Automotive market moves to the foreground for Global Foundries: Page 2 of 2

October 17, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Against the background of a rapidly growing market for automotive electronics, GlobalFoundries sees the role of the semiconductor industry in the automotive value chain to be changing. With its specific range of technologies, the company considers itself to be ideally positioned for these readjustments, GloFo explained at an industry meeting in Munich. This couldn't be done without a little side blow to the competition.

In these ecosystems, semiconductor manufacturers are not alone with Tier ones and OEMs. In addition to chip experts, this includes software specialists as well as manufacturing knowledge and system, design and packaging IP - all areas in which GloFo can make a significant contribution.

A significant opportunity to further improve GloFo’s standing in the automotive industry could be the company’s 22DFX FDSOI process. “Our 22FDX mmWave RF solution allows the integration of millimeter wave circuitry, DSP, MCU, SRAM and eRAM into a single chip automotive solution,” said Mark Grangerm Vice President Automotive Product Line Management at GlobalFoundries. “This technology enables, for example, highly integrated automotive radar solutions.” Likewise, GloFo positions its eMRAM memory technology (on the same process platform) for automotive applications. Such devices offer much faster write speed than competing eFlash, much better endurance with more than 10E6 write cycles and higher versatility since eMRAM components can serve as code storage and RAM at the same time.

However, one thing will not happen, Cordovez assures: "GloFo will not compete against its own customers in the semiconductor industry. "Our goal is definitely not to become a design company."

At the event, GloFo also commented on media reports that the EU Commission is considering taking action against its competitor TSMC for unfair distribution practices. “We are not surprised that the EC is looking into anti-competitive market practices and abusive conduct in the semiconductor sector”, GloFo explained in a prepared statement. “The semiconductor industry has a history of being dominated by a few firms. For example TSMC, a company currently larger than Intel in market capitalization, has a virtual lock on supply”. It is prudent for the regulator to monitor behaviors more closely and Globalfoundries will naturally support regulatory agencies as they take a closer look at this key industrial sector for Europe and the world.”


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