On April 28, according to foreign media reports, there is a global shortage of automotive semiconductors. Korean IC design company is actively involved in MCU development, but there is an urgent need for sufficient wafer factory production facilities and the support of Korean domestic automotive industry.


It is reported that telechips, which focuses on the application processor (AP) of on-board infotainment system, recently launched a new 32-bit MCU. The core is designed based on arm cortex-r5 and is made by Samsung’s 28nm casting process. The relevant person in charge of telechips said that the original intention of launching the product was that the automotive MCU market would grow.


In addition, silicon works, which was spun off from LG Group and incorporated into LX group last year, is also preparing MCU products. Last year, the company began to consider expanding its automotive MCU product line. It is reported that it has reviewed a series of development projects, including the “Automotive wireless battery management system” (WBMs) chip led by Texas Instruments, automotive display MCU, etc.


Abov semiconductor, whose main business is home appliance MCU, has also been put into the cause of vehicle MCU. Last year, son Jae cheol, former vice president of DS Department of Samsung Electronics, was hired as the development director to accelerate the development of automobile chips based on Intelligent MCU technology.


The report points out that the current market demand for automotive MCU is huge. If a single internal combustion engine uses 200 to 300 MCU, it is expected that up to 2000 MCU will be installed in the era of automatic driving and electric vehicle. However, NXP, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Infineon and Texas Instruments still have a key voice in this market.


As the global automotive MCU market is experiencing an unprecedented supply shortage, these movements to promote the development of local wafer factories have received positive comments.


In addition, it is becoming very important to obtain the support of wafer factory production infrastructure and automobile industry. The report points out that IC design companies have designed high-performance MCU and automobile chips, but if they can’t manufacture chips or apply them to automobiles, the opportunity will come to naught.


Li ruigui, President of Korea system semiconductor network, said, “although there are production equipment with processes below 14 nm, compared with TSMC and SMIC, Korea’s 28, 40 and 55 nm processes are less competitive.” At the same time, South Korean domestic vehicle enterprises and auto parts suppliers also need close cooperation. Major auto companies such as Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Mobis are seeking solutions to reduce their dependence on overseas semiconductors.


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