As the world move toward vehicle electrification, semiconductors allow automakers to optimize performance, accelerate development and make electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable for more people.
FREMONT, CA: Change is expediting in the automotive industry as the world heads toward what looks to be an all-electric vehicle future. As a result, auto manufacturers are making bold claims about how different the cars of 2030 will look compared to models on showroom floors today.
Today, we have access to infinite online reviews and reports, and we are all doing our research to find the best vehicle for us. To make the checklists a reality, the pace of automotive innovation has to speed up. The speed & frequency of collaboration between semiconductor suppliers, system engineers & automotive manufacturers will only grow.
Here are seven areas where semiconductors can help automakers achieve the dream-car checklist:
1. High-voltage battery
As the core of an EV, the battery needs highly accurate monitoring to drive longer distances between charges. The innovative portfolio of battery monitors and balancers provides high-accuracy cell measurements, further improves safety features and integrates additional functionality to increase accuracy and reduce system costs.
2. Wireless battery management system
Imagine having the flexibility to design a wireless high-voltage battery management system – removing the necessity for bulky wiring while enhancing driving range, performance and overall maintenance. The proprietary wireless protocol and set of integrated circuits (ICs), which incorporate real-time connectivity, allow auto manufacturers to make this true.
3. Fast and efficient charging
As EVs shift to higher voltages and more efficient onboard chargers, they need sophisticated power topologies with real-time digital control solutions. The real-time microcontroller portfolio works seamlessly with our isolated gate drivers and fully integrated GaN power devices to enable fast and efficient EV charging.
4. Optimum performance on the road
The traction inverter system is critical to enabling optimal performance. These systems require high computational performance and control features, like those from the embedded processing chips, to work in concert with the dynamic output current control, like those isolated gate driver portfolios. This enables you to maintain ideal motor torque while improving overall system efficiency.
5. Connectivity, display, camera and sound options
Automotive-qualified processors and wireless connectivity devices enable auto manufacturers to improve and customize display, connectivity and multiple personalization options throughout the vehicle. For example, Serializers and deserializers, which send uncompressed video data within automotive systems, allow higher-resolution cameras for adaptive driver assistance systems and displays.
Also, The automotive Ethernet portfolio enables higher-speed networking, and the automotive speaker amplifier portfolio delivers multi-channel class D premium audio performance.
6. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
With a view to a collision-free future, automakers are developing a safer driving experience while building a foundation to enhance vehicle automation. As a result, our cars are beginning to take actions similar to drivers, like sensing exterior and interior conditions, communicating that data to the rest of the vehicle, and processing a decision. Our portfolio of automotive-qualified ICs, highly-accurate radar SoCs, powerful processors and reliable power management products enables you to build high-performance ADAS.
7. Enhanced vehicle safety
Functional safety standards have changed how the industry thinks about designing existing automotive systems, enhancing the driving experience with progressive safety features, authenticity and performance.
Functional safety is critical to everything from wireless battery management systems to integrated powertrains in nearly every automotive system. Our broad portfolio of automotive-qualified ICs and associated functional safety documentation helps engineers achieve their desired Automotive Safety Integrity Levels for their systems to allow a safer driving experience.
It’s a known fact that the automotive industry continues to advance rapidly, and what’s considered state of the art today will be outdated tomorrow. Semiconductors are assisting auto manufacturers in removing barriers, lowering costs, reducing complexity and meeting safety requirements to create the future vehicle.