|[September 11, 2013]
Tenneco's Software Based Signature Sound System Technology Delivers Customized Vehicle Acoustics
FRANKFURT, Germany --(Business Wire)--
Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) announced today a new dimension in delivering
signature exhaust sounds for vehicles. The company unveiled its Tenneco
Software Based Signature Sound System at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
(Hall 5.1, Stand A16). This innovative acoustic technology can provide
custom designed exhaust tones - ranging from comfort to sporty - by
enhancing the sound generated by the engine to better support the
vehicle's brand image.
"As vehicle manufacturers develop engine strategies to meet stringent
fuel economy and CO2 emissions targets, the ability to
differentiate that vehicle's sound can be compromised," said Tim
Jackson, executive vice president, technology, strategy and business
development, Tenneco. "Our sound system demonstrates how we
can provide our customers with enabling technologies that meet their
regulatory targets, and at the same time, use our technology to help to
enhance their vehicle's image and brand with a signature sound."
The signature sound system features a combined audio controller and
amplifier module and a specially designed plug-in loudspeaker. The
loudspeaker produces sound near the vehicle tailpipe where it mixes with
the sound created by the engine, resulting in the desired signature
sound characteristic. The loudspeaker does not require a direct
connection to the exhaust system, which helps to maximize vibration
decoupling and thermal isolation.
The vehicle's signature sound is created through the use of a
proprietary electronic signal processing system, which can be programmed
to meet the requirements of a specific vehicle or brand. Based on the
vehicle's speed, gear in use, engine RPM, and other data, the audio
controller generates an enhanced exhaust sound signal which is then
produced through thetailpipe loudspeaker. The unique signal processing
software optimizes the sound profile to achieve the desired signature
sound characteristics both outside the vehicle and for passengers.
"Tenneco's extensive experience in acoustics and predictive modeling has
enabled us to develop software to create real sound, in real time, from
CAE calculations based on powertrain system data" said Sebastian
Stücker, Tenneco's supervisor of acoustic development and sound design.
"Additionally, based on our extensive design and validation process,
we're able to limit the number of prototypes, which results in cost
savings and shorter time to production."
Tenneco's Software Based Signature Sound System is applicable for
diesel, gasoline, electric and hybrid vehicles and is currently being
tested with several global OEMs. Engineering and validation is conducted
at Tenneco's Global Emissions Technical Centers in Edenkoben, Germany
and Grass Lake, Michigan.
Visit Tenneco in Hall 5.1, Stand A16.
Tenneco is a $7.4 billion global manufacturing company with
headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 25,000 employees
worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world's largest designers,
manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products
and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment
markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco's principal brand names are
Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Words such as
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and uncertainties, the company's plans, actions and actual results could
differ materially. Among the factors that could cause these plans,
actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are:
(i) changes in automotive or commercial vehicle manufacturers'
production rates and their actual and forecasted requirements for the
company's products, including the company's resultant inability to
realize the sales represented by its awarded book of business; (ii) any
change in customer demand due to delays in the adoption or enforcement
of worldwide emissions regulations or any other changes in consumer
demand and prices, including decreases in demand for automobiles or
commercial vehicles which include the company's products, and the
potential negative impact on the company's revenues and margins from
such products; (iii) the general political, economic and competitive
conditions in markets where the company and its subsidiaries operate;
(iv) workforce factors such as strikes or labor interruptions; (v)
material substitutions and increases in the costs of raw materials; and
(vi) the company's ability to develop and profitably commercialize
new products and technologies, and the acceptance of such new products
and technologies by the company's customers. The company undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or
circumstances after the date of this press release. Additional
information regarding risk factors and uncertainties is detailed from
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its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.
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