NXP and Inventec partner in Taiwan’s automotive electronics ecosystem

Automotive IC vendors NXP Semiconductors and ODM Inventec have announced a partnership to build an industry ecosystem of automotive electronics products locally in Taiwan.

The ecosystem covers five modules: ultra-wideband smart car access system, central gateway, vehicle-grade server, e-cockpit, and vehicle-grade wireless charger.

Inventec chairman Tom Cho said Inventec will focus on electrical controllers to create a “Server in Car” that turns cars into mobile offices.

Elton Tsang, NXP’s Greater China Sales Director, said the cooperation between the two companies is progressing well.

Despite being the world’s largest server motherboard maker and fourth largest notebook ODM, Inventec has struggled to attract automotive customers.

Rai-Jin Li, vice president of Inventec’s automotive electronics R&D center, said Taiwan’s electronics industry is actually well positioned in the automotive electronics sector. However, Taiwanese manufacturers are not well known in this field. Working with NXP will help increase the visibility of Inventec and other Taiwanese manufacturers.

NXP brings its extensive automotive market experience and know-how to the partnership. This is very beneficial due to the complexity of automotive grade specifications and certifications.

Following the announcement of its cooperation with Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and now Inventec, the industry is curious to know which company NXP will work with next.

Tsang said NXP has been discussing many different plans and will definitely continue to expand cooperation and investment in Taiwan. NXP will not only continue to expand its upstream and downstream partnerships, but will also invest more resources in manufacturing and design while expanding its production capacity and workforce.

NXP’s ultimate goal is to help Taiwan build a competitive automotive ecosystem, said Tsang. Tsang said that Taiwan’s strengths in the semiconductor and ICT industries give Taiwan a significant advantage in becoming a key driver of future automotive electronic technology.

However, Taiwan needs help when it comes to automotive electronics safety, an area where NXP can help.

Mr. Tsang explained that most Taiwanese manufacturers wishing to enter the automotive market are new entrants with limited resources. In order to enter the market quickly, companies may sacrifice a little safety, which may affect long-term cooperation and company reputation.

Inventec also invests in vehicle safety and information security. Inventec showcased a concept car focused on information security and safety at its factory in Taiwan’s Taoyuan Industrial Park. The car had ISO 26262 for component level functional safety, ISO/SAE 21434 for vehicle module level information security and ISO 21448 for intended functional safety.

Li said that Inventec’s production sites in Taiwan, Shanghai, Chongqing, Mexico and the Czech Republic have all made considerable progress in applying for automotive-related certifications such as ISO 26262, ISO 21434, ISO 21448, VDA 6.3 and Automotive SPICE. pointed out.

Inventec’s China plants in Shanghai and Chongqing focus on local customers, while the Mexico plant serves American and Czech European carmakers. The Taiwan plant will focus on new product introductions (NPI) and motorcycles.

The company has also set up a production line and plans to start producing automotive electronics in 2022. Inventec already has 400 automotive R&D engineers and plans to expand to 600. NXP and Inventec partner in Taiwan’s automotive electronics ecosystem

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