Vector CANape 13.0 Measures and Calibrates ECU Parameters

November 20, 2014  by  

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Vector is introducing the new Version 13.0 of its CANape measurement and calibration tool. The development software for ECU calibration now supports users with such new features as extensive printing and reporting functions as well as statistical evaluations of measurement results.

CANape offers a variety of reporting functions for documenting the results of measurement data analysis and the progress of the calibration project. In the Print View, the different display and calibration windows can be quickly positioned on a page. The windows may be exported as an image file or PDF document by a simple drag & drop operation, and they can be pasted in other tools.

FAW Group Joins the MOST Cooperation

November 20, 2014  by  

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The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.

faw logo index“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”

Battelle Network Enforcement Module Detects/Alerts to Automobile Cyber Attacks

November 20, 2014  by  


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A Network Enforcement Module (NEM™) designed by Battelle to detect cybersecurity threats in today’s increasingly connected vehicles has successfully completed field trials with several automakers and is ready for commercialization.

The dramatic increase in automotive Internet connectivity to other devices and the Internet provides more entry points to the vehicle’s electronic systems and hackers have taken notice. Vehicles today can have as many as 100 microprocessor-based Electronic Control Units (ECUs) networked together to coordinate and control critical systems such as air bags, infotainment, active cruise, park assist and active steering.

STMicroelectronics ARM® Cortex®-M0 MCU Boosts Integration for Better User Experiences

November 20, 2014  by  

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STMicroelectronics’ latest STM32F091 ARM® Cortex®-M0 microcontroller overcomes the resource constraints imposed by similar devices positioned for cost-sensitive applications by providing large on-chip memories and up to eight USARTs[1] that save multiplexing communication ports in applications such as in-car audio or three-phase power metering.

With up to 256Kbytes of Flash on-chip and a 32Kbyte SRAM — enough to implement a Java stack — the STM32F091 can host applications that deliver user experiences normally associated with larger or more expensive devices. All variants, including those in economical 48-pin packages, have at least six USARTs. Three of the USARTs are able to support smartcard, LIN[2], IrDA[3], and Modbus[4] modes.

New Microchip 32-bit Microcontroller Series Features Rich Peripheral Set; Large, Scalable Memory Configuration

November 19, 2014  by  

Microchip 11-18-14 15041258523_b7ff71f9ec_bPIC32MX1/2/5 Series Enables a Wide Range of Applications, Including Digital Audio, Bluetooth®, USB and General-Purpose Embedded Control at Lower Prices

Microchip Technology announced a new series of its low-cost, high pin count 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).

By blending the key features of Microchip’s existing PIC32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, this latest PIC32MX1/2/5 MCU series delivers the benefits of a rich peripheral set for a wide range of cost-sensitive applications that require complex code and higher feature integration at a lower cost.

Allegro Hall-Effect 360° Angle Sensor ICs Target Applications That Demand Accurate Measurement

November 19, 2014  by  

allegro 11-19-14 A1332-A1334-Product-ImageAllegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of contactless Hall magnetic sensors with the debut of its A1332 and A1334 high resolution 360° angle sensor ICs.

Based on magnetic Circular Vertical Hall (CVH) technology, the A1332 and A1334 devices, with their system-on-chip (SoC) architectures, provide fast output refresh rates and low signal path latency to support a wide variety of demanding automotive and industrial applications.

Both devices are ideal for automotive applications such as electronic power steering (EPS), transmission, motor position, throttle/pedal position, and other systems that require accurate measurement of angles.

BMW ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

November 19, 2014  by  

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BMW announced that the music streaming service Spotify can now be brought into the car. Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:


  • Access music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
  • Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) as well as ad-free and offline listening

STMicroelectronics SiC Diodes Meet Little Box Challenge

November 18, 2014  by  

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New silicon-carbide (SiC) diodes feature increased surge-versus-normal current rating

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has revealed new automotive-qualified silicon-carbide (SiC) diodes for advanced on-board battery chargers (OBCs) in electric vehicles such as Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) that demand high power-handing capability within a confined space.

Smaller Power Modules

These diodes allow designers to build smaller power modules, which is good for automotive applications and makes them also a strong choice for tackling the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and IEEE. ST is a device-manufacturer partner of this new $1 million competition to design kW-scale inverters that are more than ten-times smaller than today’s inverters for various applications, particularly solar micro-generators.

Vishay Extends Resistance Range of AEC-Q200-Qualified PAT Automotive Thin Film Chip Resistors

November 18, 2014  by  

vishay 11-18-14 15605450438_5288284852_cVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has enhanced its PAT series of AEC-Q200-qualified precision automotive thin film chip resistors with an extended resistance range from 2.5 Ω to 3 MΩ.

Designed to meet automotive industry requirements for temperature and humidity while offering consistent repeatability and stable performance, the Vishay Dale Thin Film devices feature a low standard TCR of ± 25 ppm/°C and laser-trimmed tolerances down to ± 0.1 %.

Featuring a tantalum nitride resistor film on a high-purity alumina substrate, the PAT resistors offer load-life stability of < 0.05 % at +70 °C for 1,000 hours and an ESD rating of 2 kV.

Toshiba Launches New Series of Image Recognition Processors for Automotive Applications

November 18, 2014  by  

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TMPV760 series enables night-time pedestrian detection and 3D reconstruction

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) will expand its line-up of image recognition processors for automotive applications with the launch of the TMPV760 series. Sample shipments of the first device, TMPV7608XBG will start in January 2015, with mass production scheduled for December 2016 onwards.
With “TMPV7608XBG,” Toshiba is supporting the realization of next generation Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Support for standard ADAS features includes AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), TSR (Traffic Sign Recognition), LDW (Lane Departure Warning) and LKA (Lane Keeping Assist), HBA (High Beam Assistance), FCW (Forward Collision Warning), plus new applications that include TLR (Traffic Light Recognition) and AEB pedestrian (during both day and night), which will become part of the Euro NCAP testing program in 2018.

“TMPV7608XBG” integrates two new Enhanced CoHOG accelerators[1] that provide far higher accuracy image recognition at night. Connected to multiple, Full HD cameras, the processors analyzes color gradients in supplied images and achieves a night-time detection rate of pedestrians that matches the day-time recognition rate of the company’s current devices[2].

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