Ono što je proizvođačima automobila potrebno deluje da je donekle u suprotnosti sa onim što proizvođači čipova više preferiraju i žele da proizvode: manji čip, koji se može proizvesti po nižim cenama i u većim količinama.
Car companies use a varied selection of chips that tend to be many times larger than what’s employed in most consumer electronics. Chipmakers want as much miniaturization as possible to maximize production efficiency, automakers need significant lead time to make sure a chip will work for them. Each industry has reasons for operating the way it does.
Automobiles have a long operating life, compared to many other consumer devices. Thus, parts for automobiles, including some chips, are often built on older, proven technology, rather than the latest available technology.
To suggest that the burden to adapt should fall squarely on automakers simplifies the issue. General purpose chipmakers don’t seem to grasp the unique challenges of the automotive sector.
If your iPhone crashes, you press volume up, then volume down and hold the side button until the screen turns off and turns back on again and voila, you can lose yet more hours to Instagram like you never missed a beat. The potential ramifications of a glitch in a metal box traveling at many miles per hour are a little more severe. That’s especially true if you’re talking about modern vehicles with driver-assist functions.