The acceleration of electronic automotive systems and consumption of semiconductor content by this industry in the past few years has been transformative. This rising trajectory is forecasted to grow, fueled by the leap in automotive electronics technology that encompasses connectivity, miniaturization, electrification, safety, energy harvesting, autonomous capabilities, security, and intelligence.
Some of the key technology trends “under-the-hood”, and inside the car include:
These trends in turn have led to the emergence of key applications / sub-segments such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Safety, Powertrain, Infotainment and Body electronics, which are in-turn differentiated by SoC solutions, and bounded by Quality, Reliability and Safety controls.
The automotive market draws on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ core strengths, gained through a decade of experience, working with the leading automotive suppliers. GF is working with four of the top five automotive MCU suppliers, and is the fastest growing automotive foundry in the world. GF is working with partners to implement mainstream and leading-edge process technology / products based multi-core MCUs, radar, cellular and WiFi communications, embedded memory, sensors, and other automotive solutions with proven quality flows.
A self-driving electric car is basically a computer on wheels with a big battery and a bunch of digital eyes and data to analyze. — CNBC, 2016
ADAS surround sensors will be cameras, radar, infrared and LIDAR
Sensor data will flow into ADAS Core CPU to create 360° view and implement vehicle response (brake, steer, pre-tension, ABS, etc.)
|Application||24 GHz||77-86 GHz|
|Automotive Radar - Front||SiGe HP: 8WL||SiGe HP: 8HP||SiGe HP: 8XP|
|Automotive Radar - Side/Rear||7SW, 45RFSOI (mmWave)|
|Vehicle-2-Vehicle (V2V)||SiGe PA: 5PAe, 1KW5PAe, 5PAx, 1K5PAx||SiGe HP: 8HP, 8XP|
|7SW, 45RFSOI (mmWave)|
|Vehicle-2-Road / Infrastructure (V2X)||SiGe PA: 5PAe, 1KW5PAe, 5PAx, 1K5PAx||SiGe HP: 8HP, 8XP|
|Gesture Sensing||SiGe HP: 8HP, 8XP|
|SiGe Usage Guidelines||7SW, 45RFSOI Usage Guidelines|
|High PA Output Power||Low to Medium Output Power|
|Low Power / high frequency operation||Low Power / Low to Medium Frequency Operation|
|Low to Medium Digital Integration||High Digital Integration|
|Simplified Impedance Matching / mmWave BEOL||Simplified Impedance Matching / mmWave BEOL (45RFSOI)|
|High Breakdown Voltages||Low to Medium Breakdown Voltages|
|High Operating Voltages||Low to Medium Operating Voltages|
|Excellent Thermal Stability||LNA+Switch integration|
|Low NF; 1/f noise|
Automotive 77GHz mmWave radar, employing SiGe digital and RF technologies, gives ADAS the ability to see on all sides of the vehicle. Moving from SiGe to CMOS processes, expected in 2018, will support more digital content capabilities. Our 40nm mmWave RF solutions integrate CPU/DSP, memory, and other IP into a single-chip automotive radar solution.
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, including WiFi (802.11p) and dedicated short range communications (DSRC), provide traffic and essential safety information in ADAS systems.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES has an automotive power process which enables customers to provide a monolithic solution for multiple modules inside electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel cars: