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Central Computer

The central computer is considered the brain of the vehicle, the coordinating center for all information fusion. To execute a safe outcome, it will rely on data from many systems and machine learning. This supercomputer will contain the most advanced technology seen in the electronics industry today. Speed, processing power and reliability will be paramount to its success, especially in a life critical application.



Automotive connectivity is a platform that hosts many nodes which will progress with further adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and full vehicle autonomy. Though currently in its infancy, at minimum this network will contain WiFi, 5G, DSCR, V2V, V2X and other communication pathways to create not only a safe but entertaining experience for the occupants. The technology to ensure proper function will require fast speeds and the ability to perform at high frequencies.



Cameras are the main component of today’s vision systems. They are one of the fastest growing sensors in advanced safety. Currently, automotive cameras are similar in design to those used in consumer electronics but require much higher reliability. The critical resolution needed for next level autonomy will push designs to increased interconnections throughout the hardware.



Radar sensors are one of the fastest growing segments in advanced safety on the path to full autonomy. The characteristics of the technology allow for use in all weather conditions. Radar sensors contribute to many of the advanced safety systems used in all new cars today ranging from blind spot detection to forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Very specific design and performance characteristics dictate the materials used for the success of this hardware.



Light detecting and ranging is the fastest changing technology associated to advanced safety. There is debate surrounding the necessity for lidar to create fully autonomous vehicles. Regardless of opinion, technologists have quickly reduced size and cost to advance its acceptance for mass usage. Size and cost continue to be a main factor in adoption.


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to reach next level autonomy

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Take control of your ADAS costs

To help you prepare for the age of vehicle autonomy, we have created an eBook to help OEMs thrive in the ADAS hardware era. Learn how the rise of ADAS is transforming supply chains, what costs need to be considered for a sustainable and effective supply chain, or how to calculate the potential cost of electronic failure. 

You can download your free copy now and start taking control of your ADAS costs. 

A fully autonomous vehicle

The path to a fully autonomous vehicle starts with creating systems that work both individually and in concert to create a safer and more efficient driving experience.

Supply chains provide hardware and software that inform the driver of potential hazards. These include the use of camera and sensor technology, which provides collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring functions. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) automate this technology, providing higher levels of vehicle autonomy and intervening with the driver to create a safer outcome. This technology is already available in a wide range of today's cars, helping to reduce the chances of a collision.

Examples of this technology include:

  • Sophisticated types of lane departure warning, which keep vehicles in their lanes.
  • Adaptive cruise control, which keeps a safe distance from the car in front.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which will help the driver brake the vehicle in an emergency.

To ensure required function and reliability of these safety systems, optimized material choices need to be made. Our innovation in materials leads to design freedom and improved hardware reliability. 


What is ADAS?

ADAS is a group of electronics that provide autonomous driver assistance support to the driver, for improved safety and comfort. Such systems are already being included in vehicle designs and considered a technology that will grow in importance as we move towards the production of fully autonomous vehicles. Discover with us why ADAS is important to reach the next level of autonomous driving:

ADAS sensors

The benefits of ADAS technology

  • Lower chance of collision
  • Improvement of vehicle safety 
  • A more efficient driving experience
  • Peace of mind for vehicle occupants 



How to improve safety critical ADAS performance

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Component design factors such as circuitry, semiconductors and joining materials are essential. These ensure required function and reliability of ADAS sensors.

Our circuitry division focuses on improving our chemical processes for even higher reliability in harsh environments. Next level autonomy is enabled by miniaturization and high density designs. This adds greater processing power for improved ADAS performance. 

The importance of innovation in design for automotive advanced semiconductor packages is indisputable. Our attention lies on material properties and chemical processes to achieve enhanced performance and reliability.

Harsh environments include extremes of temperature and vibration. When joining materials, we address these needs with innovative assembly fluxes and chemistries which withstand the toughest automotive dewing tests and with high-reliability solder alloys. 

Why do materials matter? 

  • Reduced warranty costs through the use of Innolot solder
  • Extend system life
  • Design flexibility 

Watch the following video to discover why the materials matter:  


Powered by experience to help OEMs improve ADAS performance

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Major automotive manufacturers trust us to meet their exact specifications. 

We understand that the ADAS landscape and system requirements are changing at a fast pace. Our aim is to help OEMs achieve the road to success faster. Our experience in miniaturization facilitates greater design freedom and adds additional processing power, while our unique substrates also deliver enhanced reliability.   

We have a long history and experience across a variety of sectors, including aerospace and consumer products. This continues to inform our ability to design automotive electronics, as the industry transitions to electric and autonomous vehicles. 

  • Learn about how our materials expertise contributes towards enhanced vehicle reliability, and is crucial to ensuring occupant safety. This is made possible through addition of electronic decision-making or artificial intelligence.
  • Explore the benefits of unique substrate trends and how these can help to mitigate cost and space pressures stemming from increasing the quantity of in-vehicle electronics.
  • Discover how miniaturization of automotive electronics has become the cornerstone of advanced safety, ensuring vehicle reliability and performance while overcoming space and weight constraints.


Reaching next level autonomy by helping you advance your safety systems

Designers around a computer discussing PCB for ADAS

We take a holistic view of ADAS hardware. This perspective provides solutions that give greater design freedom through enhanced reliability and increased performance. 

Full autonomy starts with creating electronic systems that work individually and in concert. This creates a safer, more reliable and efficient driving experience for the end user.

ADAS radar and vision systems are the largest growing segments. It is key that ADAS sensors reliably interact within vehicles and with their surroundings. This produces consistent reactions to complex scenarios during all stages of autonomous driving. 

Our holistic approach to hardware materials provides OEMs with tailored solutions. These will allow you and your suppliers greater design freedom. This is achieved through:

Watch the video below and discover more about enhanced reliability. Video: ADAS enhanced reliability video


How to improve ADAS performance and reliability with the right materials

Lenora Clark, our Director of Autonomous Driving and Safety Technology, looks at the critical role of ADAS hardware in detail and explains how the right material combinations can improve ADAS performance and reliability. 

This series of web tutorials will focus on enhanced materials that offer more thermal dissipation and greater resistance against heat and mechanical stress. 

1.    Introduction to the series of tutorials by Lenora Clark (see below)
2.    Advanced conductive adhesives: Improving thermal dissipation
3.    Semiconductor packaging: Improving package performance and reliability for automotive applications
4.    High reliability joining materials: The use of Innolot to extend safety system product life
5.    High reliability assembly materials: Achieving thermal cycle demands with the right joining materials
6.    Electrolube


How can you reduce ADAS hardware failure? 

We did a test that proves that a high reliability alloy such as Innolot will help reduce the risk of ADAS failure and associated warranty and recall situations. Read more >

Who is responsible for vehicle warranty issues?

The benefits of warranty management go way beyond cost savings. Incremental quality improvements within the design of critical vehicle applications not only reduce the likelihood of warranty issues but can also have a directly positive effect on a carmaker’s brand. Read more> 

Why is miniaturization essential to advanced safety?

By viewing the entire vehicle design at a systems level, it is possible to understand the relationship between the electronics of a vehicle and its wider architecture, ensuring all the electrical components in a car work together in harmony. Read more>

What is miniaturization?

Miniaturization provides the solution, as smaller, more intelligent electronic components and circuitry are fast becoming the bedrock of a new era in advanced vehicle technology, one where ADAS plays a central role in overall vehicle safety and performance. Read more >

Why is ADAS important?

ADAS is becoming a critical factor for vehicle differentiation and the part of a vehicle upon which brand reputations are built. Read more >

What is ADAS?

ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. ADAS is a group of electronics that provide autonomous driver assistance support to the driver, for improved safety and comfort. Read more >