MUNICH, Germany – Dutch Chip vendor NXP and German automobile manufacturer Audi have announced a partnership for innovation that will focus on eight applications segments. The move follows a similar announcement between Audi and STMicroelectronics
These segments range from in-vehicle networking and in-car entertainment to emerging fields for the connected car. This includes car-to-x communications, telematics, near-field communications and high-voltage controls for electrical vehicles.
Semiconductors will play an important role in connecting vehicles and NXP has a strong background in adjacent technologies such as NFC for mobile, wireless reception, radar
NXP and Audi’s partnership is part of Audi’s Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP), the comprehensive semiconductor strategy aimed at intensifying the role and engagement of semiconductor companies in the processes of the German car manufacturer.
The previous month STMicroelectronics announced it would work with Audi to co-develop semiconductor products. ST said it would focus on three areas: the reduction of CO2 emissions, safety and security, infotainment and comfort.
"We have chosen to work with ST as part of our Progressive Semiconductor Program to further proactively strengthen our involvement and demand on innovative white-box electronics,” said Ricky Hudi, chief executive engineer for electrics and electronics at Audi, in a statement issued by ST at the time. "ST was a natural choice, as it has a broad technology portfolio, in-house manufacturing capabilities and a proven commitment to automotive."
Hudi said of signing up NXP: "The partnership is another milestone in our Progressive Semiconductor Program and underscores the mutual trust that both corporations have built over many years. In addition, NXP's strategy to provide the electronic interfaces for the connected car is smart and gives clear indications for Audi's future plans."