- 🟩 opened the largest semiconductor plant in bosch history.
- 🟩 responding to the global semiconductor shortage?
- 🟩 at the request of the german government?
- 🟩 because the demand for semiconductors in automobiles is increasing
- 🟩 why are auto parts manufacturers semiconductors?
- 🟩 the new plant has already incorporated business potential
- 🟩 first of all, from the field of power tools
- 🟩 summary
🟩 opened the largest semiconductor plant in bosch history.
bosch, an automotive parts supplier, has opened a semiconductor plant in dresden, germany. bosch’s 135-year history will be worth €1 billion. the factory opened is a semiconductor wafer manufacturing process, that is, a semiconductor pre-process factory.
🟩 responding to the global semiconductor shortage?
it is said that from the second half of 2020, there will be a global shortage of in-vehicle semiconductors, and the semiconductor shortage will continue until 2022. in fact, even if a new plant in dresden is completed, the shortage of semiconductors will not be completely solved. this is because the semiconductors handled in dresden are power semiconductors, and they are not manufacturing plants for the missing in-vehicle mcus.
bosch also commented that it did not address the semiconductor shortage.
🟩 at the request of the german government?
The opening ceremony was attended by Chancellor Merkel and European Commission Senior Vice President Bestair. This is because the German government supports €200 million of the €1 billion investment. This is supported by IPCEI, a program aimed at the common interests of Europe. Chancellor Merkel made remarks reflecting recent geopolitics.
‘I’M NOT HAPPY THAT THE EU IS NOT IN A POSITION TO PRODUCE MICROCHIPS.’
🟩 because the demand for semiconductors in automobiles is increasing
since the new plant was planned in 2017, it was not influenced by recent efforts to restore semiconductor manufacturing to the country. this is to respond as an automobile parts manufacturer to the increasing number of semiconductors installed by one new car due to automobile driver assistance systems, connected cars, and electrification.
🟩 why are auto parts manufacturers semiconductors?
BOSCH HAS BEEN MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIPS FOR 50 YEARS. IT IS ALSO THE WORLD’S LEADING POWER SEMICONDUCTOR AND ASIC PLAYER IN AUTOMOTIVE SENSOR SEMICONDUCTORS.
🟩 the new plant has already incorporated business potential
“when we decided to build a factory, the reason for the construction was purely technology, obviously we needed to build a 300mm wafer, and we had to invest in capacity expansion.”
Bosch’s existing plant manufactures semiconductors with 200mm wafers. In order to reduce chip costs, the new plant uses 300 mm wafers to increase production efficiency. The manufacturing process is 65nm and is by no means state-of-the-art compared to the latest 5nm process. However, it is the current trend to increase the diameter of analog ICs using non-cutting-edge processes using 300 mm wafers. The factory will introduce the latest production technology by combining artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT. Rather than addressing the semiconductor shortage, it is an investment to increase productivity with the latest technology.
🟩 first of all, from the field of power tools
BOSCH WILL START PRODUCTION OF POWER SEMICONDUCTORS USED TO CONTROL POWER FOR ITS POWER TOOLS IN JULY 2021. IN ADDITION, THE COMPANY PLANS TO PRODUCE ASICS (SEMICONDUCTORS FOR SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS) FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE A STRATEGY OF STARTING WITH POWER TOOLS THAT ARE NOT LIFE-THREATENING.
why bosch makes semiconductors because it makes money.
DRESDEN, GERMANY, WHICH WILL BUILD A NEW PLANT, IS A CONCENTRATION AREA WHERE ONE-THIRD OF THE EU CHIP PRODUCTION PLANTS ARE CONCENTRATED. SEMICONDUCTORS, WHICH, LIKE JAPAN, ARE SAID TO BE “ALMOST LOST INDUSTRIES” IN EUROPE, BUT IT IS AN ADVANTAGE THAT THERE ARE REGIONS WHERE SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING IS CONCENTRATED LIKE HSINCHU IN TAIWAN.