Toyota Adds Microchip MOST50 Networking Devices to Lexus RX SUV Infotainment Systems

February 5, 2016  by  

mchip most logo 15692311929_5d90ea5941_oMicrochip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing to roll out Microchip’s MOST50 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) to power the infotainment systems throughout Toyota’s vehicle line.

The new Toyota premium Lexus RX SUV is the latest deployment among a wide variety of the Toyota brands, which have been using MOST50 in their infotainment systems for several model years. As the carmaker has in previous implementations, Toyota is using MOST® technology to ensure high-quality digital audio streaming throughout its new luxury Lexus RX SUV.

SiriusXM to Expand Connected Vehicle Services for Acura and Honda

February 2, 2016  by  

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New agreement includes a broad range of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles

SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a subsidiary of SiriusXM, will provide the next generation of connected vehicle services for Acura and Honda vehicles. A new, five-year agreement extends the relationship between SiriusXM and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. to help deliver a new and expanded array of safety, security and convenience services.

SiriusXM has been delivering connected vehicle services to Honda and Acura customers since 2013 through HondaLink and AcuraLink. HondaLink and AcuraLink provide convenient access to maps, weather, restaurants and points of interest, in addition to remote and assist services. Users can also schedule service appointments, repairs and more.

TE Connectivity Opens a Manufacturing Plant in Africa

February 1, 2016  by  

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Morocco to become new industrial platform serving customers in the EMEA region

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) (TE) opened its first manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone and in Africa. The inauguration of the new cable assembly plant is an important milestone in TE’s strategic partnership with the Moroccan government to join the automotive ecosystem. The collaboration is part of the government’s strategic industrialization and acceleration program which has established the automotive sector as one of its top priorities for growth. With the support of the Ministry of Industry team and the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA), TE established the facility and started operations in less than one year.

Synaptics and Valeo Collaborate on Industry-First Touchscreen with Force Sensing, Haptic Feedback

February 1, 2016  by  

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Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) announced collaboration with Valeo on an industry first automotive touchscreen that combines capacitive touch, ClearForce((TM)) force sensing technology and haptic feedback. This human interface innovation allows drivers and passengers to more safely control common and emerging cabin applications with the touch of a finger, multiple fingers, and variable force of one or more fingers on a touchscreen.

“Leveraging Synaptics’ ClearPad(®) ClearForce touch and force sensing technology in a single chip, this automotive solution represents new dimensions in vehicle user interfaces,” said John Brady, senior director, product marketing, Smart Display Division, Synaptics. “We are very pleased to be working with a leader like Valeo on new human interface innovations for automobiles and look forward to building on this key relationship.”

HELLA Provides a Lighting Package for the BMW 3-Series

January 29, 2016  by  

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HELLA is equipping the BMW 3-Series with optional dynamic LED headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, interior lighting and a variety of energy-efficient and safety-enhancing electronic components.

HELLA has come up with a total of three headlamp variations for the sixth generation of the popular sports sedan’s 40th anniversary. Halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lights are standard equipment, along with two options with full LED headlamps.

In the models boasting LED equipment, all functional lights operate on LED technology. The headlamps provide exceptionally bright light and use an amazingly low amount of energy.

Ford Motor Company Selects Analog Devices’ Automotive Audio Bus™ for its Next-Generation Infotainment Systems

January 28, 2016  by  

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Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) announced that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus™ (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire, enabling advanced, feature-rich infotainment systems while reducing system costs in wiring-intensive automotive applications.

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ACCESS Browser to Power Next-Generation In-Vehicle Connected Infotainment Solutions for Jaguar Land Rover

January 28, 2016  by  

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Jaguar Land Rover selects NetFront™ Browser NX Automotive Profile as the browser for InControl Touch Pro, its next generation in vehicle infotainment technology framework rolling throughout its range and across marques

ACCESS CO., LTD. announced that its NetFront™ Browser NX Automotive Profile software solution has been chosen as the browser for the Jaguar Land Rover next generation connected infotainment system InControl Touch Pro, which is deployed across the latest range of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles available on the market.

GENIVI President Matt Jones to Present at TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA March 29-30

January 27, 2016  by  

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Matt Jones, President of GENIVI and Director of Future Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, will be presenting at the TU-Automotive Cybersecurity Conference & Exhibition (March 29-30, Novi, MI).

Mr Jones will give a presentation exploring methods for security testing and improving protocol, including the advantages of open source software in developing secure code and encouraging collaboration towards secure automotive connectivity solutions. He will showcase the GENIVI Remote Vehicle Interaction Project as an example of putting these practices into place.

Mentor Graphics Provides Embedded Multicore Framework as the First Commercial Implementation of the Multicore Association’s OpenAMP Industry Standard

January 27, 2016  by  

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that its Mentor® Embedded Multicore Framework (MEMF) is the first commercial implementation of the OpenAMP™ industry standard established by the Multicore Association (MCA).

The MCA working group will focus on the OpenAMP specification to create a standardized application program interface (API) for communication and synchronization between homogeneous and heterogeneous multicore embedded systems. The OpenAMP framework, provided by Mentor Graphics, is the embedded software industry’s first comprehensive solution for heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) development.

Airbiquity’s 2016 Predictions for the Connected Car Industry

January 27, 2016  by  


Pressure from Consumer Electronics Behemoths, Quest for Higher Return-On-Investment, and Fight for Technology Leadership Will Drive the Automotive Market in the Coming Year

Airbiquity® released its top 2016 connected car predictions for the automotive industry:

“Automotive continues to face significant challenges — and opportunities — for connected car technologies and programs. The industry has only begun to scratch the surface of what is yet to come,” said Scott Frank, Vice President of Marketing at Airbiquity. “A decade ago, no one could have predicted the rate of technology evolution or level of competition the industry is experiencing today. One thing we know for sure is the pace isn’t going to letup; in fact it’s going to accelerate.”

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