AT&T and Airbiquity Sign Connected Car Agreement

March 3, 2015  by  

Airbiquity NEW LogoAirbiquity announced a multi-year agreement with AT&T under which AT&T will use Airbiquity’s Choreo™ cloud-based services delivery platform to enable end user registration and device management for selected aftermarket connected car programs.

AT&T currently provides automotive manufacturers with mobile vehicle Internet access and a global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) platform to leverage a single wireless carrier relationship for multiple connected devices and programs.

Airbiquity technology has enabled connected car connectivity and service delivery for 30 million vehicles around the world from leading automotive brands. Choreo provides the latest cloud-based vehicle connectivity technology, program deployment, and management capability in more than 50 countries and more than 30 languages, and supports over 5 million vehicles and hundreds of millions of transactions per month.

Next-Generation CogniVue APEX Vision Processing Core Offers 10x Performance Improvement

March 3, 2015  by  

cognivue logoAt the Mobile World Congress 2015, CogniVue Corporation, which licenses its APEX™ Image Cognition Processor (ICP) technology to semiconductor vendors, announced its next generation of APEX ICP technology with a 10x performance increase.

The automotive market continues to drive the need for high performance vision processing at low power. Building on its expertise in automotive safety applications and working collaboratively with major automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, CogniVue’s team has improved APEX ICP architecture and hardware blocks, and added new features that are said to provide the best performance per area per power for vision and image processing.

Challenges for Connected Cars

February 28, 2015  by  

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Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

The complexity of connected vehicle technology is growing fast – but automated integration, validation and testing technology is not keeping pace

By Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

Car buyers tend to pay less attention to engines or transmissions as long as the technology works. But, inside the car, the role that the driver’s perception plays is quite different.

Different Electric Vehicles Pioneer Best Technology First

February 28, 2015  by  

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By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles analysed in the IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025″ (

For example, electric cars will have at least six types of energy harvesting variously converting ultra violet, infrared, visible light, vibration, vertical, lateral and forward movement into electricity but also heat differences.

All-New VW Touran Has MirrorLink

February 26, 2015  by  

Smartphone Connectivity Technology Makes it Easier to Bring Apps to the Dash

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new Volkswagen Touran is MirrorLink® enabled. MirrorLink brings smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. The Touran will be available in Europe in Q2 2015.

2016-Volkswagen-Touran-R-Line-PLACEMENT-626x382Volkswagen also announced that MirrorLink is now available in the Sharan. Other MirrorLink-enabled Volkswagen models include the Passat, Beetle and Polo.

Renesas Develops 28nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology for Automotive Microcontrollers

February 26, 2015  by  

renesas logoAchieves Random Access Speed of 200 MHz and Write Throughput of 2.0 MB Per Second

Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a new flash memory technology for on-chip flash memory microcontrollers (MCUs) using a 28-nanometer (nm) embedded Flash (eFlash) process technology.

Regulations on cars’ CO2 emissions, fuel efficiency and exhaust gases are increasingly strict in countries around the world. As a result, support for new engine control methods is required. Furthermore, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistant System) is now desired to create a safe, secure, and comfortable automotive experience. To respond to these market needs, further increases in performance, and lower power consumption, are required in the automotive MCUs.

QNX Wireless Framework Promises Smartphone-Caliber Connectivity for Embedded Systems

February 25, 2015  by  


At Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced the launch of the QNX® Wireless Framework, a software solution that allows embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi® hardware changes without having to rewrite software applications or change how the applications run.

Modem technology for embedded systems is evolving quickly, creating demand for system designs that can rapidly and flexibly support the latest cellular or Wi-Fi communications hardware. The QNX Wireless Framework achieves this through an easy-to-use application programming interface (API) that remains consistent, regardless of the underlying cellular or Wi Fi module or chipset.

Valeo and peiker to Cooperate on Automotive Geolocation and Mobile Connectivity Solutions

February 24, 2015  by  

Valeo logoValeo announced the signing of a technological cooperation agreement with peiker, a leading supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions. The agreement will enable Valeo to broaden its range of automotive geolocation and mobile connectivity solutions.

Valeo’s global presence and know-how in on-board electronics, allied with peiker’s technological expertise, will allow both partners to offer automakers new telematic systems adapted to the needs of this high-growth market.

peiker logoThe partners’ shared objective is to benefit mutually from their respective capabilities, particularly in R&D, to create innovative products compatible with forthcoming LTE Advanced mobile (4G+) broadband services and beyond.

Vector Software Releases VectorCAST 6.3 with Smaller Footprint, Safety-Critical Expertise

February 24, 2015  by  

vector 2-24-15Vector Software announced the release of VectorCAST™ 6.3, describing it as an Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-machine (M2M)-ready embedded test suite.

Analysts are projecting IoT and M2M to grow into a $71 billion industry by 2018 (Juniper Research, Smart Home Ecosystems & the Internet of Things, 12/02/2014). With billions of newly connected devices going on line, high quality software is essential for these devices to operate as intended.

VectorCAST Version 6.3 provides a new micro harness architecture designed for the special needs of IoT / M2M applications. The new architecture is critical for IoT / M2M applications because of the smaller microprocessors and limited resources that are available to these applications.

Spansion Introduces HyperRAM™ Memory

February 23, 2015  by  

Companion Device to HyperFlash™ Memory Operates on the Same HyperBus™ Interface; Simplifies Board Design and Increases System Performance

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE) announced the first RAM device with the HyperBus™ interface. The Spansion HyperRAM™ memory, a companion to HyperFlash™ memory, enables a simple and cost-effective solution for SoCs and microcontrollers (MCU), where both the flash and RAM are connected on the same 12-pin HyperBus interface.

With a read throughput up to 333 megabytes-per-second, the HyperBus devices enable fast boot, graphics display and real-time XIP applications.

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