Two Sony Smartphones Are MirrorLink-Enabled.

November 21, 2014  by  

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) confirmed that Sony’s Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact are MirrorLink®-enabled.

“MirrorLink’s presence in Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact demonstrates just how prolific the MirrorLink global ecosystem has become,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC. “Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact’s focus on versatility and high performance make them a perfect showcase for MirrorLink’s ability to bring the power of the information age to drivers in a way that increases safety and enjoyment on today’s roads.”

Infiniti Lists Electronic System “Firsts”

November 21, 2014  by  

To mark 25 years in business, Infiniti summarized its accomplishments in automotive electronic systems:

Rear and Around View
Infiniti’s RearView Monitor, or backup camera, debuted on the 2002 Q45. The automaker first offered a 360-degree Around View® Monitor on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and then enhanced the feature with Moving Object Detection.

Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention
Infiniti offered Lane Departure Warning on the 2005 Infiniti FX and Lane Departure Prevention on the 2008 Infiniti M. Prevention helps the driver bring the vehicle back into the proper lane. Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) was introduced on the 2011 M.

JVC KENWOOD, Linaro and OpenSynergy Join Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Project

November 21, 2014  by  

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Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, announced that JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Linaro and OpenSynergy are joining The Linux Foundation and AGL to collaborate on the creation of an open automotive reference platform to accelerate rapid innovation and delivery of the connected car experience.

FAW Group Joins the MOST Cooperation

November 20, 2014  by  

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The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.

faw logo index“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”

Battelle Network Enforcement Module Detects/Alerts to Automobile Cyber Attacks

November 20, 2014  by  

 

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A Network Enforcement Module (NEM™) designed by Battelle to detect cybersecurity threats in today’s increasingly connected vehicles has successfully completed field trials with several automakers and is ready for commercialization.

The dramatic increase in automotive Internet connectivity to other devices and the Internet provides more entry points to the vehicle’s electronic systems and hackers have taken notice. Vehicles today can have as many as 100 microprocessor-based Electronic Control Units (ECUs) networked together to coordinate and control critical systems such as air bags, infotainment, active cruise, park assist and active steering.

STMicroelectronics ARM® Cortex®-M0 MCU Boosts Integration for Better User Experiences

November 20, 2014  by  

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STMicroelectronics’ latest STM32F091 ARM® Cortex®-M0 microcontroller overcomes the resource constraints imposed by similar devices positioned for cost-sensitive applications by providing large on-chip memories and up to eight USARTs[1] that save multiplexing communication ports in applications such as in-car audio or three-phase power metering.

With up to 256Kbytes of Flash on-chip and a 32Kbyte SRAM — enough to implement a Java stack — the STM32F091 can host applications that deliver user experiences normally associated with larger or more expensive devices. All variants, including those in economical 48-pin packages, have at least six USARTs. Three of the USARTs are able to support smartcard, LIN[2], IrDA[3], and Modbus[4] modes.

New Microchip 32-bit Microcontroller Series Features Rich Peripheral Set; Large, Scalable Memory Configuration

November 19, 2014  by  

Microchip 11-18-14 15041258523_b7ff71f9ec_bPIC32MX1/2/5 Series Enables a Wide Range of Applications, Including Digital Audio, Bluetooth®, USB and General-Purpose Embedded Control at Lower Prices

Microchip Technology announced a new series of its low-cost, high pin count 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).

By blending the key features of Microchip’s existing PIC32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, this latest PIC32MX1/2/5 MCU series delivers the benefits of a rich peripheral set for a wide range of cost-sensitive applications that require complex code and higher feature integration at a lower cost.

Allegro Hall-Effect 360° Angle Sensor ICs Target Applications That Demand Accurate Measurement

November 19, 2014  by  

allegro 11-19-14 A1332-A1334-Product-ImageAllegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of contactless Hall magnetic sensors with the debut of its A1332 and A1334 high resolution 360° angle sensor ICs.

Based on magnetic Circular Vertical Hall (CVH) technology, the A1332 and A1334 devices, with their system-on-chip (SoC) architectures, provide fast output refresh rates and low signal path latency to support a wide variety of demanding automotive and industrial applications.

Both devices are ideal for automotive applications such as electronic power steering (EPS), transmission, motor position, throttle/pedal position, and other systems that require accurate measurement of angles.

BMW ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

November 19, 2014  by  

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BMW announced that the music streaming service Spotify can now be brought into the car. Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:

 

  • Access music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
  • Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) as well as ad-free and offline listening

STMicroelectronics SiC Diodes Meet Little Box Challenge

November 18, 2014  by  

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New silicon-carbide (SiC) diodes feature increased surge-versus-normal current rating

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has revealed new automotive-qualified silicon-carbide (SiC) diodes for advanced on-board battery chargers (OBCs) in electric vehicles such as Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) that demand high power-handing capability within a confined space.

Smaller Power Modules

These diodes allow designers to build smaller power modules, which is good for automotive applications and makes them also a strong choice for tackling the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and IEEE. ST is a device-manufacturer partner of this new $1 million competition to design kW-scale inverters that are more than ten-times smaller than today’s inverters for various applications, particularly solar micro-generators.

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