Synopsys Acquires Security Solutions Provider

June 30, 2015  by  

synopsys logoElliptic Technologies Acquisition Complements DesignWare IP Portfolio with Security IP

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) has acquired Elliptic Technologies, a provider of security IP cores and software solutions for mobile, automotive, digital home, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing applications.

The acquisition follows Synopsys’ recent acquisition of Codenomicon and its plans to acquire Quotium’s Seeker product, demonstrating Synopsys’ continued investment in providing the electronics industry with technology for developing secure products.

Elliptic Technologies’ security IP solutions complement Synopsys’ DesignWare® IP portfolio with products including cryptography cores, security protocol accelerators and processors, Root of Trust embedded security IP modules, secure boot and cryptography middleware as well as content protection IP for integration into system-on-chips (SoCs).

JVIS USA Forms Open Dots Alliance to Promote Wire-Free Power for Charging Phones, Tablets, Etc. in Cars

June 30, 2015  by  

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Wire-free charging is gaining wide acceptance among automotive manufacturers because vehicle owners want a hassle-free “drop and charge” means to charge phones while they drive.

Open Dots is an open standard for wire-free power that is currently in use on 12 vehicle models across five automotive brands (Ford, Chrysler, RAM, Dodge and Scion), and on INCIPIO phone cases.

There are no license fees or royalty payments associated with the standard, which can be used to charge tablets, laptop computers, power tools and other devices as well as phones.

TomTom Launches an NDS-Powered Navigation Portal

June 26, 2015  by  

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A Step Toward Real-Time Maps

TomTom (TOM2) launched what it called the world’s first NDS (Navigation Data Standard) powered navigation portal giving users access to fresher maps. The portal, called MyDrive, can be used to plan trips in advance, view the traffic situation on the road and manage favorites – thus providing a seamless experience to end-users across their entire journey.

MyDrive uses TomTom Traffic, TomTom navigation software, and TomTom global maps in NDS format, the worldwide automotive map standard. “We are on track with our ambition to become the leading provider of technologies for automated driving,” said Jan-Maarten De Vries, VP Product Management, TomTom Automotive.

Luxoft Selects TomTom NavKit for Luxoft AllView™ Infotainment Reference Design

June 25, 2015  by  

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TomTom (TOM2) and Luxoft Holding, Inc (NYSE:LXFT) announced the integration of TomTom’s navigation engine, NavKit, with Luxoft’s AllView™, the reference design platform for creating an in-vehicle user experience (UX).

The firms said the partnership is allowing easy integration of TomTom’s navigation engine into the automotive infotainment solutions provided by Luxoft to its global client base.

Beyond ADAS – Continental Is Developing Mono and Stereo Road Departure Protection Systems

June 24, 2015  by  

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Continental is working on Road Departure Protection systems that aim to eliminate unintended road departures, thus preventing fatal accidents from occurring on highways and rural roads.

Using automated vehicle control, the systems are intended to keep the vehicle on the intended roadway and, as a result, provide better protection against rollover accidents or collisions with roadside obstacles or oncoming traffic.

The Road Departure Protection systems will automatically steer a vehicle back into its lane when it begins to inadvertently leave the road or cross the center line into dangerous oncoming traffic.

QNX Integrates Partner Tools for Digital Instrument Clusters

June 18, 2015  by  

qnx logo-newAccording to a report from IHS Automotive, Automotive User Interfaces 2014, “digitalization of the modern car is progressing at breakneck speed, with research showing that more than 70 percent of cars will ship with a digital display in the instrument cluster by 2018.”

The evolution of digital instrument clusters requires powerful hardware and software solutions that can support high-level application environments and rich graphics while presenting critical information, such as telltales (engine warning lights or ABS indicators, for example), to the driver in a fast, predictable, and highly reliable fashion.

Automaker Selects Concurrent Technology to Power Engine Control Unit Testing

June 18, 2015  by  

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An international automaker selected technology from Concurrent (NASDAQ:CCUR) to power hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) engine control unit testing.

The automaker will use Concurrent’s SIMulation Workbench™ modeling solution and FPGA-based Engine Sensor Simulation card to test new engine control units (ECU).

“We are seeing a growing number of automotive companies who are interested in more flexible, Linux powered, software-based modeling solutions to drive their latest simulators,” said Derek Elder, CEO of Concurrent. “With 19 automakers already using our technology for man-in-the-loop simulation, we see a great opportunity to expand our relationship with them by delivering a more powerful and cost-effective solution for hardware-in-the-loop applications.”

Infineon Heads Euopean Electromobility Research Projects

June 17, 2015  by  


Infineon logoThe European Commission is launching three new research projects aimed at making electromobility cheaper, more efficient and more reliable in order to facilitate more environmentally-friendly vehicles on Europe’s roads.

Europe will be the site for the continued development and production of electric vehicles under these projects, which will run until 2018 and are headed by Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY).

Funding for the three initiatives totals about €67 million. Seventy partners with a total of 120 researchers from 15 countries, and representatives of ECSEL Joint Undertaking, the European Union, the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will participate.

Express Logic ThreadX® RTOS Gains ISO 26262 Certification

June 10, 2015  by  


express logic logoExpress Logic, Inc. announced that its ThreadX® RTOS has been certified by SGS-TÜV Saar for use in the highest integrity levels of ISO 26262.

SGS-TÜV Saar, the leading accredited, independent company for testing, auditing, verifying, and certifying embedded software for safety-related systems, analyzed and verified the ThreadX RTOS for use in the development of such systems.

The ISO 26262 standard defines functional-safety processes throughout the development lifecycle for all automotive electronic and electrical safety-related systems. Consequently, the certification of ThreadX for ISO 26262 can simplify the certification process for automotive suppliers, saving them time and money and reducing their risk.

Tweddle Group & UIEvolution Partner for Vehicle Relationship Management

June 8, 2015  by  


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uievolution logoTweddle Group, Inc. and UIEvolution, Inc. have agreed to collaborate on the development of Vehicle Relationship Management (VRM) based solutions.

The concept encompasses delivery of updated vehicle information, new product feature releases, repair protocols, recall notices, lifetime maintenance alerts, warranty details and much more.

“Contextually-aware information will enhance the driving experience for our OEM customers and help technicians fix vehicle problems right the first time,” said Tweddle Group CEO and President Paul Wilbur. Tweddle’s solution manages content and delivery of information through any extensible platform and can integrate with any application developer or hardware manufacturer.”

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