Maxim Automotive SerDes Chipsets Work With Shielded Twisted Pair or Coax
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has introduced a family of Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) serializer/ deserializer (SerDes) chipsets that can be used either with shielded twisted pair (STP) or lighter and less costly coax cabling, thus offering flexibility for engineers designing high-resolution advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Current... [Read more of this review]
Freescale MCUs Target Instrument Clusters with High-End Graphics
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MAC57D5xx, a new family of ARM® Cortex®-based single-chip, triple-core microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive instrument clusters.
With more than 1.7x higher performance than any currently available automotive instrument cluster MCU, the new devices support complex graphics, including heads-up displays... [Read more of this review]
Toshiba Constant Voltage Regulator Supports 1A or Higher With External Power Transistors
Toshiba Corporation introduced the TB9005FNG, a 5-volt constant voltage regulator for automotive systems.
The TB9005FNG supports 1A or higher output current in combination with external power transistors. It can supply more than 2A output current when used with Toshiba’s TTB002 or TTA005 power transistors, thus allowing use in automotive applications... [Read more of this review]
dSPACE Releases Motor Control Software Library for Electric Drive Control Systems
dSPACE has released the XSG AC Motor Control (XSG = Xilinx System Generator) Library software for developing control systems for electric drives.
The library enables engineers to program Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) for use in control tasks with dSPACE MicroAutoBox II and SCALEXIO systems, as well as modular dSPACE hardware.
By moving... [Read more of this review]
TRW Roof Airbag Now in Production on Citroën C4 Cactus
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. recently started production of its roof airbag technology on the Citroën C4 Cactus. The “bag in roof” replaces passenger airbags typically mounted in the instrument panel and can allow for improved interior design aesthetics, ergonomics and functionality while saving space in the instrument panel.
Dirk Schultz,... [Read more of this review]
Freescale and Broadcom Shrink their Ethernet MCU
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corporation together launched the Freescale Qorivva MPC5606E, a single-chip microcontroller (MCU) that integrates the Broadcom BroadR-Reach PHY. Its predecessor, the dual-chip MPC5604E, is currently in production. Freescale is sampling the new device now and expects that will be available in production quantities... [Read more of this review]
Virtual Hardware In the Loop (vHIL): Earlier and Better Testing for Automotive Applications
By Victor Reyes, Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys
This article describes the concept of virtual hardware “in-the-loop” (vHIL). The goal of vHIL is to frontload the testing process by enabling software teams to create and run their software tests before the actual ECU hardware is available. Higher quality tests, higher quality... [Read more of this review]
Will My Car be Safe to Drive?
By Robert B. K. Dewar
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University
President, Ada Core Technologies
It’s no secret that the cars we drive today, and especially those we will drive in the near future, have huge amounts of sophisticated software aboard. By some accounts the number of lines of code in a car can significantly exceed... [Read more of this review]
Improved Vision Processors, Sensors Enable Proliferation of New and Enhanced ADAS Functions
By Brian Dipert, Editor in Chief, Embedded Vision Alliance
Tim Droz, Vice President and General Manager, SoftKinetic North America
Stéphane Francois, Program Manager, CogniVue, and
Markus Willems, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Processor Solutions, Synopsys
Thanks... [Read more of this review]
Defining, Designing and Delivering Start-Stop System Benefits
By Frank Dehmelt and Mahmoud Harmouch, Texas Instruments
This article describes what start-stop is and the prerequisites for an automotive start-stop system, including its implementation and benefits.
The fuel savings and CO2 reductions are in the five to 10 percent range. With fuel prices rising, taxes increasing... [Read more of this review]
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