The first Joint Research Program between the parties is in Robotics, an area in which IIT and ST already have a history of productive cooperation. These successes were jointly demonstrated at the recently concluded InnoRobo Event 2014 in Lyon, France, where the two partners presented an iCub Humanoid Robot running on ST’s silicon technology.
The most recent version of the well-known iCub Humanoid Robot incorporates more than 20 STM32 F4 microcontrollers combined with cSPIN/dSPIN motor drivers, while ST MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes orientate the robot.
The robot has been designed as an open-source project to establish a common platform for the global research community. It enables the community to develop technologies for embodied machine learning, artificial cognition, and motion control, grasping walking and the hundreds of behavior patterns proper to general-purpose humanoid robots.
“ST has always recognized the value of combining our own commercially-oriented R&D activities with the longer-term work conducted by research institutes and universities,” said Nunzio Abbate, System Lab & Subsystem Product Group General Manager, STMicroelectronics.
“This strengthened collaboration with IIT will bring benefits that cascade to our customers and to their projects in a broad range of semiconductor applications.”
More than 25 iCub robots, built by IIT, have already been sold to research institutes.