From Continental’s Perspective – the Why and How of Smartphone Integration In Cars

August 26, 2014  by  

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“We see across the market a huge fragmentation in mobile phone integration solutions,” said Brian Droessler, Continental Vice President, Software and Connected Solutions.

“Google has come out with their smartphone link, Apple announced CarPlay, MirrorLink is out there and still kicking, Tweddle has a solution, Airbiquity, Abalta – there’s a whole host of them, and Continental works with all of them. We’re not exclusively tied to any of them because there’s not going to be one particular method that’s going to win out.”

Wrightspeed Powertrain Updates Trucks in California

August 26, 2014  by  


A sizable percentage of garbage trucks (solid waste collection vehicles) in California no longer meet California Air Resources Board (ARB) emission standards and must be replaced. New trucks cost in the vicinity of $500,000.

A San Jose company, Wrightspeed, offers a solution that is attracting the attention of solid waste fleet owners. It has developed a plug-in electric powertrain that can be retrofitted on the trucks in question, allowing them to surpass ARB’s emissions standards by 1,000 percent.

Elektrobit Offers a New Methodology for Developing Embedded Automotive Software

August 26, 2014  by  

EBElektrobit plans to preview a new automotive software development methodology on Thursday, September 4, during the 2014 Continuous Engineering Virtual Symposium.

The online event is hosted by IBM and facilitated by SAE International. For more information or to register, visit

Elektrobit’s methodology combines elements of Agile, Scrum, and Lean. “We’ve seen a huge rise in the complexity of automotive electronics software. The complexity can lead to projects being late, or over budget, or deficient in quality,” says Christian Mies, managing assistant, infotainment solutions.

AEM Components Introduces PMS Resettable Fuses

August 25, 2014  by  

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AEM Components introduced a new resettable fuse line with their PMS polymer positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) type resettable fuse. The resettable fuses can be used in automotive electronic devices and numerous other applications.

The PMS PPTC resettable fuses will help to prevent products from being damaged in an overcurrent or short circuit condition.
PMS series PPTC resettable fuses have the following characteristics and advantages:

– Provided in seven EIA size options; 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210, 1812, 2018, 2920
– High current ratings (up to 3.75A), high voltage rating (up to 60Vdc) and high current withstanding capability (100A)
– Compact 0603 package size now available up to 0.75A
– Fast trip-time characteristics
– Halogen-free, RoHS compliant and UL safety certified.

Murata to Acquire Peregrine Semiconductor

August 25, 2014  by  

Acquisition enhances Murata’s position as a world’s leading provider of RF system solutions

Murata Electronics North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata, for $12.50 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of $471 million ($465 million excluding Murata’s existing holding).

TI Class-D Audio Amplifier Integrates Load-Dump Protection and Diagnostics

August 25, 2014  by  

Integrated diagnostics and load-dump protection provide reliability and simplify design

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced the industry’s first automotive Class-D audio amplifier to integrate load-dump protection and diagnostics in a single device for emergency call (eCall) and instrument cluster systems.

Designers can eliminate multiple discrete components, simplify automotive-grade diagnostic design and extend battery back-up power with the mono-channel, analog differential input TAS5421-Q1. For more information and to order samples, visit

IDTechEx Forecasts $12B Electric Motorcycle Market

August 22, 2014  by  

IDTechEx predicts a market value of more than $12 billion in 2025 for electric motorcycles, including e-scooters and maxi scooters.

The market for such vehicles is nearly five times greater than the market for e-bikes with pedals according to the report, “Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025

IDTechEx says the big stories this year are car-like MicroEVs, the first category to be aimed primarily at emerging nations, and electric motorcycles, including e-maxi scooters and three wheel motorcycles.

Volvo and Autoliv Are Among Firms Developing Safety Systems at Sweden’s AstaZero Test Track

August 22, 2014  by  














According to the Volvo Group the 200,000 square meter AstaZero proving ground, opened recently in Borås, Sweden, is the world’s first full-scale test track for active automotive safety.

AstaZero was funded in cooperation with Volvo and Volvo Cars, and also by Autoliv, Scania, and Transport Agency, Region Västra Götaland, Vinnova, the Growth Board and Test Site Sweden.

AstaZero is short for Active Safety Test Area Zero, where “zero” is the Swedish government’s stated vision of zero traffic fatalities.

Linear Technology 38V Synchronous Step-Down Controller with 24V Output Capability Draws Only 50µA in Standby

August 21, 2014  by  

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Low Quiescent Current Synchronous Step-Down Controller

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3807, a low quiescent current synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 50µA in standby mode with the output voltage in regulation.

The 4V to 38V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients, continue operation during automotive cold crank and cover a broad range of input sources and battery chemistries.

The output voltage can be set from 0.8V to 24V at output currents up to 25 amps with efficiencies as high as 95%, making it well suited for automotive, heavy equipment, industrial and robotic applications.

Infineon Acquiring International Rectifier for $3B

August 20, 2014  by  

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Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.

The acquisition combines two semiconductor companies with leadership positions in power management technology. By the integration of International Rectifier, Infineon complements its offerings and will be able to provide customers with an even broader range of innovative products and services. Infineon will also benefit significantly from greater economies of scale as well as a larger regional footprint.

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