Isabellenhütte and Austriamicrosystems have signed a cooperation agreement to develop battery sensor ICs, taking advantage of both companies' expertise on current and voltage measurement of 12V and 24V vehicle batteries and on high-performance analogue ICs respectively.
The agreement will enable the companies to focus on their core competences for future development work and drive their market penetration.
Both austriamicrosystems and Isabellenhütte have already introduced solutions for measuring the current of 12 V and 24 V batteries and also high-voltage systems for hybrid and electric vehicles and will now jointly continue developing their products.
“We feel that by joining forces with austriamicrosystems in our development work, we are increasing our opportunities for developing and producing flexible and adaptable sensor systems”, says Peter Müller, Managing director of Isabellenhütte Heusler GmbH & Co. KG.
“We have found a renowned partner in Isabellenhütte, whose precision sensor solutions are highly regarded in the automotive industry. We anticipate that demand for ICs will continue to rise, as battery management is a key technology for hybrid and electric vehicles”, explains Bernhard Czar, Marketing Director of the Automotive division of austriamicrosystems AG.
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