The use of semiconductor electronics in automotive applications has expanded rapidly over the last few decades and continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments. Consequently, the semiconductor supply chain has now become integral to a manufacturer’s product planning. As with all automotive products, quality, reliability, and longevity are key attributes when sourcing components, requiring trusted partnerships.

The automotive industry began using power semiconductors in the 1950s, progressed to simple microcontrollers in the 1970s, and has continued to increase in both complexity and quantity, particularly with the introduction of advanced safety features, as well as hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles. With this increase in volume many semiconductor suppliers have begun to adhere to standards such as IATF-16949- for quality management systems, AEC-Q100- for qualification testing and ISO-14001 for environmental management. Due to the extreme operating conditions within an automotive vehicle, many semiconductor components are required to operate over a much broader temperature range than commercial environments. As a result, many components must be qualified to operate over the -40°C to 125°C temperature range.

Another key requirement in the automotive industry is product longevity. Although models may change year to year, the underlying components and assemblies can remain in use for many years. Often a 10-year minimum lifecycle is a mandated requirement. However, with the life expectancy of many vehicles extending well beyond 10 years, product manufacturers need to address the Lifecycle over the complete production, aftermarket, and repair requirements.

Rochester Electronics’ focus on providing a continuous source of semiconductors aligns strongly with the long lifecycle and quality requirements of automotive manufacturers.

Rochester provides 100% authorized stock of active and end-of-life (EOL) devices from over 70 leading semiconductor manufacturers. As a licensed semiconductor manufacturer, Rochester has manufactured over 20,000 device types. With over 12 billion die in stock, Rochester has the capability to manufacture over 70,000 device types.

Rochester provides the following services to our valued semiconductor customers and supplier partners:

Wafer Processing

  • Wafer map generation, back-grind, dicing, inspection, and pick and place

Wafer Storage

  • State-of-the-art facilities for long-term storage in a nitrogen-controlled environment with real time monitoring and backup capability

Reliability and Electrical Testing

Our certifications include:

  • ISO-14001
  • ANSI/ESDS20.20-2014
  • IATF 16949:2016 Letter of Conformance

  • AECQ-100 reliability test methodology – coming soon in 2022
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