January 26, 2015 by John Day
Product line engineering (PLE) solutions developer BigLever Software has partnered with Aras Corp. to deliver what BigLever says is the industry’s first integrated PLE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, the Aras Innovator/BigLever Gears Bridge.
According to BigLever and Aras, the integration of PLE and PLM is a significant step forward in enabling companies to reduce complexity, break down organizational and operational silos, and achieve new levels of efficiency, interoperability and alignment across all aspects of planning, designing, implementing, delivering, maintaining, and evolving a product line.
January 23, 2015 by John Day
Ford has opened Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.
“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO.
“This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem – anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. We are working to make these new technologies accessible to everyone, not just luxury customers.”
HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), has acquired Israeli-based Red Bend Software in a $170 million transaction including approximately $99 million in stock and $71 million in cash.
HARMAN has also acquired Symphony Teleca, a privately-held software services company based in Mountain View, California, for a base purchase price of $780 million.
Red Bend provides software management technology for connected devices, and over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware upgrading services. With more than two billion Red Bend-enabled devices delivered globally, Red Bend is the leading provider of advanced over-the-air (OTA) solutions, serving top handset manufacturers and mobile carriers.
Coilcraft said its AGP4233 Series shielded power inductors combine high current handling and high inductance, making them ideal for high-current power supply and filtering applications such as those used in electric vehicle start-stop systems.
They are offered in twelve standard inductance values from 6.8 to 470 µH, with current ratings as high as 101.8 Amps. Custom values are also available.
AGP4233 Series inductors feature flat wire windings which result in extremely low DC and AC resistance. Their vertical, through-hole mounting provides a small footprint and solderable tabs extend from the shield for increased board stability. They are halogen free and have RoHS compliant tin-silver over copper terminations.
Frost & Sullivan Sees Active Safety Features Driving Electric Power Steering in North American Vehicles
Three in four cars will incorporate the technology by 2021 with rack EPS seeing maximum demand
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shifting from electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and hydraulic power steering (HPS) systems to EPS in a bid to meet consumer demand for enhanced fuel economy, safety and comfort.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Insight into the Electric Power Steering Market in North America finds the market earned revenue of $2.55 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.44 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 percent.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced what it said is the world’s first true one-chip solution for smart car access, combining Passive Keyless Entry (PKE), RF transmitter for remote control and immobiliser in a HVQVN32 package – the NCF29A1.
The ultra-compact device allows new key designs and form factors like PKE chips in smartphones, smartwatches or smartphone cases, supporting complementary car access via mobile devices.
Helping to Drive Adoption in Safety-Critical Automotive Applications
ARM has delivered a comprehensive safety document set for the ARM® Cortex®-R5 processor to drive its adoption in safety-critical applications.
The Cortex-R5 safety documentation is available now for licensing and adds to ARM’s support for applications where ARM-based SoCs (systems on chips) are increasingly used.
The company said that delivery of the safety document set “is a vital step toward the cost-effective deployment of more technically advanced systems” across multiple sectors including automotive, health and industrial, the largest of which is automotive.
Abalta Technologies announced that John Jasper has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. Michael O’Shea, who founded the company, remains as chief executive officer.
“Abalta Technologies connected car business is growing rapidly and has gained recognition as a leading platform. In order to capitalize on this growth it was clear to me that we needed to add to our leadership team.” said O’Shea. “John Jasper has substantial experience leading high growth technology businesses and I look forward to bringing this experience to bear at Abalta.”
The Korean car manufacturer, currently the No. 4 producer of automotive vehicles worldwide, awarded a double-digit million Euro sales volume over a period of 6 years.
Leoni obtained the project to equip a compact car model from December 2016 with a front body cable harness. The European wiring systems producer convinced with a concept which contains the cable harness production in a logistically close environment to the customer plant in the Czech Republic.
Potential for Use Within Cars
ams AG (SIX:AMS) introduced its AS721x Autonomous Day-lighting Manager, which it said is the industry’s first integrated chip-scale Internet of Things (IoT)-connected smart lighting manager.
TheAS721x, representing a new class of sensor-integrated smart lighting manager solutions, is designed to deliver cost-effective, IoT-connected, integrated control capabilities to luminaire, light engine and replacement lamp manufacturers.
Photopic sensors built with nano-optic filters integrated into the AS721x series are designed to help lighting manufacturers address the growing challenges of energy-saving lighting mandates, including daylighting controls. These challenges are more cost-effectively met by bringing the controls, connectivity such as Bluetooth, and high-granularity sensing into the luminaires themselves.