July 6, 2015 by John Day
The S-35720 Series is suitable for time management after engine shut-down, enabling improved regulation of automotive emissions and EV battery safety.
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) released the S-35720 Series convenience timer IC, which the company said is suited for managing relative time after engine shut-down with its optional alarm time in 1 second increments from 1 second to 194 days.
The S-35720 Series is designed to help meet exacting automotive emissions regulations such as EURO 6, and to enhance EV battery safety.
July 2, 2015 by John Day
“Fusing the data from camera and radar every 30-40 milliseconds helps to confirm when a situation warrants action from on-board systems such as rapid braking via the electronic stability control system for Automatic Emergency Braking,” said Ken Kaiser, vice president, engineering for the ZF TRW global electronics business.
June 30, 2015 by John Day
The new microcontrollers are tailored for automotive applications and will be supported by the complete C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM. AUTOSAR Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL) support for the toolchain will also be available.
Since the introduction of the Kinetis product series from Freescale, IAR Systems has delivered development tools for Freescale’s ARM Cortex®-based MCUs. The new S32K product line is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 architecture and provides scalability and compatibility within an area of the automotive market traditionally served by a mix of 8-, 16- and 32-bit solutions. The new MCUs deliver professional software for AUTOSAR MCAL and other functionality, and include an IEEE-754 compliant Floating Point Unit (FPU).
June 18, 2015 by John Day
NNG LLC announced NavFusion, which uses the reliability of in-car infotainment, the personalization of smartphones and the independence of connectivity to create a user-focused and OEM-controlled platform.
According to NNG, the NavFusion Platform is designed to improve the driving experience with a holistic approach to car-life integration. It’s fully customizable, deeply integrated, and can be branded to the specifications of any OEM.
NNG described the platform as “an ecosystem that keeps the in-car experience under the umbrella of automotive companies while combining static and dynamic connected content, navigation, ADAS, in-car map updates, personalized infotainment, predictive maintenance, and more.”
June 17, 2015 by John Day
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4040, a complete lithium battery backup power management system for 3.5V to 5V supply rails that must be kept active during a main power failure.
Batteries provide considerably more energy than supercapacitors, making them superior for applications which require backup for extended periods of time. The LTC4040 uses an on-chip bidirectional synchronous converter to provide high efficiency battery charging as well as high current, high efficiency backup power.
When external power is available, the device operates as a step-down battery charger for single-cell Li-Ion or LiFePO4 batteries while giving preference to the system load.
June 8, 2015 by John Day
The new product enables automotive OEMs, Tier 1s, semiconductor companies and software vendors to rigorously test, measure and future-proof their automotive software and hardware platforms. By running a set of demanding tests based on realistic automotive use cases, users will receive detailed reports with informative insights that support decision making.
CSR CSRatlas7™ SoC and tuneX® Products Bring Platform Advantages for Display Audio Infotainment and SDR Tuners
June 6, 2015 by John Day
CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) announced the CSRatlas7™ which it said offers automobile manufacturers a highly integrated, cost-effective, pre-packaged Display Audio solution designed to meet challenging complexity and interoperability requirements.
By integrating infotainment, connectivity and location features in a single turnkey system on a chip (SoC) solution for the in-vehicle environment, CSR enables the cost-effective extension of new and competitive features usually associated with high-end vehicles to entry and mid-level cars.
May 21, 2015 by John Day
Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8495, a current mode, fixed frequency SEPIC/boost DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 70V switch.
Ultralow quiescent current of only 9µA makes it ideal for always on automotive systems, and its integrated power-on reset (POR) and watchdog timer offer enhanced system reliability required in automotive and industrial applications.
The LT8495 starts up from an input voltage range of 2.5V to 32V, and once running, it operates from inputs of 1V to 60V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.
May 5, 2015 by John Day
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced new members in its multicore microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at making cars safer. These new devices are the first to be launched with ST’s proprietary in-house 40nm embedded Flash process.
By moving to a smaller process geometry, ST has increased the density of Flash memory and peripheral functions that can be integrated on a single chip. Multicore MCUs built using ST’s new 40nm process technology are able to support a maximum capacity of more than 16MB of on-board Flash memory.
April 24, 2015 by John Day
Wind River® has introduced Automotive Profile for VxWorks, AUTOSAR-compliant software to help customers develop ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications such as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) to piloted and autonomous driving.
In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive software and systems are becoming more complex and connectivity is expected to be ubiquitous. As software-driven applications become more prevalent in vehicles, keeping automotive systems secure and tamper-proof is important for vehicle and occupant safety.