Microchip doubles its Detroit Automotive Technology Centre

Microchip doubles its Detroit Automotive Technology Centre

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By Nick Flaherty

Microchip has doubled the size of its facility in Michigan to 24,000-square-foot with high-voltage and E-Mobility labs.

The Microchip Detroit Automotive Technology Centre in Novi, Michigan, has doubled in size with the third phase its expansion. The dedicated high-voltage lab includes demonstrations of reference designs featuring Microchip’s silicon carbide mSiC solutions, dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and analog and mixed-signal designs as well as support for central compute and zonal networks in ADAS platforms using Microchip’s PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 5 switching hardware, single-pair Ethernet devices and development tools.

The Human Machine Interface (HMI) lab supports the development of full-width cockpit displays; touchscreens; Knob-on-Display (KoD) solutions; and buttons, sliders, and wheels with EMC testing as well as USB and networking development resources for pre-certification of multimedia infotainment systems and media hubs for advanced USB Type-C 3.2 protocol applications

Die- and product-level characterization of automotive MEMS resonators and oscillators includes vacuum and wafer-scale probe and test, long-term aging, frequency stability, phase noise and jitter test capability while the centre also supports development of automotive security solutions using Microchip’s CryptoAutomotive TrustAnchor ICs. There is also onsite security training to learn how to implement secure elements in applications such as secure boot, message and hardware authentication.

“Microchip’s automotive business is a cornerstone of our company’s legacy. We remain focused on developing total system solutions, and this expansion provides our customers with immediate access to state-of-the-art resources,” said Rich Simoncic, executive vice president of Microchip. “In addition to the Detroit location, we have Automotive Technology Centers in Munich, Shanghai, Tokyo and Austin, Texas, to support our global customer base.”

“Microchip’s Automotive Technology Center demonstrates our commitment to the automotive industry by providing a destination for them to develop, test and refine applications in the design phase,” said Matthias Kaestner, corporate vice president of Microchip’s automotive business. “Our vision for the centre is to provide our automotive customers with the confidence to choose the right solutions for their designs by helping them to cut design effort and time to market by providing world class technical support locally.”

“The new high-voltage lab will help our automotive customers develop systems using our reference design platforms and analog, digital control and power solutions,” said Clayton Pillion, vice president of Microchip’s silicon carbide business unit. “As more OEMs transition to our E-Mobility offerings, we are ready to support them from the design phase to implementation.”


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