European Auto Industry Embracing 48V Hybrid Technology

November 28, 2014  by  

palmer 11-28-14According to Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and other participants at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems in Düsseldorf, Germany, 48V mild hybrid developments are being driven by ever-tightening European CO2 regulations and, potentially, a new and more aggressive test cycle.

Together with other sponsors, including AVL and Ricardo, CPT discussed the need for an internationally accepted 48V electrical standard. The firms say such a standard is required by the global automotive industry to achieve the economies of scale demanded by original equipment manufacturers.

Design Automation Conference (DAC) Intellectual Property (IP) Track Calls for Contributions

November 26, 2014  by  

dac 2015Conference Calls IP Core Designers, Users, and IP Ecosystem Providers to Plan and Participate

After a successful launch of the Intellectual Property (IP) Track at The Design Automation Conference (DAC) last year, the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems announced the IP call for contributions for DAC 2015.

The DAC IP Track brings together the users and the creators of IP to discuss the benefits and challenges of using IP to accelerate the development of new electronics devices, as well as improving the quality of devices.

Semtech Expands AEC-Q100 Protection Platform with RClamp® 0531TQ; New 5V TVS Protection Device Safeguards High-Speed Automotive Interfaces

November 26, 2014  by  

semtech logoRClamp0531TQ protects high-speed automotive data lines from dangerous ESD transients

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC) announced the RClamp0531TQ, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device.

The single-line, automotive-qualified RClamp0531TQ offers low-clamping voltage performance, an essential requirement for safeguarding the sensitive electronics common in today’s automotive infotainment and telematics systems.

Built on Semtech’s highly differentiated process technologies that achieve the industry’s lowest clamping voltages, the RClamp0531TQ delivers optimal transient protection. This low-clamping voltage protection performance is critical in an automotive industry where maximum ESD protection margin is needed.

Teledyne LeCroy Adds New Measurement and Graphing Features to Its CAN FD Solution

November 25, 2014  by  

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Teledyne LeCroy has added new measurement and graphing capabilities to its CAN Flexible Data-Rate (FD) serial trigger and decode solution.

Teledyne LeCroy is the only provider of CAN FD measurement and graphing capabilities, and was the first to provide a trigger and decode solution for CAN FD in June 2014. The new CAN FD trigger and decode solution with measurement and graphing capabilities (CAN FD TDM) enables designers using this new standard to gain unprecedented insight in to their systems, correlating physical layer signals and protocol layer data on a single display while also measuring and plotting bus performance. These tools can be used to measure the time between two CAN or CAN FD messages, or from a message to an analog signal. These measurements can then be extracted to recreate analog waveforms.

Microchip Introduces 5V dsPIC33 “EV” Family for Enhanced Noise Immunity and Robustness in Harsh Environments

November 25, 2014  by  

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Devices Feature Advanced Motor Control, CAN, SENT and Touch Peripherals for Automotive and Other Applications

Microchip Technology announced from the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSC) with the dsPIC33 “EV” family.

This new family provides 5V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, ideal for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive applications.

The dsPIC33EV family is the first dsPIC(®) DSC with Error Correcting Code (ECC) Flash for increased reliability and safety. For safety-critical applications, the dsPIC33EV devices also include CRC, Deadman Timer (DMT), and Windowed Watchdog Timer (WWDT) peripherals as well as a backup system oscillator and certified Class B software.

Symtavision extends collaboration with Lauterbach to Improve Tool Integration with TRACE32®

November 25, 2014  by  

symtavision 11-25-14 SYM030Support added for rich traces with wait and release behavior, traces of runnable activity within tasks, and functional-level traces

Symtavision has extended its collaboration with Lauterbach to improve integration between SymTA/S and TraceAnalyzer timing design tools and Lauterbach’s TRACE32® suite of modular microprocessor development tools.

The improved integration will better ensure the safety and reliability of automotive real-time software while also speeding development and reducing costs.

The existing workflow, which enables real-time traces from TRACE32 to be imported and analyzed using Symtavision’s SymTA/S and TraceAnalyzer timing design and analysis tools, has been improved to facilitate better support of rich traces with wait and release behavior, the import of traces with runnable activity within tasks and the ability to import and analyze functional-level traces generated by TRACE32.

dSPACE SystemDesk 4.3 Generates Virtual ECUs According to AUTOSAR R4

November 25, 2014  by  


dSPACE has released version 4.3 of its AUTOSAR tool SystemDesk®. The software now enables design engineers and software integrators to generate virtual electronic control units (V-ECUs) according to AUTOSAR R4.

SystemDesk is used for the model-based development of ECU software, specifically, for designing the software architecture according to AUTOSAR and generating AUTOSAR-based V-ECUs. It supports the software architecture development process from modeling software components (SWCs) to specifying system-level hardware topology and network communication.

V-ECUs make testing new ECU functions without a hardware prototype fast and easy with the dSPACE virtual validation tool chain.

HARMAN Breaks Ground on New North American Automotive Headquarters

November 24, 2014  by  


HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO, Dinesh Paliwal, fourth from left, and Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, third from right, break ground with HARMAN executives and government officials at the site of HARMAN’s new North American Automotive Headquarters. Left to right: Phil Eyler; Sachin Lawande; Nicole Thomson (Oakland Country Economic Development); Dinesh Paliwal; City of Novi Mayor Bob Gatt; Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Chris Thibodeau; and David Karch. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

HARMAN International has broken ground on its new North American Automotive Headquarters.

CSR Adds BeiDouSupport to SiRFstarV Location Platform

November 24, 2014  by  

csr 160px-beidou_navigation_satellite_system_0CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) announced two important software releases for the SiRFstarV™ 5ea automotive-grade quad-GNSS location platform. Support has been added for concurrent use of GPS and BeiDou (BDS) satellite constellations, along with major updates to the SiRFDRive® software dead reckoning algorithms.

Together, these upgrades ensure that SiRFstarV™ 5ea offers improved automotive positioning performance meeting the requirements of leading OEMs across the globe. By adding support for China’s BDS constellation to SiRFstarV™ 5ea’s existing GPS and GLONASS capabilities, the new software offers automotive OEMs the flexibility to perform concurrent GPS and GLONASS or GPS and BDS operations.

Two Sony Smartphones Are MirrorLink-Enabled.

November 21, 2014  by  

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) confirmed that Sony’s Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact are MirrorLink®-enabled.

“MirrorLink’s presence in Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact demonstrates just how prolific the MirrorLink global ecosystem has become,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC. “Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact’s focus on versatility and high performance make them a perfect showcase for MirrorLink’s ability to bring the power of the information age to drivers in a way that increases safety and enjoyment on today’s roads.”

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