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ST, Audi to speed up car IC innovation

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:infotainment? Progressive Semiconductor Program? automotive innovation?

Audi and STMicroelectronics have entered a strategic partnership to drive the pace of automotive innovation by creating advanced semiconductor solutions. The companies will co-develop semiconductor solutions in three key areas of automotive design: reduction of CO2 emissions, safety and security, infotainment and comfort. The collaboration of the companies aims to drive innovation actively while also securing product quality, guaranteeing supply and reducing time to market, the companies noted.

"We have chosen to work with ST as part of our Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP) to further proactively strengthen our involvement and demand on innovative white-box electronics," said Ricky Hudi, chief executive engineer electrics/electronics at Audi. "ST was a natural choice, as it has a broad technology portfolio, in-house manufacturing capabilities and a proven commitment to automotive."

"We are delighted to be invited by a company such as Audi, a globally respected and innovative automotive brand, to join forces to deliver exciting new cars for their customers," said Marco Monti, EVP and GM, STMicroelectronics automotive product group. "The Progressive Semiconductor Program is a clear demonstration of Audi's commitment to innovation and recognition from the automotive world that only a true partnership attitude can lead to success. Partnering with customers is one of our key assets and has been for twenty-five years. We are now expanding into working more closely with car-makers, thanks to Audi's innovative approach to what is the real enabler of innovation in the automotive industry: semiconductors."

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