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[YesAuto Technology] At this Shanghai Auto Show, we deliberately strolled around the supplier’s venues. In the next few days, we will also bring you relevant content, but this article is about a supplier The supplier, the thing originated from my experience at a supplier’s booth. Just when I was listening to a certain supplier talking about autonomous driving technology, a well-dressed person came up to talk to me. Their core sensors are Our company provides, you should talk to us.

This “cutting Hu” company is called Infineon. They have 40 years of experience in sensor design and production. In the past 10 years, Infineon has exported 2.5 billion sensors to the automotive industry. In the field of sensors, he is the world's largest supplier. In addition, for those suppliers that produce side impact sensors and tire pressure sensors, Infineon provides them with the core components of such products-pressure sensors. With the overall trend of energy-saving design and the development of autonomous driving technology in automobiles, the value of this core component will be immeasurable.

When introducing the side impact sensor, I had a question, why only do the side impact sensor? Is it different from the structure principle of the front-touch sensor?

According to the collision sensors used in the passive safety systems of modern cars, currently electromechanical and electronic are the main ones, but the sensors used to monitor frontal collisions can only recognize longitudinal acceleration. Similarly, the side impact sensors must be provided for the airbag computer The calculation basis of lateral acceleration, and from the current stage of Infineon’s technical reserves of semiconductor components, they can only supply components for side impact sensors. This is a characteristic of a typical upstream supplier. If it is a supplier of collision sensors, then, as the main business, it will not be a problem to provide the types of collision sensors required by vehicles, but the production of core components like Infineon Suppliers, their components may be suitable for all kinds of products, just like the Android system of mobile phones, each manufacturer can create different styles of systems according to their product positioning based on the original system architecture.

Don’t underestimate such small components. According to a recent report, car production will reach 90 million in 2015, and the average value of semiconductor components used in each car will be around US$334. By 2019 This data is expected to increase to 361 US dollars. In any case, as cars become more electrified, they are becoming more dependent on semiconductor components. Therefore, many manufacturers attach great importance to the development of semiconductor technology.

Although companies like Infineon mainly serve parts suppliers of automakers, in the eyes of automakers, they also hope to master more upstream technologies. In April this year, the Pan-Asian Automotive Technology Center cooperated with Infineon has established an electronics joint laboratory. The two parties jointly develop forward-looking automotive electronics technologies and conduct in-depth cooperation in the fields of body electronics, new energy technology, active safety, and chassis electronic control.

In terms of electronics, Pan Asia’s self-developed body electrification architecture, gateways, automatic air conditioning, and instrumentation and other key components all use sensors provided by Infineon and have been put into mass production. The key to maintaining the cooperative relationship between the two companies is that they both have pivotal positions in their respective fields, and the advantages of the two parties in their respective resources can form a complementary relationship. Therefore, both in Pan Asia and Infineon Is a good thing.

Edit summary:

Different from the direct suppliers of automobile OEMs, upstream suppliers like Infineon have more control over the R&D and production technology of the core components of a component, and this R&D capability may not be limited to a certain industry. For example, semiconductor components used in electronic systems, whether it is a car or a popular wearable device, may have different primary requirements for the performance of such components, but no matter which industry promotes the advancement of basic technology, this will affect other industries. It is a good thing to say that it will be a good thing. For example, the demand for miniaturization and energy saving of electrical components in wearable devices will be more used in the automotive field in the future. The establishment of a cooperative relationship with automotive R&D centers or OEM suppliers can make it easier to grasp future market needs. (Photo / Li Boxu, the home of the car)