Continental Focuses on Connectivity at CES

January 12, 2015  by  

Continental_LTE 1-12-15At the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas Continental highlighted how automotive electronics benefit from connecting the vehicle to the cloud.

“We are demonstrating how the online world is rapidly evolving to make our vehicles more attractive, safer and more efficient,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Interior division. “(At CES) we are showcasing ready-to-market solutions for the intelligent vehicle to our customers.”

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Together with its collaboration partner IBM and the location cloud company HERE, Continental is turning the digital map into a high-precision and constantly up-to-date sensor that can be used for much more than just navigation.

MHL Consortium Announces superMHL – the First A/V Specification With Support for up to 8K

January 6, 2015  by  

Features New Consumer-Friendly, Reversible superMHL Connector for CE Devices

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MHL has introduced a new reversible superMHL connector.

The MHL Consortium announced the superMHL™ specification, the next generation of MHL® technology for consumer electronics and mobile devices.

With more than 750 million MHL devices on the market, superMHL is backward-compatible with previous MHL 1, 2 and 3 specification versions and supports the latest HDCP 2.2 content protection for the secure delivery of premium content.

The superMHL specification is said to deliver significant mobile advancements such as higher resolution and frame rates along with 40W of power charging, while broadening MHL’s reach in home theater connectivity by supporting 8K video resolution and expanded audio formats.

Broadcom NFC Chip Simplifies Mobile Device Connectivity

January 5, 2015  by  

broadcom 52567_PR_IMG_BCM89095_NFC_Automotive_finalDrivers can pair a mobile device by simply tapping it against the dashboard, rather than navigating menus on two separate screens

At CES International 2015 Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) expanded its connected car device offerings with a new automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, BCM89095.

The highly-integrated chip with tap-to-connect technology is designed to simplify the set-up process for mobile device connectivity within the vehicle and to enable a range of comfort and convenience applications including keyless entry and vehicle settings.

Monotype Spark Enables Scalable Type on Low End Platforms, Including Automotive Dashboards

January 5, 2015  by  

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An Alternative to Hard-Coded Bitmap Solutions

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE) introduced Monotype® Spark™, a type and technology solution that enables designers and engineers to create products with high-quality scalable text interfaces in low-end platforms with limited run-time memory; for example, dashboards in economy cars.

According to Monotype, a tier 1 automotive supplier is using Monotype Spark for its lower-end automotive clusters and head-up-displays.

The Monotype Spark solution consists of iType® Spark and WorldType® Shaper Spark software, and a set of optimized fonts.

Hyundai Debuts Blue Link Smartwatch App at CES

January 2, 2015  by  

hyundai 297410Starting early in 2015 Hyundai owners will be able to connect with their cars using wearable devices and the Hyundai Blue Link® smartwatch app.

Hyundai will debut and demonstrate the Blue Link smartwatch app at Pepcom’s Digital Experience on January 5 and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) January 6-9.

Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features like remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices like smartwatches and smartphones. Hyundai partnered with Station Digital Media to develop the Blue Link smartwatch app.