May 14, 2014 by John Day
RUETZ System Solutions, collaborating with distributor and technology partner HiRain Technologies, is expanding its automotive data communications testing business into China. The firm also has a presence in Japan and South Korea.
RUETZ provides system specification and integration engineering services, test laboratories, compliance tests, and technology assessment and training for data bus and in-car data transmission systems including CAN, Ethernet, FlexRay, LIN, MOST, USB and WLAN.
January 6, 2014 by John Day
It introduced Chevrolet AppShop, which allows owners to view all available apps through an icon displayed on the MyLink screen, download the apps they want directly to the vehicle, and then organize, update or delete them; essentially, smartphone-like functionality.
Chevrolet also announced a high-speed data capability via an OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle running on AT&T’s network.
Kapsch TrafficCom AG has concluded the acquisition of MARK IV IVHS, the largest equipment supplier for electronic toll collection (ETC) systems in North America, for approximately $70 million (€53 million). The acquisition enables Kapsch to offer products and solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and ETC.
Kapsch CEO Georg Kapsch said his firm and MARK IV have each been industry leaders. “Our collective resources will further our efforts to enhance road safety and enable a better overall experience for drivers while providing industry-leading quality of service to our existing tolling and transportation customers.”
The City of Oxnard, California has awarded Iteris, Inc. a $750,000 contract for the design phase of the Oxnard Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Master Plan project.
The planned improvements are in line with the city’s ITS Master Plan, which was completed by Iteris in 2008. The system should improve the flow of vehicles citywide, more finely calibrate traffic signals, and improve the city’s ability to respond to traffic snarls.
austriamicrosystems AS8223 Active Star IC conforms fully to FlexRay 2.1 Rev B; features best-in-class EMC immunity
November 30, 2010 by John Day
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS8223, a monolithic FlexRay Standard V2.1 Rev B-compliant Active Star Device. The AS8223 manages communication traffic among four FlexRay branches of the network and is expandable to more branches through an Interstar interface.
The four branches of the AS8223 operate as a FlexRay receiver and transmitter whereby one of the communication paths is operating as receiver while the others operate as transmitter. Additionally, the AS8223 comes with a Host Controller Interface to achieve active control of the power modes and error diagnosis. An autonomous mode is entered automatically, in which the device operates without the need for a host controller. A Communication Controller interface is also built into the AS8223 to provide standard transceiver functionality on the ECU using the AS8223.
October 22, 2010 by John Day
ATA6614 combines LIN SBC and 32k AVR® IC in a single package to reduce cost and board space
At SAE Convergence 2010, Atmel® introduced a System-in-Package (SiP) device for LIN automotive networking applications. The ATA6614 is an extension of the Atmel LIN SiP family that combines in a single package the Atmel LIN System Basis Chip (SBC) ATA6630, including a LIN transceiver and 5V voltage regulator, and the Atmel ATmega328P with 32k Flash memory.
Sierra Wireless AirLink® in-vehicle GPS gateways/routers support Garmin’s Fleet Management Interface
July 13, 2010 by John Day
Sierra Wireless said it has completed integration of Garmin’s Fleet Management Interface (FMI) into its AirLink® Intelligent Gateways and Routers. The Garmin FMI version 2.0 is supported by the AirLink PinPoint XT, PinPoint X, MP890, MP597 and MP895.
The AirLink and FMI combination provides a mobile solution for location based services, driver communications, vehicle telemetry and fleet management.
PFK and inthinc enhance road safety with Sierra Wireless AirPrime™WMP100 intelligent embedded modules
July 2, 2010 by John Day
Sierra Wireless AirPrime WMP100 intelligent embedded modules are helping PFK of South Africa and inthinc of Salt Lake City, Utah, enhance road safety by ensuring that the firms’ devices can reliably connect to central systems in real time.
The Sierra Wireless AirPrime WMP100 Intelligent embedded module is a feature-enhanced GSM/GPRS microprocessor for applications requiring mid-range performance. The BGA form factor and dedicated IOs are suited for automated component placement and enable developers to optimize their total system cost. Application developers using the AirPrime WMP series modules can use the Open AT® operating system and its integrated development environment built on Eclipse™ to develop, compile, download, test and debug applications, reducing cost and time-to-market.
June 16, 2010 by John Day
SMSC said Audi has selected Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST®) networking technology as part of the infotainment system for the new entry-level Audi A1 model. MOST has been adopted in approximately 95 worldwide vehicle models on the road today.
“Audi was among the first adopters of MOST beginning with its high and mid-class line of vehicles and has since played a very active role in advancing the technology and its standardization,” said Dr. Christian Thiel, Vice President and General Manager of SMSC’s Automotive Information Systems group.
June 3, 2010 by John Day
NXP Semiconductors said the new Audi A8 will feature In-Vehicle Networking (IVN) technology powered by NXP’s FlexRay, CAN, LIN and SBC transceivers, enabling a series of new applications such as advanced driver assistance systems, adaptive cruise control and active chassis stability system.
NXP’s IVN technology connects numerous electronic devices in a car using a wiring harness that consists of few lightweight copper cables. This helps to reduce the vehicle weight significantly and contribute to the savings on fuel consumption. The lightweight construction allows the A8 to accelerate faster and release fewer CO2 emissions. In addition to the In-Vehicle Networking solution, NXP also provides car entertainment and access and immobilization solutions for Audi A8, making it an advanced, safe and sophisticated luxury sedan.