May 28, 2015 by John Day
Eaton has launched its automotive grade Coiltronics® HCMA Series of high current power inductors to meet and exceed the Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC) Q200 Grade 3 standard with a maximum total temperature operation range from minus 55 degrees to 125 degrees Celsius (C).
The inductors are designed to withstand temperature and shock stresses found in automotive applications to support greater reliability in electronics for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), vehicle control, body control, lighting, infotainment, cluster controls, heating and air conditioning, chassis and safety systems.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that the Volvo Car Group smoothly migrated from MOST25 to the latest MOST150 standard in its all-new Volvo XC90 model, using Microchip’s OS81110 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs).
After many years of using Microchip’s MOST25 INICs, Volvo Cars needed to enable its latest infotainment systems with the ability to carry Ethernet packets. MOST150 was a natural choice because, in addition to all of its other features, it is the first and only standard to provide a proven, automotive-ready physical layer for Ethernet packet transport inside cars. And it does so in accordance with the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet specifications.
Vector Software Announces Enhanced Integration to Code Composer Studio™ IDE v6 from Texas Instruments®
Vector Software announced the integration of its VectorCAST Test Automation Platform with integrated development environment, Code Composer Studio™ IDE v6 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
Code Composer Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that supports TI’s wireless connectivity, microcontroller and processors portfolio.
Code Composer Studio (CCS) comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, and many other features.
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the S-57P1 Series of bipolar latch type hall effect sensor ICs for automotive applications requiring high performance, reliability, and accuracy. Typical applications include motors for fans and power steering.
The S-57P1 series features an operating temperature range of -40 ˚C up to 150 ˚C, an operating voltage range from 2.7V to 26.0V, and magnetic accuracy of ±1.0mT.
Toyota and Honda Have the Best Relationships With Suppliers
By Paul Teague
Mastering the fundamentals of procurement can bring big gains in operating profit. Conversely, weakness in the fundamentals can cause companies to miss out on those gains. Today, we learned just how much money that could be, at least in the automotive industry.
The latest North American Automotive Tier 1 Supplier Working Relations Index Study, released recently by consultancy Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI), says that Toyota and Honda have the best relationships with suppliers and have benefitted economically from their SRM efforts. Among the benefits: early access to suppliers’ new technology, support from suppliers beyond that required by contract terms, and greater price concessions.
Q&A With Jeff Blecher, Agero Senior VP, Strategy.
Agero is working with the AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center to study the risks and benefits associated with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Are automakers designing features that assume a driver is paying attention?
Automakers are taking different paths regarding driver attention – some are using eye tracking technologies, some are requiring you to keep your hands on the steering wheel, and others are relying on the driver to mostly self-monitor.
The MIT AgeLab, the New England University Transportation Center and Agero are working together to assess the safety relevant benefits of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the risks involved with in-vehicle demands.
The collaboration will draw initially upon the automotive insurance industry and eventually involve automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and the consumer electronics industry. It will attempt to:
• Characterize the relative safety benefits of various ADAS in different operating contexts
• Develop objective data on the utilization of these systems
• Establish normative and environmentally valid characterizations of “safety critical events”
• Collect the most up-to-date set of data on the ecosystem of electronics usage and related distractions in the vehicle
May 22, 2015 by John Day
FLEXConnect.IVI Improves IVI User Experience and
FLEXConnect.ANC Reduces In-Vehicle Noise
Mitsubishi Electric announced two new FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. FLEXConnect.IVI provides a three-screen user interface that is both intuitive and cost effective, and FLEXConnect.ANC is an Active Noise Control (ANC) system that cancels less predictable and harmonically unrelated road sounds.
The FLEXConnect architecture is a family of systems that extend typical infotainment uses by allowing easy access across multiple devices over Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Last year Mitsubishi Electric introduced the FLEXConnect series with FLEXConnect.RSE, (Rear Seat Entertainment). FLEXConnect.RSE features two rear-seat screens that allow the user to stream multiple contents per individual preferences while operating as independent units controlled through the Ethernet AVB architecture.
Analog Devices 4-channel, 24-GHz Receiver Downconverter MMIC Combines Low-Noise, High Linearity and Low Power Consumption.
Analog Devices, Inc. introduced the ADF5904, a highly integrated, 4-channel, 24-GHz receiver downconverter MMIC that combines low-noise performance, high linearity and low-power consumption.
The ADF5904 is designed for multi-channel receiver, high-frequency applications that use digital beam forming, such as automotive ADAS, microwave radar sensors, and industrial radar systems – environments where energy efficiency is becoming a more important system-level design consideration.
The ADF5904 24-GHz receiver enables these and other sensor applications by offering best-in-class receive sensitivity, according to the company, while using less overall power than competing RF technologies.
Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8495, a current mode, fixed frequency SEPIC/boost DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 70V switch.
Ultralow quiescent current of only 9µA makes it ideal for always on automotive systems, and its integrated power-on reset (POR) and watchdog timer offer enhanced system reliability required in automotive and industrial applications.
The LT8495 starts up from an input voltage range of 2.5V to 32V, and once running, it operates from inputs of 1V to 60V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.