Pan-European NXP teams look to 5nm, 6G R&D

Pan-European NXP teams look to 5nm, 6G R&D

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By Nick Flaherty

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The European Union is funding multiple teams from NXP across the continent on the development of 5nm technology for chips made at the ESMC foundry to be built in Dresden.

R&D grants are to be provided to NXP by the ministries of Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania under the 2nd Important Project of Common European Interest on Microelectronics and Communication Technologies (IPCEI ME/CT).

Dedicated NXP teams across Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania will develop core technologies across automotive, industrial and cybersecurity. This includes 5nm, advanced driving assistance and battery management systems in automotive, 6G and Ultra-Wideband as well as artificial intelligence (AI), RISC-V and post-quantum cryptography.

The planned investments reinforce NXP’s commitment to strengthening innovation and supply chain resilience in Europe and follows the announcement of a joint venture partnership establishing TSMC’s First European Fab (ESMC), says the company. NXP is a backer of ESMC along with Bosch and Infineon

“NXP’s planned investments in our Austrian, German, Dutch, and Romanian operations signal our strong commitment to the EU’s goal of enabling both digital and green transition,” said Kurt Sievers, President and CEO of NXP.

“Our activities through IPCEI ME/CT complement NXP’s planned joint venture participation in TSMC’s first European foundry. It also underscores our commitment to strengthening innovation and supply chain resilience in Europe. NXP believes expanding research, development, and manufacturing efforts in Europe is of vital importance, and each of these three critical elements must be successfully integrated to achieve greater European semiconductor ecosystem resilience.”

NXP is an active participant in three of the four IPCEI ME/CT workstreams: “Sense”, “Think”, and “Communicate” and is working with over 50 partners in the R&D projects. It is also a founder member of a European joint venture to boost the automotive supply chain based on the RISC-V open instruction set architecture. 

NXP Austria is a centre of excellence for cryptography and security, developing hardware and software as well as services for the IoT, automotive, Industry 4.0 and mobile sectors.

Primary R&D competencies in Hamburg, Munich, and Dresden include cybersecurity, automotive processing, and RF. A collaborative quantum computing initiative was established in 2023 in Hamburg. IPCEI will help to further strengthen and expand these core competencies. In addition, the German sites are home to an experienced sales engineering team that completes NXP’s global network of customer support.

NXP has over 2,200 people and significant operations across three sites in the Netherlands. R&D groups based in Eindhoven focus on security innovation, software and hardware IP development, chip design, system innovation and certification. NXP Nijmegen features manufacturing, R&D, testing, technology enablement and support functions. NXP’s Delft site is home to hardware and software design teams focusing on secure wireless solutions including automotive electronics such as radio, GPS, car access systems, and sensor electronics.

NXP Bucharest has over 1,000 people working on software development for automotive, microcontrollers and connectivity products as well as IT service management and customer supply operations.

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