ETAS Releases New ES523 CAN FD Interface Module

February 23, 2015  by  

ETAS_ES523ETAS introduced a new CAN FD (CAN with Flexible Data Rate) interface module designed to calibrate ECUs and capture measurement data from ECUs and ECU environments.

The module, ES523, comes with four CAN and three Ethernet connections and supports the new high-performance CAN FD protocol on all CAN channels. The backward-compatible CAN FD protocol developed by Bosch meets the automotive industry’s need for networks with high bandwidth.

CAN FD allows for 64 bytes and higher data rates in the data phase and fulfills future bandwidth requirements of up to 8 Mbit/s at low node cost.

Trends in Auto Safety – Eliminating the Blind Spot

February 19, 2015  by  


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One of the most interesting and fastest growing automobile safety applications is Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). These systems use a combination of sensors, cameras and displays to provide greater driver visibility and also react to dangerous situations when a driver doesn’t. The ability to deliver reliable, easy to integrate and cost effective video solutions will be key enablers of the next generation of ADAS features, which are increasing driver safety and ultimately consumer demand for new vehicles. Sophisticated SoCs introduced reliability issues, booting up too slowly to provide timely rear camera video to the driver immediately after initial ignition of the vehicle.

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Volvo Drive Me Project Helps Ordinary Drivers Integrate Self-Driving Cars into Traffic

February 19, 2015  by  

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Volvo Cars announced the Drive Me project – a system solution for integrating self-driving cars into real traffic with ordinary people in the driver’s seat.

“We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

“Taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, has never been done before.”

QNX Hypervisor Enables Cost-Effective, Consolidated Embedded Systems

February 18, 2015  by  

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Enabling Critical and Non-Critical Applications to Run on a Single Hardware Platform.

QNX Software Systems announced the QNX® Hypervisor 1.0, a real-time Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters.

By using the QNX Hypervisor, embedded system developers can consolidate multiple operating systems onto a single compute platform or system-on-chip (SoC), thereby reducing the cost, size, weight, and power consumption of their products.

fliCharge USB PowerDisc Allows In-Vehicle Charging of Tablets as well as Smartphones and Other Devices

February 17, 2015  by  

flicharge Power discfliCharge International Ltd. (fliCharge), which developed the wireless smartphone charging technology used in vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota, has introduced a USB Auto-Detect PowerDisc for charging iPads, tablets, smartphones and a wide variety of other devices.

The patented fliCharge wire-free conductive charging technology is cost effective and safe, and has industry-leading charging efficiencies of over 95%, according to the company.

The technology can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad, regardless of their power requirements or position on the pad. According to fliCharge, its technology is the only interoperable wire-free charging solution that can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad regardless of their power requirement or position on the pad.

Synopsys Expands VDK for Renesas RH850 Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD for Automotive System Software Development

February 13, 2015  by  

vdk-renesas-fig1Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) Lets Companies Start Development Early and Improve Software Quality for RH850-based MCU Designs

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced the expansion of its Virtualizer™ Development Kit for Renesas’ RH850 MCU Family to include support for Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD automotive network peripherals.

The Synopsys VDK for Renesas RH850 MCU is a software development kit that uses RH850 virtual prototypes as a target with software debug and analysis tools. It enables automotive engineers designing RH850-based electronic control units (ECUs) to start software development, integration and test months before hardware is available, resulting in higher product quality and reduced development cost.

Baron Offers Contextual Weather Info for Connected Cars

January 28, 2015  by  

car_gps_fog1Baron Services, Inc., the Huntsville, Alabama company that provides storm tracker service to TV stations and up-to-date information on weather and road conditions to drivers via SiriusXM, is currently marketing a Driver Safety Program to automakers and tier one suppliers.

Chris Carr, Baron’s director of business development, said the program’s objective is to make immediate, contextual information on weather and road conditions available to drivers as part of a comprehensive safety package configured by each automaker.

Baron provides the weather information to automakers via an API (application programming interface).

Infor Announces an EDI Cloud Solution to Improve Automotive Industry Manufacturing Efficiency

January 27, 2015  by  

INFOR 01-27-17 5877188Infor announced Infor Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Managed Service to offer automakers and suppliers a powerful yet economic solution to improve the efficiency of their manufacturing operations.

More than 73,000 manufacturers, including the top 20 automotive suppliers, use Infor technology.

Combining Infor ION® Middleware and Rocket Software’s EDI
Infor’s new cloud-based EDI offering combines Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware solution, and Rocket Software’s (formerly Trubiquity) EDI.

It’s said to provide a fast, easy and secure way to manage data and satisfy global automotive EDI requirements, and it can aid in reducing the cost, time and effort typically needed to keep pace with the ever-changing manufacturing industry.

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center

January 23, 2015  by  

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Ford has opened Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO.

“This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem – anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. We are working to make these new technologies accessible to everyone, not just luxury customers.”

NXP Releases Ultra-Compact Smart Car Access Solution

January 22, 2015  by  

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Chip opens new use cases for the secure connected car;  enables car access solutions embedded in smartphones, smartwatches and new designs for car keys

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced what it said is the world’s first true one-chip solution for smart car access, combining Passive Keyless Entry (PKE), RF transmitter for remote control and immobiliser in a HVQVN32 package – the NCF29A1.

The ultra-compact device allows new key designs and form factors like PKE chips in smartphones, smartwatches or smartphone cases, supporting complementary car access via mobile devices.

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