PARIS Ė Freescale Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics have announced their intention to strengthen their joint design activities in the areas of automotive IP development, flash technology alignment and new product definition.
Started in February 2006, the collaboration between the two semiconductor suppliers aimed at reinforcing their respective strengths in automotive applications. Freescale and ST now claim they have centered their product development efforts on powertrain, chassis, motor control and body systems using Freescale's Power Architecture technology.
The two partners also underlined their accomplishments so as to design and manufacture test chips in 90-nm embedded flash technology and to support smooth product development and industrialization. The first test chips, based on 90-nm embedded flash technology, are indeed under validation, ST and Freescale asserted.
In line with their initial objective to create a joint-microcontroller design team, ST and Freescale said they have created design centers in Naples, Agrate, Sao Paulo and New Delhi that are staffed by a total of 130 design engineers.
Commenting on the joint design initiative, Marco Maria Monti, vice-president and general manager of ST's Powertrain & Safety Division, explained both parties now intend to offer customers a fully scalable roadmap from very cost-effective flash-based microcontrollers for car body applications up to very high-performance products for advanced powertrain and chassis systems.
Beside, Freescale and ST announced their plan to manufacture jointly-designed Power Architecture microcontroller products on mutually aligned 90-nm process technology. Main customers are expected to receive samples of the jointly developed products throughout the first quarter of 2008, they concluded.