Automotive innovations have increasingly been enabled by semiconductor-based solutions – a trend set to continue due to sophisticated powertrain electrification, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the progression towards autonomous driving. In addition, other applications such as those related to comfort and convenience, infotainment and vehicle connectivity are driving semiconductor use in the automotive sector. This makes establishing programs and standards in alignment with leading semiconductor suppliers to create a mutual understanding of technology innovation and quality a highly valuable proposition.
ON Semiconductor, which serves the markets of image sensors, power management and connectivity for automated driving systems, boasts a vast portfolio of power solutions including modules and SiC/GaN wide-band gap devices that enable the development of advanced, efficient, next generation electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The collaboration between Audi and ON Semi will help advance the mobility revolution by enabling accelerated development and the introduction of exciting new capabilities in automated driving systems and vehicle electrification, the chipmaker said.
Audi’s Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP) is based on the finding that today, between 80 and 90 percent of all car innovations are based directly or indirectly on semiconductors, and for this reason, that for a carmaker it makes sense to develop a competency in the semiconductor area. The Program is designed to rapidly make the latest semiconductor technologies available in cars, while increasing reliability. The aim of the program is to transfer progress in the field of microelectronics more effectively to the car and to. An important part of it involves being in direct contact with the semiconductor manufacturers and working with them on joint development. Other semicoinductor manufacturers participating in the PSCP include Analog Devices, NXP, Renesas and STMicroelectronics, whereas Infineon has a similar collaboration in place with Audi’s parent company Volkswagen.