As autos are getting ‘smarter’ and gaining autopilot capabilities, it’s straightforward to foretell that the demand for higher-performing and extra complicated automotive SoCs might be rising quickly within the coming years. To provide these SoCs, specialised manufacturing traces might be wanted, which is why the 2 main contract chip makers, Samsung and TSMC, are engaged on new nodes and IP aimed exactly at vehicles.
Samsung Foundry this previous week mentioned that within the close to future it could introduce a model of its eight nm course of for automotive purposes. At current, Samsung has two manufacturing processes which can be outlined as eight nm: 8LPP and 8LPU, that are advanced from the corporate’s 10 nm node. It’s seemingly that the automotive-grade eight nm might be an extra evolution of that expertise. Proper now, probably the most superior nodes that Samsung makes use of to make chips for vehicles are its 28FDS and 14 nm applied sciences, so an eight nm node might be an enormous step ahead.
Samsung didn’t disclose a lot about its automotive-grade eight nm course of, however the comapny did observe that chips for automobiles should adjust to AEC-Q100 reliability requirements, which mandates help for a -40°C to +105°C ambient working temperature vary, in addition to quite a few qualification reliability checks corresponding to wear-out checks. Moreover, to win designs with main auto makers, these chips should be made in services which have an IATF 16969-certified provide chain high quality administration system, which briefly emphasizes defect prevention and variation discount. Moreover, any IP being fabbed, in addition to improvement instruments and the ultimate gadgets themselves have to satisfy numerous ISO 26262 (aka ASIL) useful security necessities, each individually and in context of a selected utility.
In the meantime, over in Taiwan, TSMC’s most superior automotive-grade course of expertise in the present day is 16FFC, which is current-generation so far as the automotive market is worried, because it lags shopper SoC designers by two or three years. Wanting in the direction of the close to future, TSMC has been creating an automotive-grade model of its N7 (1st Era 7 nm) expertise for fairly some time, and expects it to be certified by 2020. In actual fact, Synopsys has already developed important automotive-grade IP for N7 (together with DesignWare IP for LPDDR4X, MIPI CSI-2, MIPI D-PHY, and PCIe 4.zero IP), so chip designers are in all probability already engaged on new SoCs for autos to be made utilizing TSMC’s modern course of.
Lastly, whereas GlobalFoundries not develops modern course of applied sciences, it nonetheless has quite a few nodes that can be utilized by the automotive business for years to come back, together with 22FDX and 12LP. For now, these applied sciences are adequate for superior SoCs, however it stays to be seen what the corporate affords to its shoppers from the auto business.
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Sources: Samsung, TSMC, SemiWiki