Continental Urea Sensor Aids Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment in Diesel Engines

February 12, 2016  by  


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  • Continental begins producing urea sensors for more efficient exhaust-gas aftertreatment in diesel engines
  • The sensors measure the level, quality, and temperature of the aqueous urea solution in the “AdBlue ” tank, and ensure a lasting reduction in nitrogen-oxide emissions
  • The sensor-aided denitrification supports fulfillment of the legal requirements and reinforces drivers’ trust that their car emits no more than the maximum permissible level of nitrogen oxides

Visteon Plans to Launch ECU-Consolidating Cockpit Domain Controller with European Automaker in 2018

February 12, 2016  by  

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SmartCore™ provides cost-effective, security-focused approach to consolidating separate cockpit electronics products on a single, multi-core chip

Addressing the proliferation of electronic control units (ECUs) in vehicles, Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is preparing to launch what it said is an industry-first, automotive grade cockpit domain controller with a European automaker on a global vehicle program in 2018.

Gentle Vibration in Bosch Active Gas Pedal Can Lighten Pressure, Warn of Wrong-Way Drivers

February 12, 2016  by  


Bosch gas pedal signals warn of wrong-way drivers or traffic jams ahead.  The gas pedal can also be connected with the navigation system, enabling it to warn drivers if, for example, they are approaching a sharp bend at too high a speed. In addition, the gas pedal can be coupled with a camera that recognizes speed-limit signs. If drivers exceed the speed limit, the gas pedal will warn them by vibrating or exerting counter-pressure.

  • Up to 7 percent lower fuel consumption.
  • Connected with the navigation system: pedal warns about sharp bends
  • Online data make real-time alert function possible

KPMG Survey Describes Automotive Execs’ Focus on Connectivity and Digitization

February 11, 2016  by  

kpmg logoAutomotive industry executives agree that connectivity and digitization will be the number one trend affecting their business through to 2025, according to KPMG’s 17th annual Global Automotive Executive Survey.

Self-driving car capabilities are becoming increasingly relevant as industry executives have embraced this futuristic feature as a more important purchasing criterion in years to come. These trends signal that major transformation is ahead as the industry continues to adapt to significant changes and challenges coming its way.

Rand McNally Introduces OverDryve™ Connected Car Tablet with Multiple Features

February 11, 2016  by  

rand mcnally 2-11-16 332045At the Chicago Auto Show, Rand McNally introduced OverDryve™, a connected-car device that brings luxury car features to mainstream automobiles. OverDryve is a dashboard tablet that provides a combination of entertainment, information, navigation, and safety features that make an ordinary drive more engaging, enjoyable and safe – all for less than $400.

“The vast majority of the 250 million U.S. cars and light trucks on the road today don’t have sophisticated electronics – features such as voice recognition and control, hands-free texting and forward collision detection, just to name a few,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally. “OverDryve upgrades ordinary vehicles by providing an advanced connected-car experience for a fraction of the cost of a high-end luxury car.”

ABI Research Predicts Growth for ADAS in China after 2017, Driving 36% CAGR Revenue Growth through 2020

February 9, 2016  by  

abi research logoGrowth in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) market remained largely confined to North America, Western Europe, and Japan in 2015, driven by an increase in affordable packages on high-volume models and ratings agencies boosting consumer awareness, according to ABI Research.

The focus of growth has shifted, however, and is now concentrated in developing regions, with the world’s largest auto market, China, ramping up to become the center of attention for domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers. ABI Research forecasts China’s ADAS market growth to gain speed between 2017 and 2020, increasing by roughly 40% per year.

Microchip Serial Quad I/O™ (SQI™) Flash Product Offers Extended Voltage, Larger Temperature Range

February 9, 2016  by  

microchip 2-9-16 24525548510_0224d2dfed_cMicrochip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) introduced automotive-grade NOR Flash products with wider voltage and a larger temperature range. With the SST26VF SQI product family, Microchip said it has become the only vendor to offer an extended-voltage Serial Quad I/O Flash device in automotive temperature grades.

The new family of products, available in densities of 16-, 32- and 64- Megabits, operates at Automotive Grade 2 and 3 and extends the operating voltage from 2.7V down to 2.3V and temperature up to 105°C.

AVX Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors Suit Demanding Automotive Applications

February 9, 2016  by  

avx 2-9-16 AVV966 TCQ Series Capacitors PRAVX Corporation has introduced the TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q200 specification for passive components, the TCQ Series meets the AEC’s 125°C lifetime stability test and humidity bias testing at 85°C and 85% relative humidity for up to 1,000 hours.

“The AEC-Q200 lifetime stability and humidity bias tests are notoriously difficult for polymer capacitors to pass due to inherent material limitations,” said Gordon Hoey, global automotive product marketing manager, AVX. “As such, we based our new TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors on our proven, high reliability TCR Series professional conductive polymer chip capacitors, making several critical improvements to the material, design, and manufacturing processes in order to deliver the enhanced endurance and high stability, harsh environment performance required to achieve AEC-Q200 qualification.”

Toyota Adds Microchip MOST50 Networking Devices to Lexus RX SUV Infotainment Systems

February 5, 2016  by  

mchip most logo 15692311929_5d90ea5941_oMicrochip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing to roll out Microchip’s MOST50 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) to power the infotainment systems throughout Toyota’s vehicle line.

The new Toyota premium Lexus RX SUV is the latest deployment among a wide variety of the Toyota brands, which have been using MOST50 in their infotainment systems for several model years. As the carmaker has in previous implementations, Toyota is using MOST® technology to ensure high-quality digital audio streaming throughout its new luxury Lexus RX SUV.

Realtek Offers a Very Small Ethernet-Based Camera SoC

February 2, 2016  by  

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Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2379.TW) announced what it described as both a highly integrated Ethernet-based camera SoC solution and also the smallest such device.

The RTL9020AA integrates all functions required in a camera module, including Image Signal Processing (ISP), fisheye calibration, video compression (MJPEG/H.264), Ethernet MAC (with Audio Video Bridging), and 100BASE-T1 PHY. Target applications include rear-view and surround view camera systems.

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