u-blox Launches Wi-Fi/Bluetooth “Internet of Things” module

September 2, 2014  by  

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u-blox announced the ODIN-W160, a rugged multi-radio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

“u-blox’ compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement,” says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. “With this module, u blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications.”

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth “Smart Ready”).

Danlaw Mx-Suite Integrates With RapiCover To Support ISO-26262 Software Verification

September 2, 2014  by  

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Mx-Suite Embedded Software Test Environment Supports MC/DC Code Coverage

Danlaw, Inc., a global provider of automotive embedded engineering solutions, announced the integration of their Mx-Suite test tool and Rapita System’s tool RapiCover. This allows full structural coverage for embedded software intended for ASIL-C and ASIL-D conformance to ISO-26262 specifications.

Danlaw’s Mx-Suite(TM) is an industry-proven software tool for verification and validation (V&V) that runs on Microsoft Windows®. It is used to streamline testing of simulation models, software code (developer-written or auto-generated), and embedded software in vehicle electronics, such as powertrain, body electronics, active/passive safety, infotainment, and other embedded systems. Mx-Suite now provides a RapiCover toolbar which allows developers and testers to enable/disable MC/DC structural coverage and aggregate coverage between test runs.

SPL Vitalizer In-Car Audio Software Now Available on Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSP Family

September 2, 2014  by  

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Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and SPL electronics GmbH (SPL) announced that SPL’s Vitalizer® software has been ported to the Cadence Tensilica® HiFi Audio/Voice digital signal processing (DSP) family and is available now.

Targeted towards automobile manufacturers and tier 1 automotive infotainment suppliers that want to create the most efficient, high-quality audio experience, SPL’s highly acclaimed Vitalizer software delivers fuller and richer sound, without the need to install more expensive speakers, by modifying the output of the audio for the particular automobile cabin while taking human hearing into consideration. The Vitalizer software adjusts the equalization of the output to produce the most optimal listening experience for the specific environment. More information is available at http://carvitalizer.spl.info.

Toshiba Discloses Semiconductor Products Strategies

August 29, 2014  by  

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Toshiba recently disclosed its future plans for image sensors and mixed signal integrated circuits in automotive applications.

Image Sensors

Toshiba will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to sales expansion with Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.

The current image sensor market is mainly for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of approximately 800 billion yen. Future growth is expected on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.

IR Introduces Dual Low-side Driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Applications

August 28, 2014  by  

IR 8-28-14 12116PR_AUIRB24427S_finalInternational Rectifier (IR) (NYSE: IRF)  introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV), and high power industrial converters.

The AUIRB24427S features very high output current in excess of 6A per channel across the full temperature range and is designed to drive large IGBT and MOSFET gates in modules or discrete packages.

Due to the device’s extremely low output impedance in turn-on and turn-off mode, power losses are also very low, allowing operation in harsh and high temperature environments such as HEV power supply stages as a primary or secondary side driver.

Renesas R-Car V2H SoC Offers High-Res Image Recognition for Safer ADAS

August 28, 2014  by  

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Single-Chip Device Packs Company’s Image Recognition Technology and Other Functions for High-Performance, Low Power, and Improved Safety

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

This is the first R-Car ADAS device from Renesas and includes additional functionality for higher performance, lower power, and improved safety in traditional and emerging self-driving vehicles.

Webasto-Edscha’s Convertible Roof Tops Off the Seventh Generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

August 28, 2014  by  

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Webasto-Edscha, Webasto’s convertible business unit, is for the first time the exclusive manufacturer of the soft top for the award-winning seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. The convertible roof has a number of lightweight components, providing even more headroom and features an improved design.

A German-American project team of engineers from Webasto’s Hengersberg site in Lower Bavaria and its American plant in Plymouth, Mich., developed the convertible top for the Corvette. The series production of the roof system takes place in Plymouth, with the soft top and inner lining delivered from the textile competence center in Puebla, Mexico.

LG Innotek Develops a Dual-Clutch Transmission Motor That Uses No Rare Earth Materials

August 28, 2014  by  

lginnotek 140902LG Innotek has developed what it said is the world’s first “rare earth free” automotive dual-clutch transmission (DCT) motor. It expects to produce the motor next year.

Easing Automakers’ Concerns

The motor marks an important breakthrough since it will ease concerns among automakers about their reliance on uncertain rare earth supplies. Rare earth elements are usually used in materials for automotive motors, but they are difficult to source and are subject to sharp price increases when supplies dwindle.

There are only small and concentrated reserves worldwide of the rare earth minerals, which are often used to provide magnetic properties for automotive motors.

Visteon Introduces Industry-First Dual Compatible In-Vehicle Wireless Charging System for General Motors

August 28, 2014  by  

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Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is debuting its first-to-market wireless charging system with General Motors. The solution uses inductive coupling technology to support both wireless charging standards – Power Matters Alliance (PMA)/Powermat® and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)/Qi.

Cadillac is featuring it on the 2015 ATS, and will add it to the CTS sports sedan this fall and to the Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

Wireless charging gives vehicle occupants a convenient way to recharge their mobile device and eliminates the need for power cords. It addresses what a recent study conducted by the WPC found to be the biggest complaint of smartphone users: battery life.

Melexis Aids Freescale Wireless Charging Launch

August 27, 2014  by  

melexis 8-27-14Wireless charging promises consumers a new level of convenience for maintaining readiness of mission critical and lifestyle enhancing communication tools.

Low battery warnings are never welcome but seem ever present with the increasing reliance on portable electronics in our personal and professional lives.

Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology enables a ready to use reference design solution that could free us from the dreaded low battery warning.

NFC Standard

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