Austin, Texas – A Chinese automaker has announced a collaboration with an American semiconductor manufacturer to establish a joint automotive R&D lab. Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor will co-develop silicon, software and system-level solutions for use in the next generation of Foton vehicles, including joint development efforts in electric and hybrid vehicles and relevant electronic control technology.

Future collaboration will focus on powertrain, chassis and safety technologies. The lab is Foton Motor’s first formal cooperation project in automotive electronics.

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

To support the automotive joint lab, Freescale will provide silicon products, development tools, reference platforms and dedicated support resources. In the future, Foton-specific designs and products will be developed.

Founded in 1996, Beiqi Foton Motor Company is China’s third-largest automobile company and number one in commercial vehicles.

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