NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) have agreed that NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. NXP Chief Executive Officer Richard Clemmer will be President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.
The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing.
Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8570 and LT8570-1 current mode, fixed frequency step-up DC/DC converters. The LT8570 uses an internal 500mA, 65V switch, whereas the LT8570-1 uses a 250mA, 65V switch. Both devices operate from an input voltage range of 2.55V to 40V, making them suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.
Both the LT8570 and LT8570-1 can be configured as a boost, SEPIC or inverting converter. The LT8570-1’s smaller switch enables the use of a smaller inductor in lower current applications.
Airbiquity announced a multi-year agreement with AT&T under which AT&T will use Airbiquity’s Choreo™ cloud-based services delivery platform to enable end user registration and device management for selected aftermarket connected car programs.
AT&T currently provides automotive manufacturers with mobile vehicle Internet access and a global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) platform to leverage a single wireless carrier relationship for multiple connected devices and programs.
Airbiquity technology has enabled connected car connectivity and service delivery for 30 million vehicles around the world from leading automotive brands. Choreo provides the latest cloud-based vehicle connectivity technology, program deployment, and management capability in more than 50 countries and more than 30 languages, and supports over 5 million vehicles and hundreds of millions of transactions per month.
At the Mobile World Congress 2015, CogniVue Corporation, which licenses its APEX™ Image Cognition Processor (ICP) technology to semiconductor vendors, announced its next generation of APEX ICP technology with a 10x performance increase.
The automotive market continues to drive the need for high performance vision processing at low power. Building on its expertise in automotive safety applications and working collaboratively with major automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, CogniVue’s team has improved APEX ICP architecture and hardware blocks, and added new features that are said to provide the best performance per area per power for vision and image processing.
The complexity of connected vehicle technology is growing fast – but automated integration, validation and testing technology is not keeping pace
By Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company
Car buyers tend to pay less attention to engines or transmissions as long as the technology works. But, inside the car, the role that the driver’s perception plays is quite different.
By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles analysed in the IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025″ (www.idtechex.com/ev).
For example, electric cars will have at least six types of energy harvesting variously converting ultra violet, infrared, visible light, vibration, vertical, lateral and forward movement into electricity but also heat differences.
Smartphone Connectivity Technology Makes it Easier to Bring Apps to the Dash
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new Volkswagen Touran is MirrorLink® enabled. MirrorLink brings smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. The Touran will be available in Europe in Q2 2015.
Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a new flash memory technology for on-chip flash memory microcontrollers (MCUs) using a 28-nanometer (nm) embedded Flash (eFlash) process technology.
Regulations on cars’ CO2 emissions, fuel efficiency and exhaust gases are increasingly strict in countries around the world. As a result, support for new engine control methods is required. Furthermore, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistant System) is now desired to create a safe, secure, and comfortable automotive experience. To respond to these market needs, further increases in performance, and lower power consumption, are required in the automotive MCUs.
February 25, 2015 by John Day
At Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced the launch of the QNX® Wireless Framework, a software solution that allows embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi® hardware changes without having to rewrite software applications or change how the applications run.
Modem technology for embedded systems is evolving quickly, creating demand for system designs that can rapidly and flexibly support the latest cellular or Wi-Fi communications hardware. The QNX Wireless Framework achieves this through an easy-to-use application programming interface (API) that remains consistent, regardless of the underlying cellular or Wi Fi module or chipset.
February 24, 2015 by John Day
Valeo announced the signing of a technological cooperation agreement with peiker, a leading supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions. The agreement will enable Valeo to broaden its range of automotive geolocation and mobile connectivity solutions.
Valeo’s global presence and know-how in on-board electronics, allied with peiker’s technological expertise, will allow both partners to offer automakers new telematic systems adapted to the needs of this high-growth market.
The partners’ shared objective is to benefit mutually from their respective capabilities, particularly in R&D, to create innovative products compatible with forthcoming LTE Advanced mobile (4G+) broadband services and beyond.