Mr Günther Ernst, CEO – LFoundry | Topic: How Semiconductor Foundries “CAN DRIVE THE FUTURE” in the new Microelectronics Megatrends
The microelectronics industry is moving from a value chain to a value network. Companies need to find their place in this new environment, especially in the new megatrends “mobility and autonomous driving” and IoT. In the automotive electronics major changes in requirements are in front of us while the car1.0 with a driver, no connection and a combustion engine evolves to a car2.0, driverless, connected, and electrical.
The new semiconductor requirements drive for example the power management IC developments. With new BCD integration schemes, the higher complexity for both the electrical engine and the data handling of the connectivity can be supported with appropriate IC solutions.
Going from ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) to AD (fully autonomous driving), the mobility vehicles need to be equipped with reliable and redundant sensing features. Here the silicon based optical sensors are playing a key role and foundries need to supply the new innovative technology for those sensor chips. Besides the continued improvement of classical CIS (CMOS Image Sensors) technologies to equip the display and assist cameras with best functionality, the most innovative development happens for 360° surround monitoring cameras for assisted and autonomous driving. Next to the current uses like Radar, the ToF (Time-of-Flight) technique built into CMOS circuitry is here the key new technology, with methods where CMOS SPAD detectors (Single Photon Avalanche Diodes) are built into LiDAR systems. With those new optical technologies, a foundry can serve beyond the automotive market also into the other megatrend IoT, applying the optical sensing to movable objects or for detection in smart home/smart city trends.