Another important step towards the realization of the server-based vehicle architecture has been made. Continental will be collaborating with the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG in order to create a clean and efficient electrics/electronics (E/E) architecture with central high-performance computers (HPC) and a few, powerful Zone Control Units (ZCU) – instead of up to a hundred or more individual control units. This is important with regards to the growing number of vehicle functions, which require more and more computing power as well as complex software applications.
This is where Infineon comes into play. For its ZCU plattform, Continental is using Infineon's AURIX TC4 microcontroller. It has a special storage technology that allows the vehicle software to be on constant stand-by. As soon as the vehicle is then started, numerous functions (such as parking assistance, heating, etc.) are ready for use within seconds.