Santa Clara, CA and Kyoto, Japan, September 6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global semiconductor supplier ROHM, along with SemiDrive Technology, a leading supplier of automotive-grade chips in China, today announced that they have entered into a development of advanced technology association for the automotive sector.
ROHM and SemiDrive have been involved in a technology exchange since 2019, mainly in the development of applications for vehicle cabins. As the first fruits of this effort, SemiDrive’s PMIC-equipped Automotive SoC Solution Board (X9 series) from ROHM is now available as a solution.
SemiDrive’s latest automotive SoCs (X9 series) have already been adopted by several automakers to provide advanced functionality for cockpits and other vehicle applications. At the same time, ROHM’s SerDes IC achieves low power consumption by optimizing the video transmission rate, while ROHM’s PMICs not only integrate the power supply system and functions required for SoC, but also a function of High-speed response improves power conversion efficiency and reduces the number of components. Both products combine low noise technology and compliance with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard, maximizing the specifications for automotive SoCs, contributing to greater energy savings, miniaturization and safety in vehicle applications. Through this partnership, the two companies will continue to contribute to technological innovation in the automotive field by collaborating in a wide range of areas, such as car infotainment, connectivity, ADAS and autonomous driving.
Maggie Qiu, CEO of Nanjing SemiDrive Technology Ltd.
As vehicles become increasingly smarter, so does the demand for automotive electronics and components. We are very pleased to partner with ROHM, a world-renowned semiconductor manufacturer. Working together will allow us to develop a domain controller solution for digital booths that meets market and customer demands. At the same time, we look forward to expanding and deepening our partnership with ROHM in the future.
Kazuhide Ino, Managing Executive Director, CSO, ROHM Co., Ltd.
We are delighted to partner with SemiDrive, a company with extensive experience in automotive SoCs. As ADAS evolves and cockpits become more multifunctional, the performance of vehicle cameras and video transmission technology must improve, increasing the role of semiconductors such as SerDes ICs. To this end, we will continue to deepen exchanges with SemiDrive and accelerate the development of a wide range of products using ROHM’s cutting-edge technologies that can contribute to the further evolution of electric vehicles by providing solutions that combine peripheral components.
SemiDrive X9H Solution Board Equipped with ROHM Products
In addition to SemiDrive’s X9H cabin SoC, a solution board incorporating memory, an audio I/F, an Ethernet port, and a communication module is available, along with ROHM’s SerDes IC (for display/camera) and PMIC. This makes it possible to offer a booth solution that allows up to four screen projections.
Users can run multiple operating systems (OS) on a single X9H based on SemiDrive’s unique hardware virtualization support capabilities and share access to CPU/GPU and other resources through the integrated hardware security management module. At the same time, the use of pin-for-pin compatible products allows for complete upgrades in performance and applications to be changed quickly without circuit modifications.
SemiDrive Automotive SoC X9 Series
ROHM’s SerDes IC and PMIC
SerDes ICs that provide high-speed data transmission and PMICs that manage multiple power supply systems are increasingly used in cockpits and other vehicle applications. For more information, check out these press releases:
About SemiDrive Technology
SemiDrive is committed to providing high-performance, high-reliability automotive-grade chips for future intelligent travel and has become the first “four certifications in one” automotive-grade chip company. SemiDrive has successively obtained certifications such as ISO 26262 ASIL D highest functional safety process, AEC-Q100 reliability, ISO 26262 functional safety product and China Business Encryption Product Certification. SemiDrive’s products and solutions have covered four core businesses: intelligent electronic cockpit, autopilot, core gateway, and high-performance MCU, and are geared towards each core application scenario of the future intelligent vehicle. SemiDrive achieved mass production of automotive-grade chips, served more than 260 customers, and covered more than 80% of automakers in China. Visit the SemiDrive website for more information: https://www.semidrive.com
About ROHM Co., Ltd.
ROHM, a leading manufacturer of semiconductors and electronic components, was established in 1958. From the automotive and industrial equipment markets to the consumer and communications sectors, ROHM supplies integrated circuits, discrete circuits, and electronic components with superior quality and reliability through a global sales and development network. . Our strengths in the analog and power markets allow us to propose optimized solutions for complete systems that combine peripheral components (i.e. transistors, diodes, resistors) with the latest SiC power devices, as well as drive ICs that maximize their performance. . Visit the ROHM website for more information: https://www.rohm.com
- SerDes IC: Generic term for IC that is typically used in pairs to convert communication methods in order to transmit data at high speed. The serializer converts the data into a format that can be easily transmitted at high speed (serial-to-serial data) while the deserializer converts the transmitted data back to its original form (serial-to-parallel data).
- PMIC (Power Management IC): An IC that contains various power supply systems and functions for power management and sequence control on a single chip. It is becoming more common in applications with multiple power supply systems in the automotive and consumer sectors by significantly reducing space and development burden compared to conventional circuit configurations using individual components (i.e. DC/DC , LDO, discrete).
SemiDrive/ROHM Association Ceremony
New Solution Board from ROHM and SemiDrive