Infineon to set up driverless car design centre with Foxconn

Infineon to set up driverless car design centre with Foxconn

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies has signed a long-term partnership deal with the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider for next generation electric vehicles. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hon Hai Technology Group, also known as Foxconn, includes an applications centre in Taiwan for driverless car designs later this year. It will also see Infineon’s silicon carbide (SiC) devices used in joint designs.

Foxconn is aiming to be a major supplier of technology to global brands for the next generation of cars, including driverless vehicles.

The main part of the deal focuses on silicon carbide (SiC) development, combining Infineon’s power chips  and Foxconn’s expertise in automotive systems. IT will also see a joint application centre in Taiwan.

The deal will cover the joint development of traction inverters, onboard chargers, and DC-DC converters.

The system application centre in Taiwan will further expand the cooperation, working on battery management systems and traction inverters as well as smart cabin applications, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving applications.  Foxconn already has a deal with NXP for technology.

The collaboration covers a wide range of Infineon’s automotive products, including sensors, microcontrollers, power semiconductors, high-performance memories for specific applications, human machine interface and security solutions. The system application centre is expected to be established within 2023.

“The automotive industry is evolving. With the rapid growth of the EV market and the associated need for more range and performance, the development of electromobility must continue to advance and innovate,” said Peter Schiefer, President of the Infineon Automotive Division.

“Infineon’s commitment and passion for innovation and zero-defect quality has made us the best partner for our customers. We look forward to writing a new chapter in electromobility together with Foxconn.”

“We are pleased to be working with Infineon and are confident that this collaboration will result in optimized architecture, product performance, cost competitiveness and high system integration to provide customers with the most competitive automotive solutions,” said Jun Seki, Foxconn’s Chief Strategy Officer for EVs.;

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