Bosch is investing further billions in the chip business, stating that Microelectronics is vital to the success of all areas of Bosch’s business

From cars and e-bikes to household appliances and wearables – semiconductors are an integral part of all electronic systems. They are the motor that drives the modern world of technology.
Bosch says it recognised their growing significance early on and has now announced investment of further billions of euros in order to strengthen its own semiconductor business.
By 2026, Bosch plans to invest another three billion euros in its semiconductor division as part of the IPCEI funding program on microelectronics and communications technology.
“Microelectronics is the future and is vital to the success of all areas of Bosch business. With it, we hold a master key to tomorrow’s mobility, the internet of things, and to what we at Bosch call technology that is ‘Invented for life’,” Bosch Board of Management Chairman, Dr Stefan Hartung, said at the Bosch Tech Day 2022 in Dresden. 
One of the projects Bosch plans to fund with this investment is the construction of two new development centers – in Reutlingen and Dresden – at a combined cost of over 170 million euros.
In addition, the company will spend 250 million euros over the coming year on the creation of an extra 3,000 square meters of clean-room space at its wafer fab in Dresden.
“We’re gearing up for continued growth in demand for semiconductors – also for the benefit of our customers. For us, these miniature components mean big business.” Dr Hartung said.
Bosch says it is the automotive industry’s leading company for the development and manufacture of semiconductors.
These chips are used not only in automotive applications but also in the consumer goods industry.
Bosch has been active in this field for over 60 years. The Bosch semiconductor plant in Reutlingen, for example, has been producing chips based on 150- and 200-millimeter wafers for the past 50 years.
At the company’s Dresden plant, manufacture of chips on the basis of 300-millimeter wafers commenced in 2021.
Among the semiconductors manufactured in Reutlingen and Dresden are application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, and power semiconductors.
Bosch is also building a new test center for semiconductors in Penang, Malaysia. As of 2023, this center will be used to test finished semiconductor chips and sensors.

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