USA: Major North American Automaker Awards Body Control Module Business to Motorola AIEG for New SUV
The controller integrates remote lock control and in-vehicle communications capabilities with interior and exterior lighting, warning lights and chimes and rear defogger. The vehicle is projected to launch in model year 2002. The lifetime revenue of the program for Motorola is projected at $17 million.
"The SUV market continues to be one of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry," said Dave Melka, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola AIEG. "It's a competitive market and one where OEMs are showcasing some of their most important vehicles. They're looking for the best systems and the best partners to ensure the quality of these vehicles. We are especially pleased when our technology, dedication to quality and customer focus can help our customers succeed."
Body control modules are microprocessor-based controllers that can oversee the operation of varied vehicle systems, including door locks, horn, lighting and windshield wiper systems. This module, which is multiplexed and communicates on a data bus to other modules like the engine controller, represents the Motorola DigitalDNA(TM) technology that makes electronic systems smarter, faster and more reliable. Like all Motorola body modules, this product is designed to withstand the harsh passenger compartment environment.
In addition to its superior performance characteristics, body control modules help automotive OEMs lower production costs by reducing the amount of harness wiring and connections required.
Motorola's Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group (AIEG) researches, develops and manufactures electronics and electronic systems for automotive original equipment manufacturers and all tiers of automotive system suppliers and industrial customers worldwide. The group operates in four strategic business arenas that include powertrain and powertrain systems, body electronics, sensors and power controls, and chassis controls. AIEG is a part of Motorola's Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). AIEG is headquartered in Northbrook, Ill.
The Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) is part of Motorola, Inc. IESS designs and manufactures a broad range of electronic components, modules and integrated electronic systems and products for automotive, industrial, transportation, navigation, computer, telecommunications and energy system markets. IESS consists of four closely related business units that work together to form a seamless partnership. These units include the Automotive & Industrial Electronics Group (AIEG), Telematics Communications Group (TCG), Motorola Computer Group (MCG) and the Energy Systems Group (ESG). IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains-the DigitalDNA(TM)-that make electronic systems smart, powerful and easy to use.
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