HARMAN to Acquire Automotive Software and Services Developer S1nn

December 18, 2014  by  

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HARMAN International Industries (NYSE:HAR) has signed an agreement to acquire S1nn GmbH & Co. KG, a developer of infotainment systems, connectivity and car audio solutions.

This transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2004 and based in Stuttgart, Germany, S1nn provides a range of technology and system integration solutions and software application services to top tier automotive companies, such as Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Tesla Motors.

Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade PIN Photodiodes Deliver 7.5 mm² Sensitive Area in Low-Profile Packages

December 18, 2014  by  

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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) is broadening its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of two new automotive-grade high-speed silicon PIN photodiodes in top-view, surface-mount packages measuring 5 mm by 4 mm by 0.9 mm.

Offering a large sensitive area of 7.5 mm², the Vishay Semiconductors VEMD5010X01 and VEMD5110X01 provide high radiant sensitivity with a reverse light current of 48 µA and a very low dark current of 2 nA for automotive and other applications.

Renesas 16nm FinFET Automotive SRAM Achieves High Speed (641ps) at Low Voltage (0.7V)

December 18, 2014  by  

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Renesas (TSE: 6723), announced the development of a new circuit technology for automotive information SoCs (system on chips) at 16 nanometer (nm) and beyond.

Using this new circuit technology, Renesas tested the prototype of an SRAM, at the 16 nm node as the cache memory for CPU and real-time image processing blocks in an SoC, and successfully confirmed that this SRAM operates at the high speed of 641 ps (picosecond: 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second) under the low-voltage condition of 0.7 V.

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Johnson Controls’ Lithium-Ion Batteries Power Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 Hybrid Range Rover

December 18, 2014  by  

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Johnson Controls is supplying its advanced Lithium-ion batteries for the 2014 Hybrid Range Rover.

Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.

Hybrid batteries are a part of the company’s full-spectrum of energy storage solutions for vehicles to help automakers meet increasing regulations for fuel efficiency and emission reductions across their fleets.

“As the first company in the world to produce Lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles, we are excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover,” said Lisa Bahash, vice president and general manager of the Original Equipment Group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

UIEvolution Hires Interactive Design Expert Ira Snyder as VP of Automotive Product Development

December 17, 2014  by  


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Software as a Service (SaaS) provider UIEvolution, Inc. announced the appointment of Ira Snyder as Vice President of Automotive Product Development.

Snyder joins UIEvolution after 25 years at Microsoft, where he helped drive products such as Windows, Mobile Windows and Automotive.

“UIEvolution’s growth in the connected car and infotainment space has been tremendous the past few years. Our international team has made remarkable strides in providing next generation in-vehicle solutions to our customers,” said UIEvolution CEO and president Chris Ruff. “Ira adds significant strength to UIEvolution’s already deep and talented executive team. His accomplishments and experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to globally expand.”

Tech Mahindra Aftermarket Suite Combines Telematics and Sensor-Based Predictive Maintenance

December 17, 2014  by  

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Tech Mahindra Ltd. announced Automotive Suite Solution, a managed service for automakers and dealers that combines telematics and sensor-based predictive maintenance.

The firm described the solution as a dedicated portal for use by dealers that includes all vehicle activities, warnings, faults, and service history. It gives owners real-time information on the health of their vehicle and provides for predictive maintenance and proactive service appointments.

Arynga and Autonet Mobile Combine Technologies for Over-The-Air (OTA) Software, Firmware Updating

December 17, 2014  by  

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Autonet Mobile’s Connected Vehicle Platform on Visteon’s Lightscape™ Instrument Cluster Integrated with Arynga’s CarSync™ OTA Updating Solution

Arynga, Inc. and Autonet Mobile, Inc. with Visteon Corp. have collaborated to provide a production ready solution for remote update, management, and maintenance of connected vehicles. With a turnkey over-the-air (OTA) solution, automakers, dealers, tier one suppliers and consumers can maintain and update the software and firmware within any vehicle Electronic Control Unit (ECU).

Garmin Chooses Red Bend Software for Over-the-Air Map and Software Updates

December 17, 2014  by  

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Red Bend Software announced that Garmin has selected Red Bend’s over-the-air (OTA) Software Updating Service to automatically deliver OTA updates of new user interface elements, maps and points of interest to Garmin’s K2 infotainment platform.

K2 combines digital displays, voice control, infrared buttons and smartphone integration to safely provide drivers access to everything from navigation to vehicle diagnostics, communications, music and radio to real-time Internet information. Inspired by Garmin’s avionics and marine technology, K2 turns the car dashboard into a digital cockpit that provides drivers a safe and intuitive way to stay connected and access all the functions they need while on the road.

Silicon Image Announces Automotive Grade MHL® Products for In-Vehicle Infotainment

December 16, 2014  by  

silicon image logoSilicon Image (NASDAQ:SIMG) introduced two MHL® receivers that enable smartphones to connect to automotive infotainment systems using MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), and feature popular video outputs such as CSI-2, HDMI® and RGB.

The SiI5293 is an MHL/HDMI receiver with an RGB output and the SiI5620 is an MHL/HDMI receiver with a CSI-2 output. Both receivers are AEC Q-100 qualified and feature expanded temperature range support.

Since the introduction of the first MHL-enabled devices in 2011, the MHL ecosystem has continued to grow and now has an installed base of more than 650 million products worldwide. To learn about the latest MHL-enabled devices on the market, visit www.mhlconsortium.org/productlist/.

Industry Leaders Discuss Deterministic Ethernet: Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT

December 16, 2014  by  


Left to right: Jorge Magalhaes, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vestas Wind Systems, Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President and CTO of Rockwell Automation, Maciej Kranz, Vice President at Cisco Corporate Technology Group, Kirsten Matheus, Ethernet Project Manager at BMW, Mathias Halliger, Chief Architect at Audi, and Georg Kopetz, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech.

TTTech Hosts IoT Panel with Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas

TTTech hosted a cross-industry discussion panel at the Internet of Things
(IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event brought together thought leaders from Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas to discuss “Deterministic Ethernet – Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT”.

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