NXP Selects TSMC 5nm Process for Next Generation High Performance Automotive Platform

  • Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on com­bi­nes NXP’s auto­mo­ti­ve qua­li­ty and func­tio­n­al safe­ty with TSMC’s indus­try-lea­ding 5nm tech­no­lo­gy to fur­ther dri­ve the trans­for­ma­ti­on of auto­mo­bi­les into power­ful com­pu­ting sys­tems for the road
  • NXP’s bre­akthrough SoC plat­form, devo­ted to auto­mo­ti­ve, aims to sim­pli­fy and acce­le­ra­te rapid inno­va­ti­on in vehi­cle archi­tec­tures with a focus on safe­ty, secu­ri­ty and data integrity
  • TSMC’s 5nm pro­cess pro­vi­des world-class power, per­for­mance and gate den­si­ty for a com­pel­ling tech­no­lo­gy offering

EINDHOVEN, The Nether­lands and HSINCHU, Tai­wan, June 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semi­con­duc­tors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announ­ced a col­la­bo­ra­ti­on agree­ment to adopt TSMC’s 5‑nanometer (5nm) tech­no­lo­gy for NXP’s next genera­ti­on, high-per­for­mance auto­mo­ti­ve plat­form. This col­la­bo­ra­ti­on com­bi­nes NXP’s auto­mo­ti­ve design exper­ti­se with TSMC’s indus­try-lea­ding 5nm tech­no­lo­gy to fur­ther dri­ve the trans­for­ma­ti­on of auto­mo­bi­les into power­ful com­pu­ting sys­tems for the road.

Buil­ding upon mul­ti­ple suc­cess­ful 16nm designs, TSMC and NXP are expan­ding their col­la­bo­ra­ti­on to crea­te a Sys­tem-on-Chip (SoC) plat­form in 5nm to deli­ver the next genera­ti­on of auto­mo­ti­ve pro­ces­sors. Using TSMC’s 5nm pro­cess, NXP’s offe­rings will address a wide varie­ty of func­tions and workloads, such as con­nec­ted cock­pits, high-per­for­mance domain con­trol­lers, auto­no­mous dri­ving, advan­ced net­wor­king, hybrid pro­pul­si­on con­trol and inte­gra­ted chas­sis management.

TSMC’s 5nm tech­no­lo­gy is cur­r­ent­ly the world’s most advan­ced pro­cess in volu­me pro­duc­tion. NXP will adopt N5P, an enhan­ced ver­si­on of TSMC’s 5nm tech­no­lo­gy, which pro­vi­des about 20 per­cent fas­ter speed or about 40 per­cent power reduc­tion com­pa­red to the pre­ce­ding 7nm genera­ti­on, and is sup­por­ted by the industry’s most com­pre­hen­si­ve design ecosystem.

NXP is a lea­ding glo­bal auto­mo­ti­ve sup­plier with a rich histo­ry in vehi­cle con­trol, vehi­cle safe­ty, vehi­cle info­tain­ment and digi­tal clus­ters. NXP’s deve­lo­p­ments on 5nm, initi­al­ly based on its estab­lis­hed S32 archi­tec­tu­re, will lead to new archi­tec­tures offe­ring sca­la­bi­li­ty and a com­mon soft­ware envi­ron­ment, fur­ther sim­pli­fy­ing and enab­ling the signi­fi­cant incre­a­se in soft­ware per­for­mance requi­red in the future car. Lever­aging the com­pu­ting power and power effi­ci­en­cy of the 5nm tech­no­lo­gy, NXP will meet the high levels of inte­gra­ti­on, power manage­ment and com­pu­te power requi­red for advan­ced vehi­cle archi­tec­tures as well as their strin­gent safe­ty and secu­ri­ty needs with its renow­ned IP.

Modern vehi­cle archi­tec­tures need to har­mo­ni­ze soft­ware infra­st­ruc­tu­re across domains to leverage invest­ments, sca­le deploy­ments and share resour­ces,” said Hen­ri Arde­vol, Exe­cu­ti­ve Vice Pre­si­dent and GM, Auto­mo­ti­ve Pro­ces­sing at NXP. “NXP aims to deli­ver the pre­mier auto­mo­ti­ve pro­ces­sing plat­form based on TSMC’s 5nm pro­cess, with a con­sis­tent archi­tec­tu­re across domains and with dif­fe­ren­tia­ti­on in per­for­mance, power, and world-class safe­ty and secu­ri­ty. Car OEMs need a simp­ler coor­di­na­ti­on of advan­ced func­tions across con­trol-units, the fle­xi­bi­li­ty to loca­te and port app­li­ca­ti­ons seam­less­ly, and the cer­tain­ty of exe­cu­ti­on in a cri­ti­cal safe­ty and secu­ri­ty con­text. NXP is power­ful­ly posi­tio­ned to deli­ver tho­se auto­mo­ti­ve-spe­ci­fic bene­fits, now with lea­ding-edge metrics through the TSMC partnership.”

TSMC’s latest col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with NXP tru­ly demons­tra­tes how auto­mo­ti­ve semi­con­duc­tors have evol­ved from simp­le micro­con­trol­lers to sophisti­ca­ted pro­ces­sors on par with chips used in the most deman­ding high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting sys­tems,” said Dr. Kevin Zhang, Vice Pre­si­dent of Busi­ness Deve­lo­p­ment at TSMC. “TSMC has enjoy­ed a long histo­ry of strong part­ners­hip with NXP, and we are exci­ted to take the auto­mo­ti­ve plat­form ano­t­her step for­ward into the most advan­ced tech­no­lo­gy avail­ab­le in the mar­ket and unleash the power of NXP’s inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts for intel­li­gent auto­mo­ti­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons and more.”

NXP and TSMC expect the deli­very of first sam­ples of 5nm devices to NXP’s key cus­to­mers in 2021.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semi­con­duc­tors N.V. enab­les secu­re con­nec­tions for a smar­ter world, advan­cing solu­ti­ons that make lives easier, bet­ter, and safer. As the world lea­der in secu­re con­nec­ti­vi­ty solu­ti­ons for embed­ded app­li­ca­ti­ons, NXP is dri­ving inno­va­ti­on in the auto­mo­ti­ve, indus­tri­al & IoT, mobi­le, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on infra­st­ruc­tu­re mar­kets. Built on more than 60 years of com­bi­ned expe­ri­ence and exper­ti­se, the com­pa­ny has appro­xi­mate­ly 29,000 employees in more than 30 coun­tries and pos­ted reve­nue of $8.88 bil­li­on in 2019. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

NXP and the NXP logo are trade­marks of NXP B.V. All other pro­ducts or ser­vice names are the pro­per­ty of their respec­ti­ve owners. All rights reser­ved. © 2020 NXP B.V.

About TSMC
TSMC pionee­red the pure-play found­ry busi­ness model when it was foun­ded in 1987, and has been the world’s lar­gest dedi­ca­ted semi­con­duc­tor found­ry ever sin­ce. The Com­pa­ny sup­ports a thri­ving eco­sys­tem of glo­bal cus­to­mers and part­ners with the industry’s lea­ding pro­cess tech­no­lo­gies and port­fo­lio of design ena­b­le­ment solu­ti­ons to unleash inno­va­ti­on for the glo­bal semi­con­duc­tor indus­try. With glo­bal ope­ra­ti­ons span­ning Asia, Euro­pe, and North Ame­ri­ca, TSMC ser­ves as a com­mit­ted cor­po­ra­te citi­zen around the world.

TSMC deploy­ed 272 dis­tinct pro­cess tech­no­lo­gies, and manu­fac­tu­red 10,761 pro­ducts for 499 cus­to­mers in 2019 by pro­vi­ding broa­dest ran­ge of advan­ced, spe­cial­ty and advan­ced pack­a­ging tech­no­lo­gy ser­vices. TSMC is the first found­ry to pro­vi­de 5‑nanometer pro­duc­tion capa­bi­li­ties, the most advan­ced semi­con­duc­tor pro­cess tech­no­lo­gy avail­ab­le in the world. The Com­pa­ny is head­quar­te­red in Hsin­chu, Taiwan.

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