AT&T and Airbiquity Sign Connected Car Agreement

March 3, 2015  by  

Airbiquity NEW LogoAirbiquity announced a multi-year agreement with AT&T under which AT&T will use Airbiquity’s Choreo™ cloud-based services delivery platform to enable end user registration and device management for selected aftermarket connected car programs.

AT&T currently provides automotive manufacturers with mobile vehicle Internet access and a global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) platform to leverage a single wireless carrier relationship for multiple connected devices and programs.

Airbiquity technology has enabled connected car connectivity and service delivery for 30 million vehicles around the world from leading automotive brands. Choreo provides the latest cloud-based vehicle connectivity technology, program deployment, and management capability in more than 50 countries and more than 30 languages, and supports over 5 million vehicles and hundreds of millions of transactions per month.

Next-Generation CogniVue APEX Vision Processing Core Offers 10x Performance Improvement

March 3, 2015  by  

cognivue logoAt the Mobile World Congress 2015, CogniVue Corporation, which licenses its APEX™ Image Cognition Processor (ICP) technology to semiconductor vendors, announced its next generation of APEX ICP technology with a 10x performance increase.

The automotive market continues to drive the need for high performance vision processing at low power. Building on its expertise in automotive safety applications and working collaboratively with major automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, CogniVue’s team has improved APEX ICP architecture and hardware blocks, and added new features that are said to provide the best performance per area per power for vision and image processing.

Freescale S32V234 SoC Targets ADAS and Sensor Fusion

March 2, 2015  by  

Freescale S32V Sig GraphicReliability, Safety and Security Measures to Automate and “Co-Pilot” a Self-Aware Car.

Integrating Technology from CogniVue, Green Hills Software and Neusoft

At the Mobile World Congress, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) introduced the S32V234 vision microprocessor, an automotive system-on-chip (SoC) with sufficient reliability, safety and security measures to “co-pilot” a self-aware car.

The new device targets Front Camera, Rear Camera, 360° Surround View, and Sensor Data Fusion applications.

According to Freescale, the SoC leverages numerous automotive-grade technologies to help establish the essential bridge from the current, convenience-centric “assist” era to a time in the relatively near future when cars can capture, process and share control with drivers in critical situations.

Challenges for Connected Cars

February 28, 2015  by  

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Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

The complexity of connected vehicle technology is growing fast – but automated integration, validation and testing technology is not keeping pace

By Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

Car buyers tend to pay less attention to engines or transmissions as long as the technology works. But, inside the car, the role that the driver’s perception plays is quite different.

Different Electric Vehicles Pioneer Best Technology First

February 28, 2015  by  

IDTechEx chairman Dr Peter Harrop

Dr. Peter Harrop

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles analysed in the IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025″ (

For example, electric cars will have at least six types of energy harvesting variously converting ultra violet, infrared, visible light, vibration, vertical, lateral and forward movement into electricity but also heat differences.

Toshiba Bluetooth IC with Integrated DSP Targets Automotive Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Subsystems

February 27, 2015  by  

Toshiba Bluetooth ICBuilt-In Supporting Circuitry and Inclusion of Full Software Stack and Profiles Saves on System Bill-of-Materials and Helps Lower Time to Market

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new system IC that combines full Bluetooth® operation with audio processing capabilities and supporting circuitry.

The TC35668IXBG offers a highly integrated solution for automotive hands-free and audio streaming subsystems. Suitable for integration by car OEMs and for after-sales automotive market audio systems, the new IC can also form the basis of a subsystem such as a wireless speaker.

Infineon Launches LITIX™ Basic LED Driver Family for Reliable Control of Automotive Exterior LED Lighting

February 27, 2015  by  

infineon LITIX-Basic_SSOP-14_plainInfineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launched its LITIX™ Basic family of LED drivers specifically designed for low-power to medium-power automotive exterior lighting applications.

The high-integration LED driver family reduces system complexity and improves reliability of turn indicator, tail, stop and reverse LED lights. By reducing part count and offering more features than discrete design approaches, the LITIX Basic family allows automotive manufacturers to expand the use of brand-specific and safety-enhancing LED light systems.

All-New VW Touran Has MirrorLink

February 26, 2015  by  

Smartphone Connectivity Technology Makes it Easier to Bring Apps to the Dash

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new Volkswagen Touran is MirrorLink® enabled. MirrorLink brings smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. The Touran will be available in Europe in Q2 2015.

2016-Volkswagen-Touran-R-Line-PLACEMENT-626x382Volkswagen also announced that MirrorLink is now available in the Sharan. Other MirrorLink-enabled Volkswagen models include the Passat, Beetle and Polo.

Renesas Develops 28nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology for Automotive Microcontrollers

February 26, 2015  by  

renesas logoAchieves Random Access Speed of 200 MHz and Write Throughput of 2.0 MB Per Second

Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a new flash memory technology for on-chip flash memory microcontrollers (MCUs) using a 28-nanometer (nm) embedded Flash (eFlash) process technology.

Regulations on cars’ CO2 emissions, fuel efficiency and exhaust gases are increasingly strict in countries around the world. As a result, support for new engine control methods is required. Furthermore, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistant System) is now desired to create a safe, secure, and comfortable automotive experience. To respond to these market needs, further increases in performance, and lower power consumption, are required in the automotive MCUs.

QNX Wireless Framework Promises Smartphone-Caliber Connectivity for Embedded Systems

February 25, 2015  by  


At Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced the launch of the QNX® Wireless Framework, a software solution that allows embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi® hardware changes without having to rewrite software applications or change how the applications run.

Modem technology for embedded systems is evolving quickly, creating demand for system designs that can rapidly and flexibly support the latest cellular or Wi-Fi communications hardware. The QNX Wireless Framework achieves this through an easy-to-use application programming interface (API) that remains consistent, regardless of the underlying cellular or Wi Fi module or chipset.

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