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Freescale Ships Automotive Gateway Chip

Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor said Monday that the firm has expanded its line of microprocessors for the automotive communications market, wit a new 32-bit microcontroller for in-vehicle gateways. Freescale said that its new MPC5668G MCU is targeted at connecting in-vehicle networks, and supports the auto industry's CAN, LIN, Ethernet, Media Local Bus, and FlexRay interfaces. The new chip is targeted for use in automotive gateways, which are being to connect electronic controls in next generation automobiles. The new chips are expected to sample in February of 2009.