Mitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV

March 13, 2015  by  

mitsubishi conceptMitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV (“Grand Cruiser”), a full-size crossover, recently made its North American debut.

It features a supercharged V-6 engine paired with a high-output electric motor/high-capacity lithium-ion battery, an 8-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain is said to offer high performance (335 bhp/250 kW) with exceptional fuel economy thanks to Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.

Safety and convenience technologies include Mitsubishi’s augmented reality technology AR Windshield and touchscreen-based Tactical Table connected car information system.

Seiko Instruments Releases Automotive LDO Regulator Capable of 36V Input Voltage and 250mA Output Current

March 12, 2015  by  

seiko 03-05-15 S-19212-E[1]Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the S-19212 Series automotive LDO regulator with 36V high input voltage and 250mA output current, featuring a super low current consumption of 6.5uA and high output voltage accuracy of +/-2.0%.

The S-19212 Series is suited for automotive use in constant-voltage power supply for ECUs for engines, transmissions and suspensions, Anti-lock Brake Systems, related Electric Vehicle equipment, and Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle electronics.

Other typical automotive applications include Body ECUs for bodies, headlamps, ITS, and accessories, navigation systems, and audio systems.

Luxoft Develops HMI for Rinspeed Budii Autonomous Electric Vehicle Concept

March 12, 2015  by  

Luxoft Holding, Inc (NYSE:LXFT) developed the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for an electric-powered self-driving vehicle concept, Budii, created by Rinspeed, a Swiss automobile manufacturer and tuning designer.

Rinspeed_IC_01The human-centric Budii is capable of learning a driver’s habits and preferences. The entire cockpit is designed around humans and their needs.

The digital instrument cluster and navigation screen are augmented by the head-up display. The intelligent car understands gestures and interacts with its environment and other vehicles along its route.

See the video demonstration of Budii here

Vishay RoHS-Compliant SMD MLCCs Feature Voltages to 3000 VDC, Three Dielectrics, Six Case Sizes

March 11, 2015  by  

16656776031_3f02a95b6c_zVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced a new series of RoHS-compliant, surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) for automotive applications.

Available with C0G (NP0), X7R, and X8R dielectrics in six body sizes ranging from 0402 to1812, Vishay Vitramon VJ….31X RoHS Automotive series devices offer high voltages and high-temperature operation to +150 °C for increased reliability.

The MLCCs released today are manufactured in precious metal technology (PMT/NME) with a wet build process and robust design. Qualified according to AEC-Q200 with PPAP available on request, VJ….31X RoHS Automotive devices are optimized for automotive powertrain, chassis, lighting, and comfort electronics, in addition to industrial sensors. The MLCCs will be used in engine, steering, and headlight control units, battery and power management, and power supplies.

Freescale S32V234 SoC Targets ADAS and Sensor Fusion

March 2, 2015  by  

Freescale S32V Sig GraphicReliability, Safety and Security Measures to Automate and “Co-Pilot” a Self-Aware Car.

Integrating Technology from CogniVue, Green Hills Software and Neusoft

At the Mobile World Congress, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) introduced the S32V234 vision microprocessor, an automotive system-on-chip (SoC) with sufficient reliability, safety and security measures to “co-pilot” a self-aware car.

The new device targets Front Camera, Rear Camera, 360° Surround View, and Sensor Data Fusion applications.

According to Freescale, the SoC leverages numerous automotive-grade technologies to help establish the essential bridge from the current, convenience-centric “assist” era to a time in the relatively near future when cars can capture, process and share control with drivers in critical situations.

Toshiba Bluetooth IC with Integrated DSP Targets Automotive Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Subsystems

February 27, 2015  by  

Toshiba Bluetooth ICBuilt-In Supporting Circuitry and Inclusion of Full Software Stack and Profiles Saves on System Bill-of-Materials and Helps Lower Time to Market

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new system IC that combines full Bluetooth® operation with audio processing capabilities and supporting circuitry.

The TC35668IXBG offers a highly integrated solution for automotive hands-free and audio streaming subsystems. Suitable for integration by car OEMs and for after-sales automotive market audio systems, the new IC can also form the basis of a subsystem such as a wireless speaker.

Infineon Launches LITIX™ Basic LED Driver Family for Reliable Control of Automotive Exterior LED Lighting

February 27, 2015  by  

infineon LITIX-Basic_SSOP-14_plainInfineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launched its LITIX™ Basic family of LED drivers specifically designed for low-power to medium-power automotive exterior lighting applications.

The high-integration LED driver family reduces system complexity and improves reliability of turn indicator, tail, stop and reverse LED lights. By reducing part count and offering more features than discrete design approaches, the LITIX Basic family allows automotive manufacturers to expand the use of brand-specific and safety-enhancing LED light systems.

LDRA and TI Collaborate to Provide Advanced Testing Capabilities with New Functional Safety Platform

February 24, 2015  by  

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LDRA Tools Provide Functional Safety Verification and Validation in Hercules™ SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages for Automotive and Industrial Functional Safety Applications

LDRA is collaborating with Texas Instruments (TI) to provide automated unit testing capabilities as part of TI’s new SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages (CSPs) for TI’s Hercules™ microcontrollers (MCU) software components.

SafeTI CSPs help TI customers comply with functional safety standards, reducing verification and validation efforts so that they can focus on differentiating their automotive and industrial systems, which will accelerate time to market.

AdaCore Launches QGen; Releases GNAT Pro 7.3

February 24, 2015  by  

qgenQGen, Customizable Code Generator and Model Verifier for Simulink and Stateflow Models 
Is Designed for Qualification Against Software Safety Certification Standards

At Embedded World 2015, AdaCore announced the release of QGen 1.0, a qualifiable and customizable code generator and model verifier for Simulink and Stateflow models.

AdaCore also released GNAT Pro 7.3, the latest version of its flagship Ada Development Environment. GNAT Pro 7.3 incorporates performance improvements, new functionality, and other enhancements.

“Thanks to its strong focus on safety, QGen reinforces the position of the Simulink and Stateflow environments as the preferred solutions for model-driven development of high-integrity control systems,” said QGen product manager Matteo Bordin.

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.

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