Global semiconductor company STMicroelectronics has established a joint laboratory at the FAW Group Research and Development Center by collaborating with China FAW Group Corporation (FAW).
STMicroelectronics serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and is a supplier of automotive electronics. China FAW Group Corporation (FAW) is an established player in the vehicle manufacturing industry.
"A collaboration between FAW, the leading automotive manufacturer in China, and ST, ranking the first supplier of automotive ICs in China in 2011, and the third automotive supplier globally in 2011, will contribute to FAW developing advanced vehicles that well address the market," said Edoardo Merli, head of Marketing & Application, Automotive Product Group, STMicroelectronics Greater China &South Asia Region.
The newly announced facility will focus on advanced research and cover comprehensive solutions in power train, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, and new-energy technologies, as well as other automotive applications.
To this end, ST will deliver to FAW its microcontrollers (MCUs), Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) and smart drivers that will assist in advanced research in automotive electronics platforms.
Accelerating joint development
STMicroelectronics already has an established global name in the applications of power-train, car body, and safety, as well as infotainment.
The Chinese car makers recognise this and leaders at ST are thus confident that this new facility will further strengthen the company's position in China's automotive electronics industry.
Leveraging ST's global automotive electronics experience and know-how, the ST/FAW lab will accelerate joint development of advanced automotive-electronics technologies, which will add more value to FAW's new-generation automobiles.
"China is a huge market for automotive semiconductors and China's automotive shipments have ranked No.1 worldwide for three consecutive years," said Jun Li, deputy chief engineer and director of FAW R&D Center. "The cooperation between FAW and ST will drive our innovation in automotive-electronics technologies to support our development of optimised products at a competitive cost, while strengthening our technological competences by overcoming technical constraints."
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