Electronics and Semiconductors

TechInsights Teardown: Ford F-150 ADAS controller

07 February 2023
The ADAS controller is the brains behind the safety controls inside the Ford F-150 truck. Source: TechInsights

The Ford F-150 is a staple of the American automotive industry as one of the best-selling trucks worldwide.

As technology advances, Ford has kept up with adding the latest and greatest to the F-150 vehicles. The latest version of the truck contains a new advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) controller for added safety where the vehicle will be able to enhance driving while on the road.

The main applications processor is based on Mobileye’s Vision system-on-chip and an Infineon 32-bit microcontroller with memory and main SDRAM.

The following is a partial deep dive into the automotive safety system for the Ford F-150 ADAS controller.

Summary

  • ADAS applications processor
  • SDRAM and mobile EEPROM memory
  • Ethernet switch and transceiver

Price: $589.21

Target market: Automotive

Availability: Worldwide

Release date: July 2021

The front side of the main board of the Ford F-150 contains the main processors and memory to operate the ADAS functionality. Source: TechInsightsThe front side of the main board of the Ford F-150 contains the main processors and memory to operate the ADAS functionality. Source: TechInsights

Main board Front

The main board of the Ford F-150 ADAS controller includes the main processor in the Infineon 32-bit microcontroller with memory, Mobileye’s Vision system-on-chip and main SDRAM from Micron Technology. Other electronic components include:

  • DC-DC converter from Maxim
  • D-type flip-flop from Nexperia
  • ST Microelectronics’ serial EEPROM
  • Analog Devices’ 10-bit SDTV video decoder
  • Texas Instruments’ 10 A step-down DC-DC converter, single LDO regulator and ADAS applications processor

(Learn more about microprocessors and microcontrollers on Globalspec.com)

The back side of the main board on the ADAS controller features discrete and electronic components needed to operate the safety systems. Source: TechInsightsThe back side of the main board on the ADAS controller features discrete and electronic components needed to operate the safety systems. Source: TechInsights

Main board Back

The back side of the main board on the Ford F-150 ADAS controller includes a host of discrete components such as:

  • TI’s four-bit bidirectional voltage-level transistor, 4 A load switch, 4 A step-down converter and automotive comparator
  • On Semiconductor’s single inverter, non-inverting three-state buffer and dual buffer
  • Maxim’s 3.3 V voltage reference
  • Infineon’s high-side power switch
  • Analog Devices’ SD video filter amplifiers

(Learn more about discrete components on Globalspec.com)

The main components found on the Ford F-150 ADAS controller. Source: TechInsights The main components found on the Ford F-150 ADAS controller. Source: TechInsights

Manufacturing cost breakdown

  • $114.06 — Integrated circuits
  • $24.78 — Modules, discretes and connectors
  • $16.36 — Non-electronic parts
  • $15.64 — Substrates
  • $14.71 — Component insertion
  • $3.05 — Card test
  • $1.67 — Final assembly and test

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