NXP Semiconductors N.V., a global leader in car infotainment semiconductors and automotive semiconductors and Harman International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies, announced plans to expand their 15-year collaboration to speed up time-to-market for connected car solutions.

With eyes on the infotainment of the future, NXP and Harman will extend their collaboration in emerging technology areas, including over-the-air updates, secure V2X communication and software-defined radio. 

The two companies will further expand their partnership in technologies supporting the connected in-car experience, including tuners, digital signal processors, amplifiers and applications processors. 

NXP is a leading global company in the semiconductor industry with operations in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. Its Mexican operation focuses on providing embedded processing and connectivity products for the automotive, networking, wireless communications, industrial control and electronic consumer industries. 

Harman is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security.

The company owns three productions sites in Mexico, located in the cities of Tijuana, Juarez and Queretaro.

Approximately 65% of Harman’s US$ 7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately US$ 24 billion.

As a lead customer for NXP’s latest generation of NXP infotainment solutions, Harman will work with NXP on pre-development work, including co-writing the product specs, the exchange of early samples and continuing to demonstrate new vehicle concepts with partners such as Rinspeed.

 “The automotive transformation is happening at an incredibly rapid pace with the ascent of the connected car, autonomous driving and convergence of technologies and devices. These trends are creating tremendous opportunities and also challenges for suppliers to deliver seamless, simple, sophisticated solutions that offer compelling user experiences. We recognize that no one company can do it alone, and our long-term partnership helps ensure quality, a highly critical need for the automotive market. We appreciate our long-term partnership with NXP to help us deliver the best solutions for automakers and their drivers,” said in a joint statement David Slump, EVP Operations at Harman.

“Harman and NXP share the vision that to win in the connected car market, three things matter: accelerating the pace of silicon innovation based on software-defined radio, scalable compute solutions and zero-defect quality levels. We are very proud to work with Harman, a true leader in automotive and connected cars,” added Kurt Sievers, general manager of NXP Automotive.


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