NXP teams up with I2IT to set up Automotive Centre of Excellence in India

April 20, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
NXP Semiconductors N.V., has founded the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Pune in association with the International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT). Located at I2IT Pune Campus, this Center of Excellence will provide infrastructure and collaboration of the Industry and academia.

NXP and I2 IT have jointly decided to establish ACE for teaching and working on industry projects in the fields of High Performance Mixed Signal (HPMS) solutions for application in automotive electronics and other industrial domains. ACE at I2IT will foster talent, facilitate technology absorption, knowledge generation and focus in chosen domain to develop application and solution for specific markets like India.

The center will also foster the innovation in the field of automotive electronics and would provide students, faculties, automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), automotive sub-assembly suppliers and industries in the region with expert technical support for product development and research activities to address market demands. In January 2011, NXP had announced an initiative called NXP 'Anubhav' to set up state-of-the-art labs at top engineering institutes in India and the Automotive Center of Excellence is a step in the direction.

"Pune has emerged as an important automotive hub in the country and is home to excellent academic institutions on embedded systems. By setting up the first ever Automotive Centre of Excellence in the country for university students, we hope to foster automotive research in the Pune metropolitan area. We want to give I2IT students a chance to work closely with customers and OEMs to help them innovate and address market trends at same time," said Drue Freeman, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Automotive Business, NXP Semiconductors. "We are especially happy to partner with I2IT for this initiative, as it's one of the few institutes in India which has an exclusive curriculum dedicated for automotive engineering."

Through ACE, NXP will provide electronic product development facilities for local OEMs and other customers in the region. The ACE will have tools, software, and hardware facilities for specialised automotive electronics domains such as Infotainment, Telematics, Car Access and Immobilisers, In-Vehicle-Networking (IVN), Sensors, and General Purpose semiconductor devices. ACE will also be used to conduct seminars, technology trainings and hands-on workshops in the