The Growing Complexity of Automotive System Timing
Posted By: Laura Roselli


Automotive systems designed and built today are undergoing a new level of complexity never seen before. The car has been transformed from a mechanical system to a data center on wheels, processing vast amounts of data in real-time. This trend is driven largely by the demand for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), increased connectivity, feature-rich infotainment systems, and the transition to electric and hybrid powertrains.

In a recent article in Forbes, Markus Lutz, a member of the Forbes Technology Council and SiTime CTO and Founder, shares his insights on "The Future of Timing Technology In Demanding Automotive Systems." Markus examines the top trends fueling the upsurge of semiconductor content in vehicles and discusses clocking technology options and considerations for keeping automotive systems in sync.

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The processing and transfer of all this data puts a much greater demand on automotive timing solutions. Automotive systems have long operated in harsh environments with wide and rapid temperature swings, shock, and vibration. Now they must perform reliably in electrically noisy settings while handling huge amounts of data with greater precision. You can no longer rely on 100-year-old quartz technology to handle the massive automotive transformation in progress.

Automotive pressure sensors and accelerometers were one of the early commercial applications for MEMS technology. Now MEMS-based devices are replacing quartz clocks and becoming the new timing technology of choice for automotive systems. SiTime, the leader in MEMS precision timing solutions, is partnering with automotive companies to make this transformation a reality. By leveraging the inherent benefits of silicon MEMS such as higher reliability, robustness, and small size, SiTime is meeting the growing timing demands of automotive systems now and in the future.

Learn about the 12 key features of automotive-grade MEMS in our white paper “Increase automotive reliability and performance with ultra-robust MEMS oscillators.” Get an overview of MEMS used in automobiles, and how the manufacturing process and packaging of silicon MEMS can impact automotive reliability and performance.

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