Continental Ring Catalyst Promises More Efficient NOx Reduction

April 19, 2016  by  

conti 4-19-16 img_2016_04_14_ls_folienstruktur_en-dataNew Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation will strictly regulate NOx emissions under all driving conditions, requiring high catalyst efficiency across a wide engine operating range

Substantial reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions are also required by the US SULEV 30 emissions standard. A close-coupled annular catalytic converter developed by Continental supports near-complete NOx conversion in turbocharged gasoline engines

HELLA Light Carpet Illuminates Vehicle Side Area

April 7, 2016  by  

HELLA_Light_carpet_function_in_the_new_BMW_7_SeriesThe night is dark and the parking lot is unlit. Where did I park the car? In the new BMW 7 Series, pressing a button on the key fob is all it takes to find your way.

A radiant carpet of light illuminates the ground under both sides of the car to guide the driver to it. The lamps that generate this effect were designed by lighting experts at HELLA and are the first of their kind.

Qualcomm and Ricardo Partner for Wireless EV Charging

April 1, 2016  by  

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Qualcomm Incorporated and Ricardo have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology license agreement.

Ricardo has licensed Qualcomm Halo™ technology to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted to Ricardo a royalty-bearing technology license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for automobile manufacturers. Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise and engineering support.

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Cypress Evaluation Kit Speeds Design of CAN and LIN Networking Protocol Applications

March 30, 2016  by  

cypress 3-30-16 349221CY8CKIT-026 Kit Provides an Arduino-compatible Shield Board that Combines with PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kits and PSoC Creator(TM) Software to Provide Low-Cost, Easy-to-Use Platform

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) introduced a new kit that enables designers to evaluate the Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) slave communication capability of Cypress’s PSoC(®) programmable system-on-chip and Flexible Microcontroller (MCU) families. The new CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit features two CAN transceivers for high-accuracy, high-speed transmissions, two LIN transceivers and Arduino compatible headers. Additionally, the kit includes five example projects that demonstrate the CAN and LIN capabilities of PSoC 4. The CAN and LIN protocols are widely used in automotive applications and some industrial applications.

Panasonic Delivers Thermal Sensing Solutions With Grid-EYE Infrared Array Sensor

March 25, 2016  by  

panasonic 3-24-16Panasonic Corporation has developed a thermal sensation estimation method* using the infrared array sensor Grid-EYE.

Based on the results of estimations, the company has started to deliver high-precision thermal sensing solutions that recognize thermal comfort for people.

The solution will be effective in homes and vehicles, among other applications.

The thermal sensation estimation method recognizes the human sensations of hot and cold by calculating heat loss based on the difference between human surface temperature and ambient temperature. The thermal sensing solutions Panasonic provides are a super-resolution algorithm using Grid-EYE, an infrared array sensor, to measure the temperature distribution in detail and detect objects, thereby achieving air conditioning suitable for sensed temperature by combining the obtained data and thermal sensation estimation method. In addition, Panasonic has developed unique software that maximizes performance and offer it in solutions for various applications.

TI 2.2-MHz, Low-Current Buck Converter Reduces Noise, Saves Space in Sensitive Power-Supply Systems

March 21, 2016  by  

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Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced a 2.2-MHz, dual-channel synchronous buck converter with features designed to significantly reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and high-frequency noise in high-voltage DC/DC step-down applications such as automotive infotainment and high-end cluster power-supply systems.

The LM5140-Q1 controller includes dual outputs with phase interleaving and is offered in wettable flank packaging that speeds manufacturing. Together with TI’s WEBENCH® Automotive Design tool, the LM5140-Q1 enables engineers to get their automotive designs to market faster. For more information, samples and an evaluation module, see

The A6985F and A6986F, Two New Efficient Synchronous DC/DC Buck Converters for Automotive Applications

March 17, 2016  by  

By Domenico Attianese, DC-DC Converters Senior Application Engineer

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The latest car generation includes more and more functionalities in body control, car infotainment / connectivity (including Advanced driver assistance systems — ADAS), and clusters. For example, onboard car multimedia is required to be compatible with everyday portable equipment and to play audio/video files from external storage media. Navigation and ADAS are options widely diffused in the automotive market.

Body control applications that are always connected to the battery require high efficiency in light load conditions to limit the overall current consumption, below 100 A typically, and so preserve the battery charge while the engine is off.

Managing real-time platforms for ADAS and automated driving

March 17, 2016  by  

By Dr. Kai Richter, Maurice Sebastian, Sean Whitty and Jonas Diemer of Symtavision (now part of Luxoft)
The move towards ADAS and automated driving marks a milestone in the history of the automotive industry, which possibly (some say most likely) will revolutionize passenger traffic worldwide. From a technical perspective, we are also seeing significant changes being caused by the arrival of new components and by totally new system and software architectures. As a consequence, new business models and new providers are beginning to emerge particularly in the areas of hardware/software and system integration.

Updates to LDRA Tool Suite Address Software Security Analysis, Vulnerability Identification Requirements

February 22, 2016  by  


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Enhanced Static and Dynamic Analysis with new Visual Reporting Ensure Early Detection and Correction of Software Security Issues

Responding to software development customers, LDRA delivered Version 10 of the LDRA tool suite with additional software security functionality.

Developed to address real-world concerns such as the hacking and takeover of system controls in automobiles, Version 10 of the LDRA tool suite adds a new set of static and dynamic analysis capabilities that detect, analyse and help eliminate software vulnerabilities in security-critical embedded applications.

Volvo Launches a Car That Needs No Key

February 19, 2016  by  

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Volvo On Call. Phone as key

For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys, but no longer. Volvo Cars said it plans to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017. Volvo customers will be offered an application for their mobile phones to replace the physical key with a digital key. The innovative Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology, will offer Volvo customers more flexibility, enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars.

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