LIVONIA, Mich., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety, has won its first contract to supply an integrated Driver Assist System (DAS) and chassis control unit for a major European car manufacturer. TRW will begin to supply the control units, known as the Safety Domain ECU or SDE, in 2013 for 2014 model year applications.
The SDE integrates a number of chassis, suspension and driver assist system control functions and has the flexibility and processing capacity to integrate software from both the supplier and third parties including the vehicle manufacturer, using AUTOSAR as a basis. Initial SDE functions targeted for this contract include control and arbitration of several DAS and active safety systems. One important enabler for these advanced safety functions is the FlexRay communication bus that allows high speed data transmission.
Martin Thoone, vice president engineering for TRW Global Electronics, explained: "Integration of control functions for driver assist and other active safety systems — in a single unit — enables a reduction in system complexity and weight; standardization of the other chassis controller modules; and allows for enhanced system performance through shared data processing."
In addition to the SDE controller, other advanced safety electronics integration is planned for the vehicle platforms involved. This encompasses integration of the inertial measurement unit for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) into the Airbag Control Unit (ACU), while overall control of the Electric Park Brake system will take place within the ESC electronic control unit.
Thoone added: "As a safety electronics specialist, TRW is leveraging its knowledge of active and passive safety systems and has formulated a strategic roadmap for electronics integration. This contract confirms our direction and is a great example of how TRW is seeking to optimize cost and performance while maintaining high reliability standards. As safety and chassis electronics continue to evolve we plan to be at the forefront of development for mature and emerging markets."
With 2009 sales of $11.6 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs over 60,000 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW
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