The impact of the electronics industry, specifically the semiconductor industry, on automotive engine controls is evident in engineering programs at Ford Motor Company. Within the last four years, a new engineering organization has been established to design and develop these new electronic engine control systems. Additionally, the control system engineers are bridging the gap between engine system engineers and semi-conductor designers to create microcomputers, sensors and actuators with the latest technology.
The tangible results of this new engineering activity are seen in the applications of electronics to engine controls at Ford. Starting with the 1978 model year and continuing with the announced 1979 model year applications, approximately twelve new components have been developed and released for manufacturing through the cooperative support of the semi-conductor and automotive industries.