Truck ECUs see next generation from Delphi 27 October 2016

Next generation of electronic truck controller units have been launched by Delphi Automotive, said to combine increased speed, power and functionality.

They also include integrated cyber security strategies and Delphi’s vice president for powertrain Kerem Erman says OEMs will find “reduced board level complexity”, making for more efficient development and calibration.

Erman states that, by using multi-core processors and Delphi’s custom ASICs (application specific integrated circuits), the company has also been able to provide the power needed to “take full advantage of the latest fuel injection and transmission technologies and to provide full powertrain control integration” where required.

“To enable maximum performance and calibration flexibility, the next generation of vehicle systems require a similarly advanced control system,” explains Erman.

“Our new family of controllers provide that speed and flexibility, making them a perfect partner for Delphi’s [recently launched] closed-loop fuel injection system and for any other demanding engine and transmission application.”

Erman states that there are many reasons why greater processing power, increased memory and higher speeds are required. With more injection events and a greater range of temperatures, calibration maps grow and algorithm complexity increases.

Closed-loop systems require faster sampling, he adds, with quicker responses and more complex control strategies.

Additionally, an increased number of sensors and actuators in a powertrain – for example to monitor ammonia and particulates – require more inputs, fault storage and also faster intersystem bus communications.

“We also have to be prepared for rapid growth in a wide range of vehicle functions that require integrated control, such as after-treatment, mild hybrid systems and automated safety systems leading to autonomous driving,” continues Erman.

“Our new controllers integrate the features, including cyber security strategies, that will allow vehicle manufacturers to prepare for these exciting new technologies.”

Brian Tinham

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