SAE International and ZVEI Agree to Develop Common Automotive Standard

Warrendale, PA (September 15, 2005) - A more efficient qualification process will be one of the benefits when the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) and ZVEI - the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association -- develop a new qualification standard for semiconductors.

When finalized, the "Robustness Validation" standard should aid in discovering the physical limits of semiconductors used in automotive applications and will form the basis of risk analysis. In addition to determining a product's true robustness, the validation methods may allow engineers to determine acceleration factors, as well as address shortcomings in the design and/or manufacturing of the device. Experts believe this standard will increase automotive electronic systems' quality levels and reliability; the result could be reduced warranty costs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association to develop this important standard," Raymond A. Morris, Executive Vice President and COO of SAE International, said. "Such collaboration results in increased reliability for the consumer, as well as cost savings and improved efficiency for the global automotive industry."

As an initial step toward collaboration on this standard, a Memorandum of Understanding between SAE International and ZVEI recently was signed.