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Cooperation in automotive electronics

The manufacturer of CAN-capable semiconductors ST Microelectronics (France) and the vehicle manufacturer FAW Group (China) established a joint laboratory to drive innovation in automotive electronics.

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THE LABORATORY IN THE FAW GROUP research and develpment center is emphasizing advanced research covering power train, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, and new-energy technologies, as well as other automotive applications. FAW will adopt ST's micro-controllers (MCUs), application-specific standard products (ASSPs) and drivers in their automotive electronics platforms.

Building on ST's automotive experience, devices including PowerPC series 32-bit micro-controllers and EMS (engine management system) integrated chip solutions, the laboratory will accelerate joint development of ECUs (engine control units), TCU (transmission control units) and EPS (electric power steering) for FAW's automobiles.

"China is a huge market for automotive semiconductors and China's automotive shipments have ranked Nr. 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. "The cooperation between FAW and ST will drive our innovation in automotive electronics technologies to support our development of optimized products at competitive cost, while strengthening our technological competences by overcoming technical constraints."

"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, ST Microelectronics in Greater China and 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."

FAW Group is a manufacturer of trucks, buses, special vehicles and sedans. Established in 1953, it is the oldest and largest automotive group in the country. In 2011, the group sold more than two million vehicles.
ST is a semiconductor manufacturer of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. Applications of company's products range from energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices.