The crisis caused by the shortage of microchips and semiconductors has raised a wake-up call for the automotive sector, with automotive brands around the world striving to independently produce this type of component. Ford has also decided to accelerate from this point of view: the car manufacturer of the Blue Oval has announced that it has signed a non-binding agreement with GlobalFoundries, which opens the door to the latter to build more semiconductors for the current and future vehicles of the US brand.
“It is vital to create new ways of working with suppliers to give Ford, and America more generally, greater independence in delivering the technologies and features our customers will appreciate most in the future. – said Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford – This deal is just the beginning, and is a key part of our plan that will set Ford apart from the rest of the industry for the foreseeable future. ” The deal, which will not involve any cross-ownership between the two companies, calls for GlobalFoundries to produce chips and semiconductors for the current Ford range, but also for the models that the Blue Oval carmaker plans to build. in the next years. We are talking about fundamental components for the operation of advanced driver assistance systems, battery management systems and on-board networks for automated, connected and electrified vehicles.
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