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Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor announced the establishment of the Automotive Joint Lab. The lab is Foton Motor’s first formal cooperation project in automotive electronics, providing evidence of the enhanced R&D investment and development Foton Motor is making in this area.

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

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