Automotive semiconductor trend report

Automotive semiconductor trend report

Publication Date: 25-Feb-2021

The four overarching trends impacting the automotive market in the coming years comprise autonomous driving, electrification, connectivity, and shared mobility. This list could of course be lengthened to include trends ultimately stemming from these four - digital cockpit, internet of things, HMI, new vehicle architectures, etc. This report addresses these aspects and their implications for semiconductor and sensors. It answers questions such as:

  • What are the new applications for semiconductors and sensors because of autonomy?
  • Do the applications drive semiconductor development or do improvements in semiconductor manufacturing technology drive the applications?
  • What are the future memory requirements for infotainment systems?
  • How will domain controllers and gateways evolve in the new vehicle electronic architecture?
  • What are zonal architectures and what does it mean for ICs?
  • What is the impact of connectivity and OTA?
  • What does the future fuse box look like and how many semiconductors will it contain?
  • How does electrification affect the sensing business?

Introduction to megatrends impacting semiconductor and sensor technologies

  • Introduction
  • COVID-19 stimulates electronics
  • Chip shortage

Electrification of the powertrain

  • Trends in SiC and GaN for power electronics
  • SiC improves traction inverters
  • What about GaN?
  • Battery monitoring
  • BMS goes wireless
  • Electrification disturbing for some sensors
  • Other impacts of electrification on semiconductors and sensors
  • Sensors for combustion engines

ADAS and Autonomy

  • Impact of autonomy on semiconductor and sensor technology
  • 4D imaging radar
  • Materials: SiGe vs CMOS for radar
  • In cabin applications: radar
  • Image sensors: better specifications
  • Microbolometers stay on the shelf
  • Ultrasonic sensors: business as usual
  • Lidar
  • Inertial sensors
  • Active suspension


  • Telematics
  • Over the air updates
  • Predictive maintenance

Brand differentiation: HMI, Audio, Lighting

  • Brand differentiation
  • New cockpit designs
  • Microphones and HMI
  • What about speech recognition?
  • Gesture and user interface
  • Accelerometers, microphones combat road noise
  • Lighting (exterior and interior)
  • Chassis position sensing for adaptive lighting
  • Ambient lighting

New E/E architectures

  • Domain architecture
  • Centralized, zonal architectures
  • Electrical management
  • Bus connections in new architectures
  • What it means for semiconductors

Cross domain trends for semiconductors and sensors

  • Supply relations
  • Specification trends for future proof hardware
  • Processing power for ADAS
  • Increases in efficiency (TOPS/Watt)
  • Much more memory
  • Single-root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV)
  • Standards
  • Vehicle electrical power management
  • Adoption of motors
  • General trends for sensors
  • Functional safety
  • Improvements in inertial sensing


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