November 26, 2014 by John Day
After a successful launch of the Intellectual Property (IP) Track at The Design Automation Conference (DAC) last year, the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems announced the IP call for contributions for DAC 2015.
The DAC IP Track brings together the users and the creators of IP to discuss the benefits and challenges of using IP to accelerate the development of new electronics devices, as well as improving the quality of devices.
November 24, 2014 by John Day
HARMAN International has broken ground on its new North American Automotive Headquarters.
“MirrorLink’s presence in Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact demonstrates just how prolific the MirrorLink global ecosystem has become,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC. “Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact’s focus on versatility and high performance make them a perfect showcase for MirrorLink’s ability to bring the power of the information age to drivers in a way that increases safety and enjoyment on today’s roads.”
To mark 25 years in business, Infiniti summarized its accomplishments in automotive electronic systems:
Rear and Around View
Infiniti’s RearView Monitor, or backup camera, debuted on the 2002 Q45. The automaker first offered a 360-degree Around View® Monitor on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and then enhanced the feature with Moving Object Detection.
Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention
Infiniti offered Lane Departure Warning on the 2005 Infiniti FX and Lane Departure Prevention on the 2008 Infiniti M. Prevention helps the driver bring the vehicle back into the proper lane. Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) was introduced on the 2011 M.
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, announced that JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Linaro and OpenSynergy are joining The Linux Foundation and AGL to collaborate on the creation of an open automotive reference platform to accelerate rapid innovation and delivery of the connected car experience.
November 20, 2014 by John Day
The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.
“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”
November 19, 2014 by John Day
BMW announced that the music streaming service Spotify can now be brought into the car. Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:
- Access music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse
- Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
- Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
- Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) as well as ad-free and offline listening
November 17, 2014 by John Day
VOXXHirschmann has formed a strategic partnership with Sling Media, Inc. that will allow VOXXHirschmann to integrate a customized vehicle specific version of the Slingplayer app into its OEM designed rear-seat entertainment and vehicle connectivity line of products.
The integration will give Slingbox owners the ability to watch live or recorded programming from their home cable or satellite TV subscription directly in the vehicle. Under the terms of the agreement, VOXXHirschmann will become the exclusive automotive supplier of the Slingbox/Slingplayer solution operating in any vehicle entertainment subsystem worldwide.
November 11, 2014 by John Day
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announced it will soon introduce an OpenCL (Open Computing Language)-based automotive development environment engineered to open the market for car OEMs and tier-one suppliers alike to bring advanced driver assist and other ADAS technologies to a wider range of vehicles, faster.
The company also called on tier-one ADAS system providers and their suppliers to renew their commitment to automotive safety via the design and deployment of highly secure embedded semiconductors built from the ground up to meet and exceed automotive-grade quality requirements.
Maxwell Technologies to Develop High-Performance Hybrid Ultracapacitor/Lithium-ion Battery for Stop-Start Autos
November 7, 2014 by John Day
Maxwell Technologies (Nasdaq: MXWL) has been awarded a $2.68 million cost-shared technology development contract by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) to develop a high-performance hybrid ultracapacitor/lithium-ion battery for stop-start idle-elimination microhybrid autos.
USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles.