Renesas RL78 Platform Solution Drives Easy Path from Idea to Solution for Automotive Control Systems

September 11, 2014  by  

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RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs Reduce System Power Consumption and PCB Footprint

SimuQuest and IAR Systems Development Kits and Software Tools Enhance Development Efficiency for Quicker Time to Market

Renesas Electronics America announced the availability of 16-bit RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 microcontrollers (MCUs) plus new RL78 Renesas Development Kits (RDKs) and software development tools provided through Renesas’ partner relationship with SimuQuest and IAR Systems. The RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs, combined with the SimuQuest RDK, QuantiPhi™ Renesas Edition (QuantiPhi™ RE) and IAR Embedded Workbench, create an environment that allows the “easiest path from idea to solution” – contributing to enhanced development efficiency, reduced system costs, lower system power consumption and improved functional safety features for automotive control systems.

Delphi Claims First-to-Market with Wireless Vehicle Communications Technology to Support V2V and V2I

September 9, 2014  by  

delphi V2X_infographicDelphi will supply a major global automaker with connectivity technology that will allow cars to talk with one another and provide drivers critical traffic information.

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) announced that it will be first-to-market with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that significantly advances driver alerts.

Delphi’s wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) functionality.

Radio signals transmit traffic data from car to car to alert drivers of potential road hazards; even those beyond the driver’s line of sight or out of the vehicle’s sensor range.

Eaton Launches Medium-Duty Dual Clutch Transmissions with Fuel Efficiency, Performance and Driveability Features

September 4, 2014  by  


Eaton has introduced Procision™, a new line of medium-duty dual clutch transmissions that delivers 8 to 10 percent better fuel economy than a similarly equipped vehicle with a torque converter automatic.

Scheduled to be available in the North American market mid-year in 2015 and available globally in the future, the new 7-speed transmissions feature a dual clutch design and electronic shifting that uses grade, vehicle weight and throttle input to provide optimal fuel efficiency and smooth, continuous delivery of torque to a vehicle’s wheels under all shift conditions.

Audiovox Adds 8-Inch Android Headrest to Custom Headrest Line

September 3, 2014  by  

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New Models Integrate Tablet Technology With Custom Headrest DVD Systems

VOXX Electronics Corp (VEC) has added three new custom 8-inch headrest systems with multiple monitor configurations to its line of 7-inch vehicle-specific headrest systems.

These multiple monitor configurations now allow backseat passengers to enjoy not only larger screen viewing but also all of the features that Android has to offer while still supporting DVD.

Bourns Automotive-Grade ChipGuard® Varistor Series Delivers High Reliability, Fast-Response ESD Protection

September 3, 2014  by  

bournsesd1446_cga_auto_prBourns, Inc. introduced its ChipGuard® Automotive MLA Series Varistor ESD Clamp Protectors specifically developed to protect sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of ESD up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4.

Bourns’ Model CGA-MLA Series are very fast bidirectional devices that deliver robust overvoltage protection and stable low leakage performance over a wide temperature range.

The latest ChipGuard® devices from Bourns also feature multilayered varistor technology, and their proprietary insulating overcoat provides low and stable leakage current, quick response time (<0.5 ns) and high transient current capability. These features and benefits make the new varistor clamp protectors particularly well-suited to meet the ESD protection needs of HDMI, CANbus, Ethernet, sensor and touchscreen interfaces as well as GPS and camera links and other circuits sensitive to ESD.

u-blox Launches Wi-Fi/Bluetooth “Internet of Things” module

September 2, 2014  by  

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u-blox announced the ODIN-W160, a rugged multi-radio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

“u-blox’ compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement,” says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. “With this module, u blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications.”

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth “Smart Ready”).

Mentor Graphics Extends Nucleus RTOS; Targets Next-Generation Applications for Embedded Devices

August 20, 2014  by  

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Mentor Graphics Corporation announced a new version of the Mentor® Embedded Nucleus® real time operating system (RTOS) targeting high-performance, next-generation applications for connected embedded devices.

The Nucleus RTOS process model is expanded to include ARM® Cortex® M- based cores. For the first time, software developers can use a single embedded operating system to increase system reliability through memory partitioning for the entire spectrum of ARM cores, facilitating code reuse across an entire product family comprising low-end to high-end devices.

New in this release is a multicore framework to manage inter-process communication (IPC) and processor life cycle for complex heterogeneous system-on-chip (SoC) and enhanced Nucleus RTOS graphics capabilities with Imagination and Vivante GPU support.

TI Introduces Ultra-Low Quiescent Current, High-Voltage LDOs for Direct-to-Battery Automotive Applications

August 20, 2014  by  

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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced 17 new AEC-Q100-qualified, high-voltage LDOs for automotive and industrial applications.

The new ultra-low quiescent current LDOs, including the TPS7A16xx-Q1 with 60-V input, TPS7A66xx-Q1 and TPS7B67xx families, and the TPS7B4250-Q1 LDO, support many applications that connect directly to a car or truck battery, such as cluster, power steering and infotainment systems, door modules and lighting controls.

For more information, to order samples or purchase evaluation modules for the new ultra-low quiescent current, high-voltage LDOs, visit

Melexis Low Pin Count N-FET Pre-Driver Targets Automotive High Current DC Motor Applications

August 20, 2014  by  

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To complement its brushless direct current (BLDC) pre-driver portfolio and address conventional DC motor applications, Melexis introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC.

Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors.

Though BLDC motors are now becoming increasingly commonplace, DC motors are still more cost effective in a broad spectrum of application areas, especially where the motor is not continuously running.

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K2L KG Automotive Test System Supports All Major Automotive Busses for Test and Simulation

August 19, 2014  by  

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K2L GmbH & Co. & Co. KG announced its Automotive Test System (ATS), which is a singular hardware and software tool that supports all of the major automotive busses for all of the activities related to test and simulation, such as rest bus simulation, device simulation, testing during system development and rapid prototyping.

ATS also covers all of the requirements for conducting analysis and verification. By combining all of these functions and support for the CAN, LIN, FlexRay® and MOST® networks into one tool, ATS provides the most cost-effective and flexible option to the automotive industry. It also enables automated testing and any kind of simulation, helping to ensure quality from the earliest design stages.

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