Microchip Offers MOST® ToGo Reference Designs

July 23, 2014  by  

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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.

BorgWarner Produces Multi-Spark Ignition Coils for Daimler

July 21, 2014  by  


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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  

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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.

Valeo’s Hybrid4All: Affordable Hybrid System

July 17, 2014  by  

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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.

NI System on Module (SOM) Combines SoC with Middleware and RTOS

July 17, 2014  by  

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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.

Continental Turbocharger with Aluminum Turbine Housing

July 15, 2014  by  


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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.

Turkcell Announces Connected Car Platform

July 15, 2014  by  

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Turkcell, Turkey’s leading telecommunications and technology company, announced Turkey’s first Connected Car Platform. The platform connects the car and its driver to mobile Internet and essential location-based services.

Turkcell’s Connected Car Platform, which will be available in select Subaru and Volvo models in Turkey as of August 1st, offers an infotainment screen that works online. The driver can connect to vital information and entertainment under three categories: Navigation, Internet, Roadside Assistance. Through this menu, Turkcell Connected Car platform allows the driver to:

  • Track traffic in real time and optimize the route.

BigLever and MadCap Partner for Documentation Management & Product Line Engineering Solution

July 14, 2014  by  

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BigLever Software and MadCap Software have partnered to integrate MadCap Flare with BigLever’s Gears PLE solution. The firms said the integration optimizes document sharing and simplifies the complexity of documentation management for organizations that develop and deliver complex product lines. As a result, organizations can streamline technical communications throughout product engineering and business operations to achieve new levels of efficiency.

NVIDIA GPUs Aid ARM64 in High Performance Computing

July 11, 2014  by  


NnvidiaVIDIA announced that multiple server vendors are leveraging the performance of NVIDIA® GPU accelerators to launch the world’s first 64-bit ARM development systems for high performance computing (HPC).

ARM64 server processors were primarily designed for micro-servers and web servers because of their extreme energy efficiency. Now, they can tackle HPC-class workloads when paired with GPU accelerators using the NVIDIA CUDA® 6.5 parallel programming platform, which supports 64-bit ARM processors.

GPUs provide ARM64 server vendors with the muscle to tackle HPC workloads, enabling them to build high-performance systems that maximize the ARM architecture’s power efficiency and system configurability. A list of initial ARM64 systems is provided below.

Elektrobit Updates Its Driver Assistance System

July 10, 2014  by  

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Elektrobit (EB) introduced new functions for its EB Assist Electronic Horizon Solution, offering more flexibility for carmakers and suppliers implementing predictive driver assistance systems. The new version enables them to use digital map information across car lines and model configurations, without a need for having an active navigation system.

EB’s electronic horizon is a key element for developing predictive driver assistance systems, providing essential map data for features such as night vision, curve speed warning and traffic sign detection or range determination for e-cars.

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