity; the ability to meet the combination of corporate debt service, research and development and capital investment requirements; the ability to accurately estimate demand and match manufacturing production capacity accordingly or obtain supplies from third-party producers; the access to production capacity from third-party outsourcing partners; any events that might affect third-party business partners or NXP's relationship with them; the ability to secure adequate and timely supply of equipment and materials from suppliers; the ability to avoid operational problems and product defects and, if such issues were to arise, to correct them quickly; the ability to form strategic partnerships and joint ventures and to successfully cooperate with alliance partners; the ability to win competitive bid selection processes to develop products for use in customers' equipment and products; the ability to successfully establish a brand identity; the ability to successfully hire and retain key management and senior product architects; and, the ability to maintain good relationships with our suppliers. In addition, this document contains information concerning the semiconductor industry and NXP's business segments generally, which is forward-looking in nature and is based on a variety of assumptions regarding the ways in which the semiconductor industry, NXP's market segments and product areas may develop. NXP has based these assumptions on information currently available, if any one or more of these assumptions turn out to be incorrect, actual market results may differ from those predicted. While NXP does not know what impact any such differences may have on its business, if there are such differences, its future results of operations and its financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak to results only as of the date the statements were made. Except for any ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the United States federal securities laws, NXP does not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after we distribute this document, whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a discussion of potential risks and uncertainties, please refer to the risk factors listed in our SEC filings. Copies of our SEC filings are available from on our Investor Relations website, www.nxp.com/investor or from the SEC website, www.sec.gov.

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