Custom Microcontroller Gate Array for Automotive Use
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a computer-controlled display system for automotive use. (Image Omitted) In order to reduce the cost of manufacturing an automobile dashboard, the mechanical display devices are being replaced with a reconfigurable computer-controlled display system. As shown in Fig. 1, the system has a driver information computer module interfacing to a display device, vehicle sensors and switches, and other vehicle systems. The vehicle sensors and switches allow the driver information computer to know the status of the automobile. The display device allows the driver information computer to inform the driver of vehicle status and options. The other vehicle systems include the engine computer, stereo devices, communications devices, and other types of systems.