MUNICH, Germany Semiconductor supplier Infineon AG and car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company Thursday (March 15) launched a joint innovation center in Seoul. Both companies announced a strategic cooperation for the development of automotive electronics.
Hyundai selected Infineon as a semiconductor partner for his long-term strategic development. The agreement includes Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The scope of the cooperation extends to the development of automotive electronics systems architecture and related semiconductors. In doing so, Infineon also will have to take in account Hyundai's existing vehicle electronics.
Infineon will contribute its semiconductor portfolio including power devices, microcontrollers and sensors as well as its application engineering expertise. Hyundai's responsibilities will include automotive electronic system architecture development, electronic system partitioning and electronic control units (ECU) design as well as evaluation with cost optimization, quality control and time-to-market responsibilities, the companies said.
The Hyundai Infineon Innovation Center (HIC) will work on the functional and cost optimization of vehicle electronics. Also it will carry out development works regarding automotive electronics including ECU and ASIC design for power train, safety and body applications.
The center will be co-managed by both companies. At the beginning, development activities will focus on automotive electronics system architecture and related automotive electronics products such as light modules, HVAC applications (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and door modules. The companies expect the first jointly developed products to hit the road by 2010.
According to market studies, Infineon is the world's second largest automotive semiconductor supplier after Freescale Semiconductor. In the past, Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebart repeatedly has announced that the company plans to strengthen its standing in Asian markets.
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