We are excited to share that NXP has entered into an
agreement with TSMC to adopt its 5-nanometer (5nm) technology
for our next generation, high-performance automotive platform. We are the
first TSMC customer to bring automotive into the 5nm space. Such leadership
moves have made us the #1 automotive processor supplier whose name is
synonymous with quality, functional safety and automotive innovation. Yet
there is more beneath the surface of this story than merely going to 5nm, the
real story is that we are making a decisive investment to cement our
leadership position in automotive processing. We understand that getting to
5nm alone isn’t enough to win. What we bring to the table beyond 5nm is
the real story. First, let’s explore the top line of the news.
To address the car’s highly connected, increasingly electrified and
all-encompassing electronic transformation, carmakers are seeking processors
that are faster, more powerful and more efficient while advancing critical
automotive safety and quality. These qualities allow them to do more with
greater flexibility in design, while saving precious power within the vehicle
network. TSMC’s 5nm process offers 20% faster processing speed or about
40% less power than its preceding 7nm technology. The move to 5nm will help
carmakers bring differentiation to their vehicles through enhanced features,
simplify some of the car’s increasingly complex architectural
challenges and make bringing powerful computing systems to the road easier.
This move to 5nm will help carmakers in applications such as connected
cockpits, high-performance domain controllers, autonomous driving, advanced
networking, hybrid propulsion control and integrated chassis management to
name a few.
But as I mentioned before, this is only part of the story. The real thing to
note is that carmakers still face a complex mix of applications and disparate
software approaches that present significant integration challenges. Reducing
software complexity, addressing problems of scalability and bringing products
safely to launch are difficult problems that can’t be solved with brute
force. Our history in the automotive space and our leadership across a
vehicle’s various domains means we’re better positioned than
most to understand that these issues require an architectural and system level
approach. In fact, we proved as much by developing a dedicated architecture in
response to these challenges.
NXP’s S32 platform addresses these challenges by offering a
domain-based approach with an identical software development environment
across vehicle applications. The software development environment allows
developers to reuse costly research and development work and therefore respond
quicker to changing vehicle architectures and intense time to market demands.
The scalable platform is developed to deliver automotive quality and industry
leading safety and security across multiple application spaces. This all
translates to bringing vehicles to market faster, which while always important
for carmakers is increasingly vital today.
In addition to the great things happening from a technology perspective, the
move to 5nm is also opening doors of opportunity. NXP is now hiring additional
talent to help on this new endeavor—more than 100 new engineers. If you
are an engineer that wants to take a leading role in shaping an entire
industry, if you want to create smart solutions instead of applying
brute-force and if you want to push the accepted boundaries of technology and
work with the best innovators in the world, apply to NXP.