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Over the last three years, partners in the RESIST (RESilient Integrated SysTems) research project have been investigating new approaches to the development of resilient electronics systems for the high levels of stress experienced under vehicle components’ harsh environmental and operating conditions. This has involved developing ideas for how to construct extremely powerful micro and nanoelectronic parts as reliably and robustly as possible.

The new design methods and solutions for safety-critical electronics are also aimed at an early-warning system. With this approach, faults should be able to be detected and corrected even before a malfunction – for example with sensors that continuously monitor circuit functionality, allowing an imminent failure through wear and tear to be identified in time. The project’s activities are intended to help improve the service life and reliability of electronic assemblies in automotive and aviation applications from a current 10-15 years to a future 25-35 years.

German partners in the EU RESIST project, coordinated by NXP Semiconductors Netherlands, include Airbus Innovations , the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) , Robert Bosch GmbH and the Technical University of Munich . An overview of associated publications and their status is available on the RESIST website.