GlobalFoundries unveils automotive semiconductor platform

Posted on 8 May 2014 by Tim Brown

Semiconductor maker GlobalFoundries has introduced an optimised semiconductor manufacturing platform aimed specifically at meeting the evolving needs of the automotive industry.

Built on the company’s 55-nanometre (nm) Low Power process and AEC-Q100 Group D qualified, the solution includes a comprehensive set of technology and design enablement capabilities tailored to improve the efficiency, performance, and power consumption of automotive ICs while maintaining adherence to the industry’s strict safety and quality standards.

GlobalFoundries, a member of the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC), has developed the 55nm automotive platform to address critical industry trends, such as increased fuel economy and safety standards, along with higher consumer demand for in-vehicle information and entertainment.

By delivering a foundry-based solution, the company is providing needed advanced manufacturing capabilities and services to OEMs and IDMs that are developing more sophisticated and efficient semiconductors to power safety, body, powertrain and infotainment applications in vehicles.

“Vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers are facing extremely challenging requirements by both regulators and customers. Better fuel efficiency, higher safety standards, increased in-vehicle communications capabilities and more demanding consumer requirements are all driving the need for more performance and lower power ICs for these systems,” said Paul Colestock, director of segment marketing at GlobalFoundries.

“We are applying our advanced manufacturing technology to address these requirements directly with our focused automotive platform. This provides OEMs and IDMs with a full-service, cost-effective and reduced-risk foundry solution that enables an efficient implementation of advanced capabilities within the unique demands of the automotive electronics segment.”