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NXP's auto chip now made with TSMC 16nm FinFET process


Friday, June 4, 2021

NXP Semiconductors and TSMC have jointly announced volume production of NXP's S32G2 vehicle network processors and S32R294 radar processor built using TSMC's 16nm FinFET process technology. This marks the migration of NXP's S32 family of processors to increasingly advanced process nodes as automobiles continue to evolve into powerful computing platforms.

NXP's 16nm automotive processors also pave the way for a wider migration to TSMC's 5nm process for the NXP S32 family of vehicle processors, according to the companies. TSMC's 16nm technology enables NXP's automotive processors to harness the power of advanced FinFET transistors for the first time, combining improved performance and rigorous automotive process qualifications to deliver safe next generation computing power.

NXP's S32G2 vehicle networking processors enable service-oriented gateways for secure cloud connectivity and over-the-air updates that will unlock a multitude of data-driven services such as usage-based insurance and vehicle health management. S32G2 processors also serve as domain and zonal controllers to enable next-generation vehicle architectures and as high-performance ASIL D safety processors in advanced driver assistance and autonomous drive systems.

The move to TSMC's 16nm technology has allowed NXP's S32G2 to consolidate multiple devices into one, creating a powerful SoC that reduces the processor's footprint, the companies noted.

The S32R294 radar processor's implementation in 16nm provides the performance carmakers need to enable scalable solutions for NCAP and advanced corner radar as well as long-range front radar and advanced multi-mode use cases like simultaneous blind-spot detection, lane change assistance and elevation sensing.

"NXP's release of 16nm processors for radar and vehicle networking is the next milestone in turning cars into intelligent, connected robots on wheels that are safe, secure and enjoyable. Both processors are ready for volume release," company president and CEO Kurt Sievers remarked at the CEO Forum of Computex 2021. "We have a long history of partnership with TSMC and appreciate their support during this extraordinary period of shortage."

"We value our collaboration in both technology and volume manufacturing that has enabled this key step in broadening NXP's 16nm FF portfolio and paves the way towards our future high-performance S32 processing platform with harmonized software infrastructure in TSMC's 5nm process," Sievers continued.

"TSMC's comprehensive portfolio of automotive process technologies and services enable our customers to innovate to make cars safer, smarter, and greener," said company CEO CC Wei. "TSMC is dedicated to supporting NXP's longstanding automotive excellence in design, quality and functional safety at the 16nm node and well into the future with our leading logic technologies and automotive-grade manufacturing quality."

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