Foton and Freescale's joint lab

07 September 2010

The lab is Foton Motor’s first formal co-operation project in automotive electronics
The lab is Foton Motor’s first formal co-operation project in automotive electronics

To celebrate Foton Motor’s 14th anniversary, it has established the Automotive Joint Lab with Freescale.

The lab is Foton Motor’s first formal co-operation project in automotive electronics, providing evidence of the enhanced R&D investment and development Foton Motor is making.

The Foton-Freescale Automotive Joint Lab is committed to co-developing silicon, software and system-level solutions for use in the next generation of Foton vehicles. The two companies have agreed to explore joint-development efforts in key application areas, including electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) technology and relevant electronic control technology.

Future collaborations will focus on powertrain, chassis and safety technologies. The planned technology collaboration is expected to involve a range of Freescale microcontroller platforms, including Freescale’s 32bit Power Architecture MCUs, 16bit S12X and 8bit S08 devices, as well as analogue power management ICs and sensors.

"Foton Motor has been committed to promoting the energy and environmental technology in the automotive industry, and has proved continuous breakthroughs in new energy-driven vehicles over the past years. The opening of the joint lab will provide wings for Foton Motor products to fly into a promising future," said Wu Xuebin, Foton Motor Vice President and Director of the Engineering Research Institute.

"Through close collaboration and joint research and development, Freescale and Foton intend to drive breakthroughs in cost-effective body electronics, powertrain and HEV solutions into next-generation automotive system designs,” said Reza Kazerounian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Freescale’s Microcontroller Solutions Group. "This will be a productive technology partnership with Foton, one of China’s largest independent auto manufacturers. We expect that it will not only help Foton maintains its leadership in the field of commercial vehicles but will also proactively enhance R&D in new energy vehicles."


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