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Freescale, China rail transport firm set up microelectronics lab

Posted: 13 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:joint R&D lab? China rail transport? power conversion?

Freescale Semiconductor and China rail transportation company Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd have established a joint laboratory for microelectronics applications.

According to the agreement, the two companies have jointly invested in the lab facility, equipment, development boards and tools. Software and hardware engineers from both companies plan to team up for product development, evaluation and support, in addition to training and market development activities. Not only does this cooperation mark a major milestone in which China's rail transportation industry is importing advanced technologies from other countries, but it also will help accelerate the development of local technology innovation and applications.

Freescale's authorized distributor, China Electronic Appliance Shenzhen Co. Ltd is a strategic alliance partner of Times Electric, and the Freescale-Times Electric Joint Lab is an expected to leverage the strengths of all three companies and serve as a solid foundation for continued collaboration.

'Growth engine'
"Asia is a growth engine for Freescale, and China is a critical component of our strategic initiatives," said Kai Wang, Freescale's VP and general manager of the Asia-Pacific region. "By combining Freescale's advanced technologies and design talents with Times Electric's experience in rail electrical system application and research, this is clearly a win-win for technology innovation and market development for China's rail transportation industry."

The joint lab is expected to encompass six core technologies, including power conversion, control and diagnosis, safety monitoring, information and communication, power electronics, and test and control. Joint development will focus on the following application systems: AC drive systems, train control and diagnostics, railway safe driving carriers, locomotive and passenger information, passenger train electrics and information, and electric and control systems for engineering mechanics.

"The establishment of this Joint Lab represents an important step for China's track transport industry to bring in foreign advanced technology," said Ding Rong-Jun, president of Times Electric. "This cooperation will cement Times Electric's dominant position as the leading railway and track transport supplier, and accelerate industry developments in China."




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