Makers of semiconductors see the automotive market as a prime opportunity for growth. The first part of this article looks at this growth from the perspective of semiconductor industry leader Motorola. The second part highlights some recent semiconductor product introductions.
As automakers increase outsourcing, suppliers are taking on more responsibility for developing increasingly complex systems and components. This special edition of Tech Briefs highlights some of the many supplier contributions to 2002 passenger cars.
Advancements in CMOS imaging sensors have enabled Delphi engineers to adapt low-cost, high-quality cameras for a variety of applications in integrated safety systems.
Taking cues from the 1955 model, the 2002 car benefited from Ford's modern platform and systems engineering as well as C3P computer modeling techniques.
The new Mercedes-Benz SL moves into the 21st century with an industry-first production electrohydraulic braking system and a next-generation folding hardtop.
Innovations on the fourth-generation sedan include iDrive, two Valvetronic V8s, a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Intelligent Integrated Safety Systems.
Charged with dramatically upgrading the Camry while drastically reducing development costs, Toyota engineers prove they're up to the challenge.
Nissan's design team started fresh when conceiving the significantly re-engineered 2002 Altima--and added a V6 to the lineup.
The replacement of Acura's Integra, the RSX features a new engine with "intelligent" valve control.