Semiconductors flex their muscles
Makers of semiconductors see the automotive market as a prime
opportunity for growth. The first part of this article looks at
this growth from the perspective of semiconductor industry leader
Motorola. The second part highlights some recent semiconductor
2002 supplier technology
As automakers increase outsourcing, suppliers are taking on more
responsibility for developing increasingly complex systems and
components. This special edition of Tech Briefs highlights some of
the many supplier contributions to 2002 passenger cars.
Vision sensors and the intelligent
Advancements in CMOS imaging sensors have enabled Delphi engineers
to adapt low-cost, high-quality cameras for a variety of
applications in integrated safety systems.
The reborn Thunderbird
Taking cues from the 1955 model, the 2002 car benefited from
Ford's modern platform and systems engineering as well as C3P
computer modeling techniques.
From gullwing to vario-roof
The new Mercedes-Benz SL moves into the 21st century with an
industry-first production electrohydraulic braking system and a
next-generation folding hardtop.
BMW re-engineers the 7 Series
Innovations on the fourth-generation sedan include iDrive, two
Valvetronic V8s, a six-speed automatic transmission, and the
Intelligent Integrated Safety Systems.
Camry redesigned in record time
Charged with dramatically upgrading the Camry while drastically
reducing development costs, Toyota engineers prove they're up
to the challenge.
Nissan alters the Altima
Nissan's design team started fresh when conceiving the
significantly re-engineered 2002 Altima--and added a V6 to the
Acura RSX: innovation under the hood
The replacement of Acura's Integra, the RSX features a new
engine with "intelligent" valve control.