ams Acquires Advanced CMOS Sensor Business from NXP

August 28, 2015  by  

ams logo ams AG (SIX:AMS) has acquired the CMOS Sensor Business from NXP Semiconductors. The acquisition expands ams’ environmental sensor portfolio with advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors that measure several environmental variables such as relative humidity, pressure and temperature in one sensor device.

“Environmental sensors can replicate and enhance human responses by monitoring and measuring smell, pressure and temperature. By capturing this information electronically, data-driven decisions can be made automatically and efficiently,” said Thomas Riener, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at ams.

Garmin Expands In-Dash Navigation Partnership for New Honda Models

August 18, 2015  by  


new garmin Honda_Infotainment_PR_ImageGarmin International Inc. has expanded its partnership with Honda Motors to bring Garmin and its navigation technology into multiple Honda infotainment systems over the next four years. The latest vehicle platform to launch with Garmin and its navigation solution is the all-new Honda Pilot.

The Garmin system brings a seamless integration into Honda infotainment consoles while simultaneously offering several of the company’s signature features.

Preloaded maps allow users to navigate through areas that lack cell reception, while millions of points of interest make it easy to find existing or new locations.

Infor Sets Automotive Cloud Computing Benefits

August 13, 2015  by  

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Jeff Nedwick

An interview with Jeff Nedwick, Industry Solution & Strategy Director, Infor Automotive

1. In what specific ways does Infor technology help companies increase profitability?

Infor is committed to the development of industry-specific, cloud-based suites as a way to help our automotive customers maximize profitability. These cloud-based offerings:

Reduce costs: Cloud-based solutions help lower overall IT costs. A survey by Computer Economics shows that organizations that moved most or all of their systems to the cloud saw an average 15% reduction in IT spending. This reduction came “not only from a reduction in data center spending but also in IT personnel costs.”

OEM Group Expands Wafer Surface Preparation Successes To UBLED Processing For LED Automotive Lighting

August 13, 2015  by  

OEM group logoNew ECO-Processes significantly decrease in-Fab DI water consumption and chemical disposal needs, aid virtuous cycle of energy-efficient LED headlamp adoption – improved fuel economy – decreased automotive CO2 emissions

Semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer OEM Group has received first-in-fab and repeat tool orders for its Cintillio™ wet chemical processing system from several Ultra Bright LED manufacturers working in the automotive lighting market.

With these orders, OEM Group has expanded its patented ECO-Process wafer surface preparation solutions from the established markets of Power Device, CMOS IC, and MEMS manufacturing into UBLED fabrication, a new market for Cintillio. The tools will be used for ozone processing of some of the most sensitive layers exposed during LED manufacturing, including exposed silver, which to date has presented LED makers with difficult challenges where surface preparation is involved.

Micrel 300mA LDO Targets Automotive

August 13, 2015  by  

micrel logoMicrel Inc. announced a new automotive AEC-Q100 qualified high-performance low-dropout voltage regulator (LDO) featuring a dropout of only 100mV at 300mA.

The MAQ5300 comes in a 2mm x 2mm DFN package and is ideal for space-constrained and high-reliability applications that are subjected to the harsh environments and temperatures often encountered in automotive and industrial applications.

The MAQ5300 is currently available in volume, and pricing starts at $0.39 for 1K quantity. Samples can be ordered on line at

Toshiba Starts Mass Production of 5-Volt Constant Voltage Regulator ICs for Automotive Applications

August 12, 2015  by  

Toshiba 8-12-15 9005G_blueToshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor & Storage Products Company announced the start of mass production of TB9005FNG and TB9021FNG, 5-volt constant voltage regulators for application in automotive systems.

TB9005FNG supports 1A or higher output current in combination with external power transistors, allowing use in automotive applications that require high output current.

TB9021FNG includes an output transistor, supports 0.2A output current, and helps reduce external ICs and system simplification. Both ICs also incorporate system reset functions for reset of microcontrollers off, which contributes to improved safety for automotive systems.

Transition Networks Ethernet Switches Aid Park Assist

August 12, 2015  by  

park assist logoPark Assist has selected Transition Networks’ hardened Ethernet switches for its worldwide parking sensor client implementations.

Transition Networks’ hardened Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches are currently being used at over 30 locations operated by Park Assist or one of its resellers and are installed in the power cabinets at each site. These devices replace several switch models previously obtained from different vendors, which had resulted in slowed company deployment processes and increased costs – due to the large knowledge base required to handle multiple switch types.

Mercedes-Benz USA Launches mbrace Connect for all MY2016 Vehicles

August 11, 2015  by  

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Updates bring remote start, remote diagnostics, iHeartRadio App

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) announced the launch of mbrace Connect for all model year 2016 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The bundle of connected services will be standard on all MY2016 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and SUVs for five years. Three optional packages – mbrace Secure, mbrace Concierge and mbrace Entertain – will round out the new suite of connected car services. With mbrace Connect, owners can take advantage of the mbrace Mobile App, mbrace Web Services, in-vehicle Roadside Assistance services, non-streaming Mercedes-Benz Apps and remote updates.

KEMET Adds AEC-Q200-Qualified Electrolytic Capacitor

August 6, 2015  by  

KEMET's new AEC-Q200 qualified T598 KO-CAP(R) polymer electrolytic capacitor delivers stability and endurance in extreme humidity and temperature environments. (PRNewsFoto/KEMET Corporation)

KEMET’s new AEC-Q200 qualified T598 KO-CAP(R) polymer electrolytic capacitor delivers stability and endurance in extreme humidity and temperature environments. (PRNewsFoto/KEMET Corporation)

T598 KO-CAP® Delivers Stability and Endurance in Extreme Humidity and Temperature Environments

KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) introduced the T598 High Humidity/High Temperature Series, said to be the first polymer electrolytic capacitor able to meet all the requirements of the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q200 specification for passive components.

Building on the success of the T591 Series, KEMET further refined the design, materials and manufacturing to ensure the T598 Series delivers higher stability and endurance under harsh conditions.

Wind River Achieves CMMI Level 3 Appraisal for Automotive Expertise and Services

August 4, 2015  by  

wind river logoWind River® has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for its Automotive Solutions & Professional Services.

Wind River completed a CMMI SCAMPI ‘A’ appraisal and achieved a CMMI Capability Level 3 in 18 process areas, resulting in a CMMI Maturity Level 3. This appraisal builds on Wind River’s past CMMI Level 3 achievements; the first of which was attained in 2006. This rating is highly valued by a wide range of industries, including the Automotive, Aerospace and Defense markets and other segments where design, development and certification processes are of paramount importance.

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