ams AG (SIX:AMS) has acquired the CMOS Sensor Business from NXP Semiconductors. The acquisition expands ams’ environmental sensor portfolio with advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors that measure several environmental variables such as relative humidity, pressure and temperature in one sensor device.
“Environmental sensors can replicate and enhance human responses by monitoring and measuring smell, pressure and temperature. By capturing this information electronically, data-driven decisions can be made automatically and efficiently,” said Thomas Riener, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at ams.
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) introduced the TB9081FG, a brushless motor pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety, for use in electric power steering systems (EPS).
Sample shipments will start on September 1st, 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in August, 2017.
Safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D, the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.”
August 27, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the addition of the LAN9353, LAN9354 and LAN9355 Three-Port, 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switches to its portfolio of Ethernet solutions, which includes Ethernet switches, controllers, bridges and PHYs.
Featuring the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time-stamp Protocol (PTP) standard for clock accuracy in the sub-nanosecond range, these Ethernet switches offload both synchronization and communications processing from the host CPU.
There are advanced features such as Transparent Clocking, which improves system accuracy, Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE802.3az) and Wake On LAN. These switches enable the development of advanced hardware in the Industrial Ethernet market, including automation, motion-control, embedded, automotive, security/surveillance and telecommunications applications.
August 27, 2015 by John Day
ZF TRW has won two business awards with North American and European vehicle manufacturers for its second generation Safety Domain ECU (SDE 2). The central controller will launch in Europe and the US starting in 2018.
Wind River® has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for its worldwide Automotive Solutions & Professional Services. CMMI is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.
Wind River completed a CMMI SCAMPI ‘A’ appraisal and achieved a CMMI Capability Level 3 in 18 process areas, resulting in a CMMI Maturity Level 3. This appraisal builds on Wind River’s past CMMI Level 3 achievements; the first of which was attained in 2006. This rating is valued by the automotive industry as well as aerospace, defense, and other segments where design, development and certification processes are of paramount importance.
The recent IEEE 802 Plenary Session saw notable progress across a variety of Ethernet and Ethernet-related projects, according to the Ethernet Alliance.
John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell, commended the progress made by the IEEE 802.3® Ethernet Working Group during its Plenary meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
“Ethernet is in a very dynamic period; there’s an exceptional level of energy and excitement driving this technology forward into a diversifying range of rates, applications, and market spaces,” he said. A variety of standards advanced to balloting during the Plenary Session and new study groups were formed.
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new full-bridge controller for use with N-channel external power MOSFETs that has been specifically designed for automotive applications.
Allegro’s A5929 has a unique charge pump regulator that provides full (>10 V) gate drive at battery voltages down to 7 V and allows the device to operate with reduced gate drive at battery voltages down to 5.5 V. A bootstrap capacitor is used to provide the above battery supply voltage required for N-channel MOSFETs.
August 26, 2015 by Jill Beckman
The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with fewer components and faster time to market.
One MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.
Maxim Integrated’s quad deserializer eliminates components, shortens design time and lowers cost for automotive camera applications.
August 25, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced its MIB II infotainment system, which will be available later this year in most model year 2016 VW products.
The first models featuring the new infotainment system started landing in dealer showrooms in July.
In virtually every trim there are connectivity features available across the VW lineup. According to the company, this new technology will provide consumers access to information at their fingertips.
VW said it worked with tech industry giants to integrate the latest connectivity products and services in VW products.
August 25, 2015 by John Day
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the release of the S-19311 Series automotive high input 36V LDO regulator with reset function, adopting a newly developed compact package TO-252-5S with high heat dissipation.
The S-19311 can be connected directly to batteries, and the reset function allows for a reset signal to be sent when the LDO regulator voltage drops below a designated threshold.