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54 SMT Magazine • September 2015 been based on mechanics. The increase of elec- tronics in automobiles requires significant in- vestment in manufacturing technology, facili- ties and human resources. Automotive OEMs do not want to make this investment and so they turn to EMS companies who have a deep knowledge of the industry and can help them to comply with the regulatory requirements. In our experience, our customers are looking for partners who can provide end-to-end ser - vices throughout a product lifecycle, starting with design support, DFX analysis, prototype and NPI, volume manufacture, component engineering obsolescence support and after- market services. Las Marias: how do you address the increasingly strict regulatory requirements in automotive elec- tronics manufacturing? Enser: All automotive designers and manufac- turers must adhere to the automotive func- tional safety standard, ISO 26262. For every step of the supply chain, component engi- neers must assess and control the reliability for automotive parts that may pose a functional safety risk. Our experts have deep knowledge of the rigorous requirements needed to meet automotive regulatory standards, such as the TS 16949, robustness validation and part pro- duction approval process (PPAP). With more than 20 years experience working with these automotive regulatory standards, Sanmina has gained practical expertise in developing manu- facturing and design processes to deliver com- pliant products. In many cases Sanmina is contributing to the development of new regulatory require- ments through leadership positions in organi- zations such as ZVEI and SAE. The increase in complexity, density and the use of components not originally designed or qualified for auto- motive applications drives the need for new approaches to ensure automotive electronics are fully compliant with all regulatory require- ments. Las Marias: what qualifications are required for your company to get on an automaker's accred- ited vendors list? Enser: Automotive OEMS are looking for EMS partners like Sanmina that have demonstrated experience in the automotive industry. They require their partners to have an established automotive regulatory framework, and are also looking for a commitment to zero defects strategy, robust reliable manufacturing pro - cesses and systems, flexibility to respond to changing business needs and proven success with cost optimization throughout the prod- uct lifecycle. Las Marias: what do you see as the biggest driver of automotive electronics innovation? Enser: The biggest driver will be in the safety area with major innovations as we go towards the driverless car. This will have significant safe- ty implications for the driver and passengers and also for the security of the network. The implementation of the driverless car will give rise to new passenger on-board experiences and the introduction of more entertainment and other "living room" applications. Las Marias: what is your outlook for the automo- tive electronics industry? Enser: Electronics in today's car already exceed 20% of the total vehicle value and this is esti- mated to increase to 35% within the next six years, according to an Infineon report. Con- sumers are increasingly basing their car buy- ing decisions on the availability of advanced infotainment, connectivity and safety options. The majority of these features will be driven by innovations enabled by complex electronics. Products using very high density components such as LGAs and BGAs as well as components introduced from non-automotive applica - tions will require innovative manufacturing solutions. Not only will manufacturers need to comply with the automotive regulatory re- quirements such as TS 16949, they will also need to help automotive OEMs develop func- tional safety compliant designs and manufac- turing solutions when non-automotive com- ponents are used. smt experIeNCe Is Key continues FeAture

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