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.

Valeo and peiker to Cooperate on Automotive Geolocation and Mobile Connectivity Solutions

February 24, 2015  by  

Valeo logoValeo announced the signing of a technological cooperation agreement with peiker, a leading supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions. The agreement will enable Valeo to broaden its range of automotive geolocation and mobile connectivity solutions.

Valeo’s global presence and know-how in on-board electronics, allied with peiker’s technological expertise, will allow both partners to offer automakers new telematic systems adapted to the needs of this high-growth market.

peiker logoThe partners’ shared objective is to benefit mutually from their respective capabilities, particularly in R&D, to create innovative products compatible with forthcoming LTE Advanced mobile (4G+) broadband services and beyond.

LDRA and TI Collaborate to Provide Advanced Testing Capabilities with New Functional Safety Platform

February 24, 2015  by  

LDRA Tools Provide Functional Safety Verification and Validation in Hercules™ SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages for Automotive and Industrial Functional Safety Applications

LDRA is collaborating with Texas Instruments (TI) to provide automated unit testing capabilities as part of TI’s new SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages (CSPs) for TI’s Hercules™ microcontrollers (MCU) software components.

SafeTI CSPs help TI customers comply with functional safety standards, reducing verification and validation efforts so that they can focus on differentiating their automotive and industrial systems, which will accelerate time to market.

Vector Software Releases VectorCAST 6.3 with Smaller Footprint, Safety-Critical Expertise

February 24, 2015  by  

vector 2-24-15Vector Software announced the release of VectorCAST™ 6.3, describing it as an Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-machine (M2M)-ready embedded test suite.

Analysts are projecting IoT and M2M to grow into a $71 billion industry by 2018 (Juniper Research, Smart Home Ecosystems & the Internet of Things, 12/02/2014). With billions of newly connected devices going on line, high quality software is essential for these devices to operate as intended.

VectorCAST Version 6.3 provides a new micro harness architecture designed for the special needs of IoT / M2M applications. The new architecture is critical for IoT / M2M applications because of the smaller microprocessors and limited resources that are available to these applications.

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