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ADAS Electronic Components for Autonomous Vehicles
We’re witnessing the most exciting time in the history of electronics. Rapid adoption and expansion of electronics have made the vehicles evolve from hand-crafted classics that were earlier controlled by cables and mechanical systems to now completely computer-controlled self-thinking autonomous machines. The growing adoption of connected vehicle technology and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) drives the demand for electronics. It’s projected that hybrid, electric vehicles (EV), and ADAS systems alone would contribute to over 45% of the electronics in a car by 2030. According to WHO, approximately 1.25M people die each year due to accidents on the road caused by human error. Thus, safety features in autonomous vehicles (AV) are a compelling reason for their rapid adoption. Nevertheless, liability and regulatory complexity remain a concern when autonomous vehicles share roads with human-driven vehicles in different conditions.  AV Passive Components Passive components dominate the count on ADAS systems. These components play a major role in improving system reliability. They have an impact on overall system reliability and also contribute extremely positive performance. Below are the latest technological upgrades that are happening in the circuits of autonomous cars: Self-Healing Capacitors: The mid-complexity ECU contains 200 capacitors, and the next-generation self-healing capacitors will help eliminate 200 potential failure points in the circuit. These devices are an enabling technology for failsafe power supplies and regulators in automobile circuits. Transient Capable Passives: Radio-frequency (RF) capacitors and inductors are miniature by having high Q and low RF that haven’t performed very well when exposed to ESD and other temporary waveforms. A new material and manufacturing system has been developed to create ESD-capable inductors, capacitors, and filters. These devices can harden RF links and sensors throughout ADAS designs (GPS, radar, and lidar). Pulse capable integration capacitors can be utilized on IR cameras, stereo vision, and lane-keeping modules to improve system reliability. LCT Filters: When replacing a T-filter configuration, consisting of two inductors and one capacitor, with a single integrated filter package in a 0805-case size. As the number of components gets reduced, there are fewer possibilities for assembly-induced defects like pick and place errors, damages, board flexure induced failures, etc. Solder process errors are also reduced with the lower number of solder joints. Thus, the failure rate of the single filter is better than a combination of discrete devices. Electrified & Autonomous Future The widespread adoption of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving technology is expected to hit $270B by 2030. The rise in the development of smart cities is a key factor driving the autonomous car market. This brings equal opportunity in smart infrastructures such as IoT enablement for roads, lanes, signals, road signs, parking, and e-charging points, a robust 5G, AI-driven traffic management, and decision support to help predict congestion, hazards directions, and diversions. Autonomous cars appear to be an ecosystem in itself that sweeps in not just the vehicle per se but also several other support systems around it. The scope for electronics is, therefore, truly mind-boggling. Backed by 40 Years of Expertise We contribute our 40 years of design and manufacturing expertise spanning multiple diverse markets. We look forward to discussing how we can deliver world-class products for OEMs across the globe. We understand our home Indian market, familiar with its vast regulatory and selling environments. We foster growth opportunities within India through our strong technology incubation ecosystem. We also assist global OEMs in entering the Indian market by leveraging the local supply chain and favorable operating environments for cost reductions. Our flagship Chennai location opened in 2006 and lies within a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for electronics manufacturing, offering economic incentives for imports and exports. This primary facility is within 90 minutes of the Chennai seaport and 20 minutes to the international airport. Additional road and rail connectivity links to the rest of India and beyond and infrastructure advantages with faster import and export clearances. We also have labor force flexibility, both technical and manual, to scale to demand rapidly. To learn more about this topic, please contact us.