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32-bit AVR MCUs for automotive applications (Part 4)

In the first part of this series, we took a closer look at how Atmel’s AVR low-power 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) help enable the implementation of various product-differentiating features, including advanced control algorithms, voice control and capacitive touch sensing.

We also discussed powering Atmel’s AVR UC3C 32-bit automotive-grade microcontrollers with either a 3.3V or a 5V supply  (generally supporting 5V I/O), talked about Atmel’s Peripheral Event System and explored how Atmel’s low-power 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) are used to help protect IP and bolster system safety.


Today we will take an in-depth look at how Atmel’s AVR low-power 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) help streamline automotive development. As previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, evaluating current-gen microcontroller architecture requires a complete development environment, including an evaluation kit, a software development environment with compiler and debugger, as well as a comprehensive set of application examples, drivers and services.

“[Simply put], Atmel simplifies system development with the AVR Software Framework, which supports a variety of optimized interface drivers peripheral firmware, and application code – including extensive motor control algorithms, capacitive touch drivers, advanced digital signal processing algorithms (i.e., FFTs and filters such as band-pass, high-pass, and low-pass), commonly used audio and image codecs such as MP3, speech recognition engines, display drivers, and FAT12/16/32 file systems, to name a few,” an Atmel engineering rep told Bits & Pieces.

“For automotive systems, the support with LIN and CAN software stacks, as well as with operating systems such as OSEK, and MCAL layers for the Autosar environment is mandatory. Model-based approaches for the development of automotive applications are becoming more and more popular, and these require additional support of design environments such as MATLAB/Simulink. Atmel AVR MCUs also support real-time trace, enabling full system operation visibility. Plus, updates with new features are available every quarter.”

In terms of software, the intuitive GUI-based Atmel AVR Studio is the industry’s most complete development environment for 8- and 32-bit applications, offering full compiler and debugger support for all AVR microcontrollers. Since peripherals are configured using the AVR Software Framework, migration between different AVR devices is truly seamless.

Atmel also supplies a wide range of hardware-based tools for in-system programming, debugging, and evaluation. The AT32UC3C-EK evaluation kit provides access to the extensive capabilities of the UC3C architecture with out-of-the-box simplicity, with the evaluation kit supporting Atmel QTouch capabilities.


“Specific examples of automotive applications with Atmel’s AVR UC3C include car audio, LED backlighting with a dimming function for the indicators, as well as interfaces for different types of sensors and switches to control the window lifter and the mirror positioning,” the Atmel engineering rep continued.

“Perhaps most importantly, a microcontroller such as the UC3C—with peripheral integration and extended processing capacity—allows an entire system architecture to be consolidated onto a single chip.”

Interested in learning more about 32-bit AVR MCUs for automotive applications? Be sure to check out part one, two and three of this series.

Easing Design Process with AUTOSAR Standard Support

By Eric Tinlot

Today’s vehicles have up to 70 electronic control units (ECUs) supporting many of their in-vehicle functionalities—a result of tougher constraints in areas including security, environment, comfort and safety. All of these functionalities call for simultaneous interactions by sensors, actuators and control units. But with the complexity of signal interactions among ECUs, this can be a challenging prospect. What’s more, these complex interactions and the increasing number of ECU nodes are increasing the amount and complexity of software required.

The Automotive Software Platform and Architecture (AUTOSAR) is an open and standardized automotive software platform and architecture jointly developed by automotive manufacturers, suppliers and tools developers. Because it provides an abstraction layer between hardware and application, the standard allows hardware-independent development and testing of the application software.

Atmel has worked with Vector Informatik to fully support the Atmel 32-bit AVR automotive family devices in AUTOSAR through the MICROSAR bundle from Vector. We have developed a microcontroller abstraction layer (MCAL) for our automotive-qualified AVR devices. These MCAL modules and Vector’s LIN/CAN communication layers are integrated into Vector’s complete MICROSAR environment. This AUTOSAR bundle for the 32-bit AVR family is available from Vector.

The AUTOSAR bundle consists of a microcontroller abstraction layer for AVR automotive-qualified MCUs and Vector Informatik’s LIN/CAN communication layers.

To learn more, including which MCALs we’ve developed, read the full article, Atmel Eases Automotive Design Process Through Support of AUTOSAR Standard.