Device- and Platform-Agnostic Telematics Solution Provides Control Over Data Access And Improves Customer Service

September 3, 2015  by  

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These integration points confirm that the insurer can independently control the strategic development and launch of its UBI products, including related policy, contract, and coverage information that facilitates customized policyholder interactions.

STMicroelectronics Says HAL Firmware Simplifies Embedded System Development

September 1, 2015  by  

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STMicroelectronics said the latest set of Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) firmware included in the design ecosystem of its STM32 ARM® Cortex®-M core 32-bit microcontrollers has been developed in compliance with the MISRA C guidelines and the ISO/TS16949 standard for automotive quality system management.

As a result, the company said, embedded-system developers can be confident in deploying ST’s low-level drivers and abstract APIs (Application Program Interfaces) in the release version of their own firmware, allowing them to focus on their own application code rather than spending time debugging or revalidating everything down to the low-level drivers.

u-blox Introduces a 150 Mbps 4G LTE and WCDMA Module

August 31, 2015  by  

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TOBY-L201 Features Multi-carrier Support

u-blox announced TOBY-L201, which the company said is the world’s first 4G LTE Cat 4 module with 3G WCDMA fall-back. The cellular voice and data modem, certified for both AT&T and Verizon networks, offers future-proof, high speed, always-on connectivity.

TOBY-L201 switches automatically or via AT command to AT&T’s or Verizon’s network without the need to load new firmware. Depending on which carrier’s SIM card is inserted, TOBY-L201 recognizes the carrier and starts on that carrier’s network.

If devices are equipped with two SIM cards or a configurable SIM chip, TOBY-L201 can be switched between operators on-the-fly via a simple AT command.

Toshiba Introduces a Brushless Motor Pre-Driver IC for Electric Power Steering

August 28, 2015  by  

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Toshiba’s TB9081FG – a brushless motor pre-driver IC for electric power steering systems

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) introduced the TB9081FG, a brushless motor pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety, for use in electric power steering systems (EPS).

Sample shipments will start on September 1st, 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in August, 2017.

Safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D[3], the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.”

Microchip Expands Industrial Ethernet Switch Portfolio

August 27, 2015  by  


19564838055_39d138918eMicrochip Technology Inc. announced the addition of the LAN9353, LAN9354 and LAN9355 Three-Port, 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switches to its portfolio of Ethernet solutions, which includes Ethernet switches, controllers, bridges and PHYs.

Featuring the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time-stamp Protocol (PTP) standard for clock accuracy in the sub-nanosecond range, these Ethernet switches offload both synchronization and communications processing from the host CPU.

There are advanced features such as Transparent Clocking, which improves system accuracy, Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE802.3az) and Wake On LAN. These switches enable the development of advanced hardware in the Industrial Ethernet market, including automation, motion-control, embedded, automotive, security/surveillance and telecommunications applications.

Allegro Microsystems Announces Full Bridge Gate Driver IC

August 26, 2015  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new full-bridge controller for use with N-channel external power MOSFETs that has been specifically designed for automotive applications.

Allegro’s A5929 has a unique charge pump regulator that provides full (>10 V) gate drive at battery voltages down to 7 V and allows the device to operate with reduced gate drive at battery voltages down to 5.5 V. A bootstrap capacitor is used to provide the above battery supply voltage required for N-channel MOSFETs.

Maxim Quad Deserializer Integrates Four ADAS Surround View Camera Streams

August 26, 2015  by  

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with fewer components and faster time to market.

One MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.

Maxim Integrated’s quad deserializer eliminates components, shortens design time and lowers cost for automotive camera applications.

Volkswagen offers New Levels of Connectivity with Suite of Infotainment Technologies

August 25, 2015  by  


Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced its MIB II infotainment system, which will be available later this year in most model year 2016 VW products.

The first models featuring the new infotainment system started landing in dealer showrooms in July.

In virtually every trim there are connectivity features available across the VW lineup. According to the company, this new technology will provide consumers access to information at their fingertips.

VW said it worked with tech industry giants to integrate the latest connectivity products and services in VW products.

Seiko Instruments Releases LDO Regulator with Reset Function in Smaller Package

August 25, 2015  by  

seiko 8-18-15 Image-EngSeiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the release of the S-19311 Series automotive high input 36V LDO regulator with reset function, adopting a newly developed compact package TO-252-5S with high heat dissipation.

The S-19311 can be connected directly to batteries, and the reset function allows for a reset signal to be sent when the LDO regulator voltage drops below a designated threshold.

NI PXI-Based Wireless Test System Optimized for Speed

August 25, 2015  by  

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NI (Nasdaq: NATI) released the Wireless Test System (WTS), a solution that the company said dramatically lowers the cost of high-volume wireless manufacturing test.

Although faced with the rising complexity of wireless test, companies can confidently reduce test costs and multiply throughput on the production floor with a system optimized for measurement speed and parallel test.

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