Automotive Architecture Based on ARM® Cortex® Technology Delivers Software and Hardware Scalability for Faster Development Through Future-Proofing Features and Optimal Software Reuse
At the Freescale Technology Forum 2015, Freescale Semiconductor introduced the S32K, which it described as the first automotive microcontroller (MCU) product line designed to significantly speed and simplify software development.
The S32K is based on ARM Cortex architecture, which delivers exceptional scalability and compatibility for a range of automotive electronics applications traditionally served by a heterogeneous and incongruous mix of 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs, while providing a strong foundation for advanced tools and software platforms.
At the Congress on Advances in Automotive Electronics, Elektrobit (EB) announced EB GUIDE 6, a software toolkit that allows automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and developers to design and develop sophisticated, customized human-machine interface (HMI) systems more easily, quickly and cost-effectively.
EB GUIDE 6 is an updated version of the company’s HMI toolkit for the development of multimodal in-car screens with advanced graphics, plus voice-, touch screen- and gesture-based controls.
EB is announcing a new pricing and licensing model with EB GUIDE 6 which includes a free, downloadable version—EB GUIDE Studio 6—available for download at http://www.eb-guide.com starting mid-August 2015.
June 17, 2015 by John Day
The next-generation SmartFusion®2 and IGLOO®2 low power, flash-based FPGAs and ARM® Cortex®-M3 enabled SoC FPGAs have achieved AEC-Q100 grade 2 qualification. According to Microsemi, they are the only devices of their type in the industry to offer advanced security and high reliability features critical for automotive applications.
“Security and reliability are major concerns in automotive applications, and these devices assure the safety of our customers’ design, data and hardware from tampering and cloning,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi. “In addition, the devices’ single event upset (SEU) immunity offers protection from neutron-induced firm errors, helping customers achieve zero defect rate—an essential requirement in the automotive industry.”
Osram Opto Semiconductors, Advanced Vision Systems Camera Provides High Quality Images in Poor Lighting
Osram and Advanced Vision Systems combined an Osram emitter with an Advanced Vision Systems camera to create an infrared camera with exceptional image quality in visible, 400-700 nm, and near infrared, 940 nm, spectrums.
Normally this technology would require two different cameras and alternating filters.
The new camera from Advanced Vision Systems uses Osram Oslon 940 nm emitters that eliminate the red glow, use fewer LEDs and require less power consumption per LED.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) announced that it is accelerating automotive SoC development with a broad portfolio of silicon-proven IP for automotive applications.
The DesignWare® IP portfolio includes Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB), LPDDR4, MIPI CSI-2 and DSI, HDMI, PCI Express®, USB, Mobile Storage, Logic Libraries, Embedded Memories, Non-Volatile Memories (NVM), Data Converters, Synopsys ARC® EM processors with Safety Enhancement Package (SEP), EV vision processors and the Sensor and Control IP Subsystem.
May 28, 2015 by John Day
Eaton has launched its automotive grade Coiltronics® HCMA Series of high current power inductors to meet and exceed the Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC) Q200 Grade 3 standard with a maximum total temperature operation range from minus 55 degrees to 125 degrees Celsius (C).
The inductors are designed to withstand temperature and shock stresses found in automotive applications to support greater reliability in electronics for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), vehicle control, body control, lighting, infotainment, cluster controls, heating and air conditioning, chassis and safety systems.
Vector Software Announces Enhanced Integration to Code Composer Studio™ IDE v6 from Texas Instruments®
Vector Software announced the integration of its VectorCAST Test Automation Platform with integrated development environment, Code Composer Studio™ IDE v6 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
Code Composer Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that supports TI’s wireless connectivity, microcontroller and processors portfolio.
Code Composer Studio (CCS) comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, and many other features.
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the S-57P1 Series of bipolar latch type hall effect sensor ICs for automotive applications requiring high performance, reliability, and accuracy. Typical applications include motors for fans and power steering.
The S-57P1 series features an operating temperature range of -40 ˚C up to 150 ˚C, an operating voltage range from 2.7V to 26.0V, and magnetic accuracy of ±1.0mT.
May 22, 2015 by John Day
FLEXConnect.IVI Improves IVI User Experience and
FLEXConnect.ANC Reduces In-Vehicle Noise
Mitsubishi Electric announced two new FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. FLEXConnect.IVI provides a three-screen user interface that is both intuitive and cost effective, and FLEXConnect.ANC is an Active Noise Control (ANC) system that cancels less predictable and harmonically unrelated road sounds.
The FLEXConnect architecture is a family of systems that extend typical infotainment uses by allowing easy access across multiple devices over Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Last year Mitsubishi Electric introduced the FLEXConnect series with FLEXConnect.RSE, (Rear Seat Entertainment). FLEXConnect.RSE features two rear-seat screens that allow the user to stream multiple contents per individual preferences while operating as independent units controlled through the Ethernet AVB architecture.
Analog Devices 4-channel, 24-GHz Receiver Downconverter MMIC Combines Low-Noise, High Linearity and Low Power Consumption.
May 21, 2015 by John Day
Analog Devices, Inc. introduced the ADF5904, a highly integrated, 4-channel, 24-GHz receiver downconverter MMIC that combines low-noise performance, high linearity and low-power consumption.
The ADF5904 is designed for multi-channel receiver, high-frequency applications that use digital beam forming, such as automotive ADAS, microwave radar sensors, and industrial radar systems – environments where energy efficiency is becoming a more important system-level design consideration.
The ADF5904 24-GHz receiver enables these and other sensor applications by offering best-in-class receive sensitivity, according to the company, while using less overall power than competing RF technologies.