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MAUMEE, OhioMarch 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) announced today that it has acquired Pi innovo LLC a leader in embedded software solutions and electronic control units to support the light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Dana previously held a non-controlling interest.

Headquartered near Detroit, Michigan, USA, the acquisition of Pi Innovo enables Dana to increase its in-house electrodynamics capabilities and electrification product portfolio by adding a strong library of turn-key electric vehicle application software, vehicle level controllers, and auxiliary controllers.

“The extremely talented and experienced Pi Innovo team have provided exceptional modular software and controls solutions for original equipment manufacturers for more than 25 years,” said James Kamsickas, Dana chairman and CEO.  “Integrating Pi Innovo with Dana’s leading e-Propulsion software capabilities will further enhance our ability to provide value for our customers as they continue to accelerate their electric vehicle portfolio development.”

The software and controls expertise of Pi Innovo builds on Dana’s robust capabilities in designing, engineering, and delivering complete vehicle integration for e-Propulsion systems, further positioning the company as a leader in vehicle electrification.

About Dana Incorporated
Dana is a leader in the design and manufacture of highly efficient propulsion and energy-management solutions for all mobility markets across the globe.  The company’s conventional and clean-energy solutions support nearly every vehicle manufacturer with drive and motion systems; electrodynamic technologies, including software and controls; and thermal, sealing, and digital solutions.

Based in Maumee, Ohio, USA, the company reported sales of $7.1 billion in 2020 with 38,000 associates in 33 countries across six continents.  Founded in 1904, Dana was named one of “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021” by Newsweek for its emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility.  The company is driven by a high-performance culture that focuses on its people, which has earned it global recognition as a top employer, including “World’s Best Employer” from Forbes magazine.  Learn more at dana.com.

About Pi Innovo
Pi Innovo is an expert partner for the design and development of electronic systems and control software for the automotive, transportation, defense, industrial, and aviation industries. Pi Innovo’s multi-skilled engineering teams can develop vehicle electronic systems from concept to production and have applied this capability in recent years to the challenges of vehicle electrification. OpenECU is Pi Innovo’s range of adaptable, modular, reusable field-ready products that are implemented to volume production standards, and are fully “open” to custom configuration, adaptation, and further development. The OpenECU family includes ECUs, prototyping accessories, electronic circuit libraries, platform base software, model-based control strategies, and application software.

SOURCE Dana Incorporated

Jeff Cole, +1-419-887-3535, jeff.cole@dana.com

Bollinger Motors, a Detroit-based EV company, is building an all-aluminum, all-wheel drive Class 3 electric truck from the ground up. Bollinger Motors has created a new platform that will support their electric SUV and pickup.

In this video a Controls Engineer from Bollinger Motors walks through the recent work they have done, and how they are using the OpenECU M560 controller as their VCU.


Newsletter July 2020

Motor Control Driver Box for Brushed and Brushless DC Motor

The M220-XAU is a unique variation of the M220 controller, specifically designed to be the master controller in applications using the S090 as a slave power driver box. This variation of the M220 provides inputs and outputs unique to motor control to seamlessly interact with the features of the S090 which include drive for both a brushed and brushless DC motor.

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New Release: Dana Supports Matlab® 2020a in OpenECU® 2.9

The latest release for standard OpenECU hardware targets allows OpenECU developers to use an updated range of embedded development tools and additional features. The OpenECU 2.9 release includes updated tools support for Matlab versions 2019a through 2020a, support for ETAS XETK on M670, and the capability to import dSPACE TargetLink Models into an OpenECU Model.

New features include the capability to configure multiple CAN busses as J1939 nodes and support for the M220-XAU ECU plus S090 BLDC motor controller.

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OpenECU Integration with dSPACE TargetLink



The production code generator TargetLink generates highly efficient C code straight from MathWorks® Simulink®/ Stateflow® and allows early verification through built-in simulation and testing with the TargetLink blockset.

OpenECU, Dana’s product line of offthe-shelf rapid control prototyping ECUs, now supports simple and rapid integration with TargetLink. Users can import TargetLink subsystems into OpenECU Simulink models. Developers and test engineers can evaluate and test algorithms developed with TargetLink on OpenECU hardware for in-vehicle and fleet trials.

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Embedded Controls Development: Learning Opportunities Available Through Webinars and Whitepapers


Dana discusses how the OpenECU toolchain supports model-based design (MBD). It outlines the reusable, scalable rapid controls prototyping (RCP) platform which provides flexibility for customization needed to meet specific functionality.

In May, Dana hosted a webinar focused on a deep-dive into OpenECU’s architecture addressing both hardware and software development steps for embedded controls development, in both prototyping and production programs. The slides and a recording of this webinar are available here.

In support of the webinar, Dana also recently published a whitepaper discussing engineering solutions with a focus on OpenECU integration into the MBD framework. This describes how the use of off-the-shelf ECU hardware solutions enable a mixed top-down and bottom-up approach to accelerate product development. This whitepaper is available here.

University Partner Using Dana


The Automotive Engineering engine research group at Clemson University is using our M670 + S090 toolchain for SparkAssisted Compression Ignition (SACI) combustion strategy research.
“The M670 is highly-capable and the Simulink interface was critical to our decision” according to the Clemson team. The engine is fully operational with a continuously variable valve lift system.
Their research objective is to implement SACI on the M670 toolchain based platform. The goal is to model SACI combustion real-time and develop controls algorithms to optimize combustion phasing and burn duration. Dana wishes the Clemson team every success.


University Partner Using Dana


The Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department has been using M220 toolchain to build ateaching lab for the senior / graduate level course in Electronic System Integration for Agricultural Machinery. The teaching topics for this course are system architecture and design of electronics applied to agricultural machinery and production systems. Emphasis on information technology and system integration for automated agriculture process.
The teaching topics include Design of Controller Area Network communication systems ISO 11783 and SAE J1939, application of technologies for sensing, distributed control, and automation of agricultural machinery with an emphasis in electro-hydraulic systems.

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A powerful rapid controls prototyping solution for model based development

Embedded controls development projects have unique challenges and addressing them in an effective and holistic manner is key in today’s market. This webinar OpenECU can  be a complete hardware and software solution for your prototyping and production needs, and help you address those challenges.

Some key topics covered in the webinar are as follows:

  • Role of model-based design (MBD) and rapid control prototyping (RCP) in embedded controls development
  • How OpenECU can accelerate electronic control unit (ECU) development as an on-target rapid prototyping solution
  • Evaluation criteria for an RCP tool: hardware and software considerations
  • OpenECU platform software architecture, modes of operation of an ECU, API available to the application software



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Please note that existing customers will need to contact support for an updated license. If you do not have an existing support contract please contact Dana for a quote.

We are pleased to announce a new release of the OpenECU Developer Software. This release is a direct replacement for existing versions of all standard OpenECU targets. (NOTE: the M560/M580 targets have their own ISO 26262 compliant version which is updated separately)

We encourage you to upgrade to this version as soon as possible to take advantage of the new features and fixes therein. Release 2.9.0 includes many new features, fixes and improvements, some of which are briefly described below.

Tool Compatibility Updates

Fixes, Improvements, and New Features


Get answers fast: our most frequent support inquiries are now covered by the OpenECU support FAQ at http://support.openecu.com

Dana M560 and M580 OpenECU modules achieve TÜV SÜD certification to ISO 26262 ASIL D

With the OpenECU M560 or M580 Supervisory Controllers and CCS (Combined Charging System) control strategy software, customers get Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) and Charge Management Unit (CMU) functions integrated in one module i.e. two ECUs for the price of one. Dana’s CCS Control Strategies manage the charging session for AC charging and DC fast charging implementing Combined Charging System adhering to SAE J1772 and DIN 70121 standards.

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New Product: Pi-EVCC – A Dedicated Charge Controller for AC and DC Fast Charging

Just released! The Pi-EVCC is a standalone off-the-shelf charging control unit designed by Dana to meet the requirements of an Electric Vehicle Charging Controller (EVCC).
This ECU’s design is based on Dana’s proven production M560 (12V) and M580 (24V) ECUs that provide integrated Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) and Vehicle Charge Control Unit (VCCU) functionality. The Pi-EVCC has both platform and application software development complete and pre-flashed on the ECU. This product is ready for you to plug ‘n play for AC and DC Fast Charging following SAE J1772 and DIN 70121 standards.

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Let’s talk Functional Safety: ECU Microcontroller Architecture design

The ISO 26262 functional safety standard requires individual ECUs to strategically utilize unique system architecture designs. Dana’s M560 and M580 (integrated VCU and VCCU solutions) both implement a dual microcontroller architecture. We receive questions comparing a multi-core single
microcontroller architecture to a dual micro approach. In this blog post, we compare both design choices and how they successfully achieve functional safety goals.

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Hexagon Studio Uses Dana OpenECU Modules for EV / HEV Supervisory Control

Hexagon Studio is a design and engineering service provider with a primary focus on EV integration and control software. Hexagon has used several Dana products for low floor minibus, plug-in hybrid work truck, three-wheeler cargo-passenger vehicle, and wheelchair accessible taxi applications to name but a few. In this case study, Hexagon and Dana describe the various projects in electrification and mobility that has been enabled by
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World Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS33)

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Industrial Vehicle Technology Expo (iVT Expo)

Cologne, Germany
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EVTech Vehicle Expo

Novi, Michigan
Sept 15-17, 2020

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