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LIN slave companion IC complies with ISO26262 requirements

15 Aug 2013

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AMS has revealed its AS8530 miniature power/transceiver IC that supports LIN slave applications while also complying with the ISO26262 functional safety standard.

A power management and communication device, the AS8530 includes a LIN 2.1 transceiver, a 50mA LDO to supply a local micro and a reset generator in an 8-pin SOIC 8 package. As a differentiator, the chip offers a series of system management functions through a shared pin serial interface, all within the same small, 8-pin SOIC8 package.

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Diagram for AMS' AS8530 miniature power/transceiver IC.

The addition of enhanced diagnosis functions provides built-in support for the requirements of ISO26262. A two-wire serial port routed through shared Enable and TX pins allows the device to read out status registers and provide diagnosis information to the system's microcontroller. It also supports additional features such as a window watchdog function and access to back-up registers to store data when the microcontroller shuts down.

The AS8530 is suitable for any LIN-networked sensor and actuator slaves, including those found in door modules, sunroofs and headlight positioning units. It is ideally suited for safety-critical systems that require an ASIL grading under the provisions of the ISO26262 standard.

The on-chip LDO provides a factory-selectable 3.3V or 5V output. The chip also offers a reset generator and an output voltage monitor and has a unique chip ID to support traceability requirements.

Power-saving stand-by and sleep modes, as well as the normal operating mode, can be triggered via the Enable pin.

"ISO26262 compliance has added a new layer of complexity and difficulty to the task of designing many automotive systems," said Bernd Gessner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the automotive business unit at ams. "In LIN applications, the use of the AS8530 with its built-in ISO26262 diagnosis capabilities makes it much simpler for our customers to meet the demands of this rigorous standard."




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