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Ricardo and Pi Shurlok sign collaboration deal

Ricardo and Pi Shurlok have announced a collaboration that will enable their customers to benefit from the ability to develop new products based on world-class control technology that can move quickly and seamlessly from concept to production, thus enhancing the potential and reducing time to market for new powertrain and hybrid vehicle innovations.

Under the terms of the collaboration, Ricardo and Pi Shurlok have agreed to work closely together to provide customers in the automotive, commercial vehicle, off-highway equipment and defense vehicle sectors with a completely new service. The two companies will offer the option of a comprehensive and fully integrated solution ranging from the development of powertrain products incorporating new ECUs by Ricardo, through to high quality, volume electronics manufacture and supply from Pi Shurlok. This joint service will be based upon a choice of Ricardo’s open architecture Morfeus controller and Pi Shurlok’s OpenECU technology, for which a wide range of production-ready ECUs is available for new vehicle innovation programs.

For almost all new conventional and hybrid powertrain technology development programs, enhancements are necessary to the product’s control software and the electronics of the ECU hardware on which it operates. In particular where enhancements are sought to performance, fuel economy, emissions and supervisory control, such changes frequently entail the use of a prototype level controller for the purposes of initial development. Once product targets are achieved, the same functionality has to be subsequently re-engineered on a production-ready ECU platform. Using either Ricardo’s Morfeus or one of Pi Shurlok’s OpenECU products however, Ricardo is able to develop the prototype system on a production-ready platform that is immediately available for series manufacture.

Commenting on the collaboration with Ricardo, Pi Shurlok’s chief operating officer for international operations Dr Nigel Preston said: “Our innovative OpenECU™ hardware and tools are proving to be a popular and effective automotive electronics solution, for both prototyping and production. We are delighted to be working with the leading industry service provider, Ricardo, to integrate our technology within their large-scale, new product, development programmes.”

19 October 2010


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