K2L KG Automotive Test System Supports All Major Automotive Busses for Test and Simulation

August 19, 2014  by  

K2L GmbH & Co. K2L& Co. KG announced its Automotive Test System (ATS), which is a singular hardware and software tool that supports all of the major automotive busses for all of the activities related to test and simulation, such as rest bus simulation, device simulation, testing during system development and rapid prototyping.

ATS also covers all of the requirements for conducting analysis and verification. By combining all of these functions and support for the CAN, LIN, FlexRay® and MOST® networks into one tool, ATS provides the most cost-effective and flexible option to the automotive industry. It also enables automated testing and any kind of simulation, helping to ensure quality from the earliest design stages.

Continental Names Former Google Exec to Head New ITS Team in Silicon Valley

August 18, 2014  by  

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Continental is putting together an international team of innovators from the IT and automotive industries who will focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

The new business unit, called “Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC”, will be headquartered in Silicon Valley and headed by Seval Oz, an expert in vehicle networking and automation. In her previous role she worked on Google’s self-driving car project.

“This step is an excellent example of our strategy to make the car an integral part of the ‘Internet of Everything’. Our key objectives include eliminating road accidents, minimizing energy consumption, maximizing comfort and usability of vehicles, and enabling them to exchange information with each other in real-time,” said Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Continental CEO.

Pioneer Adds Nine In-Dash Receivers Models for Smartphone Connectivity

August 18, 2014  by  

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. introduced nine new CD receivers and one digital media receiver for 2015 that are designed for smartphone-centric consumers.

The FH-X720BT, FH-X520UI, DEH-X6700BS, DEH-X6700BT, DEH-X5700HD, DEH-X4700BT, DEH-X3700S, DEH-X3700UI, and DEH-X2700UI CD receivers and the MVH-X370BT CD-free digital media receiver offer new cosmetics and expanded smartphone integration to match today’s consumer lifestyle.

The new lineup is integrated with an assortment of convenient features and technologies including Bluetooth® Dual Device Connection, Bluetooth pairing via USB, Wideband Speech Hands free Profile 1.6, Bluetooth Music Library Browsing (AVRCP 1.5). Siri Eyes Free functionality, simple Pandora® station creation, and Android™ Media Transfer Protocol (MTP).

Sensata Plans to Acquire TPMS Leader Schrader

August 18, 2014  by  

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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE: ST) announced that its wholly owned indirect subsidiary Sensata Technologies B.V. has reached agreement to acquire the Schrader group of companies from Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC for a total enterprise value of $1.0 billion. Schrader is the global leader in tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS).

The transaction provides TPMS and additional low pressure sensing capabilities that address large and fast growing sensing markets. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Elektrobit Plans New Software Site in Oulu, Finland

August 18, 2014  by  

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Elektrobit (EB) plans to build a new automotive software development facility in Oulu, Finland. The new site will have up to 40 software engineers by the end of 2014 focusing on the development of embedded automotive software.

EB’s automotive business group has grown steadily over the past few years and currently employs more than 1,100 people in Germany, France, Austria, Romania, the USA, China and Japan. Expanding its operations in Oulu, Finland will offer the company an opportunity to further grow its software engineering capacity for current and future needs. The site will be located in Teknologiakylä Oulu, where EB’s wireless business group operates.

Linear Technology 45V Input 200mA LDO Offers 30µVRMS Noise & Robust Reverse Protection

August 18, 2014  by  

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45VIN, 0.6VOUT 200mA Ultralow Noise LDO

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3062, a high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator. The IC delivers up to 200mA continuous output current with a 300mV dropout voltage at full load.

The LT3062 features a wide input voltage range of 1.6V to 45V, delivering adjustable output voltages from 0.6V to 40V.

A single capacitor provides both programmable ultralow noise operation – only 30µVRMS across a 10Hz to 100kHz bandwidth – and reference soft-start functionality, preventing output voltage overshoot at turn-on.

Ford and DTE Energy Plan to Build a Solar Carport

August 14, 2014  by  

ford 8-14-14 cq5dam.web.1024.768Ford Motor Company is teaming with DTE Energy to build Michigan’s largest solar array at Ford World Headquarters.

The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles such as the company’s Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Hybrid Energi. A kiosk will also be on site offering general information to visitors about solar power and specific details about the Ford carport.

Volvo Trucks Announces Model Year 2016 Enhancements for Significant Fuel Savings

August 14, 2014  by  

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Volvo Trucks’ model year 2016 VN series highway tractors will deliver even greater fuel savings compared with previous generation models through an assortment of aerodynamic and powertrain enhancements.

Further sculpting of airflow around the exterior and underneath the hood improves fuel efficiency by up to 3.5 percent. Volvo’s new XE-Adaptive Gearing and Torque Management options can provide fuel efficiency improvements of more than 2.5 percent.

Vishay Intertechnology’s New 1 A FRED Pt® Ultrafast Recovery Rectifiers Feature Low-Profile SMF Package

August 14, 2014  by  

AEC-Q101-Qualified Devices Save Space and Increase Power Density in Automotive and Telecom Applications

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced four new 1 A FRED Pt® Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the compact low-profile SMF (DO-219AB) eSMP® series package.

Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the AEC-Q101-qualified VS-1EFH01WHM3, VS-1EFH01W-M3, VS-1EFH02W-M3, and VS-1EFH02WHM3 reduce switching losses and power dissipation in automotive and telecom applications.

Volvo XC90 Built on “Scalable Product Architecture”

August 13, 2014  by  

volvo 8-13-14 166159Volvo’s all-new XC90 will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house.

SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company’s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.

The benefits of SPA are twofold:

First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.

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