MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

June 02, 2009 11:00 ET

Major Automotive Supplier Selects MKS Integrity As Software Development Platform For Global Deployment

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - MKS Inc., (MKS) (TSX:MKX) the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, today announced that TRW Automotive (NYSE:TRW), one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, has selected MKS Integrity™ as their enterprise wide software development platform.

As the global leader in automotive safety, TRW produces advanced active systems in braking; steering and suspension; and sophisticated occupant safety systems, including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. Martin Thoone, Vice President, Electronics Engineering, said, "MKS has extensive experience and in depth knowledge of the automotive sector. This knowledge in turn has allowed MKS to implement a solution suited to our business challenges. The use of MKS' single platform to manage all software and software related artifacts will greatly increase visibility and traceability, as well as improving our Engineering Efficiency."

After a couple of successful years of using MKS Integrity, primarily within the company's Electronic Park Brake team in Koblenz, TRW's corporate wide electronic development organization has chosen to expand the use of MKS Integrity to the entire enterprise as their software development platform for global deployment. The team will also be looking to further its use of the MKS Integrity application development platform, which already includes requirements management, software configuration and test management. TRW anticipates their system engineers, software developers, software testers, quality assurance and project management staff around the world will be using MKS Integrity.

Additionally, TRW and MKS are planning to extend the usage of MKS Integrity in order to allow for an automatic exchange of Change Requests with the systems of some of their major first tier automotive customers, thereby directly connecting the supplier with their key OEMs.

TRW strives to ensure that all software development related tasks are controlled in a reproducible manner in order to comply with process maturity models like Automotive SPICE as well as being prepared for customer audits and assessments. Through the use of MKS Integrity, all software deployment activities will be logged for auditing and reporting purposes, and formal approval will be supported for promotions, demotions and deployments.

"As a supplier of safety-critical embedded software systems components to the automotive industry, TRW is in a position to drive significant business benefits through a strong focus on software capability assessment." said Michael Harris, President and COO of MKS. "We are looking forward to working in close partnership with TRW as they deploy MKS Integrity across the entire enterprise

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at

About MKS Integrity

MKS Integrity is an enterprise application lifecycle management platform that coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with software development including Requirements Management, System Design, Software Configuration Management, Change Management, Test Management, Defect Management, Release Management and Portfolio Management for custom built and packaged applications

MKS Integrity provides consistent capabilities across all disciplines of the application lifecycle by defining hierarchies, relationships and change management processes for numerous user defined application artifacts. Unlike other ALM offerings that have been assembled by acquisition, our unified platform provides enterprise class scalability and multi-platform capability to support large scale software reuse initiatives, workflow-based collaboration and rich mining of application activity data to deliver higher team productivity, visibility and compliance for software engineering and IT organizations.

More information about MKS Integrity support for automotive embedded systems development is available here:

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