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Infineon, UMC extend automotive partnership

INFINEON Technologies AG and United Microelectronics Corp. announced recently a long-term strategic cooperation agreement to multiply capacity for the production of Infineon automotive microcontroller in order to serve the rapidly expanding automotive market.

The high-performance microcontroller product leverages Infineon’s proprietary eNVM (embedded non-volatile memories) technology and would be manufactured at UMC’s Singapore fab on its 40nm process.

Microcontrollers are key components controlling a wide range of functions in vehicles, and demand is increasing as cars evolve to become ever greener, safer and smarter. Already this year, Infineon is ramping the selling rate of the automotive microcontroller to close to one million per day.

“With this strategic cooperation agreement, we secure additional long-term capacity to serve Infineon’s customers in the fast-growing automotive market,” said Rutger Wijburg, chief operating officer of Infineon.

“At the center of this partnership is a highly reliable embedded memory solution well suited for enabling next-generation automotive applications while meeting the stringent safety and security requirements for vehicle systems. We are pleased to have UMC as a strategic partner to deliver a reliable supply of highquality microcontrollers to our customers. Going forward, Infineon and UMC would further deepen the automotive collaboration in the areas of microcontroller, power management and connectivity solutions,” Wijburg added.

“We are excited that Infineon has chosen UMC to produce its automotive microcontroller product at our Fab 12i in Singapore, a strong endorsement of our manufacturing capability and business commitment, said Jason Wang, co-president of UMC.

Wang added: “This multiyear s”pply agreement f”rther strengthens our long-standing partnership with Infineon across various automotive, AIoT, and 5G market segments. UMC’s shipments of automotive products have tripled since 2019, and we expect this strong momentum to continue as demand for automotive semiconductors rises. Given our specialty technology leadership, diversified manufacturing footprint, and focus on quality and operational excellence, we look forward to deepening our collaborations with world-class automotive leaders such as Infineon.”

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