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Date: 25-04-11

NXP inaugurates Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at I2IT Pune, India

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has inaugurated the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at I2IT Pune Campus, This center to provide expert technical support for product development in automotive electronics domain. This is part of NXP's academic program called Anubhav to tap into engineering colleges in India.

"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 Mr. 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."

Speaking on the association with NXP, Padmashree Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Chief Mentor at I2IT said, "As a world-class institute, we pride ourselves on giving our students opportunities to work closely with industry. We plan to work with some of the leading companies to allow our students to work on live projects related to automotive domain. We are confident that our association with a leading semiconductors company like NXP will tremendously benefit our students and faculty, specializing in this domain and also create unique opportunity for Industry Institute collaboration."

The center will be used 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.

Through the Centre, 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 specialized 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 & hands-on workshops in the campus by NXP, I2IT and industry experts. NXP will work closely with the I2IT to incorporate NXP technology into the academic curriculum to familiarize students & faculty with NXP's HPMS product portfolio.


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