EPCOS, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic components, modules and systems, has signed a long-term framework agreement with Valeo Raytheon Systems Inc. and Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH (Valeo) for the supply of multilayer ceramic modules. These products are used in automobiles for blind spot detection. EPCOS expects this agreement to lead to sales in the mid double-digit million euro range over the next four years.
Multilayer ceramic modules from EPCOS have been used in mobile communications and wireless LAN applications for many years. The cooperation with Valeo now opens the door to large-volume applications in automotive electronics as well. “Automotive electronics is one of our high-growth markets”, says Gerhard Pegam, President and CEO of EPCOS. “Through our long-term collaboration with Valeo we will utilize new growth opportunities and strengthen our position in this promising market.“
Blind spot detection
The Valeo systems for blind spot detection use radar sensor technology to monitor the blind zones on both sides of a vehicle. Drivers are alerted to potential dangers when changing lanes by a visible icon in the rear-view mirror, thus preventing collisions with vehicles that they had failed to see. Valeo has already introduced this system to vehicles of the GM brands, Cadillac and Buick, as well as the new Jaguar XF.
The modules supplied by EPCOS, which among other things integrate the radar antennas, are a key component for Valeo’s solution.
Benefits of modules
Modules can combine the functions of up to several dozen components, making them more reliable than solutions based on discrete components. A further advantage is their high temperature stability, which is especially crucial when they are mounted close to the engine of a car. Furthermore, customers also benefit from a considerable reduction in the number of components to be assembled on the circuit board compared with conventional circuit designs using discrete components, thus ultimately cutting costs as well.