Renesas, FAW set up joint lab for next-gen smart vehicles

Targeted at China’s automotive market, intelligent driving development platform collaboration accelerates commercialisation for FAW’s smart vehicles


RenesasRenesas Electronics Corporation and China FAW Group Corporation (FAW) have announced the establishment of a joint laboratory in Changchun, China, effective December 1, 2020.

While the former is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, the latter is a leading automotive maker in China.

The lab will help FAW to build its development platform for intelligent driving and allow the two companies to jointly develop electronic control units (ECUs) for systems including autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit, powertrain and body control.

The first set of new solutions developed in the joint laboratory will be applied to FAW’s flagship brand Hongqi.

FAW said it is committed to developing the next generation of intelligent and connected vehicles that meet needs for connectivity, automation, shared/social and electrification.

Tomomitsu Maoka, Senior Vice President, Automotive Solutions Business Unit at Renesas and Chairman of Renesas Electronics China, said, “Since 2006, Renesas and FAW have nurtured a long-term relationship through technological collaboration, working together and sharing technological expertise and intellectual properties to expand vehicle innovation for the automotive market in China.”

Li Dan, Vice President of China FAW R&D Center, Dean of Intelligent Connected Development Institute, said, “FAW is committed to strengthening independent development capablities for new intelligent, connected vehicles.”

Smart mobility

To realize smart mobility, FAW strives to continuously improve its independent development capabilities by building its own intelligent driving development platform based on the high-performance automotive central computing unit.

Renesas, as the leading supplier of automotive processors, offers proven high-performance semiconductors as well as market-proven expertise for smart mobility. Based on Renesas automotive processors, including the RH850 Family of microcontrollers (MCUs), R-Car system-on-chips (SoCs), and power and analog devices, the companies will jointly develop a complete automotive controller development platform that meets the industry’s stringent functional safety and security standards required for FAW’s Hongqi vehicles.

The joint laboratory will play an important role in the development and commercialization of ECUs, and we will strive to bring the ultimate driving experience to end users.”

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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