STMicroelectronics Joins Car Connectivity Consortium to Lend its Expertise

STMicroelectronics shares an interest in the mission of the CCC, which aims to make it possible and hassle-free to simply connect and ride

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader, announced that it has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), a cross-industry org  anisation advancing global technologies for smartphone-to-car connectivity solutions.

The technology portfolio of STMicroelectronics consists of many segments that are suitable for automotive connectivity and the objectives of CCC. These include ST25 NFC readers, STA12 Accordo infotainment processors, ST33 Secure Elements, Stellar vehicle gateway/domain microcontrollers and STA13 Telemaco vehicle processors.

Commenting on the development, Joel Huloux, Director Standardization Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, STMicroelectronics, said, “Smartphones have become productivity and convenience extensions of busy professionals and consumers, whether as voice-activated personal assistants, personal wallets, or as navigators, and they are a natural and safe appliance to ID and unlock doors for the owner, adjust the seat, tune the radio, and personalise the car for their comfort and preference.”

Shared interest

“As a leading long-time, trusted supplier to the top players in both the smartphone and automotive industries, ST shares an interest in the mission of the CCC, which aims to make it possible and hassle-free to simply connect and ride and we’ve joined the group to lend our expertise and gain from the rest of the players,” Huloux said.

“Already ST is a major player in the expanding market for NFC technology as a digital key and in its use as a conduit for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing,” the company said in a statement.

The semiconductor manufacturer also provides a range of technologies to address wireless charging, including authentication and foreign object detection. The company is addressing infotainment segment with a broad offer where pairing with smartphones or mirroring of their display on the head-unit contributes to enhancing ownership by providing voice-enabled solutions such as internet music and connected navigation safely.

Additional features could also include automotive data collection though various sensors such as ToF for lidar, accelerometers and gyro, precise positioning, image and radar sensors, and then pre-processing to reduce network bandwidth from 2GB/km to about 10KB/km.

In addition, ST has a comprehensive portfolio of automotive microcontrollers and other automotive products that are suitable for controlling, sensing and powering an entire range of automotive applications.

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