Microchip Serial Quad I/O™ (SQI™) Flash Product Offers Extended Voltage, Larger Temperature Range

February 9, 2016  by  

microchip 2-9-16 24525548510_0224d2dfed_cMicrochip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) introduced automotive-grade NOR Flash products with wider voltage and a larger temperature range. With the SST26VF SQI product family, Microchip said it has become the only vendor to offer an extended-voltage Serial Quad I/O Flash device in automotive temperature grades.

The new family of products, available in densities of 16-, 32- and 64- Megabits, operates at Automotive Grade 2 and 3 and extends the operating voltage from 2.7V down to 2.3V and temperature up to 105°C.

AVX Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors Suit Demanding Automotive Applications

February 9, 2016  by  

avx 2-9-16 AVV966 TCQ Series Capacitors PRAVX Corporation has introduced the TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q200 specification for passive components, the TCQ Series meets the AEC’s 125°C lifetime stability test and humidity bias testing at 85°C and 85% relative humidity for up to 1,000 hours.

“The AEC-Q200 lifetime stability and humidity bias tests are notoriously difficult for polymer capacitors to pass due to inherent material limitations,” said Gordon Hoey, global automotive product marketing manager, AVX. “As such, we based our new TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors on our proven, high reliability TCR Series professional conductive polymer chip capacitors, making several critical improvements to the material, design, and manufacturing processes in order to deliver the enhanced endurance and high stability, harsh environment performance required to achieve AEC-Q200 qualification.”

Sensata Introduces Its Smallest Micro-fused Strain Gage Technology for Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Brake Systems

February 1, 2016  by  

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Sensata Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ST) has developed a line of smaller, lighter Micro-fused Strain Gage (MSG) pressure sensors for use in next-generation brake systems for hybrid, electric, and conventional vehicles.

“To ensure traditional braking feel in hybrid and electric vehicles, brake systems require additional pressure sensors,” observes Jeff Silveria, Sensata’s Performance Sensing Segment manager for global chassis. “By offering our caliber of pressure sensing in a smaller, lighter package, our customers can adopt multiple sensors without growing their module.”

HELLA Launches Fourth-Generation 24GHz Radar

February 1, 2016  by  

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Series production scheduled for mid-2017

HELLA will launch production of its fourth generation 24GHz radar sensors in mid-2017, replacing third-generation radar sensors that have been in series production since June of 2014. HELLA’s latest generation radar system offers an increased level of integration in a 25 percent smaller package and with improved measuring capacity. Costs for the new unit also were dropped without limiting the number of assistance applications offered, including blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assistance, rear pre-crash alert, a rear cross-traffic alert and vehicle exit assistant.

Ford Motor Company Selects Analog Devices’ Automotive Audio Bus™ for its Next-Generation Infotainment Systems

January 28, 2016  by  

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Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) announced that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus™ (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire, enabling advanced, feature-rich infotainment systems while reducing system costs in wiring-intensive automotive applications.

Learn more about A2B technology and products at http://www.analog.com/A2B

Ford Says Auto Start-Stop Will Be Standard on 2017 EcoBoost-Equipped F-150 Lineup

January 22, 2016  by  

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Ford said it will deploy Auto Start-Stop technology across the entire lineup of EcoBoost®-equipped 2017 F-150 pickups.

The 2016 F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard with Auto Start-Stop. That offering continues for 2017, with the addition of the technology as standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines including the all-new high-output version for F-150 Raptor.

Ford said that at the rate EcoBoost is growing, fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop could represent more than 60 percent of the truck lineup – giving F-150 the highest number of Ford nameplates offering standard Auto Start-Stop technology.

Allegro Automotive Integrated Buck LED Driver Includes Internally Generated PWM Dimming Capability

January 21, 2016  by  

allegro 1-21-16 A6214-A6216-Product-ImageRemoves Need for Local Microcontroller or 555 for Dimming Control

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new single-IC switching regulators that provide constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs. Allegro’s A6214 and A6216 devices integrate a high-side N-channel DMOS switch for DC-to-DC step-down (buck) conversion. A true average current is output using a cycle-by-cycle, controlled on-time method.

Combined with automotive-grade quality and feature-rich functionality, a host of safety and robust protection features makes the A6214 and A6216 devices ideal for automotive lighting applications where high quality and reliability are highly desired and essential.

Connected Car Growth: Meeting Expansion with Standards Development

January 18, 2016  by  

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By Bruce Kraemer, President, IEEE Standards Association

Innovations underway in Intelligent Transportation Systems, coupled with the revolutionary connectivity being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), has begun to weave cars in new and exciting ways into the fabric of our daily lives, and standardization is playing a key role.

Much like with the advent of smartphones, which opened the door to explosive applications development, the connected car is enabling a multitude of new services and solutions associated with navigation, telematics and infotainment. This includes such things as full smart phone and wearable device integration within the vehicle, connected digital dashboards, monitoring applications for teen drivers, detailed, real-time navigation assistance, and much more.

dSPACE SYNECT 2.0 Improves Handling of High Amounts of Data During Testing and Development

January 13, 2016  by  

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dSPACE data management software improves integration in IT infrastructures and processes; provides  more convenient management of tests, variants, models, signals and parameters

With SYNECT 2.0, dSPACE introduced a new version of its data management software for model-based development and ECU testing. Wiith state-of-the-art server technology and further improved usability, SYNECT now supports developers of embedded systems and software even better in the management of data generated during their development and test processes.

Wind River Helix Cockpit Advances the Connected Car

January 12, 2016  by  

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Wind River Helix Cockpit provides carmakers a framework for a holistic view and better control of the connected car of the future.

Wind River updates Helix Drive software for the development of ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications such as ADAS and autonomous driving.

Wind River® introduced an automotive software platform for the command center of the connected car, Wind River Helix™ Cockpit. Cockpit was designed to meet the intersecting needs of the automotive and IoT landscapes. Wind River has also updated its software for ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications, Wind River Helix Drive. Cockpit and Drive are the latest offerings under Wind River Helix Chassis.

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