Automotive industry executives agree that connectivity and digitization will be the number one trend affecting their business through to 2025, according to KPMG’s 17th annual Global Automotive Executive Survey.
Self-driving car capabilities are becoming increasingly relevant as industry executives have embraced this futuristic feature as a more important purchasing criterion in years to come. These trends signal that major transformation is ahead as the industry continues to adapt to significant changes and challenges coming its way.
At the Chicago Auto Show, Rand McNally introduced OverDryve™, a connected-car device that brings luxury car features to mainstream automobiles. OverDryve is a dashboard tablet that provides a combination of entertainment, information, navigation, and safety features that make an ordinary drive more engaging, enjoyable and safe – all for less than $400.
“The vast majority of the 250 million U.S. cars and light trucks on the road today don’t have sophisticated electronics – features such as voice recognition and control, hands-free texting and forward collision detection, just to name a few,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally. “OverDryve upgrades ordinary vehicles by providing an advanced connected-car experience for a fraction of the cost of a high-end luxury car.”
ABI Research Predicts Growth for ADAS in China after 2017, Driving 36% CAGR Revenue Growth through 2020
Growth in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) market remained largely confined to North America, Western Europe, and Japan in 2015, driven by an increase in affordable packages on high-volume models and ratings agencies boosting consumer awareness, according to ABI Research.
The focus of growth has shifted, however, and is now concentrated in developing regions, with the world’s largest auto market, China, ramping up to become the center of attention for domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers. ABI Research forecasts China’s ADAS market growth to gain speed between 2017 and 2020, increasing by roughly 40% per year.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) introduced automotive-grade NOR Flash products with wider voltage and a larger temperature range. With the SST26VF SQI product family, Microchip said it has become the only vendor to offer an extended-voltage Serial Quad I/O Flash device in automotive temperature grades.
The new family of products, available in densities of 16-, 32- and 64- Megabits, operates at Automotive Grade 2 and 3 and extends the operating voltage from 2.7V down to 2.3V and temperature up to 105°C.
AVX Corporation has introduced the TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q200 specification for passive components, the TCQ Series meets the AEC’s 125°C lifetime stability test and humidity bias testing at 85°C and 85% relative humidity for up to 1,000 hours.
“The AEC-Q200 lifetime stability and humidity bias tests are notoriously difficult for polymer capacitors to pass due to inherent material limitations,” said Gordon Hoey, global automotive product marketing manager, AVX. “As such, we based our new TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors on our proven, high reliability TCR Series professional conductive polymer chip capacitors, making several critical improvements to the material, design, and manufacturing processes in order to deliver the enhanced endurance and high stability, harsh environment performance required to achieve AEC-Q200 qualification.”
February 5, 2016 by John Day
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing to roll out Microchip’s MOST50 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) to power the infotainment systems throughout Toyota’s vehicle line.
The new Toyota premium Lexus RX SUV is the latest deployment among a wide variety of the Toyota brands, which have been using MOST50 in their infotainment systems for several model years. As the carmaker has in previous implementations, Toyota is using MOST® technology to ensure high-quality digital audio streaming throughout its new luxury Lexus RX SUV.
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2379.TW) announced what it described as both a highly integrated Ethernet-based camera SoC solution and also the smallest such device.
The RTL9020AA integrates all functions required in a camera module, including Image Signal Processing (ISP), fisheye calibration, video compression (MJPEG/H.264), Ethernet MAC (with Audio Video Bridging), and 100BASE-T1 PHY. Target applications include rear-view and surround view camera systems.
New agreement includes a broad range of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles
SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a subsidiary of SiriusXM, will provide the next generation of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles. A new, five-year agreement extends the relationship between SiriusXM and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. to help deliver a new and expanded array of safety, security and convenience services.
SiriusXM has been delivering connected vehicle services to Honda and Acura customers since 2013 through HondaLink and AcuraLink. HondaLink and AcuraLink provide convenient access to maps, weather, restaurants and points of interest, in addition to remote and assist services. Users can also schedule service appointments, repairs and more.
Marvell Introduces 1000BaseT1 Development Platform with Automotive Grade Connectors from TE Connectivity
Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) announced a new automotive Ethernet reference platform integrated with TE Connectivity’s (TE) MATEnet modular and scalable connector for automotive Ethernet.
The platform supports audio video bridging (AVB) switching solutions with 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capability. It also enables car manufacturers to quickly prototype automotive systems with Gigabit Ethernet for electrical and electronic (E/E) architectures including In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Electronic Control Units (ECU) and Vehicle Domain Gateways.
February 1, 2016 by John Day
Morocco to become new industrial platform serving customers in the EMEA region
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) (TE) opened its first manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone and in Africa. The inauguration of the new cable assembly plant is an important milestone in TE’s strategic partnership with the Moroccan government to join the automotive ecosystem. The collaboration is part of the government’s strategic industrialization and acceleration program which has established the automotive sector as one of its top priorities for growth. With the support of the Ministry of Industry team and the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA), TE established the facility and started operations in less than one year.