MUNICH, Germany Freescale Semiconductor and Dongfeng Motor Corporation plan to establish a joint automotive electronics design lab in China. The move aims at developing the electronic systems for next-generation vehicles for China's domestic markst as well as for export markets. In this context, Freescale will lead the car manufacturer closer to the AUTOSAR software standard universe.
In terms of applications, the cooperation will span a wide spectrum, ranging from body electronics to powertrain and technologies related to hybrid electric vehicles such as energy recuperation and storage. In terms of platforms, the cooperation involves Freescale's 32-bit Power architecture implementations as well as 16- and 8-bit MCUs from the company's S12X and S08 product families. In addition, analog circuitry connected to these applications will be provided. The cooperation also includes in-car networking, software and AUTOSAR applications.
Being one of China's top three automotive manufacturers, Dongfeng already has conducted significant R&D for engine control, hybrid drive control and automatic transmission systems. According to a Freescale press release, future cooperation between the two companies could include chassis and safety technologies as well as infotainment and navigation.
Dongfeng praised the cooperation with the US-based semiconductor vendor. "Freescale has outstanding technologies in IC integration and manufacturing," said a Huang Jiateng, dean of technical center for the automotive vendor. He expressed his hope that the cooperation will boost the automotive OEM's technology development capabilities.
Dongfeng is already a customer of Freescale. The company has developed an electronic engine control system based on Freescale's MPC5xx 32-bit MCU and plans to migrate the design to the MPC563x MCU, a cost-effective MCU family optimized for "green" engine control.