DENSO and Toyota agree to establish a JV for in-vehicle semiconductors

DENSO Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have agreed to establish a joint venture for research and development of next-generation, in-vehicle semiconductors. The two companies will study the details and aim to establish the new company in April 2020.

Recently, electronic controls have been increasingly implemented into vehicles. Furthermore, the number of in-vehicle semiconductors has also grown, and the performance of these semiconductors has continuously improved. The two companies have decided that to create a future of mobility that is safe and sustainable, it is necessary to develop next-generation semiconductors that are integral to technology innovations, such as connected cars, automated driving, sharing mobility and electrification.

In June 2018, DENSO and Toyota agreed to consolidate the electronic components production and development functions to DENSO. Based on this agreement, they have been working to achieve a production and development system.

DENSO decideded to establish the new company for research and advanced development of in-vehicle semiconductors, and will establish a stronger system for R&D of semiconductors and agreed to accept equity participation from Toyota for the new company, the aim being to accelerate the speed of development by taking advantage of Toyota’s knowledge from a mobility viewpoint. Toyota  told Connected Car that through equity participation in the new company, it will achieve further technology innovations by introducing cutting-edge semiconductor technologies from the planning phase when developing its mobility services and vehicles.

The new company will apparently conduct advanced research on the basic structure and processing method of next-generation semiconductors and develop electronic components by implementing semiconductors, such as power modules for electric vehicles and periphery monitoring sensors for automated vehicles, thereby contributing to creating the future of mobility.