Borgward Partners with SAP, LG Electronics and Bosch for Electric Mobility

April 1, 2016  by  


borgward logo largerBorgward Group AG has taken the next step on its path to becoming a cutting-edge automotive company: The creation of a long-term strategic partnership with the software firm SAP, the company LG Electronics and the automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is the logical result of Borgward’s plan to launch sales in Europe with plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

“The partnership that was agreed to today with SAP, LG and Bosch is an important milestone for Borgward Group AG,” said Ulrich Walker, CEO of Borgward Group AG, at the signing of the agreements in Stuttgart. “Together with our partners, we are forming a strong alliance for a networked future.”

Qualcomm and Ricardo Partner for Wireless EV Charging

April 1, 2016  by  

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Qualcomm Incorporated and Ricardo have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology license agreement.

Ricardo has licensed Qualcomm Halo™ technology to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted to Ricardo a royalty-bearing technology license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for automobile manufacturers. Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise and engineering support.

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Linear Technology 60V Low IQ Dual Output Boost + Buck Synchronous DC/DC Controller Maintains Voltage Regulation in Automotive Systems

March 31, 2016  by  

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60V Low IQ Buck + Boost Synchronous Controller

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC7813, a dual output (boost + buck), low quiescent current synchronous DC/DC controller. When cascaded, its independent step-up (boost) and step-down (buck) controllers regulate the output voltage from an input voltage that can be above, below, or equal to the output voltage, including during an automotive load dump or cold crank.

Unlike conventional single inductor buck-boost regulators, the LTC7813’s cascaded boost + buck solution provides fast transient response with continuous, non-pulsating input and output currents. It substantially reduces ripple voltage and EMI, ideal for automotive, industrial and high power battery operated systems.

Cypress Evaluation Kit Speeds Design of CAN and LIN Networking Protocol Applications

March 30, 2016  by  

cypress 3-30-16 349221CY8CKIT-026 Kit Provides an Arduino-compatible Shield Board that Combines with PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kits and PSoC Creator(TM) Software to Provide Low-Cost, Easy-to-Use Platform

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) introduced a new kit that enables designers to evaluate the Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) slave communication capability of Cypress’s PSoC(®) programmable system-on-chip and Flexible Microcontroller (MCU) families. The new CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit features two CAN transceivers for high-accuracy, high-speed transmissions, two LIN transceivers and Arduino compatible headers. Additionally, the kit includes five example projects that demonstrate the CAN and LIN capabilities of PSoC 4. The CAN and LIN protocols are widely used in automotive applications and some industrial applications.

INRIX Traffic Mobile App Learns Driving Habits

March 30, 2016  by  

New INRIX Traffic Mobile App First to Learn Driving Habits to Take the Guesswork Out of When to Leave and How to Get There (PRNewsFoto/INRIX)

New INRIX Traffic Mobile App First to Learn Driving Habits to Take the Guesswork Out of When to Leave and How to Get There (PRNewsFoto/INRIX)

Uses machine learning to predict and personalize routes, destinations and alerts

Integrates with a user’s calendar to add personal events to their daily driving itinerary

Uses a crowd-sourced network of over 275 million vehicles and devices for real-time information and accurate maps

Lincoln Unveils a New Navigator Concept

March 28, 2016  by  

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Lincoln’s Navigator Concept includes a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and technologies that can handle various driving conditions and terrain.

The most spacious Navigator yet features gullwing doors and concertina steps for easy access; 30-way seats, Revel audio and a custom wardrobe management system

New smart technologies help make driving easier and more connected: Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, 360-degree camera, enhanced park assist and lane-keeping system help make driving easier, while new digital touch screens and Wi-Fi help make trips more interesting for passengers.

Volvo Trucks Unveils New Powertrain

March 28, 2016  by  

volvo logoVolvo Trucks North America launched several new integrated powertrain solutions, offering increased fuel efficiency, productivity, reliability, comfort and uptime plus more efficient chassis packaging.

Integral to the new powertrain are enhanced design features engineered to provide Volvo customers best-in-class performance, productivity, fuel efficiency and an improved total cost of ownership. Volvo’s new powertrain offerings include multiple engine enhancements, such as turbo compounding for the North American Volvo D13 engine; the introduction of Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission; Volvo I-See; and a one-box Exhaust Aftertreatment System (EATS).

Technavio Predicts Increasing Adoption of Projection Systems Will Elevate the Global Optical MEMS Market

March 25, 2016  by  

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According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global optical MEMS market is set to grow at a CAGR of 7.47% to reach USD 1.62 billion by 2019.

This research report titled ‘Global Optical MEMS Market 2015-2019’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions. To request a sample report visit

The report categorizes the global optical MEMS market into three major product segments.

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Panasonic Delivers Thermal Sensing Solutions With Grid-EYE Infrared Array Sensor

March 25, 2016  by  

panasonic 3-24-16Panasonic Corporation has developed a thermal sensation estimation method* using the infrared array sensor Grid-EYE.

Based on the results of estimations, the company has started to deliver high-precision thermal sensing solutions that recognize thermal comfort for people.

The solution will be effective in homes and vehicles, among other applications.

The thermal sensation estimation method recognizes the human sensations of hot and cold by calculating heat loss based on the difference between human surface temperature and ambient temperature. The thermal sensing solutions Panasonic provides are a super-resolution algorithm using Grid-EYE, an infrared array sensor, to measure the temperature distribution in detail and detect objects, thereby achieving air conditioning suitable for sensed temperature by combining the obtained data and thermal sensation estimation method. In addition, Panasonic has developed unique software that maximizes performance and offer it in solutions for various applications.

Scaling MOST150 for Entry Level Systems on Coax Physical Layer

March 24, 2016  by  

The MOST® Cooperation – standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network technology Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – will present an audio mixer demo using the coax physical layer at the upcoming MOST Forum on April 19, 2016 in Stuttgart/Esslingen (Germany).

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“The setup will demonstrate the scaling of MOST150 for entry level systems,” explained Dr. Wolfgang Bott, Technical Coordinator of the MOST Cooperation. “The audio demo is based on MOST150 coax and includes several microphones and amplifiers. Thus, we can show that MOST handles multiple audio streams with no audible latency.”

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