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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    DENSO posts 16.9% y/y increase in Q2 revenue to USD20.9 billion
    DENSO has reported a 16.9% year-on-year (y/y) rise in consolidated revenue to JPY3.02 trillion (USD20.9 billion) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2022, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 28 October. Operating profit for the period totaled JPY155.4 billion, down by 2.5% and net profit dropped 6.1% to JPY105.8 billion. “Revenue in the first half of our fiscal year increased compared to the previous year due to sales recovery, sales expansion and foreign exchange gains. ...
    DENSO expands manufacturing facility in Guanajuato, Mexico
    Japanese supplier DENSO has inaugurated third expansion at its manufacturing plant in Guanajuato Puerto Interior, Mexico, Mexico Now reported on 26 October. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, The Governor of Guanajuato, said, “Today we can say with pride and satisfaction that Guanajuato is an industrial power, thanks to the cooperative alliances we have built over the years with world-class companies such as DENSO.” Significance: Denso will invest USD9.8 million as part of the expansion ...
    DENSO collaborates with NTT to develop security operation center for vehicles
    DENSO has announced a collaboration with NTT Communications Corporation to develop the Security Operation Center for Vehicles (VSOC) to prevent cyberattacks against vehicles, according to a company press release dated 18 October. NTT Com will provide its technologies related to IT security, such as networking, cloud computing, and ICT SOC, while DENSO will use its technologies related to information security, communications, and data analysis, which it has cultivated in the areas of in-vehicl...
    Decoding DENSO’s semiconductor strategy
    Japan’s DENSO Corporation, one of the leading global automotive suppliers of powertrain, thermal, and safety systems, recorded a 4.2% year-on-year (y/y) decline in its fiscal year (FY) 2021 revenue, which stood at JPY4,936.7 billion (about USD45.1 billion). The company attributed this year-on-year fall to the significant decline in car sales resulting from COVID-19, followed by the shortages in semiconductors and other raw materials. Yasushi Matsui, CEO at DENSO Corporation, projected in the c...
    DENSO expands vision sensor detection angle of Subaru models to enhance vehicle safety
    DENSO announced it has expanded the detection angle of its vision sensor, increasing the sensor's ability to recognize pedestrians and bicycles around a vehicle to improve road safety, according to a press release on 27 September 2022. The vision sensor is used on some grades of the SUBARU Legacy Outback, announced on 13 April 2022, for the North American market, and the all-new SUBARU Crosstrek unveiled for the Japanese market. Unexpected pedestrians abruptly cross side streets. Such inciden...
    DENSO, Obayashi run EV wireless charging pilot project in Japan
    DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive component suppliers, and Japanese construction group Obayashi have started testing road pavement with wireless charging that can power electric vehicles (EVs) as they are driven, according to a news report filed by news agency Nikkei Asia on 20 September 2022. The report said that DENSO and its partner are looking to implement the wireless charging technology for real-world applications by 2025. The report stated that the two companies are runnin...
    DENSO reports Q1 2022 net sales at USD10.37 billion, up 4.3% y/y
    DENSO has reported first-quarter net sales at JPY1,415 billion (USD10.37) billion with year-on-year (y/y) growth of 4.3% compared with JPY1,356,866 billion in the first quarter of 2021 for the three months ended 30 June 2022, according to a filing by the company on 29 July 2022. Operating income for the first quarter was JPY63.64 billion compared with JPY107.18 billion in the first quarter of 2021. The company said in a press release, DENSO’s efforts and updates continue to be driven by its...
    Denso introduces new power semiconductors to increase efficiency of EVs
    Denso has unveiled a new power-semiconductor device for electric vehicles that can reduce energy loss by 20%, according to a report published by Nikkei Asia on 24 July 2022. The performance of electric vehicles (EVs) depends on power chips as well as analog semiconductor devices that check the health of the batteries. Instead of contracting out design and manufacture, as it does with other automotive chips, Denso is increasing internal research and production of these components. Denso is ...
    DENSO develops new wireless power transfer charging technology
    DENSO has developed a wireless power transfer charging technology, Public News Time reported on 21 June. The technology enables devices to automatically charge electric vehicle batteries when stationary or on the move. “By installing electric power charging systems in these locations, we can expand the potential uses of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and greatly improve task automation and efficiency. Looking further into the future, automated mobility will be active not only in factories...
    DENSO presents semiconductor strategy updates at business briefing
    DENSO, a mobility supplier has shared its semiconductor strategy and how the company is achieving its long-term policy 2030 at a business briefing, according to a press release on 1 June 2022. DENSO executives discussed the company's two great causes: "Green" to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 and "Peace of Mind" to create a world that is safe and seamless. Strategies for microcomputer and system-on-chip (SoC): To ensure steady procurement of sophisticated logic semiconductors, promote d...
    DENSO reports FY 2021 revenue at USD45.1 billion, up 11.7% y/y
    DENSO has reported FY 2021 revenue at JPY5,515.5 billion (USD45.1 billion), up 11.7 year-on-year y/y over FY 2020 revenue of JPY4,936.7 billion in 2020, the company said while reporting its financial results on 28 April 2022. Operating income for the year was up 120% y/y to JPY341.2 billion compared to JPY155.1 billion in the previous year. Net income was up 95% y/y to JPY288.7 billion, compared to 148.0 billion for the first quarter of 2021. In Japan, revenue climbed by 10.6% to JPY3,515.1 b...
    DENSO, USJC partner on automotive power semiconductors
    DENSO and United Semiconductor Japan Co., Ltd. (USJC), a subsidiary of global semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corp. have announced that the companies have agreed to collaborate on the production of power semiconductors at USJC’s 300 mm fab to serve the growing demand in the automotive market, according to an official press release on 26 April 2022. At USJC's wafer fab, an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) line on 300mm wafers will be installed. To bring the 300 mm ...
    DENSO to supply key electrification components for Toyota’s bZ4X and Subaru’s SOLTERRA
    DENSO Corporation will be supplying electrification components for Toyota’s bZ4X and Subaru’s all-electric SOLTERRA, it said in a press release on 13 April. The bZ4X is scheduled to be launched in May 2022 while the Solterra will release in mid-2022. DENSO will provide current sensors detecting charging flow and discharging battery electricity, Electricity Supply Unit (ESU) which combines battery charging, electrical power conversion, and electrical power distribution, heat pump system, R...
    DENSO acquires minority Stake in Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing
    DENSO Corporation announces USD0.35 billion investment to acquire minority stake in Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inc. (JASM), according to a press release published by TSMC on 15 February. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) owns majority stake in the manufacturing subsidiary in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Dr. CC Wei, CEO of TSMC, said, “TSMC is very glad to welcome DENSO’s participation in JASM to enable fresh innovations in the future of transportation toge...
    DENSO develops Global Safety Package 3 for vehicle sensing
    DENSO has developed Global Safety Package 3, it said in a press release on 14 January. Global Safety Package 3 is an active safety system to improve safety of vehicles by giving them high sensing capability of their surroundings. A version of the product is currently used in the Hino Ranger, the Lexus NX, and the Toyota Noah and Voxy models. The product has a wider detection angle, compared to the previous version, longer detection range, and improved speed resolution to avoid collisions at i...
    DENSO posts 24.5% y/y rise in Q2 revenue at USD23.1 billion
    DENSO has reported a 24.5% year-on-year (y/y) rise in consolidated revenue to JPY2.6 trillion (USD23.1 billion) for the second quarter ended 30 September 2021, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 29 October. Operating profit for the period totaled JPY159.3 billion and net profit came in at JPY112.7 billion. “Both revenue and operating profit increased due to recovery of vehicle sales from COVID-19 and because of profit improvements from the previous year, although the semicondu...
    DENSO invests in dellfer to help bring automotive cybersecurity software to market
    According to official press release dated 19 October, Dellfer, an automotive and internet of things (IoT) cybersecurity software company, announced that DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, and Option3, a specialist cybersecurity private equity firm, have made an USD 8M joint investment into the company. As part of the investment, both companies will serve on Dellfer's board of directors, providing operational and sales channel support. Dellfer's best-in-class cybersecurity solutions for the a...
    NSITEXE partners with Quadric to develop high performance processor IP for automotive applications
    DENSO’s unit NSITEXE has announced a partnership with Quadric, under which NSITEXE will use quadric’s processor IP to develop safety solutions for automotive applications like autonomous driving, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) and smart sensors, according to a 12 October press release. NSITEXE’s processor IPs based RISC-V ISA are ISO 26262 ASIL D ready, ideal for automotive and other safety critical systems. “We have evaluated Quadric’s software and hardware capabilities and the flexi...
    Brandmotion partners with DENSO, Services Americas to equip vehicles with V2X technology
    Brandmotion has announced a collaboration with DENSO Products and Services Americas to offer a one stop service for equipping vehicles with advanced vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, the company said in a press release on 7 October. “We are committed to supporting USDOT's national focus on achieving roadside infrastructure and equipped vehicles to advance the safety benefit without delay and to provide the state agencies with ‘real-time’ road data. Brandmotion has been honored to ...
    IAR systems collaborates with NSITEXE to accelerate functional safety development for RISC-V
    AR Systems, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, announced a partnership with NSITEXE, a group company of DENSO Corporation that develops and sells high-performance semiconductor IP, according to a press release on PR Newswire dated 2 August. The collaboration aims to bring high-performance development tool solutions with guaranteed functional safety and extensive support services to RISC-V-based innovative applications. "Our collaboration with NS...
    DENSO’s Q1 revenue rises 77.3% y/y to USD12.37 billion
    DENSO Corporation has reported a 77.3% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for the first quarter at JPY1.36 trillion (USD12.37 billion), according to an official media filing on 30 July. Net profit came in at JPY89.3 billion and operating profit of JPY107.2 billion. Last year, the company posted an operating loss of JPY106.6 billion. “Revenue increased due to recovery of vehicle sales and production against COVID-19 from the previous year. Operating income increased due to higher pr...
    DENSO validates DriveU.auto connectivity platform for autonomous vehicle teleoperation
    DriveU.auto has announced that DENSO remotely drove a vehicle, using DriveU.auto’s high-capacity, low latency technology in real-world scenarios, according to a company blog post on 18 May. As part of the collaboration between the two companies, remote driving of a vehicle in the US was controlled from Abashiri in Japan. The companies have commenced the integration of the DriveU software onto the DENSO hardware architecture. DENSO will verify systems using HD images from in-vehicle cameras ...
    DENSO to use Siemens software for model development
    Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced that DENSO has picked its portfolio for the technological foundation of its next-generation model-based development (MBD), according to a company press release dated 24 June. DENSO can use the software to reduce time needed for product development, cut costs, increase design quality, and improve competitiveness. “We are honored to collaborate with DENSO to drive next-generation MBD product development for their business transformat...
    Metal additive manufacturing startup Seurat closes USD41 million Series B round
    Seurat Technologies has closed a USD41 million funding in Series B round, led by Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund, it said in a press release on 22 June. The funds will be used to develop and commercialize metal additive manufacturing technology, Area Printing. Seurat had previously raised USD13.5 million in Series A financing led by True Ventures in January 2018. “Seurat is bringing to market a completely revolutionary technology. Think evolving from writing a letter to the advent of t...
    DENSO invests in Seurat Technologies to develop metal additive manufacturing technology
    DENSO has invested an undisclosed amount in Seurat Technologies, as a part of Series B funding round, it said in a press release on 23 June. The investment will accelerate development and commercialization of Seurat’s patented additive manufacturing technology. “DENSO is always looking to stay on top of the latest manufacturing processes and technology so we can deliver for our customers. Working with Seurat will help us continue that. Seurat’s Area Printing technology is a breakthrough...
    Canatu, DENSO sign agreement to develop high-performance reactors used in CNB films
    Carbon nanomaterial company Canatu has signed a joint development agreement with global auto component supplier Denso to develop high-performance reactors used in carbon nanobud (CNB) film production, the company said in a press release on June 9. “The joint development agreement was signed in May 2021 with project starting immediately after,” it said. The collaboration aims to significantly improve CNB film manufacturing productivity when compared with the current throughput. To do so...
    DENSO integrates Irapuato Plant into its Mexican operations
    According to a company press release dated 27 April, DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, announced that it has integrated its Irapuato Plant, previously part of ASMO Mexico, into its DENSO Mexico operations. The Irapuato Plant employs more than 640 employees and produces DENSO wipers for customers across North America. Operations there began in 2016 and the facility is located at Parque Industrial Castro del Río in Irapuato, Guanajuato. This is DENSO’s fourth facility in Mexico, with other...
    Denso FY 2020 revenue dips 4.2% y/y to USD44.6 billion
    DENSO posted a full year revenue of JPY4.94 trillion (USD44.6 billion) for the period ending 31 March 2021. The 4.2% drop in revenue was attributed to the ‘significant decline in the first quarter’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a press release on 28 April. Consolidated operating profit more than doubled to JPY155.1 billion while net profit grew 83.6% to JPY125.1 billion. “Revenue is recovering steadily due to the improve in vehicle sales, but sales in the full-year decreased ...
    Denso, KDDI research 5G use in automated driving
    Denso has teamed up with KDDI Corporation to research use of next-generation 5G technology in automated driving to achieve safe and secure mobility, the company said in a press release on 3 March. The two partners will build a 5G environment in a test course at Denso’s research and development (R&D) center for automated driving in Haneda, Tokyo. Denso and KDDI will verify driver assistance technologies in automated driving vehicles using high-definition in-vehicle cameras and roadside s...
    Toyota, DENSO partner with Aurora on robo-taxi development
    Toyota and its key supplier Denso have partnered with Aurora Innovation of on development of autonomous vehicles for robo-taxi services, Reuters reported on 9 February. Under the partnership, Aurora will equip Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous driving system for use in its autonomous vehicle test fleet by the end of this year. The three partners plan to eventually deploy these autonomous Sienna minivans in ride-hailing network of Uber Technologies. Significance: Toyota and Denso were...
    DENSO April–December 2020 revenue declines 9.9% y/y to USD33.9 billion
    DENSO has reported a 9.9% year-on-year (y/y) decline in consolidated revenue to JPY3.5 trillion (USD33.9 billion) for the first nine months ended 31 December 2020, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 2 February. Operating profit for the period totaled JPY66.6 billion and net profit JPY43.1 billion. "Revenue is recovering steadily due to increased vehicle sales in the second and third quarters, but sales for fiscal year 2021 are still down compared to last fiscal year due to the s...
    DENSO collaborate with AEVA to develop next-generation FMCW lidar system
    DENSO has announced a partnership with US-based startup Aeva to develop next-generation sensing and perception system, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 19 January. The two companies will collaborate to bring Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar to the mass vehicle market. Most lidar systems currently use time of flight (ToF) method for object detection. The method accurately detects the distance and direction of objects by emitting pulse laser beams and measuring t...
    DENSO appoints Seiji Maeda CEO of DENSO North America operations
    Japanese supplier DENSO has appointed Seiji Maeda as CEO of DENSO's North American operations, according to a company press release on 12 January. Maeda is also a senior director at DENSO. Prior to this post, Maeda served as head of Denso’s Motor Business Unit in Japan. From 2012–17, he held numerous positions such as director of Corporate Planning, general manager of Electronics Business Planning, and general manager of Thermal Systems Business Planning. Before those roles, Maeda spent n...
    DENSO begins mass production of new booster power module with SiC power semiconductors 
    DENSO has begun the mass production of its latest model of booster power module with silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, the company said in a press release on 10 December. The new in-vehicle SiC transistor offers high reliability and high performance in in-vehicle environments, due to DENSO’s application of trench gate MOSFET. According to the company, the booster power module equipped with the SiC power semiconductors is about 30% smaller in volume and provides about 70% less...
    DENSO announces organization, executive structure and management changes
    Japan-based automotive powertrain components supplier, DENSO, has announces changes to its organizational and executive structures, as well as its personnel. According to a press release issued by Denso on 7 December, the company stated that these changes would be effective 1 January, 2021. These changes are part of "Reborn 21", an internal plan to optimize operations to provide new value to society and customers and rebuild quality. DENSO has instituted a Core & Customization Strategy, w...
    DENSO selects Foretellix for verification of ADAS and automated driving solutions
    DENSO has selected Foretellix’s Foretify advanced coverage driven verification platform to enhance safety of its new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving solution, the two companies said in a joint press release on 17 November. Foretellix’s new platform allows for significant reduction in cost of failure by identifying bugs, edge cases and unknowns in the early stage of development. Foretify reduces unnecessary recalls and also lowers the cost of testing by enhanci...
    Denso invests in EV mobility services startup Envoy Technologies
    Denso has invested in Envoy Technologies, an electric vehicle (EV) startup based in California, US, according to a company press release on 13 November 2020. Envoy's Mobility as an Amenity™ service is a turn-key solution that includes technology to reserve and access vehicles, driver insurance, maintenance, and electric vehicle chargers. Envoy is currently available in 10 states and 14 markets in the United States. "Early on, we realized that the world's transition to electric mobility w...
    Heat recovery system fitment to be driven by D-segment vehicles in the medium-term
    Automotive OEMs need to make more effort to improve the overall efficiency of their model range, and this fact is more emphatic in the case of electric vehicles because of their limited driving range. Automobiles have always had the necessity to dissipate excess heat, and the A/C heater core was one of the first examples of heat recovery―it worked by harvesting heat from the internal combustion engine (ICE) and redirecting it into the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module to...
    Denso invests Lambda:4 to strengthen safety and security of digital key
    Denso has invested in Lambda:4, a Germany-based company that develops wireless positioning technologies for short-range applications using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication technology, the company said in a press release on 12 November. The strategic investment is expected to strengthen Denso’s digital key technology by increasing its location accuracy and user authentication capabilities. “As much of society goes digital, we are building a connected ecosystem that bridges the gap ...
    Denso’s H1 revenue falls 20.8% y/y to USD19.6 billion
    Denso has reported a drop of 20.8% year-on-year (y/y) in revenues to JPY2 trillion (USD19.6 billion) for the first six months ended 30 September 2020, according to a company press release on 29 October. The company posted an operating loss and a net loss of JPY69.6 billion and JPY71.1 billion, respectively, against an operating profit and a net profit of JPY134 billion and JPY104.2 billion in the same period a year ago. In the first six months of 2020, Denso generated nearly 50% of its total ...
    Honda, Toyota and Hyundai to collaborate on connected vehicles pilot project in US
    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) will collaborate with Honda Research and Development (R&D) Americas, Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI), and Toyota Motor North America to deploy vehicles with connected vehicle (CV) technology, a press release by Toyota read on 15 October. The vehicles of the OEMs will interact with one another and use existing CV Pilot products. Furthermore, the automakers have selected DENSO as their onboard unit (OBU) provider. DENSO will devel...
    DENSO introduces new battery-monitoring integrated circuit for Li-ion batteries
    DENSO has developed a new generation battery-monitoring integrated circuit (IC) for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), the company said in a press release on 13 October. The IC helps improve efficiency of EVs usage of batteries, fuel efficiency while extending the driving range. According to the company, it is the world’s first IC to accurately detect battery voltage while monitoring multiple cells. The IC will be used in Toyota Yaris and features in future EVs wi...
    E-axle demand forecast to more than double within next two years
    Electrification is by far one of the most active areas of automotive innovation these days. Vehicle manufacturers are being faced with constantly evolving and strengthening emission norms and standards, while simultaneously having to make their models more responsive to drive so as to keep up the appeal for potential customers. In the domain of torque management, e-axles have proven to be one such innovation that provides both these benefits in a vehicle. The channeling of the vehicle’s tor...
    Increased electrification to drive demand for newer types of A/C condensers
    Comfort almost always ranks quite high in the list of criteria for customers looking to purchase a new vehicle, and carmakers have always invested significant time, effort, and money in making sure their vehicles’ A/C or climate control systems function as best as possible. In addition to heating up or cooling down the passenger cabin rapidly and efficiently, automotive A/C systems have evolved into multifunctional units that also filter out particulates, such as pollen and harmful pollutants,...
    Denso develops new electric power steering motor control unit
    Denso has developed a new electric power steering motor control unit (EPS-MCU) that delivers improve handling and safety to vehicles, the company said in a press release on 3 September. The new EPS-MCU, called DDA2 (Denso Dual Assist 2nd Generation), features two drive circuits and motor windings while integrating multiple components and simplifying the structure. Significance: Denso developed the first generation of EPS-MCU called DDA1 (Denso Dual Assist 1st Generation) in 2015. According to...
    Denso establishes Pittsburgh Innovation Lab in US to accelerate R&D on automated driving
    Denso has established a new research and development (R&D) center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, in July 2020, to strengthen open innovation and enhance the development of automated driving technologies, the company said in a press release on 5 August. At the new center called, Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, Denso will conduct research to achieve Level 4 automated driving. The Japanese supplier will also develop elemental technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), to realize Level 4...
    Denso’s Q1 2020 consolidated revenue falls 42.2% y/y to USD7.1 billion
    Japanese automotive powertrain components and systems supplier, Denso Corporation, has announced its financial results for the first quarter of this year, ending 30 June. In a press release issued by Denso on 31 July, the company stated it has registered a consolidated revenue of JPY765.1 billion (approximately USD7.1 billion) during the first–quarter 2020 period. This result implies a decline of 42.2% year on year (y/y) from the first quarter of 2019. The company’s revenue declined ...
    Industry takes significant steps toward cockpit domain controllers
    People have created personal connected ecosystems using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets with the recent trend shifting to cars. Automakers have realized the importance of this digitization and have begun rolling out tech-heavy vehicles, even in the conservative markets. Traditionally, addition of a new electronics technology meant integration of an electronic control unit (ECU) in the vehicle. However, many automakers are now increasingly consolidating different functions into single coc...
    Denso opens ‘Electrification Innovation Center’ in Japan
    Denso has opened an ‘Electrification Innovation Center’ at its plant in Anjo, Aichi in Japan, the supplier announced in a press release on 5 June. The Electrification Innovation Center features a development building, which will house teams focused on developing advanced production technologies and testing new vehicle systems; a durability building for reliability testing; an outdoor track for testing newly developed products; and a production plant for quickly ramping up a mass production l...