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ST, Great Wall Motor push for new energy car tech

Posted: 04 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:powertrain? chassis? safety? car body? car infotainment?

STMicroelectronics and Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd (GWM), an SUV and pickup manufacturer in China, have entered a strategic partnership and announced the establishment of a joint development laboratory at GWM's Technical Center. The joint lab will focus on advanced R&D of cutting-edge solutions in powertrain, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, as well as new-energy technologies and other automotive applications.

ST will contribute its newest automotive-electronics technologies and solutions including gasoline direct injection (GDI) and body control modules (BCM), automotive-class devices such as the PowerPC series 32bit MCUs, highly integrated solutions for engine management system (EMS) and safety (passive and active), complete platforms for infotainment (audio, video, connectivity and navigation), reference designs, development tools, technical support and trainings for many different automotive applications.

"The automotive electronics market is seeing rapid growth. Confronted with unprecedented competitive pressure, local automotive companies must implement strategic transformation and develop their own core technologies to compete with joint-venture brands. With consumers paying more attention to safety and comfort in the car, those are among the areas in which we can add great value," said Huang Yong, SVP and chief director of technical centre, Great Wall Motor. "The establishment of a joint laboratory with ST will play a very important role in helping GWM to enhance our core competences in automotive electronics and it will build a solid foundation for deep cooperation of both parties in the future."

"We are honoured to cooperate with Great Wall, one of the most innovative and fastest growing car makers in China. The market and the consumers are increasingly asking for better fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and infotainment, and we are bringing all the right ingredients to this co-operation: leading-edge technologies and products, expertise, and total commitment to Automotive, " said Marco Monti, EVP, GM of automotive product group, ST.

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