Allegro LED Driver ICs Include a Current-Mode Boost Converter, Power Switch, and 2 or 4 Current Sinks

October 30, 2014  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications.

Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch with either two current sinks (dual string) in their A8518 or four current sinks (quad string) in their A8519.

Both devices target automotive and industrial markets with end applications to include automotive infotainment and instrument cluster LCD backlighting, heads-up displays, interior lighting, accent lighting and robust commercial and industrial backlighting and lighting applications.

Audiovox Android Tablet Doubles As A Rear Seat Entertainment System

October 27, 2014  by  

audiovox 10-27-14 T852SBK-AndriodMount-lifestyleVOXX Electronics Corp (VEC) has begun shipping the Android Tablet Vehicle Entertainment System, which includes an Android tablet, universal seatback mount system & accessories for both in car and portable use.

The Google Certified 8-inch Android Tablet quickly converts to a secure in-vehicle rear seat entertainment system (RSE) using a unique mounting mechanism that mounts to the headrest posts. It also doubles as a charger–charging the tablet when docked.

“With its unique mounting system that attaches to the headrest posts this Android tablet vehicle entertainment system gives users the best of both worlds – a portable Android tablet for use anywhere that also quickly converts to an ‘installed’ rear seat entertainment system,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics Corporation.

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.

NXP Pushes Car-to-X market with New RoadLINK Solution

June 16, 2014  by  

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that the TEF510x, a dual radio multi band RF transceiver for Car-to-X (C2X) applications, is now available to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers for design-in.

Supporting global C2X and Wi-Fi standards, the TEF510x provides an optimized solution to meet 802.11p modem functionality on one chip. The chip has the flexibility to support global deployments and various system configurations.

FUJITSU TEN Develops English Version of ECLIPSE Navigation Unit

February 17, 2014  by  

 

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED has developed a prototype English version of its Interactive Voice-Recognition Car Navigation Unit.

Development partners include Nuance Communications, iNAGO, and ANIMO.

A system providing the same type of search has been released in Japan under the ECLIPSE brand.

The prototype English unit uses a smartphone app and a central server to perform searches. Users can add conditions while conversing with the unit, which understands the context and updates the search accordingly. There is little need for the driver to check the display screen.

Mitsubishi Electric’s “Ultra-simple” HMI

February 10, 2014  by  

 

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced an “Ultra-simple” human-machine interface (HMI) that predicts a car driver’s needs for the safe and easy operation of vehicle equipment in one or two steps and no more than 15 seconds.

Mitsubishi Electric’s HMI technology bases its predictions on operational history and current conditions to minimize the steps and time required to operate the vehicle’s four primary on-board devices –navigation system, phone, air conditioner, and audio-visual equipment.

Operational history covers past destinations and routes, searches and in-car device usage. Current conditions include car location, speed, fuel level and other driving conditions and current traffic, school zones and other road conditions.

Mentor Automotive Technology Platform Release Supports IVI SoCs

January 15, 2014  by  

 

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development. 

The new ATP release has achieved GENIVI 5.0 compliance for the Freescale i.MX6, Texas Instruments OMAP5 and Renesas Marzen H1, and is fully Yocto Project 1.5 compliant.

 “The latest ATP release supports leading IVI SoCs and adds unique instrumentation and profiling from the kernel to graphics layers,” said Glenn Perry, general manager of the Embedded Software Division of Mentor Graphics, “Our experience working with Tier One suppliers drove us to simplify profiling of Linux based IVI systems and the identification of bottlenecks by developing instrumentation in the kernel and graphics layers.”

HARMAN Announces HTML-5-Based Infotainment Platform

January 10, 2014  by  

 

HARMAN announced an HTML-5-based in-vehicle infotainment platform for rapid development of connected car apps and protection against cyber security threats.

Separate computing domains in a type 1 hypervisor secure critical vehicle functions from errant or malicious software for “automotive grade” robustness that, according to HARMAN, is the first of its kind in the industry.

The architecture also integrates advanced driver assist functions such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and other safety features into the infotainment system to bring sensor-based safety features to a wide range of vehicles through a higher level of system integration.

Airbiquity Names Choreo Infotainment Content Providers

January 7, 2014  by  

 

Airbiquity, Inc. announced the launch of applications from three content providers on its Choreo private cloud connected vehicle services platform: iHeartRadio, Google and Facebook.

Airbiquity said it integrates each content provider into the Choreo platform and vehicle in a way that mitigates driver distractions while providing personalized content delivery for the driver.

For example, Airbiquity leveraged Facebook’s developer APIs to create an in-dash application that enables Facebook users to see their personal News Feed in the head unit of their car, and be able to check-in and post status updates without having to touch their smartphone while inside the vehicle.

Chevrolet Announces AppShop & 4G LTE

January 6, 2014  by  

 

Chevrolet made two significant announcements at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.

It introduced Chevrolet AppShop, which allows owners to view all available apps through an icon displayed on the MyLink screen, download the apps they want directly to the vehicle, and then organize, update or delete them; essentially, smartphone-like functionality.

Chevrolet also announced a high-speed data capability via an OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle running on AT&T’s network.

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