STMicroelectronics has worked with Hyundai Autron to equip and open a joint development lab in Seoul, Korea. The Autron-ST Development Lab (ASDL) offers an environment for engineers from both companies to work together on innovative solutions for eco-friendly vehicles, with a focus on powertrain controllers.
Reinforcing the competitive edge of both ST and Hyundai Autron, the ASDL builds on the more than five years of cooperation between the two companies and strengthens and accelerates the development of next-generation products for automotive electronic products to meet challenging quality and performance requirements.
“The joint development lab with Hyundai Autron builds on the success of our initial collaboration on automotive electronic control systems and advances our vision for the near future of Smart Driving,” said Jerome Roux, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Asia Pacific, STMicroelectronics. “We are excited to continue our strong collaboration with Hyundai Autron supporting the achievement of their goals using ST’s 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 improved semiconductors for powertrain controllers and battery management controllers and these advancements were designed into high-volume Hyundai vehicles such as the Elantra.
In this realm, Hyundai Autron and ST have jointly created 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 increasing demand for eco-friendly vehicles, self-driving cars, and connectivity technology.
With the growing demand for safer, greener, and more connected vehicles, the requirement for automotive semiconductors is expected to increase continuously. Driven by electrification and commercialization of assisted-driving features in volume, with autonomous driving coming in the longer term, the number of semiconductors used in a single car is expected to rise considerably.