Telechips is planning to start mass production of its microcontroller unit (MCU) for automobiles next year, TheElec has learned.
The 32-bit MCU is for infotainment and the fabless company will start manufacturing them sometime in the first quarter of 2023.
Telechips begin developing the chip under a national project in 2019.
The chip is low-power and has upgraded telecommunication and security capabilities compared to the company’s prior offerings.
Called VCP, the chip will be made using Samsung’s 28-nanometer process.
The chip is in preproduction and Telechips is in talks for supply deals with customers.
A conventional combustible engine vehicle has around 200 to 300 MCUs per unit.
MCU for infotainment is the least used and the last replaced.
However, there is currently a shortage of the chips and most suppliers use 8-inch wafers while Telechips’ was designed for 12-inch wafers.
The company is also developing MCUs for use in the body and chassis of vehicles.