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STMicroelectronics hopes to strengthen its position in China through the tie-up with FAW (Photo: ST)

STMicroelectronics and Chinese carmaker FAW will jointly conduct advanced research in automotive electronics systems.

STMicroelectronics, a US-based semiconductor group, said a joint research laboratory will be established with the FAW Group's r&d center. Areas of concentration include powertrain, chassis, safety, car body, infotainment and new-energy technologies.

The research will speed up the development of electronics products such as engine and transmission control units and electric power steering electronics, ST said.

Jun Li, deputy chief engineer and director of FAW's r&d center, said China is a major market for automotive semiconductors. "Automotive safety and comfort are attracting increased attention from consumers and the market for automotive electronics is also growing dramatically," he said in a press release.

ST, which already has a high sales volume in China, hopes the cooperation with FAW will generate more business there.

"We are confident this cooperation will further strengthen ST's position in China's automotive electronics industry," said Edoardo Merli, head of marketing for ST's automotive division in China and southern Asia.