STMicroelectronics Introduces World’s Smallest Integrated 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for In-Dash Navigation

October 30, 2014  by  

STMicro P3623D -- Oct 30 21014 -- 6-axis MEMS IMU for Automotive_IMAGEAutomotive-telematics and navigation-sensor leader keeps motor vehicles on track

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM),  announced the industry’s smallest 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) qualified for automotive applications with low-noise and improved output resolution.

The ASM330LXH IMU is ideal for in-dash car-navigation solutions that require accurate and reliable inertial sensors to optimize positioning and direction, even in the absence of a strong GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signal.

Allegro LED Driver ICs Include a Current-Mode Boost Converter, Power Switch, and 2 or 4 Current Sinks

October 30, 2014  by  

allegro 10-29-14 A8518 A8519 textlogo 300rgbFor High Efficiency, High Dimming Ratio, Low EMI Automotive Infotainment

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications.

Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch with either two current sinks (dual string) in their A8518 or four current sinks (quad string) in their A8519.

Both devices target automotive and industrial markets with end applications to include automotive infotainment and instrument cluster LCD backlighting, heads-up displays, interior lighting, accent lighting and robust commercial and industrial backlighting and lighting applications.

Visteon Cockpit Concept Lets Drivers Operate Some Vehicle Controls through Eye Movement and Head Direction

October 30, 2014  by  

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HMeye cockpit concept uses eye gaze, head direction and image attribute tracking to make vehicle control selections

Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) unveiled an automotive cockpit concept demonstrating how drivers can select certain controls through eye movement and head direction.

Hidden eye-tracking cameras capture this data to deliver an advanced human-machine interaction (HMI).

This concept has received interest from auto manufacturers and has also impressed vehicle owners. Prior to the final build of the concept, Visteon presented an early version to consumers at a research clinic, where 81 percent of respondents felt that the system was easy to operate and 78 percent found it enjoyable to use.

Bosch Invention – ESP – Standard in the EU

October 29, 2014  by  

Saving thousands of lives

Beginning November 1 2014, the ESP electronic stability program (ESP) will be a standard In the European Union. All newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles one year later.

Other countries have also begun to recognize that ESP is extremely important for road safety. Since September 2011, ESP has been mandated for all vehicles in the United States and Canada with a gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 metric tons. Australia and Israel have also made ESP mandatory. Similar regulations will take effect in Japan, Korea, Russia, and Turkey in the years ahead.

Analog Devices’ Magnetic Angle Sensor Delivers Highest Performance for Precision DC Motor Controls

October 29, 2014  by  

ADI ADA4571 - AMR Angle Sensor - The Industry’s Highest PrecisADA4571 directly measures the shaft position in brushless DC motors, reducing noise and optimizing motor smoothness and torque in automotive and industrial applications.

Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) introduced today the industry’s highest precision, highest speed magnetic angle sensor. The high-resolution ADA4571 sensor is four times more accurate (0.5° max), 60 percent faster and uses 40 percent less power than competing angle sensors.

The ADA4571 directly measures motor position to reduce noise, optimize smoothness and torque performance, and help designers of brushless DC (BLDC) motors meet tighter environmental, noise and energy requirements.

Cadence Functional Safety Verification Solution Reduces ISO 26262 Preparation Effort by up to 50 Percent

October 29, 2014  by  



Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) introduced its new automotive functional safety verification solution, which reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 percent.

An expansion to the Cadence® Incisive® functional verification platform, the new fault injection and safety verification technologies help automotive engineers automate ISO 26262 compliance for traceability, safety verification and tool confidence level (TCL).

The integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the compliance effort by automating the time-intensive manual verification process of fault injection and result analysis for IP, System-on-Chip (SoC) and system designs.

Linear Technology 2A Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 93% Efficiency at 2MHz

October 27, 2014  by  

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42V, 2A, 2.2MHz Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Operates from 3.0V to 42V

Operates from 3.0V to 42V Inputs

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8609, a 2A, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator.

A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 93% efficiency while switching at 2MHz enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as AM radio, while providing a highly compact solution footprint.

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TRW’s Newest Electrically Powered Steering Column Drive Launches on Platforms in Europe and in China

October 27, 2014  by  

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TRW’s third generation electrically powered steering column drive (EPS CD) technology recently launched on major vehicle platforms in Europe – the VW Polo, Up and e-Up, Audi S1, Skoda Rapide, Space Back, Fabia Citigo, and FIAT 500L – and in China – the GAC FIAT Viaggio. Annual volumes will be over one million for these platforms.

TRW’s EPS CD Gen 3 is based on a modular and scalable architecture that allows for greater freedom of packaging and design for a broad range of applications and helps to lower life cycle costs.

Audiovox Android Tablet Doubles As A Rear Seat Entertainment System

October 27, 2014  by  

audiovox 10-27-14 T852SBK-AndriodMount-lifestyleVOXX Electronics Corp (VEC) has begun shipping the Android Tablet Vehicle Entertainment System, which includes an Android tablet, universal seatback mount system & accessories for both in car and portable use.

The Google Certified 8-inch Android Tablet quickly converts to a secure in-vehicle rear seat entertainment system (RSE) using a unique mounting mechanism that mounts to the headrest posts. It also doubles as a charger–charging the tablet when docked.

“With its unique mounting system that attaches to the headrest posts this Android tablet vehicle entertainment system gives users the best of both worlds – a portable Android tablet for use anywhere that also quickly converts to an ‘installed’ rear seat entertainment system,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics Corporation.

Toshiba Launches 1-Channel High-Side N-Channel Power MOSFET Gate Driver for Automotive Applications

October 27, 2014  by  

Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company announced the TPD7104F, a 1-channel high-side N-channel power MOSFET gate driver. The new product is an all-in-one circuit for charge pumps and can be operated at lower voltages compared to Toshiba conventional products[1], at VDD(opr) = 5 to 18V. Shipments have begun.

Key Specifications of the New Product

1. BiCD 0.13μm process
2. Supply voltage: VDD(opr)=5 to 18V
3. Built-in overcurrent protection functions
4. Built-in overcurrent diagnostic functions
5. Output voltage
VOUT=VDD+8V(Min)@VDD=5V, IOUT=-100μA, Tj=-40 to 125°C

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