Changan Automobile, headquartered in Chonqing, China, is one of China's largest automakers and the first Chinese company to have implemented autonomous long-distance driving.
The partnership between NXP and Changan is intended to be a long-term one and will be implemented in several phases. The first phase aims to achieve excellence in infotainment, products and solutions and to develop industry standards for semiconductors that will be used in vehicles of the future. In the second phase of the partnership, Changan will use NXP's vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication technologies, Near Field Communication (NFC) identification and driver assistance systems, as well as joint research and development results to transform cars into mobile information hubs.
Changan's infotainment system is based on the i.MX family of application processors from NXP. Under the agreement, Changan will update its systems using NXP's new i.MX 8 processor generation. In addition, Changan will use the Dirana product family of car radio tuners and digital signal processors (SAF775x), audio amplifiers, power management circuits and CAN transceivers.
China's fast-growing automotive market - now the world's largest car market, ahead of the USA - is also an important market for the semiconductor industry. For NXP, the current collaboration with Changan is not the first major R&D cooperation in China. One year ago, the chip company, together with Changan and Neusoft, launched the China Auto Security Common Interests Group. It aims to jointly promote the development of hardware-based security standards and applications for the automotive industry. In addition, it aims to improve information security for vehicles in China.
Since May 2017, NXP is participating in the National Connected Vehicle (Shanghai) Pilot Zone. As part of the project, NXP is supporting Shanghai's local government in carrying out the first large-scale road trial for networked vehicles with dedicated short range communications (DSRC) technology.