NXP chooses TSMC 5nm process for next-gen automotive platform

NXP chooses TSMC 5nm process for next-gen automotive platform

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By Ally Winning

This partnership between the two companies will combine NXP’s automotive design expertise and TSMC’s 5nm technology to further transform automobiles into powerful computing systems.

The two companies have already partnered to bring multiple successful 16nm designs to market, and will now expand that collaboration to develop an SoC platform in 5nm for the next generation of automotive processors. The TSMC 5nm process will be used by NXP’s products to address a wide range of functions and workloads, such as connected cockpits, high-performance domain controllers, autonomous driving, advanced networking, hybrid propulsion control, and integrated chassis management.

TSMC’s 5nm technology is the most advanced process in volume production globally. Specifically, NXP will use N5P, which is an enhanced version of the TSMC 5nm technology. N5P offers around 20% higher speed or 40% power reduction over the previous 7nm generation. It also features a comprehensive design ecosystem.

NXP’s 5nm designs will initially be based on the company’s established S32 architecture. They will lead to new architectures that provide scalability and a common software environment. The computing power and power efficiency of the 5nm technology will provide NXP with the high levels of integration, power management and compute power needed for advanced vehicle architectures and their corresponding stringent safety and security needs.

“Modern vehicle architectures need to harmonize software infrastructure across domains to leverage investments, scale deployments and share resources,” said Henri Ardevol, Executive Vice President and GM, Automotive Processing at NXP. “NXP aims to deliver the premier automotive processing platform based on TSMC’s 5nm process, with a consistent architecture across domains and with differentiation in performance, power, and world-class safety and security. Car OEMs need a simpler coordination of advanced functions across control-units, the flexibility to locate and port applications seamlessly, and the certainty of execution in a critical safety and security context. NXP is powerfully positioned to deliver those automotive-specific benefits, now with leading-edge metrics through the TSMC partnership.”

The first samples of 5nm devices will be delivered to NXP’s key customers in 2021.

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