Renesas 32-Bit Automotive Microcontrollers Target Instrument Clusters in Entry Level to Mid-Range Cars
April 10, 2015 by John Day
Renesas Electronics America announced the RH850/D1x Series of 32-bit automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) specialized for instrument clusters that deliver easy-to-access information to support a safer and rich driving experience.
“As the infotainment system becomes a purchasing factor for new vehicles, particularly for the mid-range vehicle segment, car makers are looking to suppliers to help them bring high-performance, differentiated options to market,” said Amrit Vivekanand, vice president of automotive, Renesas Electronics America.
April 9, 2015 by John Day
ETAS K.K. and Maplesoft announced the successful connection between LABCAR, the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing system from ETAS, and MapleSim, the advanced system level modeling tool from Maplesoft.
Initial projects have shown that using MapleSim models resulted in more than 15 times faster implementation compared to other similar products.
LABCAR is an HIL testing system for automotive electronic control units (ECUs). With its open and modular system architecture for simulation models, software, hardware, and test automation, and its time-synchronous ECU access, LABCAR is easily scalable and well suited for integration with third-party hardware, software, or simulation models.
April 8, 2015 by John Day
SiriusXM and Nissan announced that Nissan will launch NissanConnect(SM) Services powered by SiriusXM, in select 2016 model year Nissan vehicles, starting with Maxima, its all-new flagship sedan.
Every 2016 Maxima includes standard NissanConnect infotainment features, providing access to Online Search with Google®, SiriusXM Traffic™ and SiriusXM Travel Link™ (fuel prices, weather, movie listings, stock info, sports) (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately after initial trial period).
NissanConnect, the new telematics program, will feature vehicle security, vehicle health monitoring, remote access services, and more.
April 7, 2015 by John Day
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. introduced two new UltraCMOS® RF switches for automotive applications. Peregrine’s PE423422 and PE423641 join the PE42359 in meeting AEC-Q100 requirements for Grade 2, meaning qualification for operation in the temperature range of -40 to +105 degrees Celsius.
The PE423422 and PE423641 are designed for automotive infotainment and traffic safety applications, such as multimode compenser modules for infotainment systems and emergency communication systems.
“From GPS navigation systems to automatic driving assistance programs, today’s automobiles demand an increasing amount of RF semiconductor content,” said Kinana Hussain, director of product marketing at Peregrine Semiconductor.
April 6, 2015 by John Day
The company’s Si88xx isolators are said to reduce system cost, speed time-to-market and enhance reliability for applications in harsh, noisy operating environments including factory automation, process control, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), solar inverters and automotive battery management.
The isolators feature an integrated dc-dc converter with 78 percent efficiency, deliver up to 2 W of power, and offer low electromagnetic interference (EMI) emissions and high noise immunity.
Fairchild Accelerates Electric Vehicle Design with Auto Qualified SuperFET II MOSFETs & High Voltage Rectifiers
April 2, 2015 by John Day
Fairchild (NASDAQ: FCS) introduced new automotive qualified SuperFET® II MOSFET and High Voltage Rectifier product families, both of which enable cleaner and smarter vehicles overall and are ideal for increasing the power ratings of onboard chargers and DC-to-DC converters used in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
“A chief goal for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers is keeping on-board battery chargers and DC-DC converters as light and small as possible while increasing power levels,” said Fabio Necco, Director, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Segment at Fairchild.
The MOST Cooperation – standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network technology Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – will present an implementation of MOST within the AUTOSAR framework at the upcoming MOST Forum on April 21, 2015 in Stuttgart/Esslingen (Germany).
AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System Architecture, www.autosar.org) has developed a standardized open software architecture for automotive electronic control units and is increasingly being applied in traditional vehicle electronics domains. MOST, on the other hand, is an important standard for automotive infotainment.
Audi said the central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future piloted driving systems under development.
It uses “cutting-edge, high-performance” processors and will work its way into the model range step-by-step in the foreseeable future.
Specialists from TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi jointly developed the various hardware and software components. Audi chose Delphi as the future system supplier for the zFAS electronics board.
Audi described its central driver assistance controller as a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and a demonstration of the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving.
March 26, 2015 by John Day
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) has expanded its Traveo™ microcontroller (MCU) family with a new series said to provide automotive manufacturers with a cost-effective platform to deliver 2-D and 3-D graphics and advanced functionality for dashboards, head-up displays and HVAC systems in compact vehicles.
The S6J32BA and S6J32DA series build upon Spansion’s announcement of the Traveo 2-D graphics MCU S6J324C series and the 3-D graphics MCU S6J326C series for midsize cars in October 2014.
March 25, 2015 by John Day
[NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the MOST® Cooperation released its MOST150 technology coaxial physical layer specification.
The new industry-standard specification enables Microchip to support smart antenna module connectivity to in-vehicle MOST150 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and infotainment networks, via its OS81118AF Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) with integrated coax transceiver.
The MOST150 coaxial physical layer is suited for smart-antenna telematics and other data traffic from AM/FM, DAB, SDARS, DVB-T, 3G/LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi® signals that increasingly need to connect with in-vehicle networks for high-bandwidth control, audio, video and Internet Protocol (IP) communication.