Toshiba Discloses Semiconductor Products Strategies

August 29, 2014  by  

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Toshiba recently disclosed its future plans for image sensors and mixed signal integrated circuits in automotive applications.

Image Sensors

Toshiba will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to sales expansion with Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.

The current image sensor market is mainly for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of approximately 800 billion yen. Future growth is expected on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.

IR Introduces Dual Low-side Driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Applications

August 28, 2014  by  

IR 8-28-14 12116PR_AUIRB24427S_finalInternational Rectifier (IR) (NYSE: IRF)  introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV), and high power industrial converters.

The AUIRB24427S features very high output current in excess of 6A per channel across the full temperature range and is designed to drive large IGBT and MOSFET gates in modules or discrete packages.

Due to the device’s extremely low output impedance in turn-on and turn-off mode, power losses are also very low, allowing operation in harsh and high temperature environments such as HEV power supply stages as a primary or secondary side driver.

Renesas R-Car V2H SoC Offers High-Res Image Recognition for Safer ADAS

August 28, 2014  by  


Single-Chip Device Packs Company’s Image Recognition Technology and Other Functions for High-Performance, Low Power, and Improved Safety

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

This is the first R-Car ADAS device from Renesas and includes additional functionality for higher performance, lower power, and improved safety in traditional and emerging self-driving vehicles.

Webasto-Edscha’s Convertible Roof Tops Off the Seventh Generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

August 28, 2014  by  

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Webasto-Edscha, Webasto’s convertible business unit, is for the first time the exclusive manufacturer of the soft top for the award-winning seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. The convertible roof has a number of lightweight components, providing even more headroom and features an improved design.

A German-American project team of engineers from Webasto’s Hengersberg site in Lower Bavaria and its American plant in Plymouth, Mich., developed the convertible top for the Corvette. The series production of the roof system takes place in Plymouth, with the soft top and inner lining delivered from the textile competence center in Puebla, Mexico.

J.D. Power Reports: Voice Recognition Is the Number One Problem With New Vehicles

August 28, 2014  by  

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Automakers Face Deepening Challenges with Technology as Customer Angst Builds

In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

LG Innotek Develops a Dual-Clutch Transmission Motor That Uses No Rare Earth Materials

August 28, 2014  by  

lginnotek 140902LG Innotek has developed what it said is the world’s first “rare earth free” automotive dual-clutch transmission (DCT) motor. It expects to produce the motor next year.

Easing Automakers’ Concerns

The motor marks an important breakthrough since it will ease concerns among automakers about their reliance on uncertain rare earth supplies. Rare earth elements are usually used in materials for automotive motors, but they are difficult to source and are subject to sharp price increases when supplies dwindle.

There are only small and concentrated reserves worldwide of the rare earth minerals, which are often used to provide magnetic properties for automotive motors.

Visteon Introduces Industry-First Dual Compatible In-Vehicle Wireless Charging System for General Motors

August 28, 2014  by  

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Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is debuting its first-to-market wireless charging system with General Motors. The solution uses inductive coupling technology to support both wireless charging standards – Power Matters Alliance (PMA)/Powermat® and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)/Qi.

Cadillac is featuring it on the 2015 ATS, and will add it to the CTS sports sedan this fall and to the Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

Wireless charging gives vehicle occupants a convenient way to recharge their mobile device and eliminates the need for power cords. It addresses what a recent study conducted by the WPC found to be the biggest complaint of smartphone users: battery life.

Melexis Aids Freescale Wireless Charging Launch

August 27, 2014  by  

melexis 8-27-14Wireless charging promises consumers a new level of convenience for maintaining readiness of mission critical and lifestyle enhancing communication tools.

Low battery warnings are never welcome but seem ever present with the increasing reliance on portable electronics in our personal and professional lives.

Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology enables a ready to use reference design solution that could free us from the dreaded low battery warning.

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Freescale Introduces Programmable Wireless Charging Solutions for Automotive and Consumer Applications

August 27, 2014  by  

Freescale 8-27-131489-IND-WIreless_Charging-infographic-final-HRFreescale introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs targeting automotive and consumer applications.

The new Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now.

In-Vehicle Wireless Charging

As feature-rich, power-hungry mobile devices rapidly proliferate, the need to charge anywhere grows imperative.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American’s daily work commute time to be about 50 minutes, and more consumers are bringing their mobile lives into the car expecting the same options as the home for charging and connectivity – thereby fueling demand for in-vehicle wireless charging.

Renesas Announces 40 nm RH850/C1x Microcontrollers for HEV/EV Motor Control Applications

August 27, 2014  by  


Integrated R/D Converter(s) and Enhanced Motor Control Peripherals Enable Higher Efficiency in Single or Dual Motor Control Systems

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) announced the RH850/C1x Series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), designed for motor control in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs).

Based on Renesas Electronics’ 40-nanometer (nm) process, the RH850/C1x Series features the RH850/C1H and RH850/C1M MCUs, which enable embedded designers to enhance efficiency, reduce system costs, and achieve higher safety levels for HEV/EV motor control systems.

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