May 22, 2015 by John Day
FLEXConnect.IVI Improves IVI User Experience and
FLEXConnect.ANC Reduces In-Vehicle Noise
Mitsubishi Electric announced two new FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. FLEXConnect.IVI provides a three-screen user interface that is both intuitive and cost effective, and FLEXConnect.ANC is an Active Noise Control (ANC) system that cancels less predictable and harmonically unrelated road sounds.
The FLEXConnect architecture is a family of systems that extend typical infotainment uses by allowing easy access across multiple devices over Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Last year Mitsubishi Electric introduced the FLEXConnect series with FLEXConnect.RSE, (Rear Seat Entertainment). FLEXConnect.RSE features two rear-seat screens that allow the user to stream multiple contents per individual preferences while operating as independent units controlled through the Ethernet AVB architecture.
Analog Devices 4-channel, 24-GHz Receiver Downconverter MMIC Combines Low-Noise, High Linearity and Low Power Consumption.
Analog Devices, Inc. introduced the ADF5904, a highly integrated, 4-channel, 24-GHz receiver downconverter MMIC that combines low-noise performance, high linearity and low-power consumption.
The ADF5904 is designed for multi-channel receiver, high-frequency applications that use digital beam forming, such as automotive ADAS, microwave radar sensors, and industrial radar systems – environments where energy efficiency is becoming a more important system-level design consideration.
The ADF5904 24-GHz receiver enables these and other sensor applications by offering best-in-class receive sensitivity, according to the company, while using less overall power than competing RF technologies.
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 20, 2015 by John Day
MapleSim is an advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform and the MapleSim Server is a new product that allows engineers to explore MapleSim simulation models from a web browser.
MapleSim offers a modern approach to physical modeling and simulation, dramatically reducing model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations.
MapleSim supports the creation of easy-to-use interactive applications that allow engineers to access, analyze, and explore simulation models.
Seiko Instruments Releases Selectable Mode Watchdog Timer with Reset Function for Automotive Applications
May 11, 2015 by John Day
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) released the new S-19400/19401 series watchdog timer with reset function featuring selectable window or timeout modes, current consumption of 3.8µA, and high temperature operation up to 125°C.
Modern automobiles incorporate from 50 to 100 microcontrollers including many that have to be continuously monitored for vehicle safety or performance reasons.
The new SII watchdog timers are optimized for use in automotive microcontroller monitoring and automotive ECUs that require precise fault detection. They monitor periodic signals from microcontrollers and signal any abnormal operation.
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.
Dow Corning EA-7100 Adhesive Expands Automotive Electronics Design Options, Lowers Cost of Ownership
Also Improves Silastic® Fluorosilicone Rubber (FSR)
Dow Corning®, a global leader in silicones and silicon-based technology, introduced Dow Corning® EA-7100 Adhesive, a breakthrough silicone chemistry that greatly expands design options for automotive electronics by enabling strong bonds to a wide variety of substrates.
The one-part, heat-cure adhesive also cures rapidly and at lower temperatures from the “inside out” to greatly accelerate processing, lower energy use, and reduce material costs.
ARM is licensing functional safety support across its Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M processor families to deliver even stronger alignment for automotive use as the industry seeks to meet rapidly rising compute demands.
The company said this will help the ARM ecosystem shape next-generation technologies as vehicle manufacturers plan increasingly complex driver assistance and infotainment systems. ARM-based SoCs are already widely used in the automotive sector.
April 16, 2015 by John Day
Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company launched a 1-channel low-side switch IPD (intelligent power device) that adopts a small-size package for use in automotive applications.
The new product, TPD1058FA, is fabricated with a BiCD process, allowing introduction of a small-size WSON10 package (3mm x 3mm) line-up. This reduces the mounting area by approximately 70% that of Toshiba existing products in a SOP-8 package, contributing to the downsizing of equipment.
• BiCD process（N-channel DMOS output@VDSS=60V）
• Supply voltage: VDD(opr)=4.5 to 5.5V
• Built-in protection and diagnostic functions:
• Protection functions: overcurrent, overtemperature, overvoltage
• Diagnostic functions: overcurrent, overtemperature, open load
• Low Drain-Source ON-resistance:
• RDS(ON)=0.1Ω(max)@VDD=4.5 to 5.5V, Io=2A, Tch=25°C
• Small package: WSON10 (3mm x 3mm)