More powerful central computer: Volkswagen manager: ‘Co-design’ instead of own chips – VW collective bargaining round approaching – sharing a little easier | News

At the same time, it is possible to reduce costs and improve the semiconductor supply relationship that has been strained recently due to the supply crisis, said Klaus Hofmockel, hardware development manager for IT Cariad at the Volkswagen Group. “In the medium term, we want to reduce the variety of control units in the vehicle,” he explained. “The goal is to standardize all microcontrollers.” In better-equipped cars, there are still up to 100 control units.

“We have to find new ways to more centralize the car’s computer systems,” said Hofmockel. “In addition to simpler software upgrades and simpler maintenance, it also makes it easier to handle different supply chains.” Electronics have been hard to come by for the auto industry since the Corona crisis, and many manufacturers have been able to produce less than planned.

VW (Volkswagen (VW) vz) wants to be involved in systems planning from the outset in order to be able to keep up with competitors such as Tesla when it comes to decisive chip technologies, for example in its own large Artemida or Trinity projects. “We are less interested in a completely proprietary chip design,” explained Hofmockel. “The next step is more about collaborative design between car and semiconductor manufacturers – that is, working together at eye level to determine which systems work best.”

VW chose Bosch and the American chip company QUALCOM as partners. A milestone plan is under way, said Hofmockel. “In collaboration with Qualcomm, we will initially revert to existing chip designs that will be integrated into VW’s operating system. Later we will focus more on the development of custom chips. “

In the coming generations, ever smaller, high-performance chips will be used. “The car of the future is a high-performance computer on wheels. For this we need enormous computing power combined with the lowest possible energy consumption, ”explained Hofmockel.

Always consider security of supply. “We are at a point where you have to commit five years in advance to semiconductor manufacturers which chips you want to buy in the future and in what quantities.” Some purchasing relationships with suppliers of conventional parts are “rather a retirement model.” Ultimately, it’s about developing the skills to deeply understand high-performance semiconductors. ‘

As a kind of comprehensive IT brand, Cariad aims to develop self-programming software and its integration with the electronics of various subsidiaries of the VW group. Eventually, there was a problem with the implementation and further preparations. Herbert Diess, Group CEO, asked for understanding that the division’s development may take a little longer than initially thought.

The VW collective bargaining round is approaching – “fair share in success”

IG Metall also places the demand for much more money as the focal point for the next negotiations for the approximately 125,000 Volkswagen (Volkswagen (VW) vz) employees. There are “high expectations” ahead of the autumn talks, federal district chairman Thorsten Grger said on Friday. The exact VW flat tariff target should be available by July 6th.

“Now that the group has paid a record dividend and CEO Herbert Diess has once again received a massive $ 1 million salary, employees rightly expect to receive their fair share of success,” Grger said, explaining the outcome to the collective bargaining committee meeting. In addition, inflation should be taken into account, which has recently risen to 7.9%. IG Metall does not want to accept real wage losses. On the other hand, sufficient purchasing power supports consumer demand and thus stabilizes the entire German economy.

Works council chairwoman Daniela Cavallo said she wanted to vigorously campaign to raise wages: “There is absolutely no reason to be restrained. wage increases would now poison Volkswagen. Collective bargaining should start in November at the latest.

VW’s share in the XETRA business temporarily loses 0.86% to EUR 157.60.

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