Ford Says Fusion Energi, With EPA-Estimated 610-Mile Range, Can Go Further Than Any Plug-In Hybrid

May 26, 2016  by  

Ford now offers a plug-in hybrid that can go further than any other. The new 2017 Fusion Energi can travel 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge – according to EPA estimates posted to – the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America. (Photo: Business Wire)

Technavio Says Evolution of Remote Diagnostics to Prognostics Will Drive the Market Through 2020

May 26, 2016  by  

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The global automotive remote diagnostics market is expected grow at a CAGR of 14% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global automotive remote diagnostics market for 2016-2020. The market is further categorized into two product segments, passenger cars and commercial vehicles with passenger cars dominating the market with over 74% penetration.

“The current demographic scenario across the globe consists of a high component of technology-savvy population that is keen to adopt technology in every aspect of life. Such demographics represent an added advantage for the market as their buying criteria depends heavily on technological features, digital capabilities, and low maintenance, in addition to value for money,” says Siddharth Jaiswal, a lead automotive electronics research expert from Technavio.

TECAT to Debut Next-Generation WISER Wireless Motion Sensor System

May 26, 2016  by  

TECAT Performance Systems announced that the next generation of its WISER wireless motion sensor system will debut at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016, May 31-June 2 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Featuring shunt calibration, the latest WISER system is designed to simplify instrumentation verification for users, while allowing them to check calibration of the system in the field. In addition, the new WISER system has been enhanced with two additional programmable analog outputs, a higher-speed GUI, and a sturdier enclosure. In booth 1176 in Hall 1 at Messe Stuttgart, TECAT will provide live demonstrations of the new system monitoring strain in flex plates, measuring torque in half shafts, and measuring temperature and vibration to predict failure in U-joints.

LDRA Agreement with ULMA Expands Support for Customers in Safety-Critical European Markets

May 25, 2016  by  

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LDRA announced an agreement with ULMA Embedded Solutions to provide sales and technical support services to LDRA customers in Spain. Headquartered in Oñati with extensive regional sales and support capabilities, ULMA provides embedded design, development, test, and support services to the same safety-critical markets served by LDRA including automotive.

“ULMA’s deep knowledge of safety-, mission-, and security-critical markets, products, and applications make it an ideal partner to help LDRA meet growing customer demand for its safety-compliance management and certification products and services,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director at LDRA. “In addition, ULMA’s regional presence and reputation for outstanding service will prove invaluable as LDRA continues to expand its European customer base.”

Synopsys Expands Software Integrity Strategy for Safer and More Secure Automotive Software

May 25, 2016  by  

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Synopsys’ Coverity® and Test Advisor™ software integrity solutions receive ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 certification for use in development of safety-critical automotive software

Synopsys collaborating with automotive industry leaders to improve security testing requirements for software development and supply chain management

Synopsys’ Mike Ahmadi helps form SAE Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force, actively contributes to developing community-driven cybersecurity standards

NXP Shrinks Power Package for the Connected Car

May 23, 2016  by  

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Sets benchmark in package size with LFPAK33 MOSFET to power secure connections for automotive OEMs

 NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced the availability of its new line of automotive power MOSFETs housed in a compact, thermally enhanced Loss Free PAcKage (LFPAK).

The LFPAK33 is optimized for high-density automotive applications with a footprint more than 80 percent smaller than the most popular solution in use today. The significantly smaller low-resistance package was created in response to growing industry pressure to reduce the size of modules in the car while continuing to improve energy efficiency and reliability.

STMicroelectronics and Autotalks Fuse Satellite Navigation with Vehicle-to-Vehicle and -Infrastructure Communication

May 20, 2016  by  

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Combining GNSS[1] with V2X[2] ranging creates “V2X-Enhanced GNSS”
to ensure security, accuracy, and reliability of positioning information in difficult urban environments

Lane-level accuracy in urban canyons, tunnels, and parking structures will enable the development of new applications, such as autonomous on-street and in-garage parking and available-spot identification

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Israel-based Autotalks, a V2X-chipset market pioneer and leader in the first wave of V2X deployments, have announced their fusion of GNSS technology and V2X ranging. The new “V2X-Enhanced GNSS” ensures authenticated and secure vehicle localization for extreme accuracy and reliability of positioning information, especially in urban canyons, tunnels, and parking structures, where accurate absolute and relative positioning—to other vehicles and infrastructure—is critical in progress toward semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles.

Vishay Extends Voltage Range for 146 CTI and 160 CLA Series SMD Aluminum Capacitors

May 20, 2016  by  

vishay 5-20-16 26194799983_6d4d8d5d26_zVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has extended the voltage range for its Automotive Grade 146 CTI and 160 CLA series of surface-mount aluminum capacitors to 100 V and 80 V, respectively.

For high-temperature automotive and industrial applications, the Vishay BCcomponents devices provide low impedance, high ripple current, and long useful life.

146 CTI series capacitors are available in nine case sizes with operating temperatures to +125 °C, while the 160 CLA series is offered in six case sizes and provides high-temperature operation to +150 °C. The AEC-Q200-qualified devices feature low impedance down to 35 mΩ at 100 kHz for better filtering, a high rated ripple current to 1,750 mA, and long useful life to 6,000 h for high reliability.

Mobileye and STMicroelectronics to Develop EyeQ®5 System-on-Chip, Targeting Sensor Fusion Central Computer for Autonomous Vehicles

May 20, 2016  by  

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5th-generation System-on-Chip, scheduled to sample in H1 2018, builds on long-standing cooperation between Mobileye and ST and market success of EyeQ technology, available now or in the near future on vehicles from
25 car manufacturers

Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) are co-developing the next (5th) generation of Mobileye’s SoC, the EyeQ®5, to act as the central computer performing sensor fusion for Fully Autonomous Driving (FAD) vehicles starting in 2020.

Autonomous Vehicles Disrupt Tier 1 Supplier Roles

May 20, 2016  by  

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ABI Research finds Tier 1 suppliers are losing their roles as system innovators and developers in the nascent autonomous vehicle market. This is occurring as more OEMs engage directly with software developers and hardware and semiconductor vendors.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that no single Tier 1 supplier can deliver a complete autonomous driving system,” says James Hodgson, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “As a result, OEMs are increasingly engaging directly with component vendors, and becoming more aligned with product roadmaps from across the value chain. But Tier 1s will not disappear completely and still hold an important role in functional safety, one which requires a more overarching and holistic view than any component vendor can hold.”

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