Audi joins semiconductor design body

May 29, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Audi joins semiconductor design body
As the first automotive OEM, carmaker Audi has joined the SEMI, an international industry association focusing on semiconductor design and manufacturing. The move highlights the rising significance of semiconductors for the automotive industry.

The SEMI membership will give Audi access to the association’s competencies in developing international standards and harmonizing technology roadmaps. It also will enable the carmaker to leverage the global SEMI platform to promote industry alignment across supply-chain segments.

Audi is a founding member of the SEMI Global Automotive Advisory Council (GAAC). Anchoring the SEMI  Smart Transportation  vertical market platform, GAAC members address automotive technology issues such as device and system reliability and connectivity, promote industry standards, and align roadmaps of carmakers with adjacent industries to accelerate time to market. GAAC has chapters in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.  

"With rapid advances in automotive electronics technology, semiconductors now play a critical role in innovation and product differentiation," said Klaus Buettner, executive vice president Development Electrics/Electronics, CarIT, at Audi. "In order to fulfill the promise of sustainable, connected-to-everything, highly automated mobility up to autonomous driving, we need to also align automotive requirements across the entire semiconductor value chain. With its global platform, SEMI is the right association to bring together supply chain stakeholders for the close collaboration critical to driving technology innovation."

Under its leadership as a founding member of the GAAC, Audi has been instrumental in establishing priorities for the Europe chapter and helped grow the chapter to 17 companies representing the entire automotive electronics ecosystem including OEMs, device manufacturers, foundries, design companies and equipment and materials suppliers. Founding members of the GAAC Europe chapter include Audi, its parent company Volkswagen as well as Bosch, Cadence, Imec, Globalfoundries and Synopsys.

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