NXP-Foxconn New Joint Lab Boosts SDV for EVs

NXP Semiconductors and Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) have opened a joint laboratory in the Foxconn Nankan Facility in Taiwan. Accordingly, this marks a new milestone in the companies’ strategic collaboration for software-defined electric vehicle development.

The joint lab aims to accelerate Foxconn’s efforts in software-defined electric vehicles. This leverages NXP’s comprehensive electrification portfolio and cross-vehicle system solutions. Particularly, using the S32G and S32K3 families for domain and zonal controllers targeting service-oriented gateways, vehicle networking, and safe vehicle control.

NXP and Foxconn have opened a joint lab to accelerate the development of software-defined, electric vehicles: Zeke Wu, EV E/EA R&D Director, Foxconn E-Business Group (left) with Elton Tsang, Senior Sales Director of NXP Semiconductors Taiwan.

Fusion of Expertise

According to McKinsey & Company, the global automotive software and electronics market may reach $462 billion by 2030. Thus, representing a 5.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2019. Software plays a vital role in architecting, designing, and manufacturing vehicles. However, this transformation will be an industry-wide effort, requiring close collaboration between diverse stakeholders.

The joint laboratory in Taoyuan is a significant example of this team effort. Most importantly, it benefits from bringing together Foxconn’s deep knowledge and experience in electronics manufacturing with NXP’s expertise in safe and secure system solutions. Thus, enabling architectural innovation and platforms for electrification, connectivity, and safe automated driving. Together, the companies aim to accelerate the development time for software-defined electric vehicles.

Progress in Vehicle Production

In July 2022, NXP announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Foxconn to jointly develop platforms for a new generation of smart connected vehicles, aiming to leverage NXP’s portfolio of automotive technologies. The joint laboratory in Foxconn’s Nankan facility will be the primary location for innovation, discussion, training, and enabling new applications. The collaborative lab brings together more than 200 engineers based locally and abroad from both Foxconn and NXP.

“Foxconn sees the disruptive challenges and the potential for innovation in today’s automotive industry. NXP’s longstanding expertise and leadership in the automotive sector, system understanding, innovative products and laser focus on safety, security, and quality provide the foundation for the collaboration we are strengthening today,” said Zeke Wu, EV E/EA R&D Director, Foxconn E-Business Group.

Meanwhile, Elton Tsang, Senior Sales Director of NXP Semiconductors, said, “The lab will accelerate the progress of electric, software-defined vehicles from talk to reality. In addition, the auto industry has to become faster and more efficient, and NXP is pleased to extend its system solutions portfolio to enable electrification, next generation architectures, smart and secure car access systems, and more.”