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ST, FAW Group to drive innovation in car electronics

Posted: 29 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:car electronics? PowerPC series? MCU? automotive IC?

STMicroelectronics has teamed up with China FAW Group Corp. (FAW) in establishing a joint laboratory in the FAW Group Research and Development Center. The facility will focus on advanced research covering cutting-edge solutions in power train, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, and new-energy technologies, as well as other automotive applications. FAW will adopt ST's MCUs, application specific standard products (ASSPs) and smart drivers in automotive electronics platforms.

Building on ST's global automotive electronics experience and know-how, devices including PowerPC series 32bit MCUs and Engine Management System (EMS) highly integrated chip solutions, reference designs and technical support, the ST/FAW lab will accelerate joint development of advanced automotive-electronics technologies such as Engine Control Units (ECU), Transmission Control Unit (TCU) and Electric Power Steering (EPS).

"China is a huge market for automotive semiconductors and China's automotive shipments have ranked No. 1 worldwide for three consecutive years. Today, automotive safety and comfort are attracting increased attention from consumers and the market for automotive electronics is also growing dramatically," said Jun Li, deputy chief engineer and director of FAW R&D center.

"A collaboration between FAW, the leading automotive manufacturer in China, and ST, ranking the 1st supplier of automotive ICs in China in 2011, and the 3rd automotive supplier globally in 2011, will contribute to FAW developing advanced vehicles that well address the market," said Edoardo Merli, head of marketing and application, automotive product group, STMicroelectronics Greater China & South Asia Region. "ST is already well-positioned in the applications of power-train, car body, and safety, as well as infotainment, and that position is well recognized among Chinese car makers and we are confident this cooperation will further strengthen ST's position in China's automotive electronics industry."

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