The PowerPC(TM) MPC565, Developed With Lead Customer Visteon, Delivers Increased Processing Power With High Levels of Functional Integration
A first in the automotive electronics industry, today Motorola unveiled the first embedded processor to include one megabyte of FLASH EEPROM memory, the MPC565.
Today’s cars and trucks demand that the processing power be where the action is — under the hood, on the engine block and even inside the transmission on certain new gearbox applications. Such a harsh environment requires a very rugged memory and processor technology. MPC565 has been designed specifically for these environments and offers the high performance of a 56MHz PowerPC core and advanced Peripheral features all integrated with 1.0 Megabyte of Flash memory in a single silicon chip.
Leading the MPC500 family in functionality and integration, the PowerPC(TM) MPC565 extends Motorola’s portfolio of high-power embedded microcontrollers available to the automotive market. The MPC565 is a new addition to the family, which started with the MPC555 in 1998. The MPC555, adopted by a large range of vehicle manufacturers, has enjoyed many successes and debuted this year in many new-model automobiles.

Although significantly enhancing the feature set of the MPC565, Motorola has been very careful to ensure simple software compatibility with the current MPC555 solutions. In fact, Visteon engineers were able to upgrade a vehicle from the current MPC555 solution to an MPC565 in a matter of weeks, becoming the first in the world to run a vehicle using the latest product.

The specification for the MPC565 was developed in detailed consultation with Visteon Corp.’s Powertrain Electronics. Visteon and Motorola have had a strong development collaboration on Powertrain Control Systems for many years, jointly developing a significant number of complex ICs.

“Motorola is the market and technology leader in powertrain developments. We listen to our customers to develop and deliver solutions that they need. The MPC565 demonstrates this capability as it answers the industry’s need for a processor that combines powerful processing power with the ability to operate in a wide range of rugged conditions,” said Paul Grimme, Motorola, vice president and general manager, Advanced Vehicle Systems.

“Keeping with our goal to quickly deliver new products to market, the MPC565 silicon is already functional and was driven and tested in vehicles only a few weeks after its release.”
Product Features:

The MPC565 is manufactured in Motorola’s latest 0.25u embedded non-volatile memory wafer process. The logic core operates on a supply of 2.6 volts while all peripherals maintain their compatibility with external voltages up to 5.0 volts. The MPC565 operates within the temperature range from -40 degrees C to +125 degrees C.

The microcontroller is an excellent example of the evolution of the PowerPC family of microprocessors for high-performance automotive applications. With 1.0 M byte of internal Flash memory (divided into two blocks of 512Kbytes), 46 Kbytes of fast static RAM, a four-bank external memory controller and extensive I/O features, the MPC565 offers leading-edge functional integration.

The Cpu of the MPC565 is a PowerPC core running at clock speeds of 56MHz. The CPU also contains an advanced floating point unit which is essential in the model-based strategies and autocoded control algorithms found in today’s leading automotive applications. The MPC565 core is compatible with the entire range of Motorola PowerPC microcontrollers, and benefits from the extensive development support available for this popular computing and embedded platform.

The MPC565 supports a wide range of on-board peripherals. Additional computing muscle is added to the MPC565 with the three Timer Processor Units (TPU3). Each of these units has a 32-bit MicroRISC engine capable of processing 28 million instructions per second. Off-chip serial communications are handled by QSMCM modules for UART and SPI functionality whilst vehicles networking is supported with three TouCAN (CAN version 2.0B) and one J1850 interface.

Motorola also supplies a comprehensive suite of Low Level Driver software for the MPC565. This provides an established platform from which to develop engine control and timing systems and is designed to simplify development processes for Powertrain Control System suppliers. The Low Level driver products are compatible across the MPC500 family and are already featured in a number of vehicles using the PowerPC architecture today.

The MPC565 is Motorola’s first device to feature a full Class 3 Nexus (see note) debug and calibration port. The Motorola interface supports features such as non-break debug and real-time calibration through a specifically defined tools interface. In addition, debug and calibration on the MPC565 can also be supported using the original background debug mode (BDM) for customers wishing to build on their current MPC555 tools base.

A comprehensive set of development tools and software products are available for the MPC565. For a complete listing of Motorola’s development tool providers, reference Motorola’s Web site at, then select “Third Party.”

The MPC565 is the first member of Motorola’s growing advanced 0.25u PowerPC family for automotive powertrain applications, and a number of future derivatives are already in development. These products are expected to be announced during the next few months. In addition to I/O and memory size options, Motorola expects to introduce variants using the latest code compression technology that may allow internal memory to be expanded by up to 45 percent.