NXP accelerates the next wave of transportation systems

Our comprehensive Processing and Analog portfolio provides the functionality needed for today’s vehicles and ushers in the next wave of future transportation systems giving you the fastest time-to-market and highest scalability. At NXP, quality is a core element of our business and we embrace stringent quality and functional safety requirements for our automotive and transportation solutions.

How do you build a safe, self-driving car, securely connected to a new scheme of smart mobility services? By utilizing a domain-based architecture which intelligently groups together the functions that let cars sense, think, and act and dash; and eventually to fully replacing the human driver. This helps manage complexity and separate concerns related to security, upgradability, and functional safety. The domain-based architecture is connected through an internal network and secure central gateway that acts as the “glue” to hold everything together, enabling reliable and efficient communication.

This implementation can be used across a variety of transportation segments including industrial heavy machinery, aerospace, and rail. Combining NXP’s networking solutions will provide the infrastructure needed to transfer data and connect all of these systems together.

Battery management systems (BMS)

Low Voltage BMS up to ASIL C, SIL 2 safety level

NewTec NTBMS is an e-mobility reference design and complete safety support package for Battery Management Systems. It is constructed with a two boards approach a functional safety System-on-Module (Safety SoM) board and a Battery Management System (BMS) application board. The Safety SoM is based on NXP's S32K144 and KEA microcontrollers, and FS4503C safety power system. The BMS application board is based on NXP’s MC33772B battery cell controller IC. The support package includes the necessary safety documentation and software for certification purposes. It is intended for device manufacturers with Lithium-ion batteries and suppliers of automotive or industrial applications with a high degree of reliability and safety in accordance with ISO 26262 targeting safety level up to ASIL C, or IEC61508 SIL2.

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Typical use cases include:

  • Automotive Battery Management System for 14V auxiliary battery
  • Monitoring of starter batteries
  • Extendable to 48V battery systems
  • Stationary Energy Storage systems; Smart Grid

In addition, the Safety SoM can be used as a generic safety computer board addressing a wide area of applications such as motor control, Valve Control systems, safety PLC or Motorcycle ABS.

Search now: NTBMS-FSNXP | S32K144 (safety general purpose MCU ASIL B) | FS4500 (safety power system basis chip ASIL D) | MC33772 (safety battery cell controller up to 6 cells ASIL C)

High Voltage BMS up to ASIL D

MC33771B 14-cell and MC33772B analog front-end battery monitoring ICs can be used along with the MC33664 driver to design high voltage Battery Management System with a two wires isolated communication bus. This daisy-chain topology provides a cost effective and robust solution for harsh automotive and industrial environments. Those analog front end and driver where designed to target ASIL D applications with the utilization of microcontroller MPC5775B dedicated to High Voltage BMS systems.

Search now: MC33772 (6-Channel Li-ion Battery Cell Controller IC) | MPC5775B (safety BMS MCU ASIL) | MC33664 (high speed transceiver for BCC daisy chain)

View NewTec NTBMS Block Diagram


EV Power Inverter System Reference Platform

NXP’s ASIL-D Automotive system platform is a reference design for enabling high-voltage power inverter control to drive electric vehicle traction motors.

The platform combines NXP’s comprehensive portfolio of world-class automotive microcontrollers (MCUs), CAN bus interfaces, power management system basis chips (SBCs) and high-voltage isolated IGBT Gate Driver IC modules into a readily useable inverter to enable customer designs.

In collaboration with its partners, the pre-engineered platform demonstrates NXP’s focus in helping customers deliver the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles with greater speed and less development risk.

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The platform will deliver optimal performance, ASIL-D compliant safety case and basic three-phase motor drive software. NXP and its partners plan to support customers' motor inverter development based on the enablement platform.

Search now: MPC5775E (safety electrification MCU ASIL D) | FS6500 (safety power system basis chip ASIL D) | GD3100 (gate driver for IGBT) | TJA1042 (high speed CAN transceiver)

View EV Power Inverter Block Diagram


Automotive Radar Reference Design Kit – High Performance S32R27 Radar Processor

Built in collaboration with Colorado Engineering, the new radar solution is targeted to help developers rapidly prototype high-performance automotive radar using NXP technology. The open and flexible development platform uses a modular architecture and includes NXP S32R processors and NXP transceiver along with an innovative radar software development kit. Expansion and antenna modules can be optimized to create a customized development platform suited to specific customer application requirements.

Search now:  RDK-S32R27 (radar reference design kit) | S32R27 (safety radar MCU ASIL D) | FS8400 (power management IC ASIL D) | TEF8102 (RFCMOS radar transceiver)

View RDK-S32R27 Block Diagram

Vision, machine learning and sensor fusion

S32V234 Vision and Sensor Fusion Evaluation Board for Prototyping and Development

The SBC-S32V234 is a low-cost evaluation system and development platform supporting the S32V234 family. This family of products is designed for high-performance, safe computation-intensive applications such as automotive front vision, surround vision and sensor fusion. There are two EVB options available from the SBC-S32V234 and S32V234-EVB2. They are similar in functionality, but the standard S32V234-EVB2 contains additional peripheral connections such as FlexRay and multiple communication connectors for FlexRay, LIN, etc.

Search now: SBC-S32V234 ( vision and sensor fusion design kit) | S32V234 (vision, machine learning and sensor fusion up to ASIL C) | S32V-SONYCAM | FS8400 (power management IC ASIL D) | PF8200 (power management IC for vision)

View SBC-S32V234 Block Diagram


Complete Automotive LED Lighting Solution

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The ASLxxxx family of LED drivers includes versatile, application-specific, constant-current, high-current LED driver ICs and Intelligent Matrix LED Controller. This flexible product family provides fully integrated solution for simple two LED channels to multi-channel Adaptive Driving Beam applications. The portfolio consists of three product series - the multiphase boost ASLx500 converters, multichannel buck ASLx416 driver ICs and the ASL5xxx Matrix LED Controllers (MLC). The multi-channel LED driver ICs are highly scalable and flexible, providing a common architecture for 2 to 12 channels, with output powers between 30W to 140W.

The ASL4500SHN is a highly integrated and flexible four-phase DC-to-DC boost converter IC. It has an SPI interface allowing control & diagnostic communication with an external microcontroller. Connected to vehicle battery it provides an optimized supply voltage for ASLx41xSHN Multi-channel LED Buck Driver. One phase and two phase variants are also available, which are pin-to-pin compatible.

The ASL3417SHN is a three-channel buck mode LED driver IC delivering constant average DC current to LEDs independent of the input voltage from 120mA to >1.5A with 5% accuracy. The buck driver has individual channel PWM dimming from 0 to 100% with 0.1% resolution. It has an SPI interface allowing control & diagnostic communication. It integrates a customer programmable Limp Home mode, in case SPI communication with the MCU has failed. A two channel buck is also available, which is pin-to-pin compatible.

The ASL5xxxyHz family is a fully featured and flexible Intelligent Matrix LED Controller (MLC). It integrates 12 smart switches to control individual LED dimming to 12 bit resolution with automatic phase shifting. The switches are capable of conducting 1.5A, enabling thermally efficient operation. The MLC integrates a full CAN or CAN-FD controller so it can be located on the LED board and driven via CAN bus from the lighting MCU on a different board. With the high level of integration very few external components are required, simplifying system design. The family consists of part numbers with 0.8A & 1.5A and Smart and direct PWM modes. It also integrates a customer programmable Limp Home mode and an oscillator to ensure synchronization across multiple MLCs.

Search now: ASL45XASLX41 (6 channels Boost & Buck evaluation board) | ASL5115EVBMST (master MLC evaluation board) |  S32K144EVB (arduino uno evaluation board)

View ASLXXXX LED Lighting Block Diagram



The next generation of in-car ambient lighting will typically comprise of 10 to 30 LEDs mounted on a flexible light strip. Each 'group' consists of one red, green and blue LED to form a 'pixel', which is then intelligently controlled by the ISELED smart RGB LED driver, effectively replacing the present cumbersome and costly work-around utilizing multiple microcontrollers and a slow LIN bus. Until now, ISELED smart LED drivers have only been available for purchase pre-integrated in an LED module. The INLC100Q16 is the first standalone driver available that enables manufacturers to custom design their own choice of external LED strips. Several LED-related solutions for the automotive market are continuously being developed under the umbrella of the open ISELED Alliance.

Search now: S32K ISELED ADK | S32K144EVB (arduino uno evaluation board)

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Intelligent roadside units (RSUs)

The marriage of sensing, analysis, control, and communications offers great promise for Smart Cities through Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Leading cities worldwide will employ Intelligent Roadside Units (RSUs) to help smooth traffic flow, improve safety and emergency response, and provide additional services.

As the market leader in automotive sensors, V2X communication modules, processors for driver assist systems and for communication equipment, NXP is uniquely positioned to deliver solutions for RSUs and other intelligent transportation systems equipment. NXPs Intelligent RSU uses the QorIQ LS2084 to process radar, vision, analysis, and communication technologies.

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  • Direct sensing of vehicles and pedestrians via cameras and RADAR
  • Direct sensing of vehicles from their V2X position reports
  • Indirect sensing via Cloud provided information


  • Sensor fusion
  • Traffic flow optimization
  • Vulnerable Road User Warnings


  • Traffic light control
  • Communicate
  • Direct communication of signal phase and timing to approaching vehicles
  • Broadband wireless hotspot connectivity (cellular and Wi-Fi)

Traffic Light Controllers

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NXP embedded processors are  widely used in traffic light control systems.  High reliability, industrial temperature range, and production longevity are some of the key reasons for adoption by traffic control suppliers worldwide.


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Other Transportation Infrastructure

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NXP embedded processors are also widely used other types of transportation infrastructure, including:

  • Air traffic control systems
    • Radar
    • Navigational aids
    • Communications systems
  • Train & subway control systems

High reliability, industrial temperature range, and production longevity are some of the key reasons for adoption. NXP also works with an ecosystem of software providers specializing in RTOS and tools to create safety certifiable systems built on NXP embedded processors.

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Infotainment systems

High-end infotainment head unit, navigation system and telematics unit

In recent years, we have seen the addition of 2D/3D navigation systems, 3G/LTE wireless access, high-resolution color displays, speech recognition, USB and Bluetooth® connectivity. These systems are constantly connected to the car, to external devices and to the Internet. The amount of information to process and represent in a useful way is also increasing, requiring powerful and flexible hardware solutions with high-performance graphics capabilities and a large range of interfaces. The i.MX portfolio covers virtually all you need when designing infotainment head units, navigation systems and telematics units.

Search now:  i.MX 8X (safety-certifiable - coming soon!) | PF8100 | PF8200 (12-channel Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) for high-performance processing applications) | i.MX 6QuadPlus and i.MX 6Quad (Arm Cortex-A9 quad-core) | i.MX 6DualPlus, i.MX 6Dual and i.MX DualLite (Arm Cortex-A9 dual-core) | i.MX 6Solo (Arm Cortex-A9 single-core)

Target applications: High-end infotainment Head Unit, Navigation System, Connected Radio, Telematics Unit

View infotainment head unit reference design

Instrument clusters

Reconfigurable 3D display instrument cluster

As OEMs move beyond traditional analog gauges to complete display based instrument clusters, the increasing amounts of information needed to be displayed to drivers requires solutions that can be dynamically reconfigured to safely display content to suit the taste of the driver. NXP's i.MX automotive application processors deliver rich user experiences using common 3D graphics APIs such as OpenGL ES 2.0 and Open GL ES 3.0 and are ideally suited for realistic visual rendering in high definition, multiple display automotive instrument cluster applications. These i.MX processors are supported by a wide ecosystem of development tools to optimize your solution to OEM requirements. The i.MX portfolio covers virtually all you need when designing car dashboard displays and instrument clusters, including scalable 3D graphics applications processors, display drivers, system MCUs, connectivity and discrete components.

Search now:  i.MX 8X (safety-certifiable - coming soon!) | i.MX 6DualPlus | PF8100 | PF8200 (12-channel Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) for high-performance processing applications) | i.MX 6Dual and i.MX DualLite (Arm Cortex-A9 dual-core) | i.MX 6Solo (Arm Cortex-A9 single-core)

Target applications: 2D, 3D and Reconfigurable Display Instrument Clusters

View 3d display instrument cluster reference design

Bluetooth and CAN-FD microcontroller integration

Car sharing, tire pressure monitoring systems, passive entry/passive start (PEPS) systems and wireless on-board diagnostic functions

The KW36/35/34 is an ultra-low power, highly integrated single-chip family that enables Bluetooth Low Energy version 5 and Generic FSK (at 250, 500 and 1000 kbps) connectivity for automotive embedded systems.  To meet the stringent requirements of automotive applications, the KW36A/35A/34A is fully AEC Q100 Grade 2 Automotive Qualified.  The target applications center on wirelessly bridging the embedded world with mobile devices to enhance the human interface experience, share embedded data between devices and the cloud and enable wireless firmware updates. Leading the automotive applications is the Digital Key, where a smartphone can be used by the owner as an alternative to the key FOB for unlocking and personalizing the driving experience. For a car sharing experience, the owner can provide selective, temporary authorization for access to the car allowing the authorized person to unlock, start and operate the car using their mobile device using Bluetooth LE.

The KW36A/35A/34A Wireless MCU integrates an Arm® Cortex®-M0+ CPU with up to 512 KB flash and 64 KB SRAM and a 2.4 GHz radio that supports Bluetooth LE 5.0 and Generic FSK modulations. The Bluetooth LE radio supports up to 8 simultaneous connections in any master/slave combination.

The KW36A includes an integrated FlexCAN module enabling seamless integration into a car’s in-vehicle CAN communication network. The FlexCAN module can support CAN’s flexible data-rate (CAN FD) protocol for increased bandwidth and lower latency required by many automotive applications.

The KW36A/35A/34A devices can be used as a "BlackBox" modem in order to add Bluetooth LE or Generic FSK connectivity to an existing host MCU or MPU (microprocessor), or may be used as a standalone smart wireless sensor with embedded application where no host controller is required.

The KW34 (releasing in November) is a hybrid of the KW35 and KW36 devices, with EEPROM emulation capabilities but no CAN interface, and is intended to be a low cost solution for applications like key fobs where CAN is not needed. 

Search now: KW34A (AEC Q100-Grade 2 Bluetooth microcontroller - coming soon!) |  KW36A (AEC Q100-Grade 2 Bluetooth and CAN-FD microcontroller) | KW35A (AEC Q100-Grade 2 Bluetooth microcontroller) | TJA1057 (high-speed CAN transceiver) | TJA1027 (LIN 2.2A/SAEJ2602 transceiver) | FRDM-KW36 development board

View kw35/36 block diagram

Secure Ethernet-based Gateway Reference Design

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The MPC5748G-GW-RDB is a reference design board engineered for providing prototype capabilities of an Ethernet Gateway ECU, supporting secure Over-the-Air (OTA) management and providing examples of Functional Safety implementation to help accelerate development and production of an automotive gateway.

Based on the 32-bit Power Architecture® MPC5748G ultra-reliable microcontroller, the MPC5748G-GW-RDB offers up to three e200 cores, Hardware Security Module (HSM), several communication interfaces, and flexible memory options.

Search Now: MPC5748G-GW-RDB  | MPC5748G Ultra-reliable MCU for Automotive Gateway  | S32K144 32-bit Automotive General Purpose MCU | SJA1105Q Ethernet Switch  | FS6500 Grade 1 and Grade 0 safety power system basis chip with CAN FD transceiver  | TJA1102 IEEE 100BASE-T1 compliant Ethernet PHY Transceiver

View MPC5748G-GW-RDB Block Diagram

Vehicle Networking Processing Reference Design


The MPC-LS-VNP-RDB is a reference design engineered for Vehicle Network Processing applications which can be used by carmakers, suppliers, and software ecosystem partners to accelerate the development of next-generation service-oriented gateways.

Combining automotive and enterprise networking technology, the MPC-LS-VNP-RDB offers high levels of compute, real-time network performance, multi-Gigabit packet acceleration, and security for new service-oriented gateways.

The reference design for VNP integrates standards-based, open source software together with feature-rich hardware, to establish a common, open framework for secure service delivery within a vehicle network.

Search Now: MPC-LS-VNP-RDB (Coming Soon – to be available from Avnet Sept 2019) | LS1043A Multicore Communications Processor  | MPC5748G Ultra-reliable MCU for Automotive Gateway  | SJA1105SEL (5-port Ethernet switch) | PF8200 12-channel Power Management IC | TJA1081TS FlexRay Transceiver | TJA1024HG Quad LIN Transceiver

View MPC-LS-VNP-RDB Block Diagram

In-Vehicle Network

NXP’s growing In-Vehicle Network portfolio enables innovative, fast, secure networking for hyper-connected driving.

CAN Transceivers and Controllers - Our broad CAN and CAN FD portfolios cover all CAN functions and power modes with excellent EMC performance, leading quality, and a multisourced industrial base. Disruptive innovation in this area opens the door to larger and more flexible automotive networks in the future.

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FlexRay Transceivers - FlexRay technology provides higher bandwidth and deterministic latency that aid the automotive industry's progress toward zero-emissions.

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Ethernet - Automobiles are rapidly evolving and incorporating unprecedented levels of comfort and safety—a revolution lead by electronics. The hundreds of computers installed in current and future cars rely on the in-vehicle network to provide their services to the driver. Our portfolio of Ethernet solutions provides the technology of choice—with the high data rates and design flexibility—for this new era of automotive innovation.

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Automotive LIN Transceivers - The LIN bus is the industry standard for low-cost communications in automotive applications. We offer an extensive range of Automotive LIN transceivers that are supported by physical interface devices, with support for the J1850 and ISO9141 communication protocols.

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GBL - Transportation Solutions

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Transportation solutions

From vehicle electrification to automotive infotainment and ADAS, Avnet helps you lead the pack in transportation solutions.


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15 million tire pressure monitoring sensors means safer roads

Read NXP's blog and learn about the collaboration with Baolong that has focused on software and algorithms, to develop and validate algorithms that identify which wheel each sensor is attached as well as being power efficient.