Renesas 40nm RH850/P1x 32-bit MCUs for Automotive Chassis Systems Meet ASIL D Standards

October 15, 2014  by  


Renesas has introduced a new series of microcontrollers (MCUs) certified to ASIL D standards.

The RH850/P1x Series of 32-bit MCUs features that Renesas describes as the world’s first automotive chassis MCUs that utilize a 40nm process.

Combining the 40nm process with Renesas’ MONOS flash memory structure, Renesas offers an innovative solution for electrical power steering (EPS), brake systems, and other chassis systems, delivering reduced power consumption, and more efficient functional safety system development in chassis systems.

Synopsys DesignWare ARC HS38 Processor Doubles Performance for Embedded Linux Applications

October 14, 2014  by  

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Synopsys announced the DesignWare® ARC® HS38 processor, the latest addition to its ARC HS Family of high-speed processor IP cores.

Like the previously-released HS34 and HS36 processors, the 32-bit ARC HS38 is optimized for power efficiency (DMIPS/mW) and area efficiency (DMIPS/mm2) with additional features to support embedded Linux and other high-end operating systems.

Automotive Infotainment

A single HS38 processor delivers up to 4200 DMIPS at speeds up to 2.2 GHz in typical 28-nanometer (nm) silicon, more than twice the performance of previous generation ARC 770D cores supporting Linux. The ARC HS38’s performance and low power consumption make it ideally suited to address the growing embedded control and signal processing demands of automotive infotainment as well as devices such as home routers and gateways, data centers, digital TVs and networked appliances.

Melexis Fixed Point Magnetic Linear Hall Effect Sensor Guarantees Performance Specifications

October 13, 2014  by  

melexis MLXPR35_HRESMelexis’ MLX90290 is a monolithically integrated magnetic sensor IC, with amplifier, analog output and internal compensation circuits all incorporated.

It converts magnetic flux into an analog output and guarantees the critical functional parameters (such as sensitivity, offset and their respective thermal drift characteristics) to absolute levels, thus simplifying integration processes by removing the need for end-of-line calibration.

This means that design engineers can confidently deliver cutting-edge position sensing solutions without extra end-of-line testing and validation, which can prove laborious and time consuming. They can simply buy off-the-shelf versions of the MLX90290 capable of satisfying their sensor requirements.

Kiekert Develops LED Latch for Visible Safety

October 13, 2014  by  

Autoschloss-Hersteller KiekertAutomotive locking systems developer Kiekert AG introduced a LED latch that integrates the door warning lamp directly into the latch versus placing the lamp in the side door paneling.

Compared with conventional solutions, the warning light built into the door latch is visible to road users through the entire opening radius.

The LED latch’s intelligent system architecture saves on packaging space and assembly time and the weight of the side door is reduced. The energy-saving LED lamp also makes an added contribution to improved economy and sustainability.

Application options for the LED latch include a choice of color and brightness, flashing LEDs, child locks and emergency locking.

Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Used on AKKA Link&Go Autonomous Connected Vehicle

October 10, 2014  by  

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AKKA Technologies and Dassault Systèmes have partnered to promote innovation in the self-driving connected vehicle market.

AKKA’s engineers will draw upon the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop the next generation of its autonomous Link&Go concept car, using Dassault Systèmes applications to ideate, design, simulate and validate on a single collaborative platform hosted on the Cloud.

The partnership is expected to help speed the development of the next Link&Go concept, the technological advancements of which will focus on how mobility consumers can benefit from customized and customizable services.

Microchip Partners with LDRA for Functional Safety

October 6, 2014  by  

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LDRA is partnering with Microchip Technology Inc., enabling customers to meet functional-safety requirements.

Microchip, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, recommends LDRA tools for applications that must comply with functional-safety standards, including ISO 26262 for road vehicles, IEC 61508 for industrial safety systems, and EN 50128 for rail transportation systems.

Partnership Provides Support for PIC® MCUs and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs)

The partnership offers seamless integration of the LDRA tool suite with Microchip’s MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment and MPLAB XC compilers. The LDRA tools focus on compliance while leveraging the MPLAB tools for comprehensive support of Microchip’s line of more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers and DSCs.

Spansion Expands Traveo™ Family for Automotive with HMI Technologies and Embedded 3D Graphics

October 2, 2014  by  

Spansion Inc. introduced the latest member of its Spansion® Traveo™ microcontroller family aimed at rich human machine interfaces (HMI) in automotive dashboards.

For the first time, Spansion is integrating its HyperBus™ interface with its ARM® Cortex®-R5-based embedded Traveo MCU, enabling seamless connections with HyperBus memories, including Spansion HyperFlash™ memory, to provide customers design simplification and faster performance in automotive systems.

The latest Traveo family is said to deliver state-of-the-art 2D and 3D graphics optimized to bring sophisticated, automotive-specific graphics functions into the car without increased power and BOM requirements.

Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance in Audi TT Virtual Cockpit

October 2, 2014  by  

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Virtual Cockpit enables intuitive user interactions with intelligent voice and natural language understanding technologies

Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance unveiled at the Paris Motor Show the integration of voice and natural language understanding (NLU) technology as part of the Virtual Cockpit in the new Audi TT Roadster. As a result, drivers are able to engage in a more natural, conversational dialogue with Audi’s infotainment and navigation capabilities, the same way they would talk to their friend. With intuitive voice commands, drivers and passengers can control system menu, phone, tuner, media and navigation features through everyday speech, without having to stick to defined commands.

Allegro Announces a Low-Noise, High-Precision, Factory-Programmable Linear Hall-Effect Sensor IC

October 1, 2014  by  

allegro 10-01-14 A1366-Product-ImageAllegro MicroSystems, LLC announced a factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC, A1366, designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution.

Those goals are achieved through new proprietary linearly interpolated temperature compensation technology that is programmed at the Allegro factory, which provides sensitivity and offset that are virtually flat across the full operating temperature range.

The flat performance over temperature makes this IC ideally suited for current sensing applications. Temperature compensation is done in the digital domain with integrated EEPROM technology without sacrificing the analog signal path bandwidth.

Parrot Introduces an Automotive Media Center

September 29, 2014  by  

Modern Media & TV Sharing for in-Car Entertainment

Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.

The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.

Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.

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