ZMDI Releases Two New Data Acquisition System Basis Chips for Battery Management

July 23, 2014  by  

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ZMD AG (ZMDI) announced the ZSSC1750 and ZSSC1751, two automotive-qualified, high-precision data-acquisition system basis chips (SBCs) that extend the firm’s battery sensing and battery management product family.

The ZSSC1750 and ZSSC1751 each include two high-precision, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for simultaneous measurement of battery voltage and current as well as internal and external temperatures. The chips also provide several power-saving operating modes, including an autonomous periodic wake-up from sleep mode that can run entirely self-contained.

Toshiba Brushed Motor Pre-Driver IC Features ASIL D Failure Detection

July 23, 2014  by  

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Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced the TB9052FNG motor pre-driver IC. The new device was developed for safety-critical automotive applications such as electric power steering (EPS) and other systems compliant with Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL D), the most rigorous measure defined within functional safety standard ISO 26262.

“As electrical systems within vehicles become increasingly sophisticated, there is a concurrent need for components that support and enable the most advanced safety features,” said Deepak Mithani, senior director, Mixed Signal Business Unit at TAEC.

Mentor Graphics Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Software Development

July 16, 2014  by  

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Mentor Graphics Corporation announced what it described as the embedded software industry’s first comprehensive solution for heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) development.

Heterogeneous architectures are those which combine two or more different types of microprocessors or microcontrollers.  They enable the development of advanced embedded systems that consolidate functionality and connectivity to produce high-performance embedded devices.

Mentor Graphics is delivering an integrated development solution that spans device configuration, deployment and system optimization for multi-operation system devices that include the Linux® platform, real-time operating system (RTOS), and bare-metal applications. This solution helps design teams to quickly develop high-performance applications for industrial, medical, automotive, telecommunications, networking, and consumer electronics products.

Managing Calibration Data with Vector CDM Studio

July 16, 2014  by  


Calibrators can use CDM Studio to manage the extensive parameter sets of their ECUs simply and traceably at any time.















Vector is introducing the new CDM Studio software tool that supports efficient editing and management of parameter set files used in ECU calibration. This tool lets users conveniently display, compare and edit calibration parameter values.

DENSO Begins Testing Advanced Driving Support Technology on a Public Road in Japan

July 14, 2014  by  

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DENSO Corp. began testing advanced driving support technology on a public road in Aichi Prefecture, Japan in June. DENSO is testing automated driving scenarios in a single lane and testing automatic lane changes, as well as other driving maneuvers. DENSO’s goal is to develop technologies that reduce driver workload and assist in safe driving.

Previously, DENSO tested this technology on its test course in Japan. DENSO’s goal with public road testing is to identify, analyze, and solve real-life problems that do not occur on the test course.

Ford SYNC 911 Assist Features Debut on 2015 Mustang

July 11, 2014  by  

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New Ford SYNC® 911 Assist™ features debuting on the 2015 Ford Mustang will offer emergency dispatchers more potentially vital information to better inform first responders en route to an accident.

“911 Assist uses a mobile phone connected to SYNC to call 911 directly when needed,” said David Hatton, global product leader and electrical engineer, Ford Connected Services. “With enhanced data, the system will provide even more detail about a crash to aid in the dispatch of the appropriate resources.”

Allegro Two-Wire ABS Wheel Speed Sensor IC

July 9, 2014  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduced a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications.

Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC targets the automotive market and contains industry leading features such as outstanding pitch deviation accuracy, consistent ICC distribution: >6 sigma, low jitter and enhanced EMC performance, and simple module assembly by utilizing a built-in cap and wider lead width/spacing.

The integrated circuit incorporates a dual-element Hall-effect circuit and signal processing that switches in response to differential magnetic signals created by magnetic encoders, or, when properly back-biased with a magnet, from ferromagnetic targets.

Ford and Intel Research New Camera Applications

July 3, 2014  by  

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Exploring the Future of In-Car Personalization and Mobile Interior Imaging Technology

As vehicles become an integral part of the Internet of Things, Ford and Intel are researching new opportunities for the connected car, including giving drivers the ability to remotely peer into their car using a smartphone, or a vehicle that could identify its owner using facial recognition software.

The joint research project, called Mobile Interior Imaging, or Project Mobii, explores how interior-facing cameras could be integrated with sensor technology and data already generated within and around the vehicle to create a more personalized and seamless interaction between driver and vehicle that transforms the driving experience.

INFICON Sees Growth In Airbag Production, Leak Testing

July 2, 2014  by  


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Car makers and their suppliers are facing new passive-restraint safety requirements coupled with an ongoing need to reduce costs and improve the quality of component testing.

In the U.S., 50 percent of all vehicles under a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds built after Sept. 14 will be required to meet new side-impact requirements (FMVSS 226); 75 percent by 2015, and 100 percent by 2016.

Most manufacturers are expected to modify current side-impact airbag curtains to meet the new standards.  Elsewhere around the world a number of other passive restraint rules also are taking effect. In Brazil and Argentina, for example, front airbag systems now are being required for all passenger cars and other light vehicles.

Agilent Technologies Introduces a Power Device Capacitance Analyzer for Power Circuit Design

July 2, 2014  by  

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Claiming an industry first, Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced a power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes power device junction capacitances using real operating voltages.

With the increasing use of power devices fabricated from emerging materials like SiC and GaN, switching power supplies are now operating at increasingly higher frequencies. As a result, accurate device capacitance characterization is more important than ever.

With its ability to accurately and automatically evaluate all input, output and reverse transfer power device capacitance at high bias voltages, Agilent’s B1507A Power Device Capacitance Analyzer is well equipped to address this task.

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