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EU PSES 2022 Speaker

Berthold Hellenthal

  • Volkswagen Group Components
  • Senior Manager, Audi/Volkswagen Strategic Semiconductor Management
  • Biography

Dipl.-Ing. Berthold Hellenthal studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. He started his career as a consultant on the implementation and application of complex control theories (fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence) in Europe and the US, specifically for the semiconductor industry. He then worked as co-founder and co-CEO in a venture capital financed start-up.

Before joining the AUDI AG in 2006 as a member of the technical development management team, Mr. Hellenthal worked as a consultant on electronic development in the automotive industry. At Audi he was responsible for the comprehensive Competence Center Electronics & Semiconductors as well as for the Audi semiconductor strategy, the Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP) that he initiated in 2010.

From September 2020 he build up and lead the department “Compute Platform and Semiconductors” in Car.SW Org/CARIAD SE., a Volkswagen Group company.

Topics of the department are compute platform, semiconductor development, hardware/software co-design, virtual prototypes, electronic control unit development and robust electronics.

In July 2022 he returned to AUDI AG and currently prepares for new responsibilities in the Volkswagen Group.

Current external positions (2022):

  • Presentation

SiC for inverters from a customer perspective

The presentation explains the Volkswagen Group “New Auto” platform strategy and the execution split. One pillar is the electric vehicle drivetrain platform in responsibility of the “new Powerhouse” Volkswagen Group Components. To achieve a sustainable advantage a new inverter value chain from SiC to system is being implemented. Based on the new value chain, the global footprint of the Volkswagen Group with its various brands and globally distributed production sites, recent semiconductor experiences and a SiC market outlook the needs and challenges to the silicon carbide value chain are derived and explained. A complex global challenge which needs the collaboration of the automotive industry and semiconductor industry that customers in every car segment can enjoy SiC benefits as soon as possible.

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  • Company Profile

Volkswagen Group Components

The components business manages some 75 thousand people worldwide. The focus of their expertise is the development and manufacture of vehicle components. In order to realign these competencies in a future-oriented way, it was decided as part of the Group strategy to combine components activities around the world into an independent entity, Volkswagen Group Components, under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG.

Group Components in the Volkswagen Group will be responsible for the development and production of battery systems and electric drives for new electric vehicles as well as for the development and pilot production of battery cells and the management of production partners. There are also plans to reuse the battery cells in innovative reutilization concepts such as the flexible fast charging station and then recycle them in a climate-friendly manner. Moreover, further strategic initiatives will be implemented in Group Components’ central strategy program “ONE MISSION 2025”. Using innovative digitalization strategies such as robot-controlled process optimization, the transition process to new topics of future relevance will be accelerated.
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