STMicroelectronics, along with Hyundai Autron have launched a joint development laboratory in Seoul, Korea, for the development of eco-friendly automotive solutions. The Autron-ST Development Lab (ASDL) provides an environment for engineers from both companies to collaborate on pioneering solutions for eco-friendly vehicles, with a focus on powertrain controllers. The ASDL builds on the existing co-operation between the companies that has been in place for over five years, further strengthening and accelerating the efficiency of developing next-generation products for automotive customers.
With increasing demand for safer, greener, and more connected vehicles, the requirement for automotive semiconductors is expected to grow continuously, noted STMicroelectronics. It added that the number of semiconductors used in a single car is expected to increase significantly, propelled by electrification and commercialisation of assisted-driving features in volume. This is especially important with autonomous driving coming in the longer term.
Jerome Roux, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing - Asia Pacific, STMicroelectronics, said the joint development lab with Hyundai Autron builds on the success of initial collaboration on automotive electronic control system. It also advances the vision for the near future of Smart Driving, he added. Roux noted that STMicroelectronics is excited to continue the collaboration with Hyundai Autron supporting the achievement of their goals using its extensive semiconductor technology and expertise for automotive applications.
Hyundai Autron was launched in 2012, as a controller, software, and semiconductor R&D wing of Hyundai Motor Group. It has developed semiconductors for powertrain controllers and battery management controllers, designed into high-volume Hyundai vehicle models. In this domain, Hyundai Autron and ST have jointly developed a semiconductor for Valve Controlled Injection (VCI), used in the Hyundai Kona. Hyundai Autron has also been expanding its R&D efforts to support the increased demand for eco-friendly vehicles, self-driving cars and connectivity technology.