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Presentation "980nm VCSELs: New Standard in Automotive" by TRUMPF and KDPOF at ECOC 2022

At the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in September 2022 in Basel, Switzerland, Dr. Joseph Pankert, VP Product Management at Trumpf Photonic Components, and Rubén Pérez-Aranda, CTO and Co-founder of KDPOF, presented “980nm VCSELs: New Standard in Automotive”. KDPOF is proud to have been part of the program at the continent’s largest event in the field and one of the most prestigious and traditional events on optical communications worldwide.

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In collaboration with Ametic, Carlos Pardo will participate in TheMISS Conference, which is accompanying MATELEC trade show.

In collaboration with AMETIC, Carlos Pardo will participate in TheMISS Conference, which is accompanying MATELEC trade show. This leading trade fair for the electrical, electronics, and telecommunications industry is taking place from November 15 to 18, 2022, at IFEMA in Madrid, Spain. On November 18, at 11:30, Carlos will speak about “Spanish and European Proposals to Chip and Semiconductor Shortages” at IFEMA Technology building, Room 3, Pavilion 7. They will discuss strategies and solutions included in PERTE and how companies in Europe are trying to solve the problem locally.
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Presentation "Innovations and Optical Fiber Benefits in Automotive and Industrial Markets" by César Esteban at ECOC 2022 Virtual Catch-uü

At ECOC 2022 (European Conference on Optical Communication) Virtual Catch-up, César Esteban, Applications and Support Manager at KDPOF, presented innovations and optical fiber benefits in automotive and industrial markets. Following ECOC 2022 in Basel, Switzerland, the virtual catch-up was the perfect place to re-connect with visitors, exhibitors, customers and colleagues and to revisit sessions from Market Focus and Product Focus. Read more

KPDOF switch evaluation board EVB9351-AUT-SW-NXP implements NXP SJA1110 SoCs and 1000BASE-RH optical ports for connected driving

KDPOF introduces the first automotive Ethernet switch EVB9351-AUT-SW-NXP with five 1000BASE-RH optical ports, each comprised of KDPOF’s KD9351 FOT and KD1053 PHY IC. “We very much appreciate the support from NXP® Semiconductors, a world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, in the development of our new switch evaluation board,” stated KDPOF CEO Carlos Pardo. “The core of the high-speed switch platform is the new NXP SJA1110 SoC.” Read more

TRUMPF Photonic Components and KDPOF working together for new wavelength standards in optical data communication within the automotive branch // Optical interconnects to become an indispensable part in future cars // The target is to bring to the market an integrated transceiver for multi-gigabit optical communications into automobile // 980nm wavelength VCSELs for greater robustness and service life Read more

Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

From September 18 to 22, 2022, the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) will take place in Basel, Switzerland. KDPOF is proud to be part of the program at the continent’s largest event in the field and one of the most prestigious and traditional events on optical communications worldwide. On September 19 at 16:00, Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF, will present “Latest innovations and optical fiber benefits in the automotive and industrial sector”. In addition, Dr. Joseph Pankert, VP Product Management at Trumpf Photonic Components, and Rubén Pérez-Aranda, CTO and Co-founder at KDPOF, will present “980nm VCSELs: New Standard in Automotive” on September 21 at 15:15. Read more

INNOVA ICAI Forum: Talk with Carlos Pardo about Future Automotive Connectivity

On September 29, 2022 at the INNOVA ICAI Forum in Madrid, Carlos Pardo will speak about “Towards the connectivity of the future in the automotive sector”. In the interview with Javier Villacampa, Innovation Director of Grupo Antolin, Carlos Pardo will discuss the connectivity of the future in the automotive sector and the role of KDPOF in these major changes.

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Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

The forecasts for next year are better but will not be able to overcome the demand from the automotive industry and the other industries that need these components. Francisco Quatrin from Portal Movilidad has spoken with KDPOF CEO Carlos Pardo.

The semiconductor industry will not recover until 2024: What will happen to electric vehicles?

The microchip crisis that began in 2020 still seems to have no end. The industry predicted its end within the next few months, but the sector warns that it will have to wait at least two years for the situation to normalize. 2024 is the year that resonates among microchip and semiconductor industry specialists. “It took us almost a year to manufacture something that should be ready in four months,” says Carlos Pardo.

The shortage crisis was caused by three factors that converged at the beginning of the pandemic.

Firstly, it was caused by the fact that half of the world’s production means slowed down their production due to the health crisis. But on the other hand, demand for electronic devices soared. “Everyone had to connect from home, so the demand for tablets, computers and phones grew exponentially,” says Pardo.

A second factor was the automotive industry, which, when the quarantines began, its production was greatly reduced and so was demand. People stopped buying cars. There was a mismatch in global supply there because the demand for microchips was going into the production of other items and not the automobile. “When the automotive sector woke up, it started to want to produce and there was no capacity to support that demand, which was outstripped by supply,” explains KDPOF’s CEO. A conventional car needs up to 10 different types of microchips ranging from 65 nanometers to 85 nanometers, in the conventional. In other cases, there may be 180 and 190 or 16.

The third factor has to do with what happened last year when the supply was non-existent and the vehicle or electronics manufacturing companies started to stock up abruptly. Because of this, the stock of microchips was almost finished by the end of 2021 and made 2022 start with long delays in production. “All the companies are looking at growing and re-stocking, so supply is still below demand,” says Pardo.

What will happen in the future?

The forecast for next year is that the semiconductor industry will start to be able to cope with more demand but will remain below what is expected. Therefore there will be a lack of supply in 2023. “Part of the industry says it will improve because there will already be stock, but there are others who argue that it won’t and the need will still exist,” the CEO argues. Many of the large microchip factories, such as TSMC, have been investing in the last three years in new factories to meet this demand. With these new factories up and running, it is likely that manufacturing capacity will double and there will be more supply. But, Pardo warns: “What the sector is warning is that prices will not go down, because they will still have to amortize the costs of these factories”.

The Position of the Automakers

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is caught in the crisis situation of the lack of supply of microchips. The Japanese brand, as well as other manufacturers (such as Tesla) had better forecasts around the semiconductor crisis What is happening to them? Toyota is having serious problems in the supply of microchips. But the forecasts were relatively good and now, as August approaches, the Japanese brand has decided to reduce its production target for next month.

So, not only are they going to reduce their production during August, but they are also going to stop several of their facilities in Japan. Initially, Toyota had planned a production of 850,000 vehicles during the coming month of August. However, they have just adjusted this forecast to 700,000 vehicles.

According to the company’s own indications, production will be reduced due to the shortage of semiconductors. A significant cut of 18% in its manufacturing which, for the time being, will not affect annual production.

The original Spanish feature from July 26, 2022 is available at portalmovilidad.com/

Integrated KD9351 FOT for automotive gigabit connectivity

Extreme technology, billions of euros and rooms that are much cleaner than those in an operating theater. This is how a microchip is manufactured.

Toñi Fernández from the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser has spoken with KDPOF CEO Carlos Pardo about the plans to set up a semiconductor packaging plant in the Madrid area. As follows, please see the translated summary of the Spanish audio. Read more

KDPOF's integrated KD9351 FOT has been nominated for Electronics Industry Awards 2022

KDPOF celebrate their integrated KD9351 FOT being nominated for Electronics Industry Awards 2022. “We are proud to be one of the finalists in the automotive category,” stated Carlos Pardo. “With the KD9351 FOT, we consequently provide efficient optical technology for safe backbone and ADAS sensor links in vehicles. We significantly lower costs by constructing the transimpedance amplifier, photodiode, LED driver, and LED as one single device.” The integrated device provides enhanced efficiency and flexibility, thus paving the way to optical multi-gigabit Ethernet in the vehicle. Until August 25, 2022, readers are called to vote for their favorite electronics products.

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