- Will secure several million semiconductors per year
- First deliveries for BMW iX
- Wendt: “Securing our needs for the long term”
The BMW is exploring new ways of working with suppliers and, in the case of strategically important components, becoming more closely involved in the supplier network. To secure semiconductor supplies for the long term, the company has signed a direct supply assurance agreement with high-tech microchip developer INOVA Semiconductors and semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries® (GF®). The agreement guarantees the BMW the supply of several million microchips per year. The microchips will be used in the ISELED smart LED technology co-developed by the BMW, which will be deployed for the first time in the BMW iX and rolled out in further models. Customer deliveries of the BMW iX got underway in early November.
“We are deepening our partnership with suppliers at key points in the supplier network and synchronising our capacity planning directly with semiconductor manufacturers and developers. This improves planning reliability and transparency around the volumes needed for everyone involved and secures our needs for the long term,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “This pioneering agreement marks the next logical step in securing our supplies in an even more proactive manner going forward.”
This agreement is a model of how to build more secure, and resilient supply-chain partnerships and accelerate technology development supporting the next generation of automotive innovation.
“With this agreement directly with an OEM, we are certainly entering new territory as a semiconductor company” says Robert Kraus, CEO of INOVA Semiconductors. “We are convinced that this innovative approach of a partnership across the production chain will be target-oriented: in this way, we secure the requirements of our end customer and have a high degree of planning security with the long production cycles of the chips. That is a real win-win situation.”
“GF is committed to building stronger relationships with the automotive industry to deliver innovation and address the growing demand for feature-rich chips,” said Mike Hogan, senior vice president and general manager of Automotive, Industrial and Multi-market at GF. “This supply assurance agreement with BMW and Inova Semiconductor demonstrates how we are partnering to develop innovative smart LED technology for the new BMW iX and to create new technologies for the car”
Several thousand semiconductors per car
Depending on the equipment options, every car contains several thousand of the wafer-thin semiconductors that are essential for all electronic devices. They serve various functions by performing arithmetic and control tasks in computers, storing data or even handling multiple tasks at the same time. The share of electronic components in vehicles is likely to increase further in the future.