Beginning in 2026, the JV will be involved in the creation and commercialization of a family of semiconductors for the automobile sector.
The collaboration between Stellantis, a worldwide leading automotive manufacturing firm, and Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Hon Hai Technology Group in China and Taiwan), the world’s largest technology manufacturer and service provider, is taking another step forward. The two companies have been already working together since 2021 on the Mobile Drive joint venture to create a smart passenger compartment using consumer electronics, man-machine interfaces, and cloud services. Mobile Drive specializes in developing next-generation instrument clusters, infotainment systems, and digital interfaces for connected automobiles that include artificial intelligence-based applications, 5G communication, upgraded over-the-air services, e-commerce opportunities, and smart cockpit integrations. The company also studies and designs new-generation digital dashboards, one of the most distinguishing features of modern cars that are increasingly technical, electrified, and connected.
The automotive group and Foxconn have now announced the formation of SiliconAuto, a 50/50 joint venture, like Mobile Drive, that will deal with the design and sale of a family of semiconductors for the automotive industry beginning in 2026, with the goal of supplying not only Stellantis but also other component manufacturers and car manufacturers. The company will develop semiconductors and get them manufactured by specialists in possession of so-called silicon foundries, thus it won’t be a true chip maker.
SilconAuto is another stage in Stellantis’s growing partnership with the Taiwanese hi-tech conglomerate. The goal is to create a family of semiconductors for automotive applications.
This new venture is part of Stellantis’ goal to go on a carbon-neutral road and moves side by side with other projects like the STLA platform family (pronounced Stella), which will underpin a slew of new EVs from diverse categories around the world. Three new platforms for digital technology: Stla Brain, a digital central vehicle control system, Stla Cockpit for user interface and infotainment, and Stla Drive for automatic driving will move together the four mechanical platforms Stla Small, Medium, Large, and Frame for the group’s 14 brands’ future electric vehicles. The STLA Small for A, B, and C entry products has a range of more than 500 kilometers, the STLA Medium has a range of more than 700 kilometers, and the STLA Large has a range of more than 800 kilometers. Those systems are designed to address what we call the “range anxiety” issue of electrified vehicles. Lastly, the STLA Frame will have at least 500 kilometers of range.