GlobalFoundries, Bosch Team Up To Develop Radar Chips For Self-Driving Car Features: Report

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  • Radar chips are widely used in vehicles for driver-assistance features like emergency braking, lane-keeping and parking assistance
  • GlobalFoundries said the chips are being targeted for delivery in the second half of 2021

As per a report by Reuters, GlobalFoundries said that it has teamed up with German automotive supplier Bosch to develop radar chips for self-driving features. The report added that in this deal, GlobalFoundries said it will make high-frequency radar chips for Bosch at its Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany. As per the report, radar chips are widely used in vehicles for driver-assistance features like emergency braking, lane-keeping and parking assistance.

The report added that radar chips are designed to operate at higher frequency than previous generations to help the radar detect objects further away with greater accuracy than lower-frequency radar chips found on many current vehicles. The report said that Bosch is working directly with the chip contract manufacturer to have its own design custom-made, instead of sourcing the chips from a third-party company to put inside a radar module.

Custom silicon that will set their products apart from rivals

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The report added that Mike Hogan, head of GlobalFoundries’ automotive business, said traditional automotive suppliers are increasingly looking to work directly with chip factories to have custom silicon that will set their products apart from rivals. He added that this is a great example of automotive going to the front of the technology bus.

GlobalFoundries said the chips are being targeted for delivery in the second half of 2021. Bosch announced it was building its own factory to make ASICs (application-specific integrated circuit) microchips, in Dresden.

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