World-leading semiconductors specialist and major supplier of automotive electronics, ST Microelectronics
is partnering with China FAW Group Corporation (FAW) to establish a joint laboratory at the FAW Group Research and Development Center. FAW is a global leader in the vehicle manufacturing industry.
The new laboratory will focus on advanced research covering comprehensive cutting-edge solutions in power train, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, and new-energy technologies as well as various automotive applications. FAW will adopt ST’s microcontrollers (MCUs), Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) and smart drivers in their advanced research in automotive electronics systems.
The ST/FAW lab will build on ST’s global automotive electronics experience and know-how, devices including PowerPC series 32-bit microcontrollers and EMS (Engine Management System) highly integrated chip solutions, reference designs and technical support to accelerate joint development of advanced automotive electronics technologies such as ECU (Engine Control Units), TCU (Transmission Control Unit) and EPS (Electric Power Steering), which will ultimately add more value to FAW’s new-generation automobiles.
Jun Li, Deputy Chief Engineer and Director of FAW R&D Center explains that China is a huge market for automotive semiconductors. With automotive safety and comfort attracting increased attention from consumers, the market for automotive electronics is growing dramatically. He adds that the cooperation between FAW and ST will drive the auto major’s innovation in automotive electronics technologies to support their development of optimised products at competitive cost, while strengthening their technological competences.
According to Edoardo Merli, Head of Marketing & Application, Automotive Product Group, ST Microelectronics Greater China & South Asia Region, the collaboration will contribute to FAW developing advanced vehicles that address market requirements, with ST already well-positioned in the applications of power train, car body and safety as well as infotainment. He adds that the cooperation will further strengthen ST’s position in China’s automotive electronics industry.