Molex Expands Scope of In-Vehicle Connected Platforms Through Excelfore Investment

04 January 2017

Molex Inc. has announced a strategic global collaboration and investment in Excelfore Corporation, a Silicon Valley provider of cloud platform and connectivity applications for intelligent transportation. Molex’s investment in a Series A round of funding secured a 20% minority ownership of Excelfore.

Headquartered in Fremont, CA, with offices in China, Germany, India and Japan, Excelfore specializes in middleware solutions for smart mobility networks that support next-generation smart, autonomous and learning vehicles, fleets and associated infrastructure. Excelfore automotive software products enable communication between automotive components and cloud-based servers, automotive fleet monitoring, and provision of Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) and Software Over the Air (SOTA) updates.

The strategic investment in Excelfore expands the Molex portfolio of I/O interconnect and module solutions serving a range of powertrain, networking, media module and lighting applications for the automotive and connected-vehicle sector. The collaboration will support development of new end-to-end vehicle networking solutions.

“Smart mobility starts with innovative people and solutions to make intelligent vehicle designs a reality,” according to Bill Fitzer, vice president and general manager of the Molex Connected Mobility Solutions Business Unit, in a statement. “Together, Molex and Excelfore will provide complete intelligent vehicle systems integrating the hardware, software, and technical services needed to advance adoption of next-generation connected platforms in today’s vehicles.”

Molex and Excelfore have developed a complete vehicle end-to-end connectivity solution with FOTA/SOTA, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, OTA and edge-sensor eCAM capabilities. The integrated software and hardware solutions will be showcased at an invitation-only demonstration event hosted by Excelfore and Molex during the 2017 CES in Las Vegas, which takes place January 5 through 8.

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