Under pressure from a global chip shortage and the rivalry between Beijing and Washington, China’s big automakers are taking charge of semiconductor development to build stronger domestic supply chains for the all-important component.
SiEngine Technology — a unit of China’s leading private automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group — unveiled Dragonhawk 1, a cutting-edge automotive chipset, this month.
“Semiconductors are extremely important for the country,” Geely Chairman Eric Li said at the Dec. 10 unveiling. “They are the key to establishing secure and stable supply chains.” Dragonhawk 1 is designed to serve as the brain behind smart cockpits, which include dashboard displays, navigation systems and cloud-based services. Built with 7-nm technology, it is one of the most advanced automotive systems on a chip in the world.