Simplifying automotive in-vehicle application design

Melear, Charles
August 2005
Portable Design;Aug2005, Vol. 11 Issue 8, p18
The article discusses the use of an embedded controller with a central processing unit (CPU) to simplify and speed automotive applications. In a 2004 report, IMS Research anticipated that worldwide unit shipments of in-car infotainment systems from 2003 to 2010 will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25% and driver information/telematic systems at about 13%. This growth, coupled with an outlook that worldwide light-vehicle unit sales during the same period will remain essentially flat, means sophisticated in-vehicle systems are moving down the food chain to the family cars that more economy-minded consumers are buying. Simplifying application designs can help meet the new demand by reducing the development costs and reducing time-to-market.


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