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Freescale, ST disclosed automotive partnership

Posted: 09 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? STMicroelectronics? automotive?

Freescale and STMicroelectronics (ST) announced that they are teaming up to establish a wide-ranging initiative to reinforce their respective strengths in automotive applications. The two companies will create a joint microcontroller design team, align process technologies and share intellectual property (IP), including high-power MOS technologies.

The agreement between the companies covers high-performance, cost-effective 32bit microcontrollers (MCUs) based on PowerPC cores; the basic IP for automotive and navigation applications; alignment of 90nm embedded Flash process technology; and high-voltage Power MOSFET and IGBT technologies.

"This partnership of the two leading automotive IC suppliers is set to better serve our customers and partners by bringing the combined design strengths of Freescale and ST to an ever wider range of automotive applications, from high-end power train to advanced safety and driver-information systems," commented Ugo Carena, corporate VP and GM of the automotive product group of ST.

The joint design program will be co-managed by the two companies and will be headquartered in the Munich area. The new MCUs resulting from the joint efforts will meet industry demand for more power and enhanced intelligence to drive control-intensive products in all segments of automotive electronic systems, said the press release. Target applications include high-volume solutions for engine and transmission control up through multiprocessing capabilities for fault-tolerant systems required by applications such as drive- and brake-by-wire, advanced vehicle control and driver information systems.

ST and Freescale will manufacture the MCUs using aligned process technologies, starting at 90nm, and will market them independently.

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