Our environmental philosophy is part of our company’s heritage and culture. In the same way that we commit ourselves to delivering products that can improve life, we commit ourselves to minimizing our impact on the environment by making economic use of materials and energy in production, eliminating the use of hazardous substances and thinking of recyclability. Like other technology companies, we face intense pressure to design quickly and meet time-to-market deadlines. To stay ahead, we maintain a strong global R&D network, with six testing/R&D sites, more than 3,000 dedicated R&D professionals, and design engineering teams in over 20 locations. Our commitment to R&D gives our customers access to innovative solutions for RF, analog, power, and digital processing, so they can excel in their chosen area, whether it’s automotive, industrial, consumer, lighting, or identification. Our R&D community consists of people in many different organizations around the world, all working toward a common goal–to bring innovative ideas to market in the right way and at the right time.
Our engineers establish better methods for developing and delivering new product ideas, and contribute, in several ways, to our pursuit of eco-friendly products. Their work in product development supports an environmentally sustainable approach, with breakthroughs that have led to new ways to help people and the planet. Our R&D department has already produced a number of practical improvements that benefit daily life and the environment. One example is our control solutions for wireless lighting, which use energy-harvesting switches. Designed for easy home installation, the switch is wireless and requires no batteries, and is being carried by major retailers in the U.S. Working with our partners, we continue to refine our approach to wireless lighting, with new features that simplify installation while using energy more efficiently.
The energy-harvesting wireless switch uses the NXP® JN5161 wireless microcontroller and implements the ZigBee® Green Power feature. The JN5161 is an ultra low-power, high-performance wireless microcontroller that facilitates the development of remote-control and wireless-sensor applications. Requiring only 15 mA of operating current, the JN5161 can provide years of uninterrupted operation with a single coin-cell, or can use energy harvesting to operate without any battery at all.
Connected car: improving efficiency
Our R&D teams are also looking at automotive. Governments around the globe are stipulating mandates to reduce automotive CO2 emissions, so as to combat climate change and maintain resources, and our engineers are exploring ways to meet these requirements while also improving sustainability and overall energy efficiency. The technologies and systems we are evaluating promise to reduce fuel consumption, lower costs, and minimize CO2 emissions.
NXP’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to first directly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through process optimization, site conservation, and abatement projects. As part of this effort, our combined sites had multiple greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects such as:
Advanced IVN: Today’s onboard networks provide more than just in-vehicle communication. They also enhance several aspects of performance, such as the power configuration, end-of-line programming, safety, and security. Advanced in-vehicle networks (IVNs) also help enable new systems, with higher bus speeds that enable higher levels of autonomous driving and consumer connectivity, and high bus voltages that extend electrification and improve energy efficiency. As IVNs continue to expand, adding more and more nodes, power consumption and security become increasingly important issues. New network protocols, such as Automotive Ethernet and CANFD, and the use of partial networking, which allows inactive nodes to “disconnect,” are two things that promise to simplify the wiring harness, save energy, and enhance security.
Drivetrain: For vehicles that use hybrid and fully electric motors, getting the right balance of power and performance for the drivetrain is an ongoing challenge. The goal is to go farther between battery charges, so as to reduce what’s referred to as “range anxiety,” while also minimizing the time it takes to recharge the battery. Datang NXP Semiconductors Co, Ltd. has developed several technologies that help improve power use and battery management, and we are committed to furthering this work, to support widespread adoption of alternatively-powered vehicles.
Lighting: From exterior lights that automatically adjust to driving conditions, at night and during the day, to adjustable interior lights that make driving a more pleasant experience, lighting plays an important role in automotive systems. Light sources need to be powerful, reliable, and last a long time, without draining the car’s battery. NXP products, such as multichannel and LED lighting, give designers a wealth of options to choose from, without compromising on power consumption.