New Interactive Documentation Tool Makes ECU Calibration Easier

July 28, 2015  by  

ETAS_EHANDBOOK_webAs engineers develop ECU functions, thousands of pages of PDF documentation are generated. These pages are often referred back to during calibration, when the functions are fine-tuned. Sifting through huge PDF files is a tedious, time-consuming process.

A solution to this common problem is ETAS’ EHANDBOOK –an interactive tool that offers intelligent search functionality in place of tiresome manual searches and that automatically generates interactive graphics and models from ASCET, Simulink®, or C-code.

EHANDBOOK helps calibration engineers manage information and work efficiently, offering them a deep understanding of the ECU functions their colleagues in function development have produced. This interaction improves quality in the development process and shares knowledge within the organization, but above all it saves valuable time.

Deterministic Ethernet Switch Enables Application Development and Evaluation of AVB and TSN

July 27, 2015  by  

csm_DE-Switch_HermesTTTech announces the launch of its Deterministic Ethernet switch, named Hermes, for application development and evaluation of in-vehicle network architectures in the field of automotive and heavy machinery. With this intelligent device, customers can now evaluate multiple technical standards supported by the NXP SJA1105T chip, including AVB, TSN and Time-Triggered Ethernet. The switch also integrates a powerful CPU running AUTOSAR 4.2.1 and provides digital and analog I/Os plus CAN, FlexRay and Ethernet interfaces.

42V Quad Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 93% Efficiency & Operates from 3V to 42V Inputs

July 27, 2015  by  

LT8602Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8602, a 42V input capable, high efficiency quad output synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its quad channel design combines two high voltage 2.5A and 1.5A channels with two lower voltage 1.8A channels to provide four independent outputs, delivering voltages as low as 0.8V. Its synchronous rectification topology delivers up to 93% efficiency while Burst Mode® operation keeps quiescent current under 30µA (all channels) in no-load standby conditions, making it ideal for always-on systems. For noise-sensitive applications, the LT8602 utilizes its pulse-skipping mode to minimize switching noise and meet the CISPR25, Class 5 EMI requirements. Switching frequency can be programmed from 250kHz to 2.2MHz and is synchronizable throughout this range.

AutomationDesk 5.0 – Automated, Intuitive ECU Testing

July 23, 2015  by  

Certified test automation software introduces innovative features

  • Innovative signal-based test description
  • First test automation software to receive TÜV SÜD certification
  • Certification proves qualification for testing safety-critical systems
  • More efficient testing of camera-based driver assistance systems
  • Open interface compliant with ASAM XIL standar
Signal-based tests, a new kind of test description that is as easy to create as if it were on a sheet of paper.

Signal-based tests, a new kind of test description that is as easy to create as if it were on a sheet of paper.

UniPixel Rebrands Newly Integrated Touch Screen Technology As “XTouch™”

July 23, 2015  by  

UniPixel Rebrands Newly Integrated  Touch Screen Technology As “XTouch™”

xtouch-screenUniPixel, Inc., a provider of Performance Engineered Films™ to the touch screen and flexible printed electronics markets,announced today the completion of the integration of the acquired Atmel XSense product technology into its own InTouch touch screen technology. The combined technologies are branded as XTouch.

The integration brings together the best attributes of each technology, which the Company expects will address key OEM (original equipment manufacturer) requirements for thinner, faster, lighter, and affordable technology. The Company believes XTouch could be a highly differentiated touch screen technology designed to deliver exceptional total performance and cost. The Company anticipates that XTouch will be especially well suited to address the segment of the market for larger screens, including notebooks, tablets and automotive touch screens.

Mentor Graphics Announces Flowmaster with Enhanced Multi-Arm Tank Component and 1D Pipe Stress Links

July 23, 2015  by  

flowmaster-aufmacher-smMentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the newest version of the Flowmaster® 1D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software product for fast and accurate thermo-fluid systems design. The new Flowmaster solution features several key new and enhanced functionalities including an improved multi-arm tank component, and integration with complementary 1D pipe stress products such as CAESAR II and CAEPIPE for pipe fluid-force predictions. Overall product enhancements to usability and increases in physical modeling capabilities provide unparalleled accuracy and ease-of-use to the automotive, aerospace, power generation and gas turbine markets.

The enhanced usability and physical modeling capabilities in version 7.9.4 of the Flowmaster product include:

Automotive High-Side Drivers from STMicroelectronics Meet Toughest Specifications for Use in Stop-Start Vehicles

July 21, 2015  by  

stmicro-logoSTMicroelectronics has introduced the industry’s first automotive high-side drivers to meet the stringent cold-cranking specification1 of the German car industry’s LV124 test schedule, making them ideal for vehicles with stop-start technology.

The new VND7050AJ12 and VND7140AJ12 have minimum supply voltage of 3.2V, which is the best in the market, to keep essential equipment such as dashboard instruments operating as the vehicle battery voltage dips during engine cranking. The ST devices provide a compact and reliable replacement for electromechanical relays and associated circuitry, and are 40% smaller than the nearest competing high-side drivers.

AUTOSAR Integrated With MOST® Infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Networking Technology

July 21, 2015  by  

Bosch Subsidiary ETAS Demonstrates Automotive Industry Standard AUTOSAR Solution for Connecting With a MOST Network Using Microchip’s Devices

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), announced that designers using the Automotive Open System Architecture (AUTOSAR) to develop and reuse their in-vehicle software can now connect their systems to not only networking technologies such as CAN and LIN, but also to the MOST® Cooperation’s automotive-proven MOST networking technology. This means that Microchip’s MOST Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) can be used for cross-domain communication in an AUTOSAR system, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which simplifies automotive networking and diagnostics.

KEMET Expands Automotive Polymer Electrolytic Capacitors

July 21, 2015  by  

New Extensions in T591 High Performance Series Now Feature 50V Offerings

KEMET-235474KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, announced extensions to its automotive grade polymer electrolytic capacitors. The T591 High Performance Automotive Grade Polymer Electrolytic Series delivers stability and endurance under harsh humidity and temperature conditions. The new extensions include options up to 50V for both 12V and 24V power rails.

“These new KO-CAPs are ideal for demanding applications where a combination of high temperature and humidity is a concern, such as in transportation, telecommunications, industrial and avionics,” said Cristina Mota Caetano, KEMET Technical Product Marketing Director. “Polymer material, design and manufacturing process enhancements allow the T591 to deliver high reliability when tested to 500 hours in 85 degrees Celsius, with 85% relative humidity and while voltage is applied.”

Renesas Electronics ADAS Starter Kit Accelerates Vision-Based ADAS Application Development

July 21, 2015  by  

The Smallest Development Kit in R-Car History Features Integrated R-Car H2 System on Chip, Interfaces, and Peripherals for Quick and Easy Customization

Renesas-ADAS-starterkitRenesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the smallest R-Car-based development kit to date – the ADAS Starter Kit – based on Renesas’ high-end R-Car H2 System on Chip (SoC) and developed to help simplify and speed the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications.

Complementing Renesas’ current R-Car V2H-based ADAS development boards, the new ADAS Starter Kit will enable users and partner companies to experience the enhanced computer vision performance of Renesas SoCs and accelerate the development of dedicated hardware and software solutions for future ADAS applications.

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