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Taiwan IC design houses eyeing automotive ASICs

Taiwan-based IC design houses are eyeing the growing demand for car-use ASICs, with some having won orders from automakers or their supply chain partners, according to industry sources.

MediaTek has introduced Autus automotive IC platform and is testing its mmWave radar IC solutions, while Realtek Semiconductor has launched car-use Ethernet IC solutions, the sources said, adding both companies have reportedly won orders from US- and Europe-based car makers.

Weltrend Semiconductor, Sunplus Technology and Appro Photoelectronic have developed IC solutions for ADAS, and LCD driver IC developers Novatek Microelectronics, FocalTech Systems, Sitronix Technology and Himax Technologies also have been in talks with carmakers and/or their supply chain makers over adoption of their solutions, the sources said.

Taiwanese IC design houses have yet to establish a significant presence in the car industry, but automotive electronics promises stable and long-term orders, the sources indicated.