Infineon Technologies,Baiduat CES – Las Vegas jointly announces that Infineon is joining the Apollo Program of Baidu.
Infineon and Baidu will cooperate to promote rapid development of autonomous driving technology. Baidu will put its AI and autonomous driving ability whereas Infineon will flaunt advantage of automotive electronics hardware platforms.
Marking an important fusion of Infineon’s automotive electronics ecosystem and the Apollo automotive ecosystem built by Baidu, the cooperation is claimed to create more opportunities for both parties’ partners to join hands to promote the progress of the intelligent automotive industry.
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Baidu launched the Apollo autonomous driving platform in 2017. Since then it has built a strong technology framework and improved ecosystem, from cloud services and open source software to reference hardware and vehicle platforms.
Infineon, with four decades of expertise in automotive electronics, in the Apollo hardware platform, such areas as microcontrollers, radar and lidar sensor chips as well as information security and functional safety are the key products and applications that Infineon is focusing on.
“We are very pleased to see that the Apollo platform is attracting more and more excellent partners and continuously making substantial progress,” said Zhenyu Li, Vice President and General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group of Baidu. “The joining of Infineon means the addition of an important hardware cornerstone to the program. We will keep trying, working together with partners to promote rapid development of the autonomous driving industry.”
“Already today, microelectronics from Infineon foster advanced driver assistance systems and electric vehicles enabling clean, safe, and smart cars,” said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division at Infineon. “Withour profound expertise in automotive applications as well as the premium products and services, Infineonsignificantly contributes to the breakthrough of autonomous driving. It is in this regard that we look forward to supportingBaidu in taking the Apollo initiative to the next level.”
Combining safety with performance, Infineon offers the AURIX family of scalable 32-bit multicore microcontrollers with real-time capabilities for sensor applications, domain and central gateway controllers, and sensor fusion applications. In addition, the company provides a variety of ICs for radar, lidar, and camera systems in sensor applications. In terms of actuators, Infineon covers all the important features of ADAS and autonomous driving, including transmission, engine, brake, chassis, and steering system.
“Baidu’s Apollo ecosystem is well planned, far-sighted and practical. It encompasses all areas of autonomous driving from ICs to cloud big data while providing an open source platform for developers in a cooperative and open model,” said Helen Xu, Vice President of Infineon China and Head of Automotive Division of Infineon China mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan Region. “We are very honored to join the Apollo program to wield our technical advantage in automotive semiconductors and the resource advantage of our automotive electronics ecosystem to accelerate automotive intelligence for a better future.”
In 2016, Infineon acquired Innoluce, a Dutch company, to further strengthen its expertise in lidar as another move in its strategic layout in autonomous driving.
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