Eaton Names Gerard DeVito Vehicle Group VP, Technology

October 31, 2014  by  

eaton logoPower management company Eaton has named Gerard DeVito, vice president, Technology, Vehicle Group, effective November 1, 2014. DeVito will be based in Galesburg, Mich., and will report to Ken Davis, president, Eaton Vehicle Group and functionally to Jeff Lowinger, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Industrial Sector.

In this role, DeVito will be responsible for leading and directing all engineering activities for the Vehicle Group to ensure that financial, growth, productivity and technology objectives are met.

Alpine Ships In-Dash Receiver with Apple CarPlay

October 31, 2014  by  

alpine V141003 iLX-007_AppleCarPlay-DashAlpine Electronics of America, Inc. introduced the iLX-007, an aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated for optimum compatibility with Apple CarPlay.

The iLX-007 is a mech-less in-dash receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a flat-face design. It is dedicated for use with Apple CarPlay to provide drivers with a seamless iPhone experience in the vehicle.

Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control Apple CarPlay from the 7-inch screen or activate Siri for minimized distraction. Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS.

MathWorks Optimizes Code Generation Across the Entire ARM Cortex Family

October 31, 2014  by  

Extends benefits of Model-Based Design for embedded developers by generating optimized code for Cortex-A processor family

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Code generated from MathWorks’ MATLAB and Simulink is now optimized for use across the ARM® Cortex®-A processor family.

Embedded systems developers using ARM Cortex processors in the automotive, aerospace, signal processing and medical device industries can now automatically generate code, speeding execution time and reducing memory usage. This ability to generate optimized code helps small design teams extend Model-Based Design across applications and devices including motor control, power electronics, audio, and communications.

Velvac Acquires Qualnetics, Forms Road-iQ for Commercial Telematics

October 31, 2014  by  


Velvac, Inc., which manufactures vision systems and components for the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the operations and major assets of Qualnetics Corporation, a pioneer in connected vehicle technologies.

The new company will operate under the name of Road-iQ, LLC, and will remain based in Bellingham, Wash., led by Qualnetics Corporation co-founder Mark Moeller.

Road-iQ provides software and hardware systems for commercial and recreational vehicle fleet management, communications, and safety. Its flagship product, the Road-iQ VideoData Server, developed in partnership with Velvac, networks various data sources in the vehicle, including multiple on-board video cameras, and then communicates that information in real time to a tablet computer, providing recording and playback for training, security, and liability protection, as well as wireless communication to telematics service providers and fleet managers.

STMicroelectronics Introduces World’s Smallest Integrated 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for In-Dash Navigation

October 30, 2014  by  

STMicro P3623D -- Oct 30 21014 -- 6-axis MEMS IMU for Automotive_IMAGEAutomotive-telematics and navigation-sensor leader keeps motor vehicles on track

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM),  announced the industry’s smallest 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) qualified for automotive applications with low-noise and improved output resolution.

The ASM330LXH IMU is ideal for in-dash car-navigation solutions that require accurate and reliable inertial sensors to optimize positioning and direction, even in the absence of a strong GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signal.

Allegro LED Driver ICs Include a Current-Mode Boost Converter, Power Switch, and 2 or 4 Current Sinks

October 30, 2014  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications.

Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch with either two current sinks (dual string) in their A8518 or four current sinks (quad string) in their A8519.

Both devices target automotive and industrial markets with end applications to include automotive infotainment and instrument cluster LCD backlighting, heads-up displays, interior lighting, accent lighting and robust commercial and industrial backlighting and lighting applications.

Visteon Cockpit Concept Lets Drivers Operate Some Vehicle Controls through Eye Movement and Head Direction

October 30, 2014  by  

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HMeye cockpit concept uses eye gaze, head direction and image attribute tracking to make vehicle control selections

Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) unveiled an automotive cockpit concept demonstrating how drivers can select certain controls through eye movement and head direction.

Hidden eye-tracking cameras capture this data to deliver an advanced human-machine interaction (HMI).

This concept has received interest from auto manufacturers and has also impressed vehicle owners. Prior to the final build of the concept, Visteon presented an early version to consumers at a research clinic, where 81 percent of respondents felt that the system was easy to operate and 78 percent found it enjoyable to use.

Bosch Invention – ESP – Standard in the EU

October 29, 2014  by  

Saving thousands of lives

Beginning November 1 2014, the ESP electronic stability program (ESP) will be a standard In the European Union. All newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles one year later.

Other countries have also begun to recognize that ESP is extremely important for road safety. Since September 2011, ESP has been mandated for all vehicles in the United States and Canada with a gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 metric tons. Australia and Israel have also made ESP mandatory. Similar regulations will take effect in Japan, Korea, Russia, and Turkey in the years ahead.

Analog Devices’ Magnetic Angle Sensor Delivers Highest Performance for Precision DC Motor Controls

October 29, 2014  by  

ADI ADA4571 - AMR Angle Sensor - The Industry’s Highest PrecisADA4571 directly measures the shaft position in brushless DC motors, reducing noise and optimizing motor smoothness and torque in automotive and industrial applications.

Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) introduced today the industry’s highest precision, highest speed magnetic angle sensor. The high-resolution ADA4571 sensor is four times more accurate (0.5° max), 60 percent faster and uses 40 percent less power than competing angle sensors.

The ADA4571 directly measures motor position to reduce noise, optimize smoothness and torque performance, and help designers of brushless DC (BLDC) motors meet tighter environmental, noise and energy requirements.

Cadence Functional Safety Verification Solution Reduces ISO 26262 Preparation Effort by up to 50 Percent

October 29, 2014  by  



Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) introduced its new automotive functional safety verification solution, which reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 percent.

An expansion to the Cadence® Incisive® functional verification platform, the new fault injection and safety verification technologies help automotive engineers automate ISO 26262 compliance for traceability, safety verification and tool confidence level (TCL).

The integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the compliance effort by automating the time-intensive manual verification process of fault injection and result analysis for IP, System-on-Chip (SoC) and system designs.

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