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Bosch’s exploding microchips could potentially save lives

By Wong Chung Wee - on 3 Oct 2019, 10:55am

Bosch’s exploding microchips could potentially save lives

Image source: Bosch

Bosch semiconductor chips are found in both electric and hybrid vehicles. In the event of a crash or any unexpected incident that may result in electrical leaks, Bosch microchips will spark off controlled explosions.

These mini explosions are meant to cut off and isolate the affected vehicle’s high-voltage electrical supply and electrical circuits. This will ensure the safety of the vehicle’s occupants, as well as the first responders, who are attending to the incident. Jens Fabrowsky, member of the executive management of Bosch’s Automotive Electronics division says,

“Our semiconductor technology plays a vital role in the safety of hybrid and electric vehicles.”

Bosch makes these microchips for vehicle manufacturers and the latter will incorporate them into the safety systems of their electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Bosch microchip controls small explosive charges attached to electric vehicles’ batteries and isolate the power supply in the event of a collision. (Image source: Bosch)

These chips or ASICs (application-specific integrated circuit) were originally developed for deployment of airbags.

Image source: Bosch

This meant that the Bosch CG912 ASIC has been reliably tested and implemented in field conditions. Now, they have been repurposed for safety systems of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Source: Bosch

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