[IC design]Bosch will spend another $467 million to expand chip production capacity next year

Recently, it was learned from overseas media that the German auto parts giant Bosch Group announced that it has allocated more than 467 million US dollars for the large-scale construction of semiconductor factories in Dresden and Reutlingen, Germany next year, as well as semiconductor factories in Penang, Malaysia. test Center. The company hopes to increase chip production and solve the global chip shortage.

In Bosch’s view, chips will play an increasingly important role in the transformation of automotive intelligence. Relevant German associations have predicted that 80% of innovation in automobiles comes from semiconductors, so whether it is the new four modernizations, automatic driving or V2X, it is inseparable from chips. Based on this, Bosch has been increasing its investment in the field of semiconductor chips in recent years.

Bosch’s Dresden plant started production in June with a total investment of $1.17 billion. Bosch said the bulk of the investment will go towards the expansion of the 300mm wafer fab to help the fab achieve a faster production rate than originally planned, thereby increasing chip output.

The Reutlingen semiconductor factory covers an area of ​​377,000 square feet, with an investment of about $5,776.5, mainly for the production of 200mm wafers. Bosch plans to expand the plant further, by an additional 33,000 square feet by the end of 2023.

In addition, the company added that it is building a semiconductor testing facility in Penang, Malaysia, but did not specify the size of the investment.

According to official information, in the past ten years, Bosch invested in the construction of an 8-inch wafer fab in 2010, and the second wafer fab, a 12-inch wafer fab, was built in Dresden, Germany at the beginning of this year. In terms of packaging and testing, in addition to building packaging and testing in Europe, the first packaging and testing line in Suzhou has been completed, and investment has been further increased.

Jiang Jian, vice president of Bosch China, said the semiconductor shortage could continue until 2022. He said that in July, chipmakers could only fill about 20 percent of customers’ orders, and by August, more than half of customers’ orders could not be filled.

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