Voice Recognition vs. Live Assistance for Connected Cars

July 9, 2014  by  

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Jim Flavell, Executive Vice President, MyAssist


Voice recognition in connected cars is great, as far as it goes, but there are times when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being.

“We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call center and the technological front-end, be it voice recognition, artificial intelligence, or what have you,” says Jim Flavell, executive vice president of MyAssist, a connected vehicle concierge service owned since January by a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. MyAssist counts Ford and Mercedes-Benz among its automotive clients.

Allegro Two-Wire ABS Wheel Speed Sensor IC

July 9, 2014  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduced a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications.

Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC targets the automotive market and contains industry leading features such as outstanding pitch deviation accuracy, consistent ICC distribution: >6 sigma, low jitter and enhanced EMC performance, and simple module assembly by utilizing a built-in cap and wider lead width/spacing.

The integrated circuit incorporates a dual-element Hall-effect circuit and signal processing that switches in response to differential magnetic signals created by magnetic encoders, or, when properly back-biased with a magnet, from ferromagnetic targets.

Intertek Expands Automotive Engine Coolants Testing

July 9, 2014  by  




Intertek has expanded its Antwerp, Belgium, laboratory with engine coolants quality testing capabilities. The ISO 17025 certified Antwerp laboratory has added a full range of engine coolants tests, in accordance to international standards. The new engine coolants lab supports local and regional customers.

“Testing engine coolant quality supports the automotive industry, and better protects engine and cooling systems from severe damage,” said Eric Ris, Country Manager for Intertek Benelux. “Deterioration or degradation of coolant quality can have a negative impact on the performance, safety and reliability of the engine and cooling systems. Engine Coolant Quality Monitoring programs can reduce maintenance and associated costs, increase component life, and increase operational availability and safety for automotive fleets and individuals.”

Mentor Graphics Acquires XS Embedded (XSe)

July 8, 2014  by  

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The XS AXSB Optimized Hardware and Software Platform from XSe, now a part of Mentor Graphics


Expanded Automotive Electronics Design Portfolio Has Potential to Reduce Time to Start of Production (SOP)

Mentor Graphics Corporation has acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), a technology leader in the creation of automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms.

XSe has over ten years of direct experience in the automotive electronics design industry across twenty automotive programs that combine hardware and software expertise. It brings a pioneering approach to accelerate system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP).

RFaxis and CSR to Launch Multiple Reference Platforms for Seamless Wireless Connectivity Products

July 8, 2014  by  


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RFaxis, Inc. is partnering with CSR plc for reference designs aimed at multiple wireless connectivity markets.

The reference platforms target automotive infotainment, consumer electronics, IoT (Internet of Things), and M2M (machine-to-machine) communications market segments, covering products such as In-Car Entertainment (ICE) systems, car kits and wireless speakers, as well  as health and fitness computer wearables, personal navigation devices (PNDs), cameras, scanners, and printers.

Synopsys Reduces Area of DesignWare NVM IP for Automotive Grade 0 Applications by 75 Percent

July 8, 2014  by  

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Synopsys announced the availability of the DesignWare AEON Trim NVM IP for high-voltage processes. The new IP is up to 75 percent smaller than alternative NVM IP solutions, helping to reduce the size and cost of automotive ICs.

Available in standard 180-nanometer (nm) 5V CMOS and Bipolar CMOS DMOS (BCD) processes without a need for additional masks or process steps, the DesignWare NVM IP supports the wide temperature range required for automotive Grade 0 applications and exceeds AEC-Q100 quality standards.

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Cadence and QNX Announce Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSP Application for In-Car Active Noise Control

July 7, 2014  by  


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and QNX Software Systems announced that QNX has ported its QNX® Acoustics for Active Noise Control (ANC) software to the Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi Audio/Voice digital signal processing (DSP) core. The Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSP from Cadence is available immediately.

qnx logo-newQNX Acoustics for ANC is a high-performance software solution for reducing unwanted engine noise inside passenger vehicles. Compact and efficient, it can run on a DSP core in the vehicle’s infotainment system or audio amplifier, eliminating the dedicated hardware of conventional ANC solutions. QNX Acoustics for ANC provides up to 20dB noise power reduction, depending on the transducer and vehicle seating configuration, and can be used with any of Cadence’s HiFi Audio/Voice DSP IP cores.

MESSRING Supplies Cutting-edge Chrysler Group Crash Test Facility

July 7, 2014  by  


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MESSRING Systembau GmbH has comprehensively modernized and upgraded Chrysler’s central testing facility in Chelsea, Michigan – the Chelsea Proving Grounds (CPG).

Chrysler ordered the MESSRING MicroTrack system, including a drive system with electric motor, M=LIGHT LED lamps, curb test equipment featuring a special sled, and two new film pits.

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Sensata Acquires DeltaTech Controls

July 7, 2014  by  


Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. announced that a subsidiary has agreed to acquire DeltaTech Controls for a total enterprise value of $190 million.  DeltaTech Controls is a global leader in customized electronic operator controls based on magnetic position sensing technology for the construction, agriculture and other industries.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter.  DeltaTech will be integrated into Sensata’s heavy vehicle and off-road business within our Sensors global business unit.

Luxoft Acquires Mecel Populus Suite for HMI Design

July 7, 2014  by  


Luxoft Holding, Inc has acquired Mecel Populus Suite, a complete tool chain for designing, developing, and deploying user interfaces for distributed embedded systems, from Mecel AB.

This addition will further strengthen Luxoft’s competitive offering in automotive human machine interface (HMI), infotainment, and digital cluster design.

The Populus Suite works with a wide variety of displays and applications in the automotive industry. Currently a large number of vehicles manufactured by leading U.S. and Scandinavian OEMs feature HMIs developed using Mecel Populus Suite. The suite has been used to produce the cluster HMIs for more than 7 million produced vehicles.

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