Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Announces Three-Wire, True Zero-Speed, Surface Mount Magnetic Speed Sensor IC

June 29, 2016  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Announces New Three-Wire, True Zero-Speed, Surface Mount Magnetic Speed Sensor ICDesign Allows for Ease of Use for PCB Applications Over Typical SIP Based PackagesIn response for market requests for a highly integrated speed sensor with advance algorithm PCB mounted systems, Allegro has released the A1667 in a surface mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications utilizing PCB mounting. This sensor is ideal for applications such as automotive transmissions and industrial equipment.

This sensor IC incorporates a dual element Hall IC that switches in response to differential magnetic signals created by a ring magnet. The IC contains a sophisticated compensating circuit designed to eliminate the detrimental effects of magnet and system offsets. Digital processing of the analog signal provides zero-speed performance independent of air gap and also dynamic adaptation of device performance to the typical operating conditions found in automotive applications (reduced vibration sensitivity). High-resolution peak detecting DACs are used to set the adaptive switching thresholds of the device. Hysteresis in the thresholds reduces the negative effects of any anomalies in the magnetic  signal associated with the targets used in many automotive applications. The open-drain output is configured for three-wire applications.

In addition to the 8-pin SOIC surface mount package (suffix L), the A1667 is also available in a 4-pin SIP through-hole package (suffix K). Both packages are lead (Pb) free with 100% matte-tin-plated leadframes.

The A1667 (8-pin SOIC) is priced at $0.941 in quantities of 1,000.


Rand McNally Launches Multi-Use Dash Cam Line

June 23, 2016  by  

rand mcnally DashCam_Image_0101_062216_JSDashCam 100, 200 and 300 feature high-quality video and advanced safety features

Rand McNally launched a line of standalone dash cams that pairs top-of-the-line safety features with HD video and extra-wide-angle lenses.

The Rand McNally Dash Cam 100, Dash Cam 200, and the even more feature-rich Dash Cam 300 are designed to not only assist with accident and safety documentation, but capture video and photos from the road.

HELLA Helps Develop Mercedes Multibeam Headlamps

June 23, 2016  by  

HELLA_MB_E-ClassDaimler’s new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is making its debut in 2016 with a world first: three-layered multibeam-LED headlamps developed in partnership with lighting and electronics experts at HELLA.

The three-layered display includes 84 individual controllable LEDs per headlamp that vary light distribution depending on traffic, weather and road conditions. The integrated adaptive High Beam Assistant Plus allows more frequent use of the vehicle’s high beams, offering greater safety and comfort.

“The multibeam LED headlamp is making important contributions to road safety,” notes Steffen Pietzonka, head of global marketing Original Equipment Lighting, HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.

QNX Platform Accelerates Digital Instrument Cluster Development

June 23, 2016  by  

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QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited (TSX:BB)(NASDAQ:BBRY), announced the latest addition to its portfolio of automotive safety products, the QNX® Platform for Instrument Clusters.

Digital instrument clusters constitute one of the fastest-growing segments in automotive electronics. Using sophisticated 2D and 3D graphics, these devices can display traditional instrument cluster information, such as speed and RPM, as well as rich, context-sensitive information supplied by other vehicle subsystems, including turn-by-turn directions, local speed limits, rearview camera video and collision warnings. According to Strategy Analytics, the combined demand for hybrid and fully digital instrument clusters will increase from 8.7 million units in 2015 to 42.2 million by 2023.

UQM Technologies Alliance Is Developing a Full Electric Drivetrain System

June 17, 2016  by  

uqm 6-17-16PowerPhaseDT_webUQM has chosen Eaton and Pi Innovo as the suppliers of choice for the development and production program.

Supplier relationships will allow UQM to meet EV commercial market growth projections including China, Europe and South America.

UQM will begin to offer a full electric drivetrain system called the “UQM PowerPhaseDT” for the medium and heavy-duty commercial EV global markets starting in the fall of 2016.

The “UQM PowerPhaseDT” system will enable customers to meet enhanced performance and efficiency targets.

TI Adds Drivers for Brushless DC Motors

June 15, 2016  by  


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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced two new automotive motor drivers that support high-performance powertrain applications. The DRV8305-Q1, a highly integrated three-phase brushless DC gate driver, and the UCC27211A-Q1, a high-current half-bridge gate driver, improve system performance and provide design flexibility to meet a diverse range of automotive system requirements.

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Octo Telematics Partners with Oracle to Bring Java Standardization Protocol to the Connected Car

June 15, 2016  by  

octo 6-9-16 CkcmKdSWsAAOliIOcto Telematics announced it is developing non-proprietary protocol for telematics data collection, within the in-vehicle Java Virtual Machine (JVM) environment.

The resulting software layer will provide a path to standardization for connected cars. It will also enable better integration of insurance and fleet functionalities within the Java community already used by the world’s leading auto manufacturers, to facilitate data transfer from in-car sensors. This new data collection protocol will enable consistent high quality data collection and enhance driving analytics across all Java-based on-board units – including those delivered by leading global auto manufacturers. As a result, the standard will help to accelerate auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, tailoring and scale – enabling car manufacturers to more easily deliver cutting-edge connected car technology to their customers.

Connected Vehicles and the Internet of Things that Really Matter

June 8, 2016  by  


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By Thomas Nigg, Senior Director: Product Strategy Positioning, and Costas Meimetis, Director: Product Strategy Short Range Radio at u-blox

The Internet of Things (IoT) has come to automotive. Having started with infotainment it has evolved to fusing sensor, positioning, cellular and short-range communications within exciting new V2X architectures that will enhance the driving experience and accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles.

Ford Says Fusion Energi, With EPA-Estimated 610-Mile Range, Can Go Further Than Any Plug-In Hybrid

May 26, 2016  by  

Ford now offers a plug-in hybrid that can go further than any other. The new 2017 Fusion Energi can travel 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge – according to EPA estimates posted to – the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America. (Photo: Business Wire)

Panasonic Delivers Thermal Sensing Solutions With Grid-EYE Infrared Array Sensor

March 25, 2016  by  

panasonic 3-24-16Panasonic Corporation has developed a thermal sensation estimation method* using the infrared array sensor Grid-EYE.

Based on the results of estimations, the company has started to deliver high-precision thermal sensing solutions that recognize thermal comfort for people.

The solution will be effective in homes and vehicles, among other applications.

The thermal sensation estimation method recognizes the human sensations of hot and cold by calculating heat loss based on the difference between human surface temperature and ambient temperature. The thermal sensing solutions Panasonic provides are a super-resolution algorithm using Grid-EYE, an infrared array sensor, to measure the temperature distribution in detail and detect objects, thereby achieving air conditioning suitable for sensed temperature by combining the obtained data and thermal sensation estimation method. In addition, Panasonic has developed unique software that maximizes performance and offer it in solutions for various applications.

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