Hochautomatisierte Mobilität und Funktionalität durch die Qualifizierung von Konsumelektronik für elektronische Systeme der Automobil- und Automatisierungsindustrie(TRACE)
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Carmakers want to keep up with consumer chip design processes

Published: Di., 2016/09/06
Found at:   Automotive EETimes (http://www.automotive-eetimes.com/news/carmakers-want-keep-consumer-chip-design-...)
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Car designers increasingly love to integrate consumer electronics functions into their vehicles, but in the world of consumer electronics, design cycles are much too fast for automotive developers to keep up. Within the project TRACE, European carmakers, suppliers and semiconductor vendors are now investigating design methods and processes to make consumer devices safe enough for in-car deployment.

New smartphones and other coveted electronic gadgets hit the market in a rhythm of about six months. Cars, in contrast, still have design cycles of typically six years, including tests. In an environment where carmakers increasingly find their USPs in the electronic equipment of the vehicle, from ADAS to connectivity, carmakers and their suppliers are striving to keep up with the consumer design cycles, at least to a certain extend.

The problem: high-performance semiconductor components designed for consumer markets typically do not meet the stringent requirements for safety, reliability and ruggedness that vehicles have to meet. Adapting electronic components to the higher safety standards of the automotive industry, again, is a very time-consuming process, it is expensive and in many cases it would require a complete redesign.

TRACE exhibited at edaWorkshop 2016

The edaworkshop is a major German EDA event that offers prime opportunities for the publication and the discussion of EDA (Electronic, Design and Application) research results. The well-balance attendance from industry and research is an optimal opportunity for knowledge exchange between industry and research.

edaWorkshop further is the major event for German EDA research projects that are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The picture on the right shows Andreas Aal from TRACE partner VW AG in discussion with Dr. Jester from the German public authorities (BMBF)

Catrene project TRACE held its kick-off meeting in Reutlingen, Germany

TRACE Project Team at Kick-Off in Reutlingen

On April 11 the Catrene project TRACE held its kick-off meeting at Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen. The project intends to develop methods and processes to enable a qualified and secure transfer of leading-edge micro- and nano-electronic technologies from the consumer domain to the automotive and industrial domains.

The project team consists of more than 100 engineers from 35 project partners, originated from five the European countries Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. It is coordinated by TRACE Partner Bosch and runs until April 2019. Project funding is provided by the respective national authorities in the context of the Catrene regulations.

Picture on the right: MinR Dr. Stefan Mengel from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Über das Projekt

Hochautomatisierte Mobilität und Funktionalität durch die Qualifizierung von Konsumelektronik für elektronische Systeme der Automobil- und Automatisierungsindustrie (TRACE)


Die rasche Markteinführung innovativer und intelligenter Funktionen in Fahrzeuge und Infrastruktur sind für die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der deutschen Automobil- und Automatisierungsindustrie von enormer Bedeutung. Häufig sind dafür notwendige Halbleiterkomponenten, wie z.B. höchst leistungsfähige integrierte Schaltungen und hochpräzise Sensoren, nur in Konsumelektronik-Qualität verfügbar. Die komplexen Fertigungsprozesse dieser Komponenten sind nur in einem Marktumfeld mit sehr hohem Volumen wirtschaftlich und erfüllen in der Regel die speziellen Anforderungen der Automobil- und Automatisierungsindustrie nicht.