Nov 18 (Reuters) - General Motors aims to tackle the
global semiconductor shortage with new designs built in North
America, President Mark Reuss said on Thursday.
Reuss told an investor conference GM is working with seven
chip suppliers on three new families of microcontrollers that
will reduce the number of unique chips by 95% on future
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.
Vehicle manufacturers around the world have been coping much
of the year with shortages of semiconductor chips that control
everything from heated seats to infotainment systems.
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
"We see our semiconductor requirements more than doubling
over the new few years," with the arrival of new electric
vehicles and complex driver assistance systems such as
UltraCruise, Reuss said.
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."
Earlier Thursday, Ford Motor Co and chip manufacturer
GlobalFoundries Inc said they plan to work together to
boost supplies for the automaker's vehicles and the broader U.S.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit
Editing by Nick Zieminski)