STMicro and Audi to Develop Next-Generation Automotive Exterior Lighting

November 5, 2019 Alix Paultre


STMicroelectronics announced its collaborative efforts with Audi to create the next generation of automotive exterior OLED lighting. ST has been a member of Audi’s Progressive Semiconductor Program (PSCP) since 2012, and the current cooperation expands the relationship and builds on Audi’s automotive lighting solutions and ST’s automotive semiconductors, specifically controllers and drivers for automotive lighting applications. 

The next-generation lighting design will enable more customized and animated lighting patterns, by controlling and diagnosing hundreds of individual OLEDs. In addition to the flexibility to give unique design styling to Audi cars, the animated patterns will provide additional value in safety to customers. In the recent ISAL demonstration presented by Audi, ST contributed a complete plug-and-play system to control and continuously adjust the brightness of the numerous individually energized OLED pixels by means of an innovative high-speed automotive communication layer, specifically adapted by ST for lighting architecture and embedded in the actuator IC.

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