Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the appointment of Glenn Perry to the role of vice president of the company’s Embedded Systems Division.
The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Systems Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics.
“We believe there is great potential for us to grow in the embedded market,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO, Mentor Graphics. “To that end we have been making strategic investments, and placing this expanded division under a vice president reflects the increased opportunities we are seeing.”
Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has incorporated a US subsidiary, appointing Taylor Hansen as vice president responsible for the company’s North American operations.
Based in Detroit, Hansen’s responsibilities include business development and client program management, as well as directing prototype build leading ultimately to volume production.
“We have seen growing interest in our switched reluctance motor-generator technology with increasing inquiries from North American automakers and their powertrain suppliers,” says Nick Pascoe chief executive Controlled Power Technologies.
Affordable Powertrain Electrification at 48V
Bosch plans to increase its stake in ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (ZFLS) to 100 percent. ZFLS, based in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany has been a 50:50 joint venture between Bosch and ZF.
Employing more than 13,000 associates in eight countries, ZFLS develops, produces, and sells steering systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles worldwide. In 2013, it registered sales of approximately €4.1 billion.
With a total of 20 locations, the company is active in the world’s most important automotive markets. Alongside locations in Europe, the U.S., and China, ZFLS also produces in India, Brazil, and Malaysia. The transaction is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The purchase price will not be disclosed.
Magna International is supplying two industry-first systems on the BMW i8 plug-in electric sports car: outside mirrors with hidden turn signals and SmartLatch(TM), an electronic side-door latch system.
The unique design of the outside mirrors includes a hidden turn signal that is fully integrated so that the mirror housing and turn-signal lens are one and the same. The signal is invisible when not in operation, which allows for styling improvements and improved aerodynamics with no additional gaps or incremental wind noise.
The BMW i3 model in volume production today includes an AS8510 in the battery sensor. The battery management system (BMS) monitors battery voltage and battery current of the 400V li-ion battery powering the cars’ electric motors, and ensures the functional safety of the vehicle’s battery systems.
Freescale Battery Cell Controller Balances Measurement Accuracy, Scalability and High Speed Communications
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo –Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announced a highly integrated 14-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller for industrial and automotive applications, designed to cost effectively meet the stringent requirements for ASIL-C functional safety.
With fourteen cell balancing transistors, a current sensor with ±0.5% accuracy from milliamps to kiloamps, and 2 Mbps communication transceiver interface integrated into a single 64-pin QFP package, Freescale’s MC33771 battery cell controller and companion MC33664 isolated communications interface deliver robust, reliable performance for 48 V battery systems, enabling economical scalability beyond 1000 volts.
The STH315N10F7-2, STH315N10F7-6, and STP315N10F7 feature an optimized body-drain diode performance that minimizes voltage spikes and switching noise over the operating voltage range, allowing more robust, reliable, and power-efficient designs.
STripFET™ F7 devices exploit an enhanced trench-gate structure that lowers device on-state resistance while simultaneously reducing internal capacitances and gate charge to deliver faster and more power-efficient switching.
The three new devices bring these benefits to the automotive market, offering the industry’s lowest RDS(on) x Area and turn-off energy (Eoff) parameters available in the automotive market.
New family of 36-V and 60-V converters for energy-efficient, EMI-compliant systems
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced seven SIMPLE SWITCHER regulators that simplify wide V(IN) synchronous power supply design and help engineers create energy-efficient, electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliant products.
The easy-to-use LM43600/1/2/3 and LM46000/1/2 DC/DC converters feature an input voltage range of up to 60 V for high reliability in rugged systems, and 27 micro amps of standby current that minimizes power consumption at light load.
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement with ZF Friedrichshafen AG (“ZF”) under which ZF will acquire all outstanding shares of TRW for $105.60 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US$13.5 billion.
The transaction will create a global leader in the automotive supplier business with pro forma combined sales of approximately €30 billion ($41 billion) and 138,000 employees. The combined company will serve high-growth areas such as fuel efficiency, increased safety requirements, and autonomous driving.
TRW will be operated as a separate business division within ZF.
September 12, 2014 by John Day
Audi of America and AT&T will provide owners of 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models equipped with Audi connect® the option of adding their connected cars to an AT&T Mobile Share Value(SM) data plan, starting Oct. 1.
With a Mobile Share Value Plan, customers can purchase a monthly allotment of data to share among their connected devices, including the all-new Audi premium compact and crossover models equipped with Audi connect. The access charge is $10 a month to add a vehicle to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is the same price that AT&T charges to add a tablet to an existing plan.