EPSON Accepts Orders For New USB Resynchronization ICS For Automotive Applications

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has begun accepting orders for the S2R72A11, a new USB resynchronization integrated circuit for automotive applications that supports USB 2.0, stabilizes communications, and improves connectivity with smartphones. Epson plans to produce 200,000 of the new chips per month.

USB ports, convenient and popular interfaces for in-vehicle systems, have become standard equipment on dashboards and consoles. However, USB connections tend to become less reliable as cable length increases. Epson first addressed this problem in 2009 with the release of the S2R72A4 series, a line of hub controllers that provide stable communications, improve the connectivity of in-vehicle USB devices, and are used in many in-vehicle systems.

The new S2R72A11, like Epson’s existing products, offers robust communications performance, supports the latest smartphone functions, and provides enhanced connectivity with in-vehicle systems. Smartphones are already being connected to in-vehicle systems for people to enjoy music, but apps that allow you to directly control your smartphone on a navigation system display are also gaining popularity, making smartphone connectivity essential for car navigation systems. To provide such connectivity, however, automotive ICs are required to adapt itself to unconventional connections such as USB On-the-Go*1 and issues for establishing stable connection are cropping up in the development of automotive applications.
Epson’s new IC has an integrated bus monitor that recognizes the switching of host and device terminals and automatically switches the USB communication pathway. 

In addition, the new product satisfies the strict quality requirements of the automotive industry. It is compliant with AEC-Q100*2 and operates at temperatures up to 105°C. The package (SQFN5-32pin-W) is a compact 5 mm x 5 mm and occupies minimal space. A wettable flank*3 package is used to improve convenience during visual inspection of automotive equipment.

Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson’s efficient, compact, and precision technologies.

*1 USB On-The-GoUSB On-The-Go (OTG) is a standardized specification for USB connections that allows a device to read data from a USB connection without requiring a PC. With OTG, it becomes possible that a host and peripheral device can exchange roles.

*2 AEC-Q100The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) is an industry group that creates standards for the reliability and qualification of automotive electronics. It was formed by the “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers in partnership with major electronic component manufacturers. The AEC standard is a de facto global standard that has been widely adopted as a standard for automotive electronic components.

*3 Wettable flank packageA package with solder pads that have been treated to make it easier to visually confirm whether the package is properly soldered to a board.

 

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Epson shipping samples of a 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has begun shipping samples of the S1C31D50, a 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware for 2-channel sound. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month of each model.

Sound is becoming an increasingly popular feature in home electronics, remote controllers for home appliances, industrial devices, health and fitness equipment with guidance systems, and alarms in office buildings, shopping complexes, and factories. This MCU is ideal for all these applications. An ARM® Cortex®-M0+ processor integrated with a dedicated HW Processor provides 2-channel sound on a single MCU chip. The use of two channels enables music and voice to be played simultaneously, lending audio guidance greater elegance and warmth. Voice speed can also be flexibly adjusted.

The MCU’s dedicated HW Processor sound hardware boasts a pair of special features. First, the HW Processor plays sound without requiring CPU resources, so CPU resources can be allocated to other processes even during sound playback. The use of a high-compression algorithm (16 kbps @ 16 kHz) shrinks the size of sound data memory, making it possible to provide a large amount of sound data and sound data in multiple languages. Epson also offers a PC tool that provides a development environment for easily creating sound data in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean without studio recording. 
Second, the MPU also has a self-memory check function that can detect failures in built-in RAM, built-in Flash, and external SPI-Flash memories without using CPU resources.

Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson’s efficient, compact, and precision technologies.

* A processor designed by U.K-based ARM Limited, the ARM® Cortex®-M0+ is ARM’s most energy-efficient processor and by far the most widely used processor in the market.
ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and other countries. All rights reserved.

Key Product Features

1. Dedicated hardware block for independently executing functions. The HW Processor executes the following functions without using CPU resources:

Sound play processing

  • 2-channel mixing sound (for playing background music + voice)
  • Voice speed conversion (playback speed adjustable in 5% increments between 75% and 125%)
  • The sampling rate of 15.625 kHz is high enough for background music as well as voice.
  • High-compression voice decoding algorithm with high sound quality (16/24/32/40 kbps)

Self-memory check function

  • Built-in RAM (R/W check, MARCH-C START)
  • Built-in Flash checksum, CRC
  • External QSPI-Flash checksum, CRC

Simple HW Processor interface

  • Just set functions and commands in the special register and then start

2. Easily add voice later

  • Sound data is easily added simply by writing the sound data and sentence information (sound data number and joining information)

3. Development environment

Epson sound creation PC tool

  • Studio recording is not needed. Simply use the PC tool to create all the sound data you need (languages supported: Japanese, English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean)
  • Sound data, which is assigned a number in the PC tool, can be played back by specifying the assigned number in the HW processor register, so there is no need to create and evaluate codes for linking sound data, etc.
  • Your WAV format sound data is easily imported into the PC tool

Notes

1. Please see the website below for further details about the S1C31D50 and the rest of the products in the S1C31 series (the S1C31D50, S1C31D01, and S1C31W74).
global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/armcore/index.html

2. Further details about the 16-bit S1C17 series are available on the following website:
global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/16bit/

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
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