Next-generation automotive radar technology agreement

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Globalfoundries (GF), the specialty semiconductor manufacturing foundry, and Bosch are to partner in the development and manufacture of next-generation automotive radar technology.

The two companies are to develop a mmWave automotive radar system-on-chip (SoC) for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications, manufactured using GF’s 22FDX RF solution.

“Dependable radar and ADAS systems are of paramount importance to drivers and automakers around the world,” said Oliver Wolst, senior vice president heading Bosch’s Integrated Circuit division. “We chose to partner with GlobalFoundries for their proven leadership in RF and mmWave technology, which is reinforced by their deep expertise in the automotive market. GF’s 22FDX RF solution proved to be the most attractive and appropriate platform for our next generation of highly efficient and safe automotive radars.”

GF’s 22FDX chips are manufactured at its Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

As part of the partnership, Bosch will utilize GF's automotive turnkey solutions for mmWave testing and packaging development, which will assist in increasing design efficiency and speeding time to market. These post-fab and turnkey services will take place at GF’s Fab 1 in Dresden and at GF’s mmWave testing lab at Fab 9 near Burlington, Vermont.

The first 22FDX-based radar SoCs for further testing of Bosch’s new generation of automotive radars are targeted for delivery in the second half of 2021.