Preh Develops ECUs and Control Systems for BMW

March 28, 2014  by  


Preh developed two battery management electronic control units (ECUs) for the fully electric BMW i3 – the BMU (battery management unit) and the CSSU (cell supervising sensor unit). The units are produced at the auto supplier’s headquarters in Bad Neustadt, Germany. 

Preh also supplies control systems for the i3’s interior: the iDrive Touch Controller and the Driving Experience Control.

New Linux Foundation Members Collaborate on Connected Car Technology

March 27, 2014  by  


Advanced Driver Information Technology GmbH, ATS Advanced Telematic Systems GmbH, GlobalLogic, and OBIGO are joining the Linux Foundation.

The companies are also joining the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Steering Committee, composed of automotive, communication, semiconductor, electronics, and academic contributors working to create a Linux-based platform to meet the security and performance requirements of the automotive industry.

The Linux Foundation said its AGL initiative continues to grow rapidly as the auto industry realizes that Linux — highly customizable and extremely powerful — provides newfound control and innovation opportunities that are not possible with a proprietary operating system.

Continental Will Manufacture Short Range Radar Sensors in the USA

March 26, 2014  by  


Continental is launching production of short range radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems at its plant in Seguin, Texas.

“Expanding our manufacturing capacity takes us a step closer to our American customers. In the market for the market is a keystone of our strategy,” said Christian Schumacher head of the North American Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division.

BorgWarner Expands Michigan Powertrain Technical Center

March 26, 2014  by  


BorgWarner will expand its Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to support programs in North America and supplement its global network of technical centers. The nearly 46,000-square-foot addition will include space for program managers, sales and engineering professionals. The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2015 and support up to 200 regular full-time jobs at the BorgWarner facility.

AUTOSAR Development Partnership – Current Status and Future Outlook

March 24, 2014  by  


Rick Flores

By Rick Flores, AUTOSAR Spokesperson, Global Lead of Model-based Electrical System and Software Engineering, General Motors, USA

AUTOSAR is a partnership between automotive manufacturers and their suppliers as well as tool and semiconductor vendors.

The AUTOSAR Development Partnership, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, has been developing an open, standardized software architecture for automotive electronic control units (ECUs) and an accompanying Methodology defining common exchange formats and description templates to enable a seamless configuration process.

Cohda Wireless Names Luebben VP of Business Development

March 24, 2014  by  


Bernd Luebben

Cohda Wireless, which specializes in connected vehicle technology, has appointed Bernd Luebben vice president of business development. He will head the firm’s new office in Munich and have global responsibility.

Luebben brings more than 20 years of automotive and semiconductor industry experience to Cohda Wireless, after working with Continental, Motorola TCG, and Volcano (now known as Mentor Graphics). At Texas Instruments, he led the company’s European Automotive Sales & Application team.

Demonstrating the importance of the European market, Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray is currently based in Germany for three months, collaborating with tier one partners to detail final specifications for connected car technology, which is expected in production vehicles from 2016.

DOT Recognizes Honda & Acura Rearview Camera Systems as Advanced Technology Features

March 18, 2014  by  


Honda and Acura said that rearview camera systems in most of their vehicles have met the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) advanced technology feature performance criteria and were the first vehicles to achieve DOT recognition on that basis.

Honda’s efforts in the areas of enhanced driver visibility have been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its 5-Star Safety Ratings program (also known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)). NHTSA refers to rearview camera systems as rearview video systems.

Volvo Tests Road Magnets for Positioning of Self-Driving Cars

March 12, 2014  by  


Volvo Car Group has completed a research project using magnets in the roadway to help the car determine its position.

The research, financed in strategic co-operation with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), is a potential key to the implementation of self-driving vehicles.

Reliable and highly accurate positioning is one of the crucial issues in the development of self-driving cars.

While established positioning technologies such as GPS and cameras have limitations in certain conditions, road-integrated magnets remain unaffected by physical obstacles and poor weather conditions.

Elmos Selects Cohu’s SATURN for Automotive IC Testing

March 5, 2014  by  


Cohu, Inc. announced that Elmos Semiconductor AG selected Cohu’s SATURN as its next generation handler platform for automotive IC testing.

SATURN is a high speed handling system said to dramatically reduce the cost of testing thanks to a test plunging mechanism that promises extremely short index times and exceptional reliability at test temperatures from -60°C to +175°C. Features like smart soaking and the hybrid plunging technology enable SATURN to achieve high productivity at low cost, according to Cohu.

MOST Cooperation, Audi and Daimler Value Data Link Layer Availability

February 28, 2014  by  


The MOST® Cooperation (MOSTCO), the standardization organization for the Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) automotive multimedia network technology, welcomes Microchip Technology’s decision last November to make its MOST150 Data Link Layer Specification available for license on a royalty-bearing basis.

Audi and Daimler also appreciate the availability of MOST150 Data Link Layer intellectual property.

“In October 2007, SMSC and Harman/Becker started opening the data link layer by announcing that a detailed Data Link Layer specification for the first generation, MOST25, had been made available and could be requested,” said MOST Cooperation Administrator Rainer Klos. “MOSTCO very much appreciates that Microchip is now continuing this process by giving other semiconductor companies the opportunity to develop, manufacture and supply chips with a MOST150 interface.”

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