Fujitsu to Support FlexRay Technology for Automotive Industry

10/20/2004 - Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), and Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe GmbH (FME) jointly announced Fujitsu's plans to support the FlexRayTM technology at the automotive industry conference, Convergence 2004.

"FlexRay - A Key Element in Fujitsu's Automotive Strategy", will be presented by Dr. Gerhard Roos, Director of Automotive and Appliances Business Unit at Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe, at the press conference on Monday, October 18 (11 a.m., Room W1-53, Wayne Hall. Cobo Centre).

Dr. Roos will introduce Fujitsu's plan to support the FlexRay technology. FME has been a member of the FlexRay consortium in Europe since November 4, 2002, and is working with other members of the consortium to realise FlexRay-enabled silicon devices.

FlexRay is the one of most versatile technologies available to support the growing requirements of the automotive multiplex bus, such as higher data rates, deterministic behaviour and fault tolerance. These elements are key to meeting the needs for safety, reliability and comfort in automobiles.

"We are convinced that FlexRay is an important technology for the automotive multiplex system," said Keith Horn, Senior vice president of sales and marketing at FMA. "Fujitsu is diligently working on implementing FlexRay technology in our silicon products."

"Product implementation of FlexRay will be carried out by the European team," said Dr. Roos. "FlexRay is an exciting technology and we are pleased to have this opportunity to introduce our key product plan which confirms our commitment to the automotive industry."

"FlexRay technology will complement our increasingly strong product line," said Akio Nezu, senior marketing manager for the Embedded Product Group at FMA. "Fujitsu is growing its portfolio of 32-bit microcontrollers with the control area network and local area network standards, and FlexRay is the next major breakthrough technology."

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for the success of its customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$45 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor and display products. The company enhances systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking / telecoms and industrial and home appliances markets. Engineers from design centers dedicated to microcontrollers, mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multi-media ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers' system development requirements.

This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks as well as leading-edge LCDs and Plasma Display Panels.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. For product information, visit the company web site at

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