Frost & Sullivan Sees Virtual Cockpits Closer to Reality

September 2, 2015  by  

frost sullivan logoHybrid Instrument Clusters Are Set to be the Standard Beyond 2020

The research firm Frost & Sullivan sees modernization efforts sweeping through the instrument cluster (IC) space as automakers in North America and Europe strive to provide consumers with a unique driving experience.

Analog gauges in cars will become obsolete by 2021, giving way to hybrid and fully digital ICs with flexible designs that facilitate personalization. Next-generation ICs will feature customizable dials and advanced liquid-crystal-display (LCD) quantum dot displays containing detailed, relevant information.

Autoliv Acquires M/A-COM Automotive Solutions Business

September 2, 2015  by  

macom logo 20140429_034836_macomAutoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the automotive business of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSI) (MACOM).

The “Automotive Solutions” business that Autoliv intends to acquire is a carve-out of the automotive business of MACOM, which supplies high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products. The MACOM unit supplies integrated, embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) modules to the automotive industry.

Other technologies and intellectual property included in the transaction are various Radio Frequency (RF) and antenna products (hardware and software) and Electronic Horizon, an advanced driver assistance system connecting navigation and GPS data to improve safety, fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

DTS to Acquire HD Radio Developer iBiquity Digital

September 2, 2015  by  

ibiquityDTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting for approximately $172 million.

DTS expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

iBiquity is the exclusive developer and licensor of HD Radio technology, the sole FCC-approved method for upgrading AM/FM broadcasting from analog to digital. HD Radio technology provides improved audio quality, expanded content choices and new digital data services such as album cover art and real-time traffic updates.

Microchip MOST150 Coaxial Transceiver Aids Automotive Infotainment Networks Based on Coaxial Cables

September 1, 2015  by  

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Fully Compliant MOST® Infotainment Network Architecture Features a Robust Physical Layer and Proven Electromagnetic Compatibility Behavior

Microchip Technology Inc. announced what it said is the industry’s first MOST150 coaxial transceiver.

Extending the usage of coaxial cabling to powerful automotive infotainment networks based on the latest MOST150 standard, the new OS82150 integrates a coaxial cable driver and coaxial cable receiver into a 4×4 mm QFN package.

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Agero and The Floow Partner to Enhance Agero’s Driver360 Mobile UBI Platform

September 1, 2015  by  


TheFloow logoAgero, Inc. has partnered with The Floow Limited to enhance Agero’s Driver360™ usage-based insurance (UBI) telematics platform with The Floow’s driver scoring and analytics capabilities.

“With increasing demand for UBI services from our clients, we strongly believe that mobile solutions will be critical for mass market deployments,” said Agero CEO Dave Ferrick. “The Floow is a leading global player in mobile-based UBI data analytics and services with an impressive record of deployments based on their leading data science and actuarial capabilities. Our collaboration allows us to bring our clients a best-in-class holistic solution that provides a seamless end-to-end experience from driver coaching, to roadside services, to emergency services and accident management.”

STMicroelectronics Says HAL Firmware Simplifies Embedded System Development

September 1, 2015  by  

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STMicroelectronics said the latest set of Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) firmware included in the design ecosystem of its STM32 ARM® Cortex®-M core 32-bit microcontrollers has been developed in compliance with the MISRA C guidelines and the ISO/TS16949 standard for automotive quality system management.

As a result, the company said, embedded-system developers can be confident in deploying ST’s low-level drivers and abstract APIs (Application Program Interfaces) in the release version of their own firmware, allowing them to focus on their own application code rather than spending time debugging or revalidating everything down to the low-level drivers.

Saft America Receives $6.13 Million USABC Award for Li-ion Stop-Start Battery Technology Development

August 31, 2015  by  

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Saft America Inc. announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.

The 30-month contract will focus on the development and delivery of lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications consistent with USABC goals based on Saft’s lithium-ion battery technologies along with battery management electronics.

The contract follows research previously conducted with USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development and an earlier contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicle applications.

u-blox Introduces a 150 Mbps 4G LTE and WCDMA Module

August 31, 2015  by  

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TOBY-L201 Features Multi-carrier Support

u-blox announced TOBY-L201, which the company said is the world’s first 4G LTE Cat 4 module with 3G WCDMA fall-back. The cellular voice and data modem, certified for both AT&T and Verizon networks, offers future-proof, high speed, always-on connectivity.

TOBY-L201 switches automatically or via AT command to AT&T’s or Verizon’s network without the need to load new firmware. Depending on which carrier’s SIM card is inserted, TOBY-L201 recognizes the carrier and starts on that carrier’s network.

If devices are equipped with two SIM cards or a configurable SIM chip, TOBY-L201 can be switched between operators on-the-fly via a simple AT command.

ams Acquires Advanced CMOS Sensor Business from NXP

August 28, 2015  by  

ams logo ams AG (SIX:AMS) has acquired the CMOS Sensor Business from NXP Semiconductors. The acquisition expands ams’ environmental sensor portfolio with advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors that measure several environmental variables such as relative humidity, pressure and temperature in one sensor device.

“Environmental sensors can replicate and enhance human responses by monitoring and measuring smell, pressure and temperature. By capturing this information electronically, data-driven decisions can be made automatically and efficiently,” said Thomas Riener, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at ams.

Toshiba Introduces a Brushless Motor Pre-Driver IC for Electric Power Steering

August 28, 2015  by  

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Toshiba’s TB9081FG – a brushless motor pre-driver IC for electric power steering systems

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) introduced the TB9081FG, a brushless motor pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety, for use in electric power steering systems (EPS).

Sample shipments will start on September 1st, 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in August, 2017.

Safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D[3], the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.”

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