30% of all new car warranty issues are microprocessor-related

ABI Research predicts that evolved complexity of automobile engine management systems will require the carmakers to move to the 32-bit microprocessors. Emerging countries will still be able to use 16-bit, but by 2010, nearly all engines in the US will be using 32-bit microcontrollers. Approximately 30% of all warranty issues today are software and silicon-related.