Freescale SABRE Infotainment Development System Enables Ethernet AVB; Internet of Things

October 21, 2014  by  

Freescale 10-21-14 32774-COR-SABREAI-dashboard-v3-fnl-LRAutomotive hardware/software solution streamlines development of infotainment systems incorporating Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) for the connected car of the future

At the SAE Convergence Conference & Exhibition, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.

The new hardware and software will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.

The comprehensive new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment.

OmniVision’s OV10642 and OV10625 Enhance Automotive Applications With Best-In-Class Sensitivity and HDR

October 20, 2014  by  

 

New Sensors Enable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Such as Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Avoidance

OmniVision Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced the newest additions to its portfolio of OmniHDR™ automotive high dynamic range (HDR) sensors: the 1.3-megapixel OV10642 and the WVGA OV10625.

Both the OV10642 and the OV10625 deliver top-level sensitivity and HDR performance in their respective market segments. The sensors also use a special red-clear filter that is required for many forward-looking automotive applications. These benefits enable a host of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including lane departure warning, blind spot detection and traffic signal detection, among others.

Synopsys Introduces On-Chip Memory Test and Repair Solution for Embedded Flash

October 20, 2014  by  

 

DesignWare STAR Memory System for Embedded Flash Reduces Test Cost by 20 Percent and Enables In-Field Diagnostics for IoT and Automotive SoCs

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) introduced the DesignWare® STAR Memory System® for Embedded Flash product, the industry’s first integrated memory test and repair solution with test algorithms optimized for on-chip embedded flash memories.

synopsys logoThe DesignWare STAR Memory System is an automated pre- and post-silicon memory test, diagnostic and repair solution that enables designers to improve test coverage, reduce design time, lower test costs and maximize manufacturing yield.

Freescale Introduces “World’s Smallest” Integrated Tire Pressure Monitoring System

October 20, 2014  by  

freescale 33380-FXTH87-chip_tire_proofHighly integrated tire pressure monitoring device combines the smallest package and lowest power consumption for improved safety through precise tire pressure sensing

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams.

The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver.

Designing 2015 Toyota Avalon Electrical Systems

October 20, 2014  by  

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Charan Lota, Earnee Gilling and Nick Sitarski led electrical system design teams for the 2015 Toyota Avalon

Electrical Systems (ES) engineers at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, Michigan, spent months engaged in customer research in the course of designing the 2015 Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan that launched this week.

The research included clinics, focus groups, surveys, and visits to dealers.

“A tremendous effort goes into designing a car that meets design goals,” says Avalon chief engineer Randy Stephens. “The (Avalon) powertrain was the same as that in the previous generation, and we had a really competitive powertrain, so what we wanted to do was change everything around it to have this vehicle match our vision.

Laird Opens a New Telematics Design and Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

October 17, 2014  by  

laird logoLaird opened a new telematics manufacturing plant in Shanghai to serve the international automotive market.

The new plant, which covers 17,151 square meters (184,616 square feet), serves as both a design and manufacturing center for Laird. An in-house engineering team utilizes local ingenuity and technical expertise, which is then leveraged by the manufacturing team to produce “smart” antenna solutions and applications.

The team also produces components that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and other emerging mobile technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, all of which will greatly enhance driver safety, the passenger experience and the management of vehicle assets in the future.

China Automotive Systems Wins More Steering Gears Business from Chrysler

October 17, 2014  by  

china automotive systemsPower steering components and systems supplier China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has a multi-year agreement to supply Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s North American subsidiary, Chrysler Group LLC (“Fiat Chrysler”), with steering gears for the 2015 RAM® 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.

CAAS began working with Chrysler in 2008 by supplying steering gears to the Jeep® Wrangler. In 2012, CAAS expanded its relationship with Chrysler by supplying steering gears to the RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks.

Ford, Tweddle Launch Interactive Mustang App

October 17, 2014  by  

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Ford and Tweddle have launched a new full-featured interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang.

The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.

Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.

Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.

TI Introduces Fully Integrated LED Matrix Manager for Adaptive Automotive Headlight Systems

October 16, 2014  by  

Compact, scalable solution reduces board space by 73 percent, controls up to 96 high-brightness LEDs in innovative headlamps

Texas Instruments (TI) introduced what it described as the industry’s first fully integrated high-brightness LED matrix manager IC for adaptive automotive headlight systems.

The TPS92661-Q1 is a compact, scalable solution that enables automobile manufacturers to create innovative LED headlamps that vary beam patterns and intensity dynamically for optimum roadway illumination and enhanced driver safety. For more information, samples and evaluation modules, visit www.ti.com/tps92661-q1.

TI's TPS92661-Q1 LED matrix manager is a compact, scalable solution that enables automobile manufacturers to create innovative LED headlamps that vary beam patterns and intensity dynamically for optimum roadway illumination and enhanced driver safety

TI will demonstrate the TPS92661-Q1 in booth #217 at the SAE Convergence Conference and Exhibition in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 21-22.

Automakers Test Technology That Will Allow Utility Companies to Communicate with Plug-In Vehicles

October 16, 2014  by  

EPRI Focus Electric Infographic HeroFord Motor Company is joining seven global automakers for a test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

The automakers are collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute, leading utility companies and Sumitomo Electric to develop a two-way communication platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles from all participating manufacturers – with their varying technologies – to work with power grids.

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