Press-Fit Technology Clear Choice for Automotive Applications

September 24, 2015  by  

By Scott Marceau, Molex Incorporated


Market demand is high for economical in-vehicle navigation, infotainment, electric and hybrid drivetrains. Advanced vehicle safety features are proliferating. Automotive manufacturers need cost-effective strategies for designing and assembling durable electrical and electronic systems. Increasingly, they are turning to press-fit technology to augment and replace solder joints…

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Accelerating Sensor Development with Rapid Prototyping and Model-Based Design

September 4, 2015  by  

By Martin Hein, Hella Fahrzeugkomponenten GmbH

Before automotive OEMs purchase a new sensor system, they want to see a real-time prototype of the sensor working in a vehicle environment so as to evaluate its performance and potentially modify its specifications. To meet this requirement, we use a custom rapid control prototyping platform and Model-Based Design to build real-time prototypes of new designs early in the development process. The real-time prototype (known at Hella as an A-sample) serves both as a proof of concept and as a living specification throughout development…

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MEMS Performs Under Pressure

September 1, 2015  by  

By Dubravka Bilic, Steven Elwell, Andrew McNeil
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are electronic systems that monitor air pressure inside pneumatic tires. TPMS senses and then transmits tire-pressure information via wireless communication. TPMS provides several benefits. It increases safety by reporting under-inflated tires that could compromise vehicle handling or cause the tire to fail unexpectedly. Consequently, TPMS is now part of the mandatory equipment for passenger cars in most developed countries. In this article we will describe challenges designing, testing, and verifying TPMS systems designed to measure the higher pressure found in truck tires…

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Maxim Integrated Collaborates with NVIDIA® on DRIVE™ CX and PX Platforms for Automotive Infotainment and Piloted Driving Solutions

July 30, 2015  by  

Maxim brings expertise in high-performance analog integration to NVIDIA automotive platforms.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) has collaborated with NVIDIA to enable the analog blocks on automotive infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for NVIDIA’s DRIVE CX (cockpit) and PX (piloted driving) platforms.

Maxim Integrated collaborates with NVIDIA on infotainment and piloted driving solutions.

Maxim Integrated collaborates with NVIDIA on infotainment and piloted driving solutions.

Deserializer Integrates Four Surround View Camera Streams in Automotive Applications

July 30, 2015  by  

ADAS deserializer shortens design time and lowers cost for a surround view.

ADAS deserializer shortens design time and lowers cost for a surround view.

Maxim Integrated’s quad deserializer eliminates components, shortens design time, and lowers cost for automotive camera applications.

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with fewer components and faster time to market. Just one MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Introduces New Wide Input Voltage 3 A Synchronous Buck Regulator IC

July 30, 2015  by  

High Output Current with Superior Loop Stability and Desirable Transient Response

Allegro-A8654Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new high output current synchronous buck regulator IC that integrates low RDSon high-side and low-side N-channel MOSFETs. Allegro’s A8654 incorporates PWM current mode control to provide simple compensation, excellent loop stability and fast transient response. The A8654 utilizes external compensation to accommodate a wide range of power components to achieve both excellent loop stability and desirable transient response. This new buck regulator IC is targeted at the automotive, industrial and instrumentation markets with typical end applications to include infotainment and GPS systems, automobile audio and camera systems, home audio, and industrial systems.

Condensation Modeling in LED Headlight Development

July 30, 2015  by  

MentorGraphics-condensation-headlight-modelingCondensation in automotive head lights can be detrimental to consumer acceptance of a product and in certain instances lead to recalls and warranty issues. This presentation describes a numerical method for transient simulation of liquid film formation process on the surface of an element in a head light as part of a CFD thermal analysis.

Automotive LED headlight reliability and optical performance requires careful thermal design especially due to LED operating temperature & radiometric performance. As part of this condensation simulation topic, adequate radiative heat transfer modeling is described on using a “band” Monte-Carlo radiation model. This enables proper simulation of the focusing influences of semi-transparent materials (glass, plastic), reflective and refractive surfaces in a complex headlight design.

Microsemi Announces Availability of First Device in New Family of Smart Inductor Sensor Interface ICs

July 30, 2015  by  

Industry’s First Inductive Sensor IC Based Upon LVDT Architecture Implementations on PCBs Designed for Automotive and Industrial Applications

LX3301A_v2Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) announced the availability of the first device in its new family of sensor interface integrated circuits (ICs) based upon inductive sensing technology. The LX3301A, the first inductive sensor IC in the market utilizing linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) architecture implementations on printed circuit boards (PCB), is designed for applications within the automotive and industrial markets.

New Interactive Documentation Tool Makes ECU Calibration Easier

July 28, 2015  by  

ETAS_EHANDBOOK_webAs engineers develop ECU functions, thousands of pages of PDF documentation are generated. These pages are often referred back to during calibration, when the functions are fine-tuned. Sifting through huge PDF files is a tedious, time-consuming process.

A solution to this common problem is ETAS’ EHANDBOOK –an interactive tool that offers intelligent search functionality in place of tiresome manual searches and that automatically generates interactive graphics and models from ASCET, Simulink®, or C-code.

EHANDBOOK helps calibration engineers manage information and work efficiently, offering them a deep understanding of the ECU functions their colleagues in function development have produced. This interaction improves quality in the development process and shares knowledge within the organization, but above all it saves valuable time.

PLM Road Map™ 2015 for the Global Automotive Industry and their Supply Chain Partners

July 28, 2015  by  

Automotive’s High Tech Revolution

PLM Road Map for the Global Automotive Industry—a unique one day, right sized event focused on the issues and concerns facing the global automotive industry and their supply chain partners.

November 24, 2015 | The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost | Munich |Germany (8:00 am – 5:15 pm)

PLMRoadmap-49PLM Road Map 2015 for the Global Automotive Industry is the must-attend event for automotive industry executives (OEMs and suppliers) and PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the automotive industry germinate and take root. The theme for this event is “Automotive’s High Tech Revolution.”

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