12/16/2003 - The MathWorks announced it has signed an agreement with Toyota and DENSO, Toyota’s primary automotive supplier, to provide extended support services for use in their software development for automotive production programs. This agreement provides Toyota and DENSO with focused technical support services that will enable the companies to utilize automatic embedded code generation technology to accelerate their production software processes. Specifically, Toyota and DENSO will use The MathWorks simulation, modeling, and code generation products in a number of their software development for production programs, including powertrain control and other electronics control units.
“Toyota has a ‘kaizen’ way of always pursuing evolution and innovation, and challenging the improvement,” said Kazuhiko Hayashi, General Manager, Integrated System Planning Department from Toyota. “I think that The MathWorks and Cybernet Systems have understood our ‘kaizen’ way, and then provided these extended support services, which we expect will continue for a long time. We have various efforts underway to promote more efficient vehicle development. Toyota believes that this agreement will contribute a great deal to these efforts.”
The agreement is a four-party contract that includes Cybernet Systems Company of Tokyo, Japan, the MathWorks distributor for Japan. Cybernet will provide local, front-line support to Toyota and DENSO, with direct assistance from The MathWorks. The agreement provides extended support services for MATLAB®, Simulink®, Stateflow®, and other key control design products. Of particular significance is the capability provided by Real-Time Workshop® Embedded Coder, which is used to generate, test, and deploy production C code for complex, real-time embedded systems.
“DENSO is improving our production processes using advanced software tools,” said Shinji Shirasaki, Director, Electronics Product Division, from DENSO. “We expect that our consistent use of these tools will allow us to accelerate our ability to bring DENSO products to the market more quickly. The commitment of The MathWorks to responsive service of its products that are used in our production process is a key component of this agreement, which gives us the confidence to use automatic code generation in our production design stage. By partnering with both MathWorks and Toyota, we expect to be able to move our products from the advanced design stage to the production design stage to installation in delivered vehicles much more quickly.”
“We are pleased to be working with Toyota and DENSO in extending our tools and support services from their advanced design departments into the production design process,” said Richard Rovner, Vice President of Marketing at The MathWorks. “Our goal is to combine our expertise in control system design with the extended support required to assist Toyota and DENSO to use our tools throughout their advanced design and production design processes. This agreement is a major step in our long-term strategic commitment to the use of our products in a production environment.”
Every major automotive OEM and supplier in the world uses products from The MathWorks throughout the design, development, analysis, calibration, and test processes. The Company’s model-based design tools enable automotive engineers to address the challenges of vehicle-level modeling, rapid prototyping, real-time simulation, and production code generation in a productive and efficient manner.
About The MathWorks, Inc.
The MathWorks is the world’s leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.
The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 1000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit www.mathworks.com.
About Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation, headquartered in Toyota, Aichi prefecture, Japan is the second largest automaker in the world and together with its subsidiaries produces a full range of model offerings from minivehicles to large trucks. Global sales of its Toyota and Lexus brands, combined with those of Daihatsu and Hino, totaled 6.17 million units in the 2002 calendar year. As of March 2003, besides its own 12 plants and 11 manufacturing subsidiaries and affiliates in Japan, Toyota has 42 manufacturing companies in 25 countries and regions, which produce Lexus- and Toyota-brand vehicles and components, employs 264,096 people worldwide (on a consolidated basis), and markets vehicles in about 170 countries and regions. Automotive business accounts for more than 90% of the company's total sales, which came to a consolidated 16.05 trillion yen in the fiscal year ended March 2003.
About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan is a leading global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company employs 90,000 people in 31 countries and regions, including Japan. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003 totaled US$19.4 billion. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock exchanges.
MATLAB, Simulink, Stateflow, Handle Graphics, and Real-Time Workshop are registered trademarks, and TargetBox is a trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.
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