Car in the city
Lun 20 Nov
Seminari e Convegni

The car revolution: how microelectronics has changed the way we drive and what’s next

The event entitled "The car revolution: how microelectronics has changed the way we drive and what's next" will be held on Monday 20 November 2023 at LED 2 of Cittadella Politecnica, and will have as guest the engineer Paolo Vilmercati, Design Manager @STMicroelectronics.


The evolution of the automobile over the years has been strongly influenced by the expansion of microelectronics and the realization of increasingly complex integrated circuits. Thanks to the miniaturization of electronic components, today's cars are equipped with a wide range of sensors, actuators, and control systems that allow real-time monitoring and adjustment of numerous parameters, such as speed, temperature, tire pressure, and air quality. ST impact with its BCD technology has been fundamental, leading to safer, more efficient, and sustainable vehicles through the development of advanced driving assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking system, which increase the safety of occupants and other road users, sophisticated electronic engine control systems, sensors, and actuators that improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and polluting emissions. Today we are facing a new revolution: the social issues of pollution and energy sustainability have opened up to car electrification and digitization, generating new challenges such as sophisticated electric vehicle charging solutions, advanced energy efficiencies and a complete overhaul of the car's architecture. To succeed in the mission, more than ever, it is essential to be at the forefront of technology, bring new ideas, and bring innovation being brave and thinking “outside the box”.


Paolo Vilmercati was born in Voghera, Italy, in 1975. He received the Laurea degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2000. In his Laurea thesis, he developed the realization of a fully integrated CMOS LNA for mobile applications, with particular interest in the study of MOS behavior in the moderate and weak inversion region of operation from the noise standpoint. After his Thesis work, he joined STMicroelectronics as a consultant in Pavia’s office dealing for two years with RF front-ends before becoming an ST employee in Automotive Group, where he is actually leading as a design manager analog and layout team, working on Power Management, Battery Management and Gate Driving topics.

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