CD-adapco announced the completion of its development project targeting the automotive and lithium ion battery industries, enabling faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems.
The project, which began in August 2011, is co-funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The project is part of the competitive Computer Aided Engineering of electric drive Batteries (CAEBAT) activity launched by DOE in 2010. The initial award of the project was reported on July 7(th), 2011 and the project team included CD-adapco, Battery Design Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., and A123.
Based on Texas Instrument’s 1 GHz Sitara™AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, the VAR-SOM-AM3_V2 targets automotive applications in addition to those in other industries. Connectivity features in the new version are based on TI’s FCC/CE certified dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE that can achieve effective bit rates of 100 Mbps, together with extended wireless range.
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. launched its latest-generation Electric Park Brake (EPB) technology with three major Japanese based vehicle manufacturers and will begin production with a fourth automaker in the near future.
The EPB system functions as a conventional hydraulic brake for standard service brake applications, and as an electric brake for parking and emergency braking.
“Because EPB is electronically rather than mechanically controlled it can work with a variety of vehicle systems and sensors,” said Peter Lake, executive vice president, sales for TRW. “As an example, in the U.S. following NHTSA’s recent FMVSS 111 amendment that will require rear backup cameras, an EPB system could be integrated with the video signal and automatically brake the vehicle if a potential issue is detected.”
July 25, 2014 by John Day
Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. received notice that an automobile maker has completed testing of a horn switch system incorporating its Bend sensor technology. The system functioned properly and the product can now be designated for incorporation into future vehicle programs.
It is expected that as the horn switch units are integrated into the first available program, the sensor will be expanded to integrate control switches onto the horn pad. Current airbag configurations have limited the design flexibility of horn switches, which are generally placed on the sides of the center steering column to avoid interference with the driver’s side air bag.
July 23, 2014 by John Day
Microchip Technology announced its MOST® ToGo Reference Designs, which make it easy for designers to learn and implement the proven MOST technology in their automotive infotainment systems.
MOST ToGo enables designers to leverage Microchip’s extensive experience and focus on their application software development, rather than studying the vast MOST specifications.
Included in both reference designs are three MOST network-compliant hardware nodes with full schematics, code and function catalogs—everything needed to train, learn or develop a full MOST system design, from concept, to implementation to testing.
July 21, 2014 by John Day
With displacements between 3.5 and 5.5 liters and power ratings ranging from 249 to 549 HP (185 kW – 410 kW), these powerful engines are available in the Mercedes-Benz C-, E- and S-Classes.
Specially designed for gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engines running stratified combustion, BorgWarner’s compact multi-spark ignition coil technology enlarges the ignition zone for more controlled and optimized combustion, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Vishay Launches AEC-Q200-Qualified Ceramic Disc Safety Capacitors for Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
July 18, 2014 by John Day
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of AEC-Q200-qualified, AC-line-rated ceramic disc safety capacitors designed to provide high reliability for Class X1 (440 VAC) and Y2 (300 VAC) automotive applications in accordance with IEC 60384-14.3, 3rd edition.
Featuring U2J, Y5S, and Y5U ceramic dielectrics, the AY2 series is optimized for on-board chargers and battery management in electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), as well as high-reliability industrial applications. The capacitors offer a capacitance range from 10 pF to 4700 pF — with tolerances down to ± 10 % — over a temperature range of -55 °C to +125 °C.
Developed to offer the best in price and performance, Valeo’s Hybrid4All makes hybrid technology affordable to all car companies and consumers. It delivers system functions including braking energy recovery, electric motor boost and extended Stop-Start, and it is suitable for all types of vehicles, particularly those in the entry-level and mid-range segments.
Hybrid4All generates up to 15 percent fuel savings at half the cost of current hybrid solutions. The Hybrid4All architecture is based on a low-voltage 48V integrated inverter Belt Starter Generator (i-BSG) that reduces the cost of electrification, providing an affordable incentive for mass market adoption.
National Instruments (NI) introduced NI SOM (System on Module), combining the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB.
NI SOM also features a complete middleware solution and a ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS). The NI SOM gives design teams the customizability of a SOM without the increased time and risk of developing custom software.
July 15, 2014 by John Day
Smaller cubic capacity and lower fuel consumption while offering the same if not better performance is the recipe for success when it comes to downsizing. A modern turbocharged system is necessary to achieve this.
Continental’s powertrain developers have launched series production of the first car turbocharger with an aluminum turbine housing. Integration of the unit in the three-cylinder gasoline engine for the MINI Hatch has already begun. The engine has 1.5l of cubic capacity and 100kW of power.