Automotive Industry Needs No Fail Computers

Here’s what the auto industry wants: Microprocessors that are tailormade for the automotive environment, that can withstand huge temperature swings and near-constant vibration and, most importantly, never ever fail.

To make microprocessors that meet those requirements, experts say a rethink of the entire production process is order. And that’s exactly what is happening.

“Until now, chips were developed, produced and then offered to carmakers who then decided about possible applications,” said Oliver Bringmann, a researcher at the FZI, a research institute in Karlsruhe, Germany. “Now the goal is to achieve a standard that already takes into account the requirements of the carmakers before development even starts.”

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