Semiconductor manufacturer, Globalfoundries (GF) and Bosch are partnering develop and produce next-generation automotive radar technology.

Bosch chose GF as its partner to develop a mmWave automotive radar system-on-chip (SoC) for ADAS applications, manufactured using GF’s 22FDX RF solution.

Bosch’s choice of GF as the partner for its next-gen mmWave automotive radar is based on GF’s experience in foundry solutions for RF and mmWave.

“We are proud to partner with Bosch to develop a new generation of automotive radar and to help make vehicles smarter and roads even safer than they are today,” said Mike Hogan, SVP and GM of Automotive, Industrial and Multi-market at GF.

“Bosch’s leadership, as an innovator and provider of top-quality OEM solutions to the auto industry, is unquestionable. 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. In addition, GF is the only foundry with in-house mmWave test capability.”

For his part, SVP heading Bosch Integrated Circuit Division, Oliver Wolst, added: “Dependable radar and ADAS systems are of paramount importance to drivers and automakers around the world.

“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 scrutinised 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 use 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, Vermont.

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

To date, GF’s 22FDX solutions have realised US$4.5bn in design wins, with more than 350m chips shipped to customers around the world.