Trendspotting: Automotive IC Startup Funding In 2023

Consumers expect a lot from the electronics in their cars. The parts in the safety-critical systems need to be reliable for up to 18 years, able to handle a range of temperatures, voltages, and vibrations — and all the while be fault-tolerant and make zero errors. On top of those basic requirements, automakers trying to appeal to consumers are adding in more features that communicate with the outside world, automate some driving tasks, warn and monitor the driver, and entertain the passengers…

Major trends in automotive
Underlying all of this is the increasing electrification of vehicles, where chips and electrical systems are used to improve safety, improve the overall driver experience, and ultimately to reduce a vehicle’s carbon footprint…

Power delivery (SiC, GaN, power semiconductors)
Power semiconductors based on wide-bandgap materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN), are key to improving range and battery operation in electric vehicles.

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