FLINT, Mich. and SHERBROOKE, Quebec, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems and C-MAC Industries, Inc. announced today the signing of a five-year Teaming Agreement to jointly develop and manufacture new advanced electronic modules and systems for automotive applications. The new products are "Smart Parts," or electromechanical sensing and actuating devices which have embedded electronics. This unique Teaming Agreement will allow both organizations to leverage their complementary experience and technology, enhance their respective core competencies, and speed further development and manufacture of smart electronic parts to better support the need for such products in the automotive industry. "It makes little sense to spend money, or underhood space, on stand-alone sensors and controllers if the 'smarts' can be made integral to the part," said Don Runkle, general manager of Delphi Energy & Engine Management. "We could use a battery with its own brain, that could track its own state of charge and shut down parasitic electrical draws, like a dome light left on, if it sensed a run-down coming on," Runkle added. "With C-MAC, we find a partner that has developed the fast-to-market design and production capability required in the telecommunications world, where product design-cycles are short." "More integration, both in terms of size and mix of different technologies, in the same carrier or package, is one of the keys to these new products," said Dennis Wood, C-MAC's CEO. "Telecom and military packaging techniques developed by C-MAC can be adapted for automotive applications. This is what C-MAC will strive to bring to this Team." C-MAC integrates and packages high density microcircuits for ultra reliable, maintenance free operation in extreme operating environments, Runkle said. C-MAC'S ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) and MCMs (multi-chip modules), embedded within Delphi's electromechanical components, will bring more reliable and more precise control -- at lower cost -- to automotive energy and engine management. Delphi has working relationships with automakers worldwide, which could lead to new markets for C-MAC, Runkle said. And, Delphi's high volume manufacturing systems could be adapted to some C-MAC operations, he said. "This unique agreement with the world leader in terms of automotive electronic systems is a key milestone in C-MAC's development of the automotive market," said Wood. To support this new opportunity, C-MAC will rapidly move into implementation and certification of QS-9000, the quality system developed by the big-three U.S. automakers. Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, USA, is one of six divisions of Delphi Automotive Systems. The division manufactures and markets systems and components to control the generation, conversion and storage of electrical energy, the flow of air and fuel into an engine, the combustion process, and cleanup of exhaust emissions. Delphi is the world's largest and most diverse supplier of automotive systems and components, with more than 178,000 men and women operating 191 manufacturing facilities and 17 technical centers in 36 countries. C-MAC is a leading international supplier of advanced electronic components, sub-systems and systems for the telecommunication, automotive, instrumentation, defense and aerospace industries. The corporation, headquartered in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, operates fifteen (15) manufacturing plants and employs over 2,050 individuals in its plants located in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France and China. The C-MAC Stock (CMS) is traded on both the Montreal and Toronto Stock Exchanges.
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