IP for Mainstream Automotive MCUs

New cars typically contain more than one hundred MCUs throughout the automotive platform. Engine control, body and chassis control, EV/HEV battery management, instrument clusters, on-board diagnostics and other functional safety applications continue to expand the requirements for automotive MCUs. In addition, the growth of non-optical and image sensors that monitor engine performance, stabilization, and climate control are driving the addition of sensor fusion capabilities to the MCUs.

Synopsys offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of interface IP, data converters IP, high-performance datapath elements, embedded memories and logic libraries, security IP, and 32-bit ARC® processors and subsystems for mainstream automotive MCUs.

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  • 32-bit multicore ARC processors
  • Add custom instructions for automotive protocols
  • Available in dual- and quad-core with I and D caches or cacheless configurations
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ARC EM Safety Island IP

  • Verified dual-core lockstep processor with integrated safety monitors
  • Supports the ISO 26262 automotive safety standard
  • Includes hardware safety features: ECC, integrated user-programmable watchdog timer, and lockstep safety monitor
  • Supports both the ASIL D lockstep operation or ASIL B independent dual-core mode operation
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AMBA Interconnect

  • Interconnect IP for AMBA 4 AXI, ACE-lite, AXI3, AHB, APB
  • Automated AMBA subsystem assembly
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Embedded Memories and Logic Libraries


  • Configurable RTC with AMBA interconnect
  • Programmable watchdog timer peripheral for ARC SEP
  • Flexible, multi-channel, centralized DMA controller
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  • Achieve area & power reduction w/optimized datapath logic
  • 40+ instantiable blocks for multimedia & image processing
  • Data-tracking pipeline mgmt technology to reduce power
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  • High-performance, high-speed 10- and 12-bit at 320 MSPS ADCs
  • General-purpose, high-res ADCs, auxiliary DACs and VDACs
  • Ideal analog interface for automotive microcontrollers
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  • Multiple-Time Programmable (MTP) Non-Volatile Memory
  • More than 10 years of data retention
  • Fully qualified for temperature ranges from -40°C to 125°C
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Advanced Peripherals UART

  • Popular industry standard interfaces
  • Highly configurable to meet specific design requirements
  • DMA hardware handshaking I/F compatible w/AMBA peripheral
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MIPI I3C Controller

  • Compliant with the latest MIPI I3C specification
  • Backward compatible with the I2C slave devices
  • Supports all data rates up to 33.4 Mbps
  • In-band interrupts within the 2-wire interface
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Advanced Peripherals SPI/QSPI & GPIO

  • Popular industry standard interfaces
  • Highly configurable to meet specific design requirements
  • DMA hardware handshaking I/F compatible w/AMBA peripheral
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  • HPC Design Kit with embedded memories optimized for SoC processors: CPU, GPU and DSP are designed for demanding electro migration conditions.
  • STAR Memory System offers ECC support for multi-bit error correction.
  • Security IP for cryptography and protocol acceleration including secure boot, secure remote lifecycle management and secure instruction and data controllers.
  • MIPI I3C controller IP, compliant with the latest MIPI I3C specification supports all data rates up to 33.4 Mbps with in-band interrupts within the 2-wire interface.
  • Sensor & Control IP Subsystem optimized to process data from digital and analog sensors and offload host processors to enable more power-efficient processing of the sensor data is implemented using Synopsys’ 32-bit ARC EM processor.
  • ARC EM, HS, and EV Functional Safety Processor IP supports ISO 26262 functional safety applications with integrated hardware safety features. 
  • 12-bit SAR ADC offers high resolution up to 12-bit, 320MSPS ADC/DAC converters with high dynamic range and high speed for extended application range.
  • AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualified non-volatile memory replaces effuses for calibration and trimming applications, and is ideal for sensors, power management, LCD controllers, and precision analog.
  • Ethernet GMAC IP enables the host to communicate data using the Gigabit Ethernet protocol (IEEE 802.3) at 10M, 100M, and 1G speeds.