From: GSA and IET Semiconductor Forum, Prosperity through Innovation: Capitalising on Emerging Markets, Applications and Growth Opportunities, Munich, 11-12 May 2011 featuring applications in Wireless, Automotive, Smart Utilities and Power Management.
11 May 2011 Electronics channel
Consumer demand has driven the automotive industry and as a result, automotive ICs have evolved in the last decade to include entertainment, Internet connectivity, navigation, safety and eco-friendly applications. At the center of this movement, are semiconductor companies striving to design, develop and manufacture chips to meet the changing demands of an Internet and entertainment-focused society desiring interactivity and connectivity in their vehicles. With the amount of silicon content in vehicles continuing to grow at a steady rate, there are countless opportunities for increased revenue and profitability for the semiconductor industry. Additionally, semiconductor companies must now contend with the transition to electric cars. This will increase the electric and electronic components' share of a vehicle, which will rise from 40 percent in a conventional gas burner to 75 percent in an e-car.
This panel focuses on various factors that must be considered as we move forward in automotive IC technology and to meet consumer demand, including:
* The cost and operational issues associated with developing the new in-car electronics architecture
* Energy efficiency and power management challenges
* IC design challenges and TTM concerns
* John Heugle, Chief Executive Officer, austriamicrosystems AG
* Hans-Juergen Straub, Chief Executive Officer, X-FAB
* Claudio Valesani, EMEA Region Vice President, Automotive Business Unit, STMicroelectronics NV
* Valentin von Tils, Vice President ASIC Development, Robert Bosch GmbH