NXP unveils processors on TSMC’s16nm FinFET technology
NXP Semiconductors and TSMC have announced that NXP’s S32G2 vehicle network processors and its S32R294 radar processor are now in volume production on TSMC’s advanced 16nm FinFET process technology.
The announcement marks the migration of NXP’s S32 family of processors to increasingly advanced process nodes as automobiles continue to evolve into powerful computing platforms. NXP’s continued innovation in the S32 family is designed to help carmakers simplify vehicle architecture and deliver the fully connected and configurable car of tomorrow.
The S32G2 vehicle networking processors enable service-oriented gateways for secure cloud connectivity and over-the-air updates that will help to unlock a number of data-driven services such as usage-based insurance and vehicle health management.
These S32G2 processors also serve as domain and zonal controllers to enable next-generation vehicle architectures and as high-performance ASIL D safety processors in advanced driver assistance and autonomous drive systems. The move to TSMC’s 16nm technology has allowed S32G2 to consolidate multiple devices into one, creating a powerful System-on-Chip (SoC) that reduces the processor’s footprint.
The S32R294 radar processor’s implementation in 16nm will provide carmakers with scalable solutions for NCAP and advanced corner radar as well as long-range front radar and advanced multi-mode use cases like simultaneous blind-spot detection, lane change assistance and elevation sensing.
“NXP’s release of 16nm processors for radar and vehicle networking is the next milestone in turning cars into intelligent, connected robots on wheels that are safe, secure and enjoyable. Both processors are ready for volume release,” said Kurt Sievers, President & CEO of NXP Semiconductors. “We value our collaboration in both technology and volume manufacturing that has enabled this key step in broadening NXP’s 16nm FF portfolio and paves the way towards our future high-performance S32 processing platform with harmonised software infrastructure in TSMC’s 5nm process.”