Molex Investment in Excelfore Expands Scope of In-Vehicle Connected Platforms

Tuesday
January 2017

Molex Investment in Excelfore Expands Scope of In-Vehicle Connected Platforms

  • Molex secures 20 percent ownership in innovative Silicon Valley company
  • Excelfore specializes in middleware and cloud solutions for intelligent automobiles
  • Integrated solution for Tier One manufacturers to be demonstrated at CES 2017

 

LISLE, IL – January 3, 2017Molex, a global manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions, announced today a strategic global collaboration and investment in Excelfore Corporation, an innovative Silicon Valley provider of cloud platform and connectivity applications for intelligent transportation.  Molex’s investment in a Series A round of funding secured a 20 percent minority ownership of Excelfore.

Headquartered in Fremont, CA with offices in China, Germany, India, and Japan, Excelfore specializes in middleware solutions for smart mobility networks that support next-generation smart, autonomous and learning vehicles, fleets and associated infrastructure.  Excelfore automotive software products enable communication between automotive components and cloud-based servers, automotive fleet monitoring, and provision of Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) and Software Over the Air (SOTA) updates.

The strategic investment in Excelfore expands the Molex portfolio of I/O interconnect and module solutions serving a range of powertrain, networking, media module and lighting applications for the automotive and connected vehicle sector.  The collaboration will support development of new end-to-end vehicle networking solutions.

“Smart mobility starts with innovative people and solutions to make intelligent vehicle designs a reality,” according to Bill Fitzer, vice president and general manager of the Molex Connected Mobility Solutions Business Unit.  “Together, Molex and Excelfore will provide complete intelligent vehicle systems integrating the hardware, software, and technical services needed to advance adoption of next-generation connected platforms in today’s vehicles.”

In-vehicle network technologies are a top priority for leading automotive manufacturers and consumers who value a connected driving experience.  Currently, only about one in five vehicles shipped is equipped with connectivity features.  By 2020, 75 percent of cars will be connected to the Internet, according to TrendForce market research.

Automotive OEMs need a total systems approach to connectivity as they integrate new features and capabilities into vehicles.  In order to meet this demand, Molex and Excelfore have developed a complete vehicle end-to-end connectivity solution with FOTA/SOTA, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, OTA and edge-sensor eCAM capabilities.  The new integrated software and hardware solutions will be showcased at an invitation-only demonstration event hosted by Excelfore and Molex during the Consumer Electronics Show, January 5 – 8, 2017.  For more information, please visit www.excelfore.com/ces2017/.

“By empowering seamless end-to-end solutions—taking into account digital and power interconnects, in-vehicle and cloud networking, and the mechanisms for rolling out updates to vehicles—the collaboration with Molex strengthens the value we can bring to automotive suppliers,” said Shrikant Acharya, chief technology officer at Excelfore.

 

For more information about Excelfore please visit www.excelfore.com or www.molex.com.

 

About Excelfore:

Excelfore Corporation, located in Silicon Valley, enables smart mobility networks with a scalable and secure unified middleware framework. Excelfore products include the eAVB™ protocol stack for in-vehicle Ethernet time-sensitive networking, as well as cloud-to-vehicle eSync™ software update management, eDiagnostics™ smart diagnostics, and eMatics™ fleet prognostics and fleet learning www.excelfore.com.

Excelfore is registered trademark of Excelfore Corporation.

 

About Molex:

Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle and medical. For more information, please visit www.molex.com.

Molex is a registered trademark of Molex, LLC in the United States of America and may be registered in other jurisdictions.

 

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ITK Engineering and Excelfore® Team Up on Safe and Secure FOTA/SOTA Solutions for Connected Vehicles

Thursday
October 2016

Safety and Cyber Security from Backend into Vehicle

Rülzheim, Germany/Silicon Valley, October 13th, 2016 – ITK Engineering and Excelfore announced their partnership to provide integrated FOTA/SOTA solutions with fully comprehensive vehicle safety and cyber security for the automotive market. The integration of Excelfore’s over-the-air technology eSync™ with ITK Engineering’s expert knowledge, in particular on embedded and cyber security as well as safety in the automotive sector enables balance between functional safety and protection from cyber-attacks. Thus appropriate safety and protection levels can be achieved for vehicle diagnosis and firmware updates over-the-air. Combined with ITK’s holistic approach to the architectural design of secure embedded systems, functional safety of vehicles can be protected against malicious attacks in a very effective way.

Secure cloud solution, embedded competence and safety & cyber security from a single source
“Safety and cyber security are key aspects of connected cars that will shape the automotive industry in the coming years. To ensure functional safety in connected or even autonomous cars it is absolutely necessary to integrate a close and comprehensive security concept”, said Matthias Gemmar, ITK’s Head of Strategy.

Excelfore eSync™, which is based on patented technologies, provides an end-to-end cloud solution for delivering software over the air (SOTA) and firmware over the air (FOTA) updates and enables full vehicle over-the-air update of all vehicle components including gateway, headunit, Electronic Control Units (ECU) and telematics units. Excelfore leverages its patented M2M distributed architecture to support cloud-to-vehicle connectivity and multiple in-vehicle networks including LIN, CAN, FlexRay and Ethernet.

ITK complements this solution by its expertise in automotive ECU development, safety and cyber security engineering as well as system integration and verification & validation. To protect vehicles against cyber-attacks all critical elements of the FOTA and SOTA delivery chain – embedded systems, communication protocols, apps, IT services – are subjected to a rigorous design process. This methodology ensures the ideal synchronization between safety and cyber security engineering processes for all development phases, from concept to validation, and results in the most appropriate system architecture for each application.

Comprehensive FOTA solution by bundling competences
By combining the strengths of ITK Engineering and Excelfore, automotive OEMs and suppliers receive a complete FOTA solution including backend, onboard client, connectivity unit and its integration as well as system architecture design and integrated safety and cyber security from a single source. “The Excelfore eSync platform with its advanced security and scalability will help to accelerate adoption of innovative solutions for the automotive industry”, said Gemmar.

Shrinath Acharya, CEO of Excelfore, added, “The expert domain knowledge, consulting services and engineering portfolio of ITK extend the security umbrella of eSync further into the automotive network. By partnering with ITK Engineering we will enable a shorter time to market for OEMs, alleviating security risks threatening vehicle safety.”

Furthermore ITK Engineering is developing customized safe and secure remote maintenance solution for complex and safety critical embedded systems in various industries.

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About Excelfore
Excelfore Corporation, located in Silicon Valley, is driving the next generation of connected car platforms. Excelfore products include eMatics (Automated Fleet Service Scheduling solution), eSync (Software Over the Air Updater (SOTA) Solutions), and the Cloud Data Analytics as a part of its eCloud Services Platform. www.excelfore.com

Press Contact: Mark Singer
Phone: +1 510 868-2500 x410 / E-Mail: press@excelfore.com
Reader Contact: marketing@excelfore.com
Excelfore is registered trademark of Excelfore Corporation.

About ITK Engineering
ITK Engineering AG was established in 1994 as “Ingenieurbüro für technische Kybernetik” and is an internationally operating technology company with customers in the automotive and aerospace industries as well as in medical technology. In addition to tailored technical consulting and development services, the company offers turn-key systems in the fields of software engineering, embedded systems, model-based design and testing as well as control systems design and signal processing. As a premium partner in the AUTOSAR Consortium, ITK Engineering is involved in the development of an open and standardized software architecture for the automotive industry, specializing in safety and cyber security. With a staff of over 850 employees, ITK is headquartered in Rülzheim (Palatinate) and has eight branch offices in Germany. In addition, ITK is represented in the USA, in Japan, Spain and Austria.

Press Contact: Christian Thomas Phone: +49 89 8208598-334 / E-Mail: presse@itk-engineering.de

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