Title
Engine Control Unit Interceptor 2000 Phase II
FPGA development capability to intercept & modify Engine Management Signals
Technologies used

    Microcontroller, FPGA

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    343 Parts & Accessories for Motor Vehicles and their Engines
Abstract

BBR-GTi Limited has 14 employees, 4 of whom are electronic engineers, specialises in automotive engineering facilities for specific engine development and has a good working knowledge of microcontrollers. The company are well known for their road car tuning activities, but their experiences range from the humblest of road vehicles to giant trucks through to powerful racing engines. The main BBR-partnership originated in 1983 and currently manufactures a product called "BBR Interceptor 2000". This is a small but highly sophisticated computer that selectively overrides various functions of engine control units (ECU's) without requiring modifications of the standard vehicle software. It can also measure and record data from the ECU to which it is attached. These facilities allow existing vehicle control systems to be modified and monitored, improving engine performance and efficiency whether standard or modified. The existing micro-controller was running out of computing power to effectively deal with more complex calculations relating to engine emissions and the device was now out of date.

This Project, taking 17 months with 39 k euro Fuse funding, was a product development incorporating Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. The objective of the technology improvement was to enable them to apply the product to a wider range of applications including additional OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) as well as being able to maintain the existing automotive market, which is likely to diminish as new Engine Management Systems become too complicated for the current model.

Due to the improved functional diversification of the development the results of this project will be of value to all vehicle manufacturers from fleet users to one off customs as well as the many specialist companies within the automotive industry. The ROI for the Diesel HGV Interceptor product is expected to be 2310% over the 3 years sales for a prototype development (Fuse) cost of 39k euro (1527% for the 59 k euro total production costs). The payback period will be 6 months from the start of product sales.

Company

    BBR-GTi Ltd.
    Oxford Road
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    NN13 7DY
    UK


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Microcontroller and FPGA technology provided BBR-GTi Ltd. with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

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