Audi MIB-2 Platform Features NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC

November 21, 2014  by  

audi 11-21-14 CES140058_medium__midAt the 2014 Connected Car Expo (CCE) in Los Angeles, Audi detailed key aspects of the advances in the electronics technology appearing in two of its newest models for 2015.

Audi explained how its MIB-2 (Modular Infotainment Platform) electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the timeline to introduce newer and more powerful processors used for infotainment and driver assistance systems.

MIB-2 debuts in the 2016 A6 and A7 model lines, which made their North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Delphi and Ottomatika Partner for Automated Driving

November 21, 2014  by  

delphi 11-21-14 Delphi's_automated_driving_vehicle_DLSV_garage-300dpiDelphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) will partner with Ottomatika, Inc., a company started by Carnegie Mellon University, which provides advanced automated driving software, to jointly develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.

Delphi, the company that first introduced automotive radar systems, will integrate its active safety technologies with Ottomatika’s automated driving software. The combination of the two creates a technology platform that enables a vehicle to make human-like decisions when driving in the city or on the highway.

The platform is flexible and can be expanded and upgraded as the software is updated. It will also support vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communications.

Vector CANape 13.0 Measures and Calibrates ECU Parameters

November 20, 2014  by  

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Vector is introducing the new Version 13.0 of its CANape measurement and calibration tool. The development software for ECU calibration now supports users with such new features as extensive printing and reporting functions as well as statistical evaluations of measurement results.

CANape offers a variety of reporting functions for documenting the results of measurement data analysis and the progress of the calibration project. In the Print View, the different display and calibration windows can be quickly positioned on a page. The windows may be exported as an image file or PDF document by a simple drag & drop operation, and they can be pasted in other tools.

Toshiba Launches New Series of Image Recognition Processors for Automotive Applications

November 18, 2014  by  

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TMPV760 series enables night-time pedestrian detection and 3D reconstruction

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) will expand its line-up of image recognition processors for automotive applications with the launch of the TMPV760 series. Sample shipments of the first device, TMPV7608XBG will start in January 2015, with mass production scheduled for December 2016 onwards.
With “TMPV7608XBG,” Toshiba is supporting the realization of next generation Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Support for standard ADAS features includes AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), TSR (Traffic Sign Recognition), LDW (Lane Departure Warning) and LKA (Lane Keeping Assist), HBA (High Beam Assistance), FCW (Forward Collision Warning), plus new applications that include TLR (Traffic Light Recognition) and AEB pedestrian (during both day and night), which will become part of the Euro NCAP testing program in 2018.

“TMPV7608XBG” integrates two new Enhanced CoHOG accelerators[1] that provide far higher accuracy image recognition at night. Connected to multiple, Full HD cameras, the processors analyzes color gradients in supplied images and achieves a night-time detection rate of pedestrians that matches the day-time recognition rate of the company’s current devices[2].

AVX Releases New SMPS Capacitor Simulation Software

November 17, 2014  by  

avx 11-17-14 AVV900 SpiCalci 9.0 Simulation Software PRFeaturing new products, enhanced parts selection & graphing tools, & broader compatibility, SpiCalci 9.0 calculates performance characteristics & parameters for AVX’s advanced multilayer ceramic SMPS capacitors
AVX Corporation has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors.

Featuring enhanced part selection and including nearly all of the new SMPS devices that AVX has introduced over the past two years, many of which are sole-sourced, SpiCalci 9.0 allows engineers to input raw data and generate output information and graphs that will help them choose which of AVX’s advanced multilayer ceramic (MLC) SMPS capacitors will best satisfy their application criteria.

Microchip USB2.0 4-Port Controller Hub Connects Smartphones to Infotainment Systems

November 14, 2014  by  

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I/O Bridging to Multiple Serial Protocols and Advanced Battery Charging Address Developers’ Needs for Lower Power and Flexibility

Microchip Technology Inc., announced the extension of its USB2 Controller Hub (UCH2) portfolio with the new automotive-grade, 4-port USB84604 IC.

Featuring FlexConnect technology and an upstream port that supports both USB2.0 and High Speed Interchip (HSIC) connectivity, the new USB84604 UCH2 is ideal for automotive infotainment system designs, where USB port expansion and connectivity is needed.

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Melexis Unveils a Software-Defined Sensor

November 11, 2014  by  

melexis 11-11-14 low MLXPR38_LRESUltra flexible, magnetic sensing solution gives engineers carte blanche in HMI implementation through breadth of programmable parameters

Melexis introduced a fully programmable, extremely compact sensor IC capable of accurately measuring changes in magnetic flux density along its X, Y and Z axes.

Based on the company’s proprietary Triaxis® technology, the MLX90393 provides almost unlimited scope with which all manner of human machine interface implementations can be accomplished – from joystick, slide switches, push/pull switches, levelers, linear swipe switches and rotary knobs through to complex 3D position sensing systems. Suitable for micropower applications, the IC draws just 2.5µA of current when idle. It employs a monolithic pixel cell arrangement and has a 16-bit resolution output.

Bosch MRR Rear Radar Sensor Enters Series Production

November 10, 2014  by  


Sensors monitor all traffic in the area behind the vehicle: Bosch’s mid-range radar sensor system for rear-end applications (MRR rear) means drivers are effectively looking over their shoulders all the time. It reliably and accurately recognizes other road users in their vehicle’s blind spot and helps drivers to change lanes safely.

Drivers are taught to assess surrounding traffic before changing lanes by checking their rearview and side mirrors and looking over each shoulder.

But even for those who scrupulously follow this sequence of checks, the vehicle’s blind spot – the area alongside and just behind the vehicle – is a constant source of danger and often the cause of serious accidents.

Infineon Introduces Dual-Sensor Package Devices for Safety Critical Automotive Applications

October 27, 2014  by  

infineon Dual-Sensor-Package-Side-ViewRedundant Sensor Architecture Supports ASIL D Systems and Helps Shrink System Footprint and Reduce Cost

Typically, two sensor chips are needed today for reliable and precise sensing of the steering torque in an electric power steering system. Thanks to a dual-sensor package innovation of Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY), it will be only one sensor chip in the future.

Infineon today introduced two device families of linear Hall sensors and angle sensors that already use the new dual-sensor package. It supports ASIL D systems and reduces physical space requirements and system cost; for example in steering applications requiring high availability as used in autonomous driving. The dual-sensor package was developed at the Infineon site in Regensburg, Germany.

NI and Alliance Partners Offer Scalable Automotive Functional Test Systems Optimized for Test Throughput

October 27, 2014  by  

NI Automotive Functional Test System

With the growth in electronics in modern-day vehicles continuing to rise and cars becoming increasingly more intelligent, automotive OEMs and suppliers are faced with the challenge of having to innovate quickly and meet short time-to-market demands.

These challenges are made evident on the manufacturing line of the electronic control units (ECUs) when performing functional tests. The continued evolution of ECU functionality combined with the significant volumes of devices being produced is forcing automotive component suppliers to develop a functional testing strategy that will enable them to meet consumer demands most efficiently.

Parallel Functional Tests on Two ECUs

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