Q&A with Toshiba
Toshiba has already released their first product with CAN FD. We have asked the company, what lies ahead.
Q: In the future, Toshiba will focus more on automotive applications. You intend to establish an own business unit. Could you give our readers some detailed information about the current market situation and your plans for the future?
A: The automotive sector is an important target market for Toshiba and, while we are already one of the top ten automotive semiconductor vendors, we see significant opportunities for growth. Europe is the focal point of our strategy for growth in the automotive arena, which is why we opened a dedicated Business Unit for the automotive market last year. The Automotive BU integrates all of our automotive activities in Europe, including sales, marketing, application engineering, and digital and mixed signal design.
Q: CAN was and is the dominating in-vehicle network. Toshiba has its own Classical CAN module developed. What is your strategy regarding CAN FD, the improved data link layer?
A: Toshiba have already released the first product with a CAN FD interface, the TC9560XBG Ethernet-AVB Bridge IC. CAN FD will become mainstream in future Toshiba automotive products.
Q: Which CAN markets are you addressing besides automotive applications?
A: Motor Control micro-controllers for smart homes and the industrial sector, including automation, drives, and robotics.
Q: Which CAN-connectable products are in the pipeline and what is their roadmap?
A: The TC9560XBG described above is Toshiba’s newest CAN device. Upcoming Toshiba automotive devices which need CAN will feature CAN FD capabilities.
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