Foxconn chairman Young Liu confirmed the company is in talks about acquiring a 150mm fab from Macronix which makes non-volatile memory chips. This is key for its automotive customers, says Liu.
The company is also exploring buying a share in a 200mm fab in Malaysia run by Silterra.
The move is part of Foxconn’s consolidation of the supply chain. It is offering an electric vehicle platform to on-traditional car makers, and has a strategic deal with EV maker Fiskar to make cars.
The company has been looking at entering the chip market since 2018, when Terry Gou, the chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industries, confirmed that Foxconn is his company is planning to design and manufacture its own chips for use in industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) applications. However the more recent focus on the electric vehicle market is shifting its plans.
Last month Foxconn also signed a strategic deal with Nicec for the motors for EVs, targeting a 40 to 45 percent share of the global electric vehicle powertrain system market by 2030. Devices such as non-volatile memories and controllers are key to the motor control.
"This cooperation is a stimulating challenge. We are intensively discussing with Foxtron every day. We hope that we will contribute to Foxtron in the future, said Kazuya Hayafune, Senior Vice President/Executive General Manager for the Automotive Motor & Electronic Control Business Unit of Nidec.
“Nidec possesses the world-leading 3 in 1 traction motor system, which is the key for future electric vehicle developments,” said Andy Lee, general manager at EV subsidiary Foxtron. “Long before Foxtron announced its electric vehicles open platform project in the fourth quarter last year, we had already been discussing cooperating possibility with Nidec, and now with this MoU signed by both parties in place, it seals the partnership and will undoubtedly strengthen, deepen and accelerate the cooperation. We will be revealing and showcase