Analog Devices Automotive Bus Technology Delivers Superior Digital Audio Quality

October 22, 2014  by  

ADI AD2410 Automotive Audio Bus TransceiverAD2410 transceiver uses new Automotive Audio Bus (A²B) to deliver 50 Mbps bandwidth while reducing audio system cost, weight, and design complexity.

Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) introduced a digital audio bus technology capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire.
The AD2410 transceiver is the first in a family of devices that enables ADI’s new Automotive Audio Bus (A²B), which significantly reduces the weight of existing cable harnesses, resulting in improved vehicle fuel efficiency while delivering high fidelity audio. The AD2410 transceiver also eliminates the need for expensive microcontrollers with large memories that are required in existing digital bus architectures.

“As an early implementer of ADI’s A²B, Panasonic Automotive found the technology to significantly reduce cabling complexity and associated cost and weight of next-generation infotainment systems, key areas of focus for Panasonic’s OEM customers”

Melexis Introduces 1.35Mpixel Automotive CMOS Image Sensor for Driver Assistance and Driverless Cars

October 22, 2014  by  

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Combines image quality with ASIL-ready support functions to expedite the emergence of autonomous vehicles

Moonless night conditions down to 0.005 lux (SNR1 illuminance)
• 125dB HDR output without additional ISP chip
• Reduced flicker effect of pulsing LED lights
• Extensive set of self-testing ASIL support functions for emerging safety systems

Melexis introduced its third generation of automotive image sensors – the MLX75421 Blackbird.

This automotive grade, high dynamic range (HDR) image sensor features an extensive set of on-chip functional safety (ASIL) support functions. It has been architected for automotive safety applications like automatic emergency braking (AEB), electronic mirrors/camera monitor systems (CMS) and autonomous evasive steering. The device is also highly optimized for next generation viewing applications like surround/rear view systems with object detection functions.

Freescale SABRE Infotainment Development System Enables Ethernet AVB; Internet of Things

October 21, 2014  by  

Freescale 10-21-14 32774-COR-SABREAI-dashboard-v3-fnl-LRAutomotive hardware/software solution streamlines development of infotainment systems incorporating Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) for the connected car of the future

At the SAE Convergence Conference & Exhibition, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.

The new hardware and software will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.

The comprehensive new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment.

OmniVision’s OV10642 and OV10625 Enhance Automotive Applications With Best-In-Class Sensitivity and HDR

October 20, 2014  by  

 

New Sensors Enable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Such as Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Avoidance

OmniVision Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced the newest additions to its portfolio of OmniHDR™ automotive high dynamic range (HDR) sensors: the 1.3-megapixel OV10642 and the WVGA OV10625.

Both the OV10642 and the OV10625 deliver top-level sensitivity and HDR performance in their respective market segments. The sensors also use a special red-clear filter that is required for many forward-looking automotive applications. These benefits enable a host of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including lane departure warning, blind spot detection and traffic signal detection, among others.

Synopsys Introduces On-Chip Memory Test and Repair Solution for Embedded Flash

October 20, 2014  by  

 

DesignWare STAR Memory System for Embedded Flash Reduces Test Cost by 20 Percent and Enables In-Field Diagnostics for IoT and Automotive SoCs

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) introduced the DesignWare® STAR Memory System® for Embedded Flash product, the industry’s first integrated memory test and repair solution with test algorithms optimized for on-chip embedded flash memories.

synopsys logoThe DesignWare STAR Memory System is an automated pre- and post-silicon memory test, diagnostic and repair solution that enables designers to improve test coverage, reduce design time, lower test costs and maximize manufacturing yield.

Freescale Introduces “World’s Smallest” Integrated Tire Pressure Monitoring System

October 20, 2014  by  

freescale 33380-FXTH87-chip_tire_proofHighly integrated tire pressure monitoring device combines the smallest package and lowest power consumption for improved safety through precise tire pressure sensing

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams.

The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver.

Designing 2015 Toyota Avalon Electrical Systems

October 20, 2014  by  

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Charan Lota, Earnee Gilling and Nick Sitarski led electrical system design teams for the 2015 Toyota Avalon

Electrical Systems (ES) engineers at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, Michigan, spent months engaged in customer research in the course of designing the 2015 Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan that launched this week.

The research included clinics, focus groups, surveys, and visits to dealers.

“A tremendous effort goes into designing a car that meets design goals,” says Avalon chief engineer Randy Stephens. “The (Avalon) powertrain was the same as that in the previous generation, and we had a really competitive powertrain, so what we wanted to do was change everything around it to have this vehicle match our vision.

Laird Opens a New Telematics Design and Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

October 17, 2014  by  

laird logoLaird opened a new telematics manufacturing plant in Shanghai to serve the international automotive market.

The new plant, which covers 17,151 square meters (184,616 square feet), serves as both a design and manufacturing center for Laird. An in-house engineering team utilizes local ingenuity and technical expertise, which is then leveraged by the manufacturing team to produce “smart” antenna solutions and applications.

The team also produces components that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and other emerging mobile technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, all of which will greatly enhance driver safety, the passenger experience and the management of vehicle assets in the future.

China Automotive Systems Wins More Steering Gears Business from Chrysler

October 17, 2014  by  

china automotive systemsPower steering components and systems supplier China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has a multi-year agreement to supply Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s North American subsidiary, Chrysler Group LLC (“Fiat Chrysler”), with steering gears for the 2015 RAM® 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.

CAAS began working with Chrysler in 2008 by supplying steering gears to the Jeep® Wrangler. In 2012, CAAS expanded its relationship with Chrysler by supplying steering gears to the RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks.

Ford, Tweddle Launch Interactive Mustang App

October 17, 2014  by  

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Ford and Tweddle have launched a new full-featured interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang.

The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.

Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.

Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.

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