The Effect of Solid State Switching Devices on Weight Optimized Wiring Harnesses 2004-21-0027
Current vehicle wiring harness design is foundationally affected by several key requirements. One of these, the need for a single or small number of co-located circuit protection centers, dictates the topology that most vehicles in production today use. By relaxing this requirement through the use of relatively new semiconductor devices, a fundamentally different wiring topology can be realized, one that has superior weight characteristics and a less wire intensive topology. This paper will discuss the requirements on the semiconductor devices necessary to fulfill this requirement and the market implications of the overall approach.
Carl Hu, Kim Gauen
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Convergence International Congress & Exposition On Transportation Electronics