Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced the availability of non-volatile MAX® 10 FPGAs, Altera’s latest addition to its Generation 10 portfolio.
Using TSMC’s 55 nm embedded flash process technology, MAX 10 FPGAs deliver dual-configuration flash, analog and embedded processing capabilities in a small-form-factor, low-cost, instant-on programmable logic device. MAX 10 FPGAs are supported by design solutions that accelerate system development, including Quartus® II software, evaluation kits, design examples, design services through the Altera Design Services Network (DSN), documentation and training. More information can be found at www.altera.com/max10_pr.
Highly integrated modules based on Freescale i.MX 6 series processor deliver automotive connectivity and applications support
As part of a two-year collaboration with ALPS Electric Co. of Japan, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) announced three automotive-grade connectivity modules for next-generation telematics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
The solutions include Freescale’s Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) based on the i.MX 6 series of applications processors for automotive infotainment and connectivity technology from ALPS to enable smarter, more connected vehicles.
September 29, 2014 by John Day
Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.
The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.
Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.
Melexis Technologies announced a new version of its MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC that enables easier implementation and saves valuable space. The device offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation.
Strengthening its ‘No PCB’ design concept, Melexis’ MLX92242has a built-in capacitor – so that the device can be implemented directly into the design without inclusion of supplementary board level components that would increase the overall dimensions and necessitate additional soldering. It achieves this while still delivering identical performance and functionality to the original MLX92242, as well as keeping the standard industry TO-92/UA package form factor, enabling drop-in replacement solutions.
Featuring high levels of audio digital signal processor (DSP) functionality with a minimum power consumption requirement, the products target voice-centric applications found in the latest generation of tablets, wearables, webcam accessories and in-vehicle entertainment.
The new CODECs incorporate an integrated 24-bit DSP with an advanced voice engine package that provides an improvement of over 35dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) through the use of multi-channel beamforming, noise suppression, and acoustic echo cancellation features. The result is a significant enhancement in speech performance with greatly improved sound quality for VoIP and voice recognition applications, which is particularly important for end users in a noisy environment.
BorgWarner Provides Friction Technology for Volkswagen’s Hybrid Dual-Clutch Transmission in VW Golf, Audi A3 e-tron
BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) supplies its high-performance wet friction technology for Volkswagen’s new hybrid DQ 400e dual-clutch transmission, launching in the 2014 Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 e-tron.
The new transmission for hybrid vehicles with transversely mounted engines employs three clutches (a dual-clutch module plus a disconnecting clutch) to smoothly connect and disconnect the electric engine from the drivetrain. For all three clutches, BorgWarner’s leading wet friction technology significantly improves shift performance and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) while improving fuel economy.
Subaru of America introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.
ETAS has expanded its ES58x series of small, portable vehicle bus/PC interfaces that can be operated without an external power supply to include the new ES583 FlexRay USB Module.
For several years, ETAS has been answering the need for similar interfaces with its ES581 CAN Bus Interface USB Module. The priority for the ES583 was to design a small-scale module that is easy to use: this piece of hardware is so lightweight and compact that it can be easily transported in a laptop bag.
4.1V ISL78692 Battery Charger’s Low Leakage Current Extends Life of eCall Backup Battery When Vehicle Battery is Off
Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) announced the ISL78692, a 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems.
The ISL78692 battery charger dissipates lower leakage current (3uA) than competing solutions, allowing the backup battery to remain charged for a longer period of time. Lower charging voltage also extends battery life while the device’s small footprint reduces total solution size.
September 22, 2014 by John Day
ams AG (SIX: AMS) released the AS3911 NFC development kit and interface software stack, which provide a blueprint for an NFC (Near Field Communication) implementation in any microcontroller-based system.
NFC has proven its popularity with consumers in applications such as contactless payments, and many OEMs are looking to add value to electronics products by providing a simple, secure, wireless NFC interface between a microcontroller and the outside world.