New Eagle Celebrates Ten Years of Successful Control Software Business

New Eagle Tenth Anniversary

When New Eagle began in 2008, it was the brainchild of visionary husband-and-wife duo, Rich and Mickey Swortzel. With respective backgrounds in engineering and business, the couple decided to take their idea to make control software development faster, safer and easier for developers to the market by launching a small software startup in the way many do: out of their living room.

Rapid Growth, Award-Winning Team, Amazing Control Software

Ten years later, New Eagle has multiple locations serving a global customer base. While no longer operating out of the Swortels’ home, New Eagle remains headquartered in Ann Arbor, the heart of a thriving tech and research community. With access to Detroit’s growing mobility market, New Eagle serves as a thought-leader and trusted partner for electric and autonomous control solutions for emerging machines.

Named Ann Arbor’s Coolest Place to Work by Crain’s Content Studio Detroit and recipient of the 2017 Best of MichBusiness Award in the technology category, New Eagle has driven both economic and technological advancement locally and globally.

Grounded by Values

Though New Eagle may have launched into flight from the right idea at the right time, Mickey and Rich attribute their business’s sustained growth to its team and foundational values.

“We’ve got a great crew here. Really incredible, savvy people who are passionate about doing what they do well. Our values, I think, are what drive that. We haven’t lost sight of what we stand for, even a decade later,” comments Mickey. “Teamwork, excellence, charity, integrity and passion – that’s important, and our team gets that. Everything that comes out of New Eagle has those values woven into it.”

Rich shares his wife’s enthusiasm. “We grew incredibly quickly in ten years. Our partners, suppliers, and team, of course, have driven our success, and we’re very grateful. I’m excited to see where we’ll be in another decade.”


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2018 Third Quarter News: New EV High Voltage Products

Summer 2018 might be coming to a close, but with so much going on at New Eagle, you’d hardly notice things cooling down! As we motor into fall, check out what’s happened in our 2018 third-quarter recap.

New Hardware Offerings

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added new product offerings to our shelves that make it even easier for you to take control of your machine’s electrification process.

Introducing the GCM80 EV-HEV supervisory controller

The GCM80 is the newest controller in the Raptor family of vehicle controllers. Featuring dual microprocessors and 4 CAN channels, it offers many discrete inputs and outputs to safely perform your EV or HEV design. You can easily program the GCM80 using the unique Embedded Model-Based Development (eMBD) technique with Raptor software tools. The GCM80 can be purchased as a component, or in a New Eagle system built on the Raptor control platform. Single-unit DC-DC converters are available, as are combined unis to make integration even easier. Learn more by contacting our team.

high voltage hardwareNew EV High Voltage products

Our new EV High Voltage products, like the 1.5 KW DC-DC converter and the Combined Charger/DC-DC Converter and PDU for 400V systems, are now available as components or in a New Eagle system built on the Raptor control platform. Single unit Chargers, DC-DC converters are available, as are combined units to make your integration effort easier. Learn more by contacting our team.

New Eagle Awarded Crain’s Detroit 2018 Cool Place to Work

Crain’s Detroit Business has awarded New Eagle with a 2018 Cool Place to Work award in recognition of our company culture, employee benefits and overall team satisfaction. On its list of 100 winning companies, New Eagle earned Ann Arbor’s number one spot and metro-Detroit’s fifth spot. Check out the coverage on Crain’s Detroit and Ann Arbor SPARK!

We’re chalking the W up to an awesome team, a great set of partners and suppliers, and, of course, a set of corporate values that keep our eagle eyes focused not just on working well, but on doing good in the world. Interested in joining our team? Learn more about career opportunities here.

New Eagle at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Tech Expo

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New Eagle exhibited at the 2018 Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Michigan.

New Eagle exhibited at Novi, Michigan’s Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo (EVT) on Sept 11-13 in booth 316. We had a great time showcasing our latest EV/HEV innovations and connecting with our partners and suppliers!

The annual EVT Expo features the latest and greatest EV/HEV technology all under one roof. It’s a can’t-miss show, but if you couldn’t make it this year, no worries – just check out our refreshed EV page  to learn how New Eagle can help you take control of your next EV/HEV development cycle!

Let’s Innovate Together

From all of us at New Eagle, we wish you a wonderful autumn. As always, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts if you have any questions. We’re committed to your success as together, we develop a better world through technology.




New Eagle Wins 2018 Crain’s Cool Places to Work

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New Eagle has been awarded one of Crain’s Detroit 2018 Cool Places to Work! The award recognizes employers that take extra steps to make employees feel appreciated, as determined in-part by the benefits and perks offered by the company, and by the sentiment of the employees themselves.

Supportive leaders, strong values

With a strong, supportive leadership team and a culture rooted in values that put people first, we’re thrilled that New Eagle has been recognized as a leader among Michigan businesses.

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A range of opportunity

New Eagle offers a variety of employment opportunities, ranging from business and supply chain to software and systems engineering. We are proud of our crew that, despite different roles, still manages to work together as an optimistic and united team.

Come soar with us

As a company, we firmly believe it’s our people that let us soar like eagles. We’re always looking for bright-and-brainy team players to join our award-winning business. If you’re interested, check out our open positions to see if there’s one for you.

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 New Eagle has earned one of Crain Detroit’s Cool Places to Work awards!

Late Summer 2018 News and Raptor Updates

Summer 2018 is quickly coming to a close as we turn our calendars to the month of August, and our team has been hard at work! We released the 2018A Raptor update, scheduled a webinar, improved control-software development on embedded modules with the BCM 48, created a customizable add-on for Raptor-Service, and have an exciting trade show on the horizon. Here are all the details.

Register for Our Webinar

Contact our team to register for the 2018A Raptor webinar, which will be held on August 7, 2018. In this webinar, we’ll review the new features in the  2018A Raptor release for Raptor-Dev, Cal, CAN and Test. We’ll have a designated time for Q & A and will also give you a sneak peek of what you can expect from Raptor for the remainder of the year.

Develop with the BCM 48

Now, you can save money by developing control software on an embedded module that has four CAN, four LIN, and Ethernet channels. The BCM-5646-1404 (BCM 48 for short) features a freescale MPC 5646 microprocessor, ethernet supporting both TCP and UDP,  LIN master and slave functions, and a wake-up on CAN and LIN. Learn more about the BCM 48 by visiting our product wiki.

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The BCM 48 allows you to develop control software on an embedded module with CAN, LIN and Ethernet channels.

Customize Raptor-Service

If you use Raptor-Service, there’s now an even better way to make it more personal. Our latest add-on, the Raptor-Service Customizer, lets you brand the tool with custom colors and scripts that can be packaged and distributed to your customers. You can learn more about this latest add-on on our product wiki.

Save the date for the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Tech Showcase

New Eagle will be in Novi, Michigan on September 11-13, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showcase in booth 316 for the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo. Registration is free. Come see us there to talk the latest in electric vehicle control system innovation.

Raptor 2018a Release

Raptor-Dev 2018a_1.0.12120 Release

Key Features:
· MathWorks 2018a Support
· CAN DBC Block User Interface / Parser upgrade
· ECM/GCM196 J1939 Library Support Added, Third-Party Calibration Tool Support updates
· ECM196 Engine, Diagnostics updates
· GCM70 12bit ADC support, CAN updates
· BCM48 Ethernet fixes for UDP, EEPROM update
· XCP Calibration robustness enhancements
· Resolved 70 issues, features, bug fixes from
· Numerous datasheet, help, and documentation updates.

Raptor-CAL 2018a_1.0.11391 Release

Key Features:
· Improvements to the Display Grid
· Resize the grid on the fly. Just right-click on the grid name and choose “Resize Grid”.
· Zoom in/out with the key combinations CTRL+”+” to zoom in and Ctrl+”-” to zoom out.
· Row and column headers can be frozen. No need to scroll to the beginning of the sheet to resize a column.
· Improved connect/disconnect functionality. Connecting or Disconnecting from the Signals Tree is smoother and more responsive.
· Connect to and view displays of multiple instances of the same firmware build. Great for modularized applications.
· Resolved 38 issues, features, bug fixes from

Raptor-Test 2018a_1.0.10373 Release

Key Features:
· Added support for new ECU targets
· Fixed LITE mode issue with MotoHawk targets

Raptor-CAN 2018a_1.0.10198 Release

Key Features:
· Added New PC Gateway Tool (CAN Reverse-Engineering Aid)
· Fix for sending and receiving IEEE754 floating point CAN DBC fields
· Added multi-select of signals in log analysis tool
· DBC loading robustness improvements
· Added multi-CAN bus monitoring capability

For more details, see the full release notes.

Have questions, or need access to our software website? Contact our team by emailing [email protected] .

We’ve updated our product versions for commonality: 2018a_X.Y.Z

X = Major release
Y = Minor release (e.g. service pack)
Z = Internal build number which aids in tracking product and resolving any issues in the field.

Raptor Tip of the Month- Detecting Misfire using the Raptor ECM196 Engine Controller

To design and calibrate OBD monitors, especially misfire, expensive and complicated development ECU hardware is typically used to collect data quickly enough to analyze each individual firing event, like the picture below.

This expensive development hardware is no longer a requirement thanks to Raptor and the ECM196, according to New Eagle Engineer, George Kelly. In Raptor, he set up a trigger to capture and store faster data in the ECU that would not be available over the slower CAN XCP link. Basically, all one has to do is trigger it once and it fills arrays in the ECU memory at a high speed, then you can read out those arrays more slowly over CAN XCP later.

Two pictures below are parts of the misfire detection using Raptor ECM196.  Raptor is an Embedded Model-Based Development (eMBD) development tool for rapid development of production control systems.  The ECM196 is an open automotive controller programmed with Raptor and exclusively available from New Eagle and its network partners.

Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo – Recap

After our trip to Stuttgart, Germany for the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo, it’s great to be back in our Ann Arbor nest!

New Eagle’s booth in Stuttgart, Germany at the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo.

In Stuttgart, we connected with many industry innovators and autonomous vehicle designers to discuss the future of control system creation and integration in autonomous vehicles. We were joined in our booth by our friends from Ann Arbor SPARK and our German partner, 3E-motion.

We shared about how Raptor, our efficient control system development platform, can be used to create reliable control systems for autonomous machines.

We also introduced our newest autonomous control solution—the Drive-By-Wire Kit. This kit is a Raptor-based solution that contains all the production hardware components and software tools needed to transform vehicles from OEMs to drive-by-wire machines.

While the Drive-By-Wire kit has been demonstrated on a Chrysler Pacifica, it can also be tailored for other vehicles. New Eagle’s ASIL-certified engineering expertise can help create and integrate custom control systems to carry emerging autonomous machines from prototype through production.

If you missed us in Germany, read more about it on Autonomous Vehicle Technology’s website, and save the date for our upcoming appearance at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Michigan! We’ll be exhibiting in booth 316 on September 11-13, 2018.


To learn more about New Eagle’s upcoming trade shows, product releases, or complete control solutions, contact our team or connect with us on social media.





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Summer 2018 News – Autonomous Solutions, Trade Shows, and a New Office

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Spring has sprung, and things are heating up here at New Eagle as we roll into warmer summer months at our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a new autonomous solution, office, and trade shows on the horizon, summer at New Eagle is looking bright!

Introducing the Pacifica Drive-By-Wire Kit

We’re excited to announce the release of a Raptor-based autonomous solution—the Chrysler Pacifica Drive-By-Wire (DBW) kit. 

This kit is the complete hardware and software solution, giving you plug-and-play control of throttle, brake, steering and shifting on a production vehicle using production (rugged and safe) hardware.

We’re Going to Germany

Join us at the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo on June 5-7, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany! New Eagle will be exhibiting in booth AV1015 alongside Ann Arbor SPARK and our partner, 3E-motion. You can register to attend for free. We look forward to discussing our newest Raptor-based autonomous solution with you there!

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The Nest is Growing

Our newest office location just outside of L.A., California is now open! In addition to expanding our offices, we’re also expanding our team. If you’re hoping to launch or further your career, consider a position at New Eagle. Our WBENC-certified, MichiganBusiness Award-winning workplace is driven by values, making it a great place to work, learn and grow.  Explore open positions, or contact us for more information about career opportunities.


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Flying Boats: How New Eagle is helping Cedarville University’s Solar Boat Team Soar

new eagle is a proud sponsor of the cedarville university solar boat team

In Cedarville, Ohio, a group of university students is trying to get the Netherlands. But unlike many students who travel there for a boondoggle abroad, this group is going with a purpose: to compete in the 2018 international solar boat competition, Solar Sport One.

The Cedarville University Solar Boat Team has developed a unique, solar-powered boat that the team believes will prove sharp competition its rival, international entrants. Why? Unlike many other solar boats, the Cedarville solar boat has the ability to fly.

Featuring a dual-propeller system and a unique set of underwater wings called hydrofoils, Cedarville University’s boat can lift itself out of the water and reach higher cruising speeds.

“The hydrofoil system essentially makes the boat act like a plane, in that small wings mounted on struts below the keel allow the hull of the boat to ‘take off’ out of the water,” stated team member Elijah Thompson. “If the system is functioning as intended, we should see takeoff speeds of around 13.4 mph and be able to cruise between 22.4 mph and 33.6 mph.”

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A member of the Cedarville University Solar Boat Team competes in the a sprinting event at the U.S. Solar Splash competition in 2015.

With New Eagle’s Raptor software tools, the Cedarville Solar Boat Team successfully developed the custom flight software needed to execute this unique task. Marrying this custom software with Senix ultrasonic height sensors, a Lord inertial measurement unit (IMU),  Parker’s CM0711 control module, a VeeCAN 320 visual display and a CAN serial network that  links components together, Cedarville’s team created an innovative electronic system that is as powerful as it is reliable.

Raptor has enabled us to push forward with increasingly sophisticated electronics and control systems. We use Raptor primarily for programming the Parker controllers and VeeCAN display in the boat, which allow these components to interact via the CAN bus with each of the boat’s subsystems.  It also provides an interface for the driver, and a log of critical signals and data,” remarked Andrew Nelson, the lead electronics engineer on the team. “New Eagle’s Raptor-CAN software helps us monitor CAN traffic and interpret the CAN data in our log files.  We are grateful for New Eagle’s partnership and are excited for future developments in our controls using Raptor products.”

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The Cedarville University Solar Boat Team developed an innovative boat that uses hydrofoils to lift the craft out of the water. This allows the boat to sprint and cruise faster.

While the Cedarville team might have its eyes set on a win in the Netherlands, it remains dominant in its home country at the U.S. Solar Splash World Championships. Its key to success? A lightweight craft that uses Parker and VeeCAN products programmed with New Eagle’s Raptor software to marry two drivetrains–“sprint” and “endurance”–into a common system.  In doing this, Cedarville’s team minimizes its craft’s weight, while maximizing  its speed.

Though Cedarville’s team gets its kicks from competitions, its end-goal is to educate students through real-world projects that prepare them to enter the engineering and systems engineering industry.

“There’s no guarantee of winning or even doing well in competitions. The task is honestly that hard,” states Brown, “but the degree of design sophistication and manufacturing skill put into the boat and its system by the students, their advisors and their sponsors is truly amazing.  We are all much richer for the things we’ve learned and the experience we’ve been through.”

New Eagle is proud to support educational programs that further the field of systems engineering, like the Cedarville University Solar Boat Team. You can check out other educational projects New Eagle has sponsored, like the Wisconsin Hybrid-Electric Team, Kiira Motor Company and Eva Hakansson, on the New Eagle blog.


Spring 2018 News – Raptor-Dev Lite, Videos, Work Truck Show

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We’ve pushed our clocks forward, poured an extra cup of coffee, and are soaring into spring (and the year’s second quarter!) here at New Eagle. Check out what we’ve been up to in the last few months!

Have you tried Raptor-Dev Lite?

Raptor-Dev Lite is our new free, trial-version of New Eagle’s Raptor-Dev. It’s the perfect way to try our Raptor-Dev software before you buy it. To get started with Raptor-Dev Lite, contact our team today.

Were you at the Work Truck Show?

At the beginning of March, New Eagle visited Indianapolis for the 2018 Work Truck Show. We enjoyed sharing how our Raptor control platform can help developers of bi-fuel, electric, alternative-fuel and autonomous machines take control of their development process, from prototype to production.

While we were there, we reconnected with Lightning Systems, our partner in transforming the first Ford Transit Van into a zero-emission electric vehicle (pictured).

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Lightning Systems and New Eagle partnered to develop the first zero-emission electric Ford Transit van, displayed at the 2018 Indianapolis Work Truck Show.

If you missed us at the Work Truck Show, though, that’s okay! You can check out our social media feeds to see what we were up to while we were there.

New Eagle is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Connect with us, and you’ll never miss an important company announcement or product update.

Spring into something new

If changing season’s inspiring you to spring into a new career, consider joining our team.

As an award-winning Michigan business and a Women’s Business Enterprise certified (WBENC) company, our nest is a great place to work, learn, and grow your career. You can browse open positions at New Eagle on our careers page. 

From all of us at New Eagle, we hope you have a pleasant spring!