Audi adds Renesas to its Progressive Semiconductor Program

July 13, 2015 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Audi adds Renesas to its Progressive Semiconductor Program
Carmaker Audi and semiconductor supplier Renesas have established a strategic relationship as part of Audi’s Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP). The program has been set up by Audi in 2010 to accelerate automotive innovation, covering all traditional automotive domains as well as innovative applications fields such automated driving, connected car and the electric vehicle.

Ricky Hudi, general manager for electric and electronics development at Audi, praised Renesas as innovative and extremely quality-conscious. In particular, he highlighted Renesas’ Monos flash technology and its 28nm semiconductor process technology.

Today, it is estimated that between 80 and 90 percent of all innovations in automotive development are based directly or indirectly on semiconductors. This is why Audi is developing a core competency in the semiconductor area with its PSCP. The Program is designed to speed the availability of the the latest semiconductor technologies available in cars, while increasing reliability. The goal of the program is to transfer progress in the field of microelectronics more effectively to the car. An important part of it involves being in direct contact with the semiconductor manufacturers and working with them on joint development.

Besides Renesas, a number of other chip vendors are participating in Audi’s semiconductor program, including Analog Devices, NXP, Infineon, and STMicroelectronics (enumeration is not complete).

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