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ST opens car EMC research center in Italy

Posted: 26 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive market? electromagnetic compatibility? EMC?

STMicroelectronics (ST) has established an Electro-Magnetics Competence Center (EMCC) in Italy, in cooperation with Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB). The EMCC will focus on research in the field of EMC for automotive smart-power ICs.

As electronic systems become more compact and faster, they increasingly run into physical limitations caused by EMC issues and the difficulty of integrating components into the final design. A major technical issue today, especially for the highly demanding automotive market, is to improve design methodology and develop modeling techniques that can permit the simulation of circuit performance and avoid electromagnetic incompatibilities at an early stage, thus reducing overall design cost and time-to-market while improving reliability and performance.

According to Giampietro Maggioni, automotive product group business unit director at ST, "The EMCC will see ST researchers working alongside ISMB experts to find solutions which satisfy EMC international standards for cost-effective and reliable automotive product designs."

"The continually rising complexity of modern integrated circuits requires the management of the integrated circuits' EMC performance from the earliest stages of the design," said Vincenzo Pozzolo, full professor at the Politecnico di Torino and EMC Leader at ISMB. "Automotive ICs have to work properly in high-noise environments where wide-band interference strongly affects IC nominal signals. The three-year joint project with ST will contribute to improving the quality of automotive products in safety and reliability."

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