AES Semigas


10 March 2021

Bosch using GF’s 22FDX RF solution for mmWave automotive radar SoC

GlobalFoundries (GF) of Santa Clara, CA, USA (the world’s leading specialty foundry, with operations in Singapore, Germany and the USA) and Germany’s Bosch are partnering to develop and manufacture next-generation automotive radar technology.

Bosch chose GF as its partner to develop a millimeter-wave (mmWave) automotive radar system-on-chip (SoC) for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications, manufactured using GF’s 22FDX RF solution. ADAS applications help drivers to stay safe by keeping a vehicle in the correct lane, warning of collisions, initiating emergency braking, assisting with parking, etc.

“At GF, we have embraced excellence in automotive semiconductors as a core strategy, and our 22FDX is unbeatable as a high-performance, low-power solution,” claims Mike Hogan, senior VP & general manager of Automotive, Industrial and Multi-market at GF. “In addition, GF is the only foundry with in-house mmWave test capability,” he adds.

“Dependable radar and ADAS systems are of paramount importance to drivers and automakers around the world,” says Oliver Wolst, senior VP heading Bosch’s Integrated Circuit division. “We chose to partner with GlobalFoundries for their proven leadership in RF and mmWave technology, which is reinforced by their deep expertise in the automotive market. We carefully scrutinized the universe of available semiconductor solutions, and GF’s 22FDX RF solution proved to be today’s most attractive and most appropriate platform for our next generation of highly efficient and safe automotive radars.”

GF’s 22FDX chips are manufactured at its Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany. As part of the partnership, Bosch will also utilize GF’s automotive turnkey solutions for mmWave testing and packaging development, which will assist in increasing design efficiency and speeding time to market. These post-fab and turnkey services will take place at GF’s Fab 1 in Dresden and at GF’s mmWave testing lab at Fab 9 near Burlington, VT, USA.

The first 22FDX-based radar SoCs for further testing of Bosch’s new generation of automotive radars are targeted for delivery in second-half 2021.

GF says that, to date, its 22FDX solutions have realized $4.5bn in design wins, with more than 350 million chips shipped to customers around the world.