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Stellantis (STLA) & Foxconn Sign MoU for Flexible Semiconductors

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Stellantis N.V. (STLA - Free Report) has collaborated with Hon Hai Technology Group (“Foxconn”) to design a family of purpose-built semiconductors to support its own and third-party customers.

The partnership announcement was part of the Stellantis Software Day 2021 event. The company introduced STLA Brain, the new electrical/electronic and software architecture, which will be launched in 2024 across its four battery electric vehicle-centric platforms, namely, STLA Small, Medium, Large and Frame. The fully Over-the-Air (OTA) feature makes STLA Brain highly flexible and efficient.

The joint venture will aid in Stellantis’ initiatives to reduce semiconductor complexity and design an all-new family of purpose-built semiconductors to support its vehicles as they are increasingly becoming software-defined.

The deal is likely to be fruitful as it will leverage Foxconn’s domain expertise, capabilities and the existing supply chain in the semiconductor industry, and Stellantis’ broad automotive expertise and scale.

Stellantis stated that through the joint venture, it aims to create four new families of chips that will cover more than 80% of its semiconductor needs, thereby uplifting the semiconductor chain and bringing in rapid innovation.

Foxconn is equally enthusiastic about the partnership as it is confident of its experience in manufacturing semiconductors and software and Stellantis’ know-how. Its current semiconductors will expand to the automotive space and be utilized within the Foxconn EV ecosystem as the company continues to extend its capabilities in electric vehicle manufacturing.

The recent announcement marks the second collaborative work between Stellantis and Foxconn. Previously, in May this year, the companies started the Mobile Drive joint venture to develop smart cockpit solutions through advanced consumer electronics, HMI interfaces and services expected to exceed customer expectations.

Shares of Stellantis have climbed 15.9% over a year, outperforming the industry’s 5.8% rise.

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Stellantis currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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