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Dongfeng Motor, Freescale to establish automotive electronics lab in China

ABR Staff Writer Published 27 January 2009

The two companies intend to co-operate in developing key automotive applications

Dongfeng Motor and Freescale Semiconductor are planning to establish a joint automotive electronics lab in China.

The lab will be aimed at jointly developing silicon, software and system-level solutions to be used in the next generation of Dongfeng Motor's vehicles for the China and export markets.

The two companies intend to co-operate in developing key automotive applications, including body electronics, powertrain control and hybrid electric vehicle technologies. The technical co-operation involves a series of Freescale microcontroller (MCU) platforms, including 32-bit Power Architecture MCUs, 16-bit S12X and 8-bit S08 devices, as well as analog ICs.

Freescale and Dongfeng plan to jointly develop underlying software and hardware platforms for engine control units, modelling tools, demonstration panels, AUTOSAR applications, in-vehicle networking solutions and low-end body control modules.

Huang Jiateng, dean of technical centre at Dongfeng Motor, said: Freescale has outstanding technologies in IC integration and manufacturing, and it provides reliable IC products. The opening of the joint lab and the collaboration between Dongfeng and Freescale in creating end-to-end automotive solutions will boost Dongfeng's technology development capabilities.

Henri Richard, Freescale’s senior vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, said: Through close cooperation and joint research and development, Freescale and Dongfeng Motor expect to achieve breakthroughs in cost-effective body electronics, powertrain and HEV solutions to be deployed in next-generation automotive system designs.