ON Semi and Audi announce chip partnership
Collaboration to drive electronics innovation and reliability in upcoming autonomous and electric vehicles
ON Semiconductor has announced a strategic relationship with Audi following its selection to become part of the German car maker's Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP).
Audi's Progressive SemiConductor Program is designed to rapidly make the latest semiconductor technologies available in cars, while increasing reliability. An important part of it involves being in direct contact with the semiconductor manufacturers and working with them on joint development.
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.
ON Semiconductor has a range image sensors, power management and connectivity devices for automated driving systems. It also has a portfolio of power solutions including modules and SiC/GaN wide-band gap devices designed for the development of next generation electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).
"With semiconductors being so vital to recent and future developments on our vehicle platforms, we recognised that traditional automotive innovation cycles were no longer appropriate for keeping pace with consumer demand for exciting new technologies in all areas of the vehicle," said Thomas M. Mueller, head of electrics/electronics at Audi AG. "Partnering with a market leader like ON Semiconductor on our PSCP will provide the perfect framework for close collaboration and help speed the realisation of innovative, high-quality and highly efficient systems for our vehicles."