WHITE PAPERS 7303

Why Designing ICs from the Ground Up for Automotive Applications Matters

By: Kevin Schemansky

Abstract:

Today's cars are computers on wheels, with multiple systems talking to each other constantly to deliver intelligence that keeps drivers and passengers safe, comfortable, and entertained while taking them from point A to point B. While we're not quite ready to completely welcome fully autonomous self-driving cars on our roadways, we are experiencing the benefits of Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving technologies, which provide partial to conditional automation of steering, acceleration, and braking. These technologies, in turn, are driving up demands for semiconductor content inside vehicles. This paper will examine why it's better from a performance and safety perspective to design automotive ICs from the ground up for automotive applications versus repurposing chips originally designed for other purposes.