Spansion Strengthens Automotive Flash Memory Portfolio

April 24, 2014  by  

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Spansion Inc.strengthened the company’s automotive flash memory portfolio by introducing six automotive-grade devices to the company’s flash memory portfolio. Spansion is adding three new Serial NOR and three new NAND memory densities specifically qualified to meet the extended temperature ranges and stringent quality requirements of the automotive industry.

Spansion is complementing the Spansion FL1-K Serial NOR flash family with automotive devices qualified for extended temperature ranges (from -40 degrees Celsius to 125 degrees Celsius) in 16Mb, 32Mb, and 64Mb densities. Spansion is also introducing automotive-grade Spansion ML-G1 NAND flash memories qualified for -40C to 105 degrees Celsius, in 1Gb, 2Gb and 4Gb densities. All six new Spansion devices have achieved AEC-Q100 qualification and meet Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) requirements, industry standards for automotive grade products. 

Low-Profile, High-Current Inductor Offers Continuous High-Temperature Operation to +180 °C

April 24, 2014  by  


Latest IHLP® Device Features Wide Inductance Range From 0.47 µH to 22 µH in 2525 Case Size

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP® low-profile, high-current inductor with an industry-high continuous operating temperature range to +180 °C.

13972882271_466996d89d_bOffered in the 2525 case size with a low profile of 3.0 mm, the new Vishay Dale IHLP-2525CZ-8A provides a wide range of inductance values from 0.47 µH to 22 µH.

Paragon QNX Driver Embedded Enables Car Owners to Exchange Data Between Embedded Infotainment Systems

April 24, 2014  by  

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Data Exchange Between QNX-based Media Centers and Laptops, Tablets and Desktop PCs Made Easy

Paragon Software Group (PSG), the cross-platform technology leader in innovative mobile device and embedded system solutions, announces the release of Paragon QNX Driver Embedded, the software solving compatibility and interoperability issues between QNX-based in-car infotainment systems and storage devices running on other operating systems, including Windows and Mac OS X. Paragon QNX Driver Embedded is targeted, foremost, towards middleware developers in the automotive industry who want to make the car owner’s experience as convenient as possible.

UQM and Kinetics Collaborate on Electric Drive Systems

April 23, 2014  by  

System will combine UQM PowerPhase HD® electric motors and controllers with Kinetics NexDrive™ transmissions

UQM Technologies Inc. and Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. are collaborating to offer an efficient and robust integrated electric motor and multi-speed transmission system for commercial vehicle applications that will benefit from a full system approach. The system is engineered to provide commercial vehicle manufacturers a powerful and efficient electric drive powertrain while minimizing the development time for integration.

Battery Management Current-Sensing Solution Needs No Shunt Resistor

April 23, 2014  by  

Design breakthrough achieves accurate, linear current measurement up to 100A by monitoring voltage drop across a PCB’s copper track

ams AG , a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensors, has introduced a reference design board that measures current to an accuracy of ±1% by monitoring the voltage drop across a copper track on a PCB.

TRW Supplies Belt Drive Electric Steering for 2015 SUV from Great Wall Motor

April 23, 2014  by  


TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. will supply its Belt Drive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to a next generation mid-sized Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) being launched by Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Company in 2015.

Sport Utility Vehicles are the fasting growing vehicle segment in the rapidly expanding Chinese market with a 43 percent sales increase from 2013 compared to 2012 according to IHS data.

AB Dynamics Suspension Parameter Measuring Machine

April 23, 2014  by  


AB Dynamics has introduced the SPMM5000, a fixed ground plane Kinetics and Compliance test machine that measures suspension parameters and characteristics.

The machine, which can simulate the motions of a vehicle on the road more accurately than moving ground plane alternatives, is designed to cater for the latest generation of larger SUV type vehicles. Compared with the SPMM4000 on which it is based, the vertical stroke has been increased in the SPMM5000 to ±210mm in order to handle longer wheel travel and the weight of larger vehicles. The nominal load capacity of the SPMM5000 is 5,000kg.

HELLA Developing Wireless EV Charging Systems

April 22, 2014  by  

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HELLA is working with Paul Vahle GmbH to develop wireless charging systems that could spark renewed consumer interest in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

Commonly used to recharge small consumer products such as smartphones and electric toothbrushes, inductive or wireless charging for cars will make it easier for drivers to charge car batteries and extend a vehicle’s driving range.

Renesas Maintains Dominance in Automotive Semiconductor Market

April 18, 2014  by  

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Renesas remained the leader in the automotive semiconductor race in 2013, with the company’s dominance in microcomponents and logic integrated circuits (IC) helping it to hold a half-billion-dollar gap over the second-place competitor.

Japan-based Renesas posted automotive semiconductor revenue of $2.9 billion last year, giving the company a market share of 11 percent, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). This compares to $2.4 billion in revenue and 9 percent share for the No. 2 contender, Infineon of Germany, allowing Renesas to maintain the leading position it held in 2012.

Agilent Announces Single-Slot Eight-Channel 8-bit PCIe Gen2 Digitizer

April 18, 2014  by  

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Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced an eight-channel version of its U5309A 8-bit single-slot PCIe® Gen2 digitizer with on-board processing, providing unprecedented channel density and minimum footprint at this level of performance.

Customers requiring an eight-channel data acquisition system previously had to order a three-slot cPCI chassis, including two digitizer modules and an interface card to the computer. Today they can select the single-slot, eight-channel U5309A PCIe digitizer, which has multiple advantages in cost, reliability and performance—as well as the tremendous size reduction into a single slot card.

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