BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: System Components

ICM Control Unit

Only the system components that are linked to the new architecture of the dynamic driving systems in the F01/F02 are described in this Product Information. In essence, this is the new ICM control unit and the periphery equipment directly connected to this control unit.

Three other Product Information packages are available in which descriptions of the system components for the individual dynamic driving systems are provided:

  • Longitudinal dynamics systems
  • Lateral dynamics systems
  • Vertical dynamics systems

Design of the Two Control Unit Versions

An ICM control unit is installed in every F01/F02. Each ICM control unit contains the following, irrespective of the equipment installed in the vehicle:

  • Two microprocessors
  • A FlexRay controller
  • Output stages for activating valves in the steering system
  • Integrated sensor system for driving dynamics variables (previously: DSC sensor)

The essential tasks of one of the microprocessors are the calculation of control functions, communication processing and activation of the output stages. The main task of the second processor is to monitor safety-relevant functions and bring about a system shut down in the event of a fault.

The other components of the ICM control unit listed above are described in the following chapters.

Two versions of the ICM control unit exist. The version installed in the vehicle depends on the equipment.

If the vehicle is equipped with one or both of the following options

  • Integral Active Steering (IAL, SA 2VH) or
  • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function,

the high-performance version of the ICM control unit is installed.

If neither of these options are installed in the vehicle, the basic version of the ICM control unit is used. The two versions of the ICM control unit are differentiated externally by their part numbers.

The internal layout of the high-performance version differs from the internal layout of the basic version in the following ways:

  • Larger microprocessor (required to calculate the Integral Active Steering control and active speed control)
  • Redundant sensor system for lateral acceleration and yaw rate (safety requirement for Integral Active Steering).

The following graphics make these differences clear.

Dynamic Driving Systems
Fig. 38: Identifying ICM Control Unit, Basic Version


  1. Acceleration sensor (longitudinal and lateral acceleration)
  2. Output stages for Servotronic and EVV valves
  3. Controller for FlexRay connection
  4. Two microprocessors (basic version)
  5. Yaw rate sensor

Dynamic Driving Systems
Fig. 39: Identifying ICM Control Unit, High-Performance Version


  1. Acceleration sensors (1 for longitudinal acceleration, 2 for lateral acceleration)
  2. Output stages for Servotronic and EVV valves
  3. Controller for FlexRay connection
  4. Two microprocessors (high-performance version)
  5. Yaw rate sensors (2x)


     Integrated Sensor System

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     Periphery Of ICM Control Unit

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