By Paul Lienert
(Reuters) -General Motors aims to tackle the global semiconductor shortage with new designs built in North America, President Mark Reuss said on Thursday.
The supplier partners include Qualcomm, STM, TSMC, Renesas, NXP, Infineon and ON Semi, he said.
Most of GM’s future investment in the new microcontroller families “will flow to the U.S. and Canada,” Reuss said.
Those shortages in some cases have caused GM and other automakers to build, then park unfinished vehicles until missing chips finally arrive and can be installed. In other cases, vehicles are being delivered to customers without some of the usual features.
The new microcontrollers will consolidate many of the functions now handled by individual chips, which not only will reduce cost and complexity, but “will drive quality and predictability,” he said.
The new microcontrollers will be built in high volume — as much as 10 million units a year, Reuss said.
A GM spokesperson told Reuters that the company is “trying to develop an ecosystem that is much more resilient, more scalable and always there to meet our needs.”
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in DetroitEditing by Nick Zieminski)