Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor announce Automotive Joint Lab

  • 08-Sep-2010 12:49 EDT

Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor have announced plans to establish the Automotive Joint Lab where the companies will collaborate on automotive electronics projects.  Freescale's Joe Yiu (right) unveiled the joint lab plaque along with Bao Xuding (middle right), the ex-president of the Ministry of Machine Building Industry, and Wang Ruixiang (middle left), Director of China Machinery Industry Federation.

Foton and Freescale Semiconductor announced the establishment of the Automotive Joint Lab during Foton Motor’s 14th anniversary celebration in August. The lab is Foton’s first formal cooperation project in automotive electronics, providing evidence of the enhanced R&D investment and development Foton is making in this area. Its staff is committed to co-developing silicon, software, and system-level solutions for use in next-generation Foton vehicles. The two companies have agreed to explore joint-development efforts in key application areas, including electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) technology and relevant electronic control technology. Future collaboration will focus on powertrain, chassis, and safety technologies. The planned technology collaboration is expected to involve a range of Freescale microcontroller (MCU) platforms, including its 32-bit Power Architecture MCUs, 16-bit S12X and 8-bit S08 devices, as well as analog power management ICs and sensors. To support the lab, Freescale will provide silicon products, development tools, reference platforms, and dedicated support resources. In the future, Foton-specific designs and products will be developed. Meanwhile, as part of this strategic cooperation, Freescale will help Foton enhance its R&D competence in China and potentially shorten its time to market.

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