dSPACE TargetLink 4.0 Features Matrix Support

January 30, 2015  by  

Aufmacher_TargetLink_4-0_Matrix_06_150126.psdVersion 4.0 of TargetLink®, dSPACE’s production code generator, features the significantly important support of matrix calculations. Control algorithms using state-space representation for highly complex applications, such as automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), can now be modeled efficiently with TargetLink®.

These complex control algorithms with matrix calculations can be converted into high-quality production C code with well-known and established TargetLink efficiency. The resulting auto-generated code is easy to integrate with legacy software.

Allegro MicroSystems AEC-Q100-Qualified Multiple-Output Regulator Powers Automotive LCD Displays

January 30, 2015  by  

allegro 01-30-15 A8603-Product-ImageAllegro MicroSystems, LLC announced a new AEC-Q100 qualified, multiple-output regulator for powering automotive LCD displays.

Allegro’s A8603 operates with fixed switching frequency that can be either programmed or synchronized with an external clock signal between 350 kHz and 2.25 MHz. This will minimize interference with AM and FM radio bands.

An I²C™-compliant serial interface allows a system microcontroller to configure the A8603 by writing into its internal registers. A system controller can also access A8603’s status registers in case of fault conditions.

TT Electronics Helps Audi Turbo-Diesel and Gasoline Engines Keep Cool

January 30, 2015  by  

TTelectronicsControllerIntegrated electronic controller for latest-generation EA288 engines controls intercooler water pump for better fuel economy and lower emissions.

TT Electronics is helping Volkswagen-Audi Group (VAG) boost the fuel economy and reduce the emissions of its latest-generation Audi A3, A4, A6 and similar-sized models.

Engineers at TT Electronics’ Salzburg technical center created an electrically driven 50-Watt water-pump controller (EWPU) that has been employed in a range of applications including the turbo-intercooler circuit of the advanced EA288 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.

Keysight Power Analyzer Combines Power Measurements and Touch-Driven Oscilloscope Visualization

January 29, 2015  by  


keysignt-300x209Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) introduced what is said is the first power analyzer to combine accurate power measurements and touch-driven oscilloscope visualization capability in a single instrument.

The Keysight IntegraVision power analyzer makes it easy for R&D engineers designing and testing electronic power conversion systems to access dynamic views of current, voltage and power so they can see, measure and prove the performance of their designs.

Engineers working on electronic power conversion systems need high-accuracy measurements to identify and characterize incremental efficiency improvements in devices such as power inverters or converters, universal power supplies, battery systems, vehicle and aircraft power systems, lighting systems/electronic ballasts and appliances.

HARMAN and Baidu Collaborate for IVI in China

January 29, 2015  by  

harmanbaidu logoHARMAN (NYSE:HAR) has entered into a strategic collaboration with Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

HARMAN will work with Baidu to launch vehicle networking solutions.

The collaboration, called CarLife, will offer advanced Internet capabilities, entertainment features and location-based services on HARMAN’s in-vehicle infotainment head units designed for the Chinese market, resulting in a richer and more immersive connected car experience.

“We are very excited to combine Baidu’s powerful Internet search capabilities and user experience with HARMAN’s embedded connectivity expertise to present drivers in China with safe, easy and intuitive access to the content they want,” said Sachin Lawande, President, HARMAN Infotainment.

Renesas Electronics Simplifies Automotive Functional Safety and Security With Development Support Program

January 29, 2015  by  

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 Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) said its new initiative, “Safety and Security Support Program for Automotive,” can ease design complexity for sophisticated automotive systems and contribute to a safe and secure driving experience.

Designed to reduce the burden on system manufacturers, the initiative simplifies the implementation of functional safety and security features through an integrated package solution that incorporates ISO26262-certified Renesas automotive semiconductor products, software, analytic tools, work products, instruction, consulting, and more.

Microchip Power MOSFET Drivers Feature Thermally Efficient, Small Packages For Improved Efficiency

January 28, 2015  by  

16155636678_fea0373885_cMicrochip Technology announced the first power MOSFET drivers in a new product family–the MCP14A005X and MCP14A015X.

These drivers feature an entirely new driver architecture for high speed operation, the first in the MCP14A product line. Available in SOT-23 and 2 x 2 mm DFN packages, the new devices are among the smallest packaged MOSFET drivers on the market today.

The small packaging enables higher power densities and smaller solutions, while the design targets fast transitions and short delay times that allow for responsive circuit operation.

Linear Technology Standalone Lead Acid Battery Balancing IC Works with up to Four 12V Batteries in Series

January 27, 2015  by  

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Standalone Multicell Lead Acid Battery Balancer

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LTC3305, a single IC, standalone multicell battery balancer for 12V lead acid batteries.

Balancing works by absorbing charge from higher voltage batteries and transferring that charge to lower voltage batteries so that all are charged equally.

Charge is transferred using a lower capacity battery that is sequentially connected across the batteries in the stack. Not only does this battery transfer charge, but the energy in the transfer battery adds to the total energy in the stack, thus increasing capacity.

Toshiba Power Amplifier IC Reduces Sound Loss and Noise in Car Audio During Idling Reduction

January 27, 2015  by  

toshiba 01-27-15 TCB001HQ_500Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) introduced the TCB001HQ, a 4-channel power amplifier IC intended to improve noise tolerance in audio systems in cars with engine idling reduction systems.

Samples are available now with mass production scheduled to start in March 2015.

Idling Reduction

The engines of cars with idling reduction systems often cut out, causing battery voltage to drop. By reducing the minimum operation voltage from 8V to 6V, the new power amplifier realizes stable operation and also prevents loss of sound and noise generation in car audio.

BigLever Software, Aras Offer Integrated PLE and PLM

January 26, 2015  by  

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Product line engineering (PLE) solutions developer BigLever Software has partnered with Aras Corp. to deliver what BigLever says is the industry’s first integrated PLE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, the Aras Innovator/BigLever Gears Bridge.

According to BigLever and Aras, the integration of PLE and PLM is a significant step forward in enabling companies to reduce complexity, break down organizational and operational silos, and achieve new levels of efficiency, interoperability and alignment across all aspects of planning, designing, implementing, delivering, maintaining, and evolving a product line.

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