Research project enhances robustness of electronic automotive components

April 20, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The RESCAR 2.0 research project seeks to enhance the reliability and robustness of electronic automotive components. Six partners from all levels of the development chain have joined forces in a quest to come up with overarching solutions.

As the proportion of electronic components used in the car increases, the interplay between the modules becomes ever more complex. Furthermore, in changing over central vehicle systems – such as the steering and brakes – from mechanical and hydraulic components to their electrical and electronic counterparts, compliance with the strictest safety standards is required. These safety aspects as well as the diverse interdependencies of the components have to be factored also into the semiconductor development process and reconciled with the requirements of the respective application.

RESCAR 2.0 aims at optimizing the entire development process of electrical and electronic components of electromobility systems to enable the robustness and reliability of the overall system to be predicted right from the outset. Among the tasks planned is the development of methodology to capture and process the requirements for new components. Moreover, robustness analyses will be designed to investigate the suitability of the components for the application envisaged. The components under study will encompass analog and digital circuits in the low-voltage range as well as high-volt mixed signal ICs and sensor systems. The project also aims at the fledgling market for electromobility components.

Partners from all levels of the development chain are participating in RESCAR 2.0: Audi, BMW, Elmos Semiconductor, the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI), Infineon Technologies and Robert Bosch GmbH. Support is provided by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) Dresden, as well as of several universities. The project is coordinated by Infineon.