Next-generation automotive electronic systems need highly specialized, cost-optimized devices in order to meet market requirements. Considering the dramatic increase in development costs for state-of-the-art process technologies, specialization of traditional microcontrollers no longer makes business sense. Neither do feature-rich devices targeted at broad-base markets, as they are often too expensive. Alternatively, the flexible microcontroller solution offers a process to develop the exact microcontroller for a specific application by implementing it into an FPGA for prototyping. Verification, software development, and field testing can be done immediately after design, or
even in parallel.