Atmel Achieves Automotive SPICE Level 3 Certification

January 27, 2016  by  

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Atmel(® )Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced that Atmel’s maXTouch® firmware development facility in Whiteley, U.K., has achieved the Automotive SPICE® Level 3 certification–a certification that addresses rigid requirements for the software development process for tier 1 and tier 2 partners in the automotive industry.

SPICE, also known as Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, is a process assessment model with a set of technical standards documents for the computer software development process and related business management functions. It is one of the joint International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, and it was developed by the ISO and IEC joint subcommittee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7.

dSPACE Optimizes TargetLink Production Code Generator

January 26, 2016  by  

dSPACE 1-26-16 _PR-Image_TargetLink4-1_b_1000px_RGB_160126TargetLink 4.1 Adds FMI Support, AUTOSAR 4.2, Automotive Ethernet, and More

Enhanced collaboration via FMI-based model export
 Support for AUTOSAR 4.2 with many new features
 Even higher code efficiency and MISRA C compliance

With its latest Release, dSPACE has optimized its production code generator, TargetLink, to cover prominent standards in the development of embedded software. TargetLink 4.1 supports the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) 2.0 and the latest version of the AUTOSAR standard, AUTOSAR 4.2. Moreover, MISRA C compliance and code efficiency have been increased further and modular, model-based development is even easier now.

Ford Says Auto Start-Stop Will Be Standard on 2017 EcoBoost-Equipped F-150 Lineup

January 22, 2016  by  

Ford debuts three new national television advertisements, with the first spots airing today on Fox NFL Sunday to promote the all-new F-150 – the toughest, smartest, safest, most capable F-150 ever.
Ford said it will deploy Auto Start-Stop technology across the entire lineup of EcoBoost®-equipped 2017 F-150 pickups.

The 2016 F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard with Auto Start-Stop. That offering continues for 2017, with the addition of the technology as standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines including the all-new high-output version for F-150 Raptor.

Ford said that at the rate EcoBoost is growing, fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop could represent more than 60 percent of the truck lineup – giving F-150 the highest number of Ford nameplates offering standard Auto Start-Stop technology.

Luxoft and QNX Demo Augmented Reality Solution

January 22, 2016  by  

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Luxoft Holding, Inc. said its CVNAR™ computer vision and augmented reality software framework was used in a demonstration of ADAS and automated driving capabilities presented by QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry subsidiary, at the International CES 2016 show.

Installed in the QNX® reference vehicle, a modified Jeep Wrangler, the CVNAR™ framework ran algorithms to highlight turn-by-turn navigation arrows, street names, pedestrian crossings, destinations, points-of-interest and forward collision alerts.

Connected Car Growth: Meeting Expansion with Standards Development

January 18, 2016  by  

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By Bruce Kraemer, President, IEEE Standards Association

Innovations underway in Intelligent Transportation Systems, coupled with the revolutionary connectivity being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), has begun to weave cars in new and exciting ways into the fabric of our daily lives, and standardization is playing a key role.

Much like with the advent of smartphones, which opened the door to explosive applications development, the connected car is enabling a multitude of new services and solutions associated with navigation, telematics and infotainment. This includes such things as full smart phone and wearable device integration within the vehicle, connected digital dashboards, monitoring applications for teen drivers, detailed, real-time navigation assistance, and much more.

BorgWarner Produces New Auxiliary Thermal Coolant Pump For Chinese Compact SUV

January 18, 2016  by  

borg 1-18-16 323008Coolant Pump Technology Supports Powertrains from Internal Combustion to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

BorgWarner supplies the electric auxiliary thermal coolant pump (ATCP) for a turbocharged compact SUV built by a major Chinese automaker. Featuring a brushless, no-leak, low-noise design with integrated microcontroller, BorgWarner’s ATCP provides a continuous flow of coolant through auxiliary circuits even when the engine is shut down, helping auxiliary components maintain optimal operating temperature and contributing to longer component life, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. In this application, a 100-watt ATCP assists in turbocharger and indirect charge air cooling.

New Ford Lab Integrates Wearables and Vehicles; Ford Looks at Linking Health Data to Driver-Assist Technology

January 14, 2016  by  

ford 1-14-16• As more consumers embrace wearable devices such as smart watches, glasses and fitness trackers, Ford is opening the Automotive Wearables Experience lab at its Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan

• Potential smart watch applications include linking health data to active vehicle driver-assist features to enable these technologies to be more aware of the driver behind the wheel – particularly when that person is stressed or sleepy; new app challenge seeks innovative ways to measure in-vehicle health metrics

• Wearable innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics

Kymeta and Intelsat Bring Terabyte Connectivity to Cars

January 13, 2016  by  

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Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat S.A. say they will combine Intelsat’s leadership in space-based communication with Kymeta’s antenna technology to bring high-speed connectivity to cars on a global basis. The companies said this will enable the creation of new services on every continent, support software over-the-air applications, advance the potential for autonomous driving and pave the way for the future of the connected car.

 The firms said they proved last month that that a “dish” ground antenna was unnecessary for on-the-move satellite connectivity. They recently completed an 8,000 mile demonstration across the United States using the Kymeta satellite-enabled test car. Over the course of the journey, the mTenna™ technology, embedded into the roof of the automobile, automatically acquired and tracked Intelsat Ku-band satellite signals while on the move.
The future of automotive connectivity is being revolutionized by high throughput satellite connectivity, combined with advancements in software-enabled, metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna technology. Together, the technologies allow for connected car solutions that address critical requirements including reliable and consistent service availability, economic multicast distribution, and global ubiquity of service levels with an unmatched security environment.
In order to enable software over the air, unlock the new services for streamed content that consumers expect and support advancements in autonomous driving, the industry needs the efficient, consistent connectivity options and a global, scalable solution that only satellite can provide. “Satellite connectivity can best address the capacity, coverage and security concerns of conventional solutions to car connectivity.
Better yet, these assets are available now. We don’t have to wait 10 years for a next generation cellular network to be invented and deployed,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Chief Executive Officer of Kymeta. “This will be crucial because five years from now, every car that comes off a production line should be connected. In fact, we should stop calling it the ‘connected car’, and just call it ‘the car’ because this is the future of automotive.”
 “The automotive sector is a global business, where scalability and quality are essential to success,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. “We are enhancing the world’s largest satellite-broadband infrastructure with our next generation fleet, Intelsat EpicNG, allowing us to deliver highly efficient broadband services in the air, sea, and with Kymeta, to the automotive sector. With our global connectivity, automotive manufacturers and car owners alike will benefit from consistent, highly reliable and secure connectivity, literally anywhere in the world. Intelsat is confident that the future of connected car means satellite-enabled.”
 Kymeta’s satellite antennas remove the need for mechanical components by using software to electronically track and steer towards satellites. This ensures that connectivity is maintained regardless of location, and gives manufacturers the ability to use a simple push-notification for software upgrades to guarantee futureproof technology. Working together, Kymeta and Intelsat will ensure that mobility customers are able to receive fast, reliable and cost-effective connectivity regardless of location.

Visteon Plans to Acquire AllGo Systems

January 13, 2016  by  

allgo logovisteon-corporation-logo-4657530c9a024786AllGo Embedded Systems Pvt. Ltd, a supplier of embedded multimedia and connectivity solutions to global automotive OEMs and Tier1 customers, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its automotive business and become a 100% owned subsidiary of Visteon Corporation, a global automotive cockpit electronics supplier. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Closing is subject to satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including Indian regulatory approval, and is expected in the first quarter of 2016. AllGoVision, the Video Analytics business unit of AllGo Systems, is not included in the transaction and will be spun off to operate as an independent company.

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.

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