IAR Systems: IAR Embedded Workbench improves performance for Atmel 8-bit AVR MCUs

November 26, 2015  by  


IAR Systems® has released a new version of its complete C/C++ development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for AVR. Version 6.70 of the toolchain includes improved compiler optimizations as well as new device support and updates to the add-on tool C-STAT for static code analysis.

IAR Embedded Workbench for AVR features code optimizations that create compact, fast-performing code. The optimization technology has been further improved in this version, particularly involving speed optimizations of floating-point data types.

Audi Declares at Least 25 Percent of U.S. Sales Will Come from Electric Vehicles by 2025

November 26, 2015  by  


audi-cars-logo-emblemAudi of America President Scott Keogh announced the company’s commitment to achieve at least 25 percent of U.S. sales from electric vehicles by 2025. The announcements came out of the Audi presentation at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Audi will launch the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid later this year. It will then accelerate toward its goal of 25 percent electric vehicle sales with the production version of the fully electric Audi e-tron quattro concept SUV by 2018, along with other plug-in models to come.

STMicroelectronics Introduces Integrated EMI Filter for Automotive Ethernet Connectivity

November 25, 2015  by  

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STMicroelectronics’ EMIF02-01OABRY is a highly integrated solution designed to suppress electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise in automotive applications employing BroadR-Reach® interfaces.

BroadR-Reach® is an automotive Ethernet standard defined by the OPEN Alliance that allows multiple in-vehicle applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance and infotainment systems to access information simultaneously over a single unshielded twisted pair cable, reducing cabling cost and weight as cars become ever more connected. BroadR-Reach is a registered trademark of Broadcom Corporation.

The EMIF02-01OABRY  EMI-suppressing low-pass filter includes 15kV ISO 10605 surge protection and is AEC-Q101 qualified.

Xilinx Announces the Spartan-7 FPGA Family

November 25, 2015  by  


Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) announced the Spartan(®)-7 FPGA family that will deliver I/O intensive devices for cost-sensitive applications. The new family will address connectivity requirements across markets including automotive, consumer, industrial IoT, data center, wired and wireless communications, and portable medical solutions.

All new Spartan-7 FPGAs will be supported on the Vivado(®) Design Suite WebPACK((TM)) Edition, as well as the Vivado Design and System Editions.

The Spartan-7 FPGA family will deliver high I/O ratios in small form factor packages, critical for cost-sensitive markets. The family will provide up to 4X price-performance-per-watt improvement over previous generations for flexible connectivity, interface bridging, and companion chip functionality.

Safety Concerns Boost Use of Electric Power Steering in European Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles

November 24, 2015  by  


Owing to a severe shortage of drivers, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and medium commercial vehicle (MCV) manufacturers across Europe are working towards improving safety functionalities. Steering electrification serves as a spring board for the provision of a whole array of safety and driver assistance functionalities such as lane keeping assist, lane centering assist and active cruise control.

According to an analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Insight of Electrically Actuated Power Steering for Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles in Europe, finds that the steering electrification market for LCVs and MCVs is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 13.5 percent from 2014 to 2021. The installed base is likely to surpass one million as early as 2018.

ZF TRW Develops Airbag Designed to Improve Side Impact Protection

November 24, 2015  by  

ZF TRW developed an airbag that is designed to help vehicle manufacturers improve side impact protection. The center airbag is integrated into the inner side of the seat back and deploys to help protect the head, shoulder and torso areas of occupants in the front seat.

The center airbag helps to protect occupants in ‘far-side’ and ‘near-side’ crashes by deploying a bag cushion between the driver and front seat passenger. In the event of a far-side impact, where an oncoming vehicle or object strikes the opposite side of the vehicle to the driver with sufficient force, the center airbag helps keep the driver in place. It can minimize side displacement of the driver and reduce the risk of interaction of the driver with the front seat passenger or surrounding structural vehicle interior parts.

dSPACE Adds Power to SCALEXIO HIL Processing Unit

November 24, 2015  by  

dSPACE_PR-Image_SCALEXIO-Processing-Unit_1000px_RGB_151106dSPACE introduced a more powerful processing unit for its SCALEXIO hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system to address the need for more real-time computation capability for highly complex and high-fidelity simulation models.

The computing power of the Intel® Xeon® E3 3.5 GHz processor will enable complex simulation scenarios for testing electronic control units (ECUs) in systems such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication, modern engine control units, and systems of systems engineering.

Semtech AEC-Q100 Qualified Device Designed to Safeguard High-Speed Automotive Data Lines

November 23, 2015  by  

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RClamp0524PQ TVS provides automotive data ports with highly optimized protection from dangerous ESD and overvoltage transients

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC) announced the RClamp0524PQ, a 4-line integrated Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) array targeted at protecting automotive data lines against electrical transient threats.

Today’s cars come equipped with a variety of infotainment, navigation and camera assist systems that require high-speed interfaces to transport data. Inadequate ESD protection for these interfaces can lead to substantial replacement or repair costs.

TT Electronics Adds Surface Mount Power Inductors

November 23, 2015  by  

TT030-HA65A-SMT-Inductors-pressphoto-spotTT Electronics launched a new range of surface mount (SMT) power inductors for high frequency and high temperature applications. HA65A series  inductors are designed to meet the growing automotive market’s need for certified, high power inductors specifically for buck, boost or buck-boost power converter topologies for optimum voltage regulation at fast switching frequencies.

Optimized for consistent high efficiency and ‘low parasitic’ performance using low-loss ferrite core material and a helical coil configuration, the HA65A series inductors are designed for high density switching power applications such as DC-DC converters, low pass ripple current filters and EMI filters. The inductors embrace a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +155°C, and so are well equipped to operate safely and reliably in the most punishing of automotive applications.

Volvo Cars To Develop Automotive Technologies with Microsoft

November 21, 2015  by  


124d42c3-a1e7-493a-9374-da8b8217debf.HRVolvo Cars and Microsoft revealed how Microsoft HoloLens, an untethered holographic computer, might be used to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a car, as well as how cars might be bought and sold.

Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the utilisation of data generated from connected cars to create new services.

The HoloLens demonstration was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond and showed how mixed reality might be used by customers to configure cars in three dimensions.

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