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STMicroelectronics, IMECAS, and EPOCH Cooperate on Electric-Vehicle Battery-Management Systems

  • Team to develop a battery controller based on a chipset using most advanced smart-power technology and automotive microcontrollers from ST
  • Solution to be defined in close cooperation with Chinese battery makers and carmakers 

Beijing, China, May 15, 2017 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of automotive electronics, IMECAS, a state-owned Research & Development institute and a leader in innovative IC technologies in China, and EPOCH, a technology company working on electric-vehicle batteries, battery-management systems (BMS), and fire-proof system solutions, announce an effort aimed at developing and marketing a battery-management system for New Energy Vehicles (NEV).

STMicroelectronics, IMECAS, and EPOCH plan to develop a battery controller using the most advanced Smart Power (BCD) technology and the SPC5x automotive microcontrollers from ST. To be defined in close cooperation with Chinese battery makers and carmakers, the solution aims to meet the market requirements for performance, quality, and reliability.

China is the largest NEV market in the world, with more than 500,000 NEVs sold in 2016. Moreover, the growth planned and foreseen in the future is dramatic, poised to reach two million NEVs in 2020. Battery-monitoring systems, along with related key technologies, including Silicon Carbide (SiC) for traction and charging, play an important role in securing the safe operation of the battery and vehicle while providing crucial information to drivers.

“Through the cooperation with IMECAS and EPOCH, ST is ready to contribute its technologies, products, and experience to China’s transition towards a greener and safer automotive industry. Our key components for all the main automotive applications, and especially New Energy Vehicles that include power technologies, smart drivers, microcontrollers, and control and connectivity solutions, will enable IMECAS and EPOCH to address the ambitious targets of the China 2025 program for the automotive industry,” said Marco Monti, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Automotive and Discrete Group, STMicroelectronics.

About IMECAS / EPOCH

IMECAS is an R&D Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the largest state-owned national academy for nature sciences in P.R.C. IMECAS mission is to develop Microelectronics IC and equipment focusing on IoT, EDA (Electronic Design Automation), and New Energy Vehicle industries. Their major research fields include highly reliable device and circuit, IC advanced manufacturing process, IC design technology, IC equipment, IC high density packaging, microwave device and Nano electronics.

IMECAS has incorporated and appointed EPOCH to carry out the activities envisioned in this Agreement in mainland China. EPOCH is an independent technology company, which specializes in electric-vehicle battery fire-proof system solutions and is a technology leader in BMS chips for communication base stations.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices.

By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2016, the Company’s net revenues were $6.97 billion, serving more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Further information can be found at www.st.com

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