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Audi partners with STMicroelectronics

Posted: 23 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive design  infotainment  automotive semiconductor  CMOS 

STMicroelectronics and Audi have partnered to jointly develop semiconductor solutions in three key areas of automotive design—reduction of CO2 emissions, safety and security, infotainment and comfort.

"The collaboration aims to drive innovation actively while also securing product quality, guaranteeing supply and reducing time to market."

Globally, automotive semiconductor revenues are estimated at over Rs.1.36 lakh crore ($25 billion), according to IHS iSuppli. Semiconductor technology has reached the heart of the car, enabling systems from advanced engine management for optimal performance and reduced emissions, to advanced safety and chassis systems, and comfort systems.

"The road ahead calls for rapid advancement of automotive ICs. Devices such as video processors for advanced driver assistance and navigation systems must deliver increased system on chip integration, using leading-edge manufacturing nodes such as 28nm advanced CMOS. The ultimate destination is full vehicle electrification allowing every load to be controlled electronically; from a simple oil pump to the main electric traction engine."

Audi and ST are combining Audi's OEM applications knowledge with ST's advanced semiconductor design skills, IP, and manufacturing process capabilities. ST has competencies spanning technologies such as its proprietary BCD Smartpower, advanced CMOS, embedded flash, non-volatile memory, VIPower for motor and LED-lighting control, power discretes (low and high voltage silicon, SiC, GaN), CMOS imaging, and MEMS motion sensors used throughout advanced chassis controls, safety systems and navigation devices. ST has its own fabrication capacity for automotive for all of these technologies.

"We have chosen to work with ST as part of our progressive semiconductor programme (PSCP) to further proactively strengthens our involvement and demand on innovative "white-box" electronics," said Ricky Hudi, chief executive engineer, electrics/electronics, Audi.

Commenting on the partnership, Marco Monti, executive vice president and general manager, STMicroelectronics automotive product group, said, "We are now expanding into working more closely with car-makers, thanks to Audi's innovative approach to what is the real enabler of innovation in the automotive industry: semiconductors."

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