SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, announced today that AUDI AG, a German manufacturer of luxury vehicles, has become the first automotive OEM to join SEMI. SEMI membership will give Audi access to SEMI core competencies in developing international standards and harmonizing technology roadmaps and enable the automaker to leverage the global SEMI platform to promote industry alignment across supply-chain segments.

Audi is a founding member of the SEMI Global Automotive Advisory Council (GAAC). Anchoring the SEMI Smart Transportation vertical market platform, GAAC members address automotive technology issues such as device and system reliability and connectivity, promote industry standards, and align roadmaps of carmakers with adjacent industries to accelerate time to market. GAAC has chapters in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.

Under its leadership as a founding member of the GAAC, Audi has been instrumental in establishing priorities for the Europe chapter and helped grow the chapter to 17 companies representing the entire automotive electronics ecosystem including OEMs, device manufacturers, foundries, design companies and equipment and materials suppliers. Founding members of the GAAC Europe chapter include Audi, Volkswagen, Bosch, Cadence, imec, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Synopsys.