WINNER: One circuit for many engines
Kokomo , IN
2020 - PACE Award Winner
Innovation: DIFlex-integrated circuit
First customer: Great Wall Motors
Delphi Technologies’ DIFlex integrated circuit gives engine designers unprecedented flexibility to manipulate the electronics that control fuel injectors, and to improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions as a result.
Normally, each engine configuration in an automaker’s line requires its own custom circuit in the engine control module. DIFlex allows the automaker to create those circuits via software application rather than changing the hardware.
The new approach means that a single application-specific integrated circuit can be used across a range of models, regardless of segment or the number of cylinders. The technology permits an unlimited number of adaptations to keep pace with engine technology changes as automakers look for improvements in drive flexibility. The approach is credited with a 20 percent reduction in deployment costs and a 25 percent cut in software complexity.