The Role of Microprocessors in Future Automotive Electronics 901131
After the introduction to automotive electronics in the mid 1970s, microprocessor-based automotive technology matured quickly in the 1980s as semiconductor manufacturers and automotive designers learned to work together to solve ever more challenging automotive problems. As we enter the 1990s, it is clear that microprocessor technology has become an essential technology for future automotive electronics. As advances in semiconductor technology allow more functions on a single chip, issues of reduced design cycle times have become a serious challenge. This paper explores these and other problems and discusses how semiconductor and automotive manufacturers can work together to develop solutions.