Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, and Hon Hai Technology Group (also known as Foxconn) in Taiwan, today announced they have signed a non-binding agreement to create a partnership to design semiconductors for the automaker as well as third-party customers.
“Our software-defined transformation will be powered by great partners across industries and expertise,” says Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis. “With Foxconn, we aim to create four new families of chips that will cover over 80 percent of our semiconductor needs, helping to significantly modernize our components, reduce complexity, and simplify the supply chain. This will also boost our ability to innovate faster and build products and services at a rapid pace.”
The partnership was announced as part of the Stellantis Software Day 2021 event where the company unveiled STLA Brain, the new electrical/electronic and software architecture launching in 2024 across Stellantis’ four battery electric vehicle-centric platforms — STLA Small, Medium, Large, and Frame. STLA Brain is fully OTA capable, making it highly flexible and efficient, according to the automaker.
“As a leading global technology company, Foxconn has the depth of experience in manufacturing semiconductors and software — two key components in the production of electric vehicles,” says Young Liu, chairman and CEO of Foxconn Technology Group. “We look forward to sharing this expertise with Stellantis and together tackle the long-term supply chain shortages, as we continue with the expansion into the electric vehicle market.”
The collaboration will support Stellantis’ initiatives to reduce semiconductor complexity, design an all-new series of purpose-built semiconductors to support Stellantis vehicles, and provide capabilities and flexibility in this area of growing importance as vehicles become increasingly software-defined.
The partnership will leverage Foxconn’s domain know-how, development capabilities, and supply chain in the semiconductor industry, as well as Stellantis’ automotive expertise and significant scale as a lead customer for the enterprise.
Foxconn has a history of developing semiconductors and applications within consumer electronics, which will expand to the automotive space with the guidance and demand of a world-class mobility partner. These same semiconductors will be utilized within the Foxconn EV ecosystem as Foxconn continues to extend its capabilities in electric vehicle manufacturing.
Today’s announcement marks the second collaboration between Stellantis and Foxconn. In May, the companies announced the Mobile Drive joint venture aimed at developing smart cockpit solutions enabled by advanced consumer electronics, HMI interfaces and services that will exceed customer expectations.