February 5, 2016 by John Day
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing to roll out Microchip’s MOST50 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) to power the infotainment systems throughout Toyota’s vehicle line.
The new Toyota premium Lexus RX SUV is the latest deployment among a wide variety of the Toyota brands, which have been using MOST50 in their infotainment systems for several model years. As the carmaker has in previous implementations, Toyota is using MOST® technology to ensure high-quality digital audio streaming throughout its new luxury Lexus RX SUV.
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2379.TW) announced what it described as both a highly integrated Ethernet-based camera SoC solution and also the smallest such device.
The RTL9020AA integrates all functions required in a camera module, including Image Signal Processing (ISP), fisheye calibration, video compression (MJPEG/H.264), Ethernet MAC (with Audio Video Bridging), and 100BASE-T1 PHY. Target applications include rear-view and surround view camera systems.
New agreement includes a broad range of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles
SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a subsidiary of SiriusXM, will provide the next generation of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles. A new, five-year agreement extends the relationship between SiriusXM and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. to help deliver a new and expanded array of safety, security and convenience services.
SiriusXM has been delivering connected vehicle services to Honda and Acura customers since 2013 through HondaLink and AcuraLink. HondaLink and AcuraLink provide convenient access to maps, weather, restaurants and points of interest, in addition to remote and assist services. Users can also schedule service appointments, repairs and more.
Marvell Introduces 1000BaseT1 Development Platform with Automotive Grade Connectors from TE Connectivity
Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) announced a new automotive Ethernet reference platform integrated with TE Connectivity’s (TE) MATEnet modular and scalable connector for automotive Ethernet.
The platform supports audio video bridging (AVB) switching solutions with 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capability. It also enables car manufacturers to quickly prototype automotive systems with Gigabit Ethernet for electrical and electronic (E/E) architectures including In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Electronic Control Units (ECU) and Vehicle Domain Gateways.
Morocco to become new industrial platform serving customers in the EMEA region
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) (TE) opened its first manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone and in Africa. The inauguration of the new cable assembly plant is an important milestone in TE’s strategic partnership with the Moroccan government to join the automotive ecosystem. The collaboration is part of the government’s strategic industrialization and acceleration program which has established the automotive sector as one of its top priorities for growth. With the support of the Ministry of Industry team and the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA), TE established the facility and started operations in less than one year.
Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) announced collaboration with Valeo on an industry first automotive touchscreen that combines capacitive touch, ClearForce((TM)) force sensing technology and haptic feedback. This human interface innovation allows drivers and passengers to more safely control common and emerging cabin applications with the touch of a finger, multiple fingers, and variable force of one or more fingers on a touchscreen.
“Leveraging Synaptics’ ClearPad(®) ClearForce touch and force sensing technology in a single chip, this automotive solution represents new dimensions in vehicle user interfaces,” said John Brady, senior director, product marketing, Smart Display Division, Synaptics. “We are very pleased to be working with a leader like Valeo on new human interface innovations for automobiles and look forward to building on this key relationship.”
Sensata Introduces Its Smallest Micro-fused Strain Gage Technology for Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Brake Systems
Sensata Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ST) has developed a line of smaller, lighter Micro-fused Strain Gage (MSG) pressure sensors for use in next-generation brake systems for hybrid, electric, and conventional vehicles.
“To ensure traditional braking feel in hybrid and electric vehicles, brake systems require additional pressure sensors,” observes Jeff Silveria, Sensata’s Performance Sensing Segment manager for global chassis. “By offering our caliber of pressure sensing in a smaller, lighter package, our customers can adopt multiple sensors without growing their module.”
HELLA will launch production of its fourth generation 24GHz radar sensors in mid-2017, replacing third-generation radar sensors that have been in series production since June of 2014. HELLA’s latest generation radar system offers an increased level of integration in a 25 percent smaller package and with improved measuring capacity. Costs for the new unit also were dropped without limiting the number of assistance applications offered, including blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assistance, rear pre-crash alert, a rear cross-traffic alert and vehicle exit assistant.
January 29, 2016 by John Day
HELLA is equipping the BMW 3-Series with optional dynamic LED headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, interior lighting and a variety of energy-efficient and safety-enhancing electronic components.
HELLA has come up with a total of three headlamp variations for the sixth generation of the popular sports sedan’s 40th anniversary. Halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lights are standard equipment, along with two options with full LED headlamps.
In the models boasting LED equipment, all functional lights operate on LED technology. The headlamps provide exceptionally bright light and use an amazingly low amount of energy.
Ford Motor Company Selects Analog Devices’ Automotive Audio Bus™ for its Next-Generation Infotainment Systems
January 28, 2016 by John Day
Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) announced that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus™ (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire, enabling advanced, feature-rich infotainment systems while reducing system costs in wiring-intensive automotive applications.
Learn more about A2B technology and products at http://www.analog.com/A2B