Maxwell Technologies Partners With Corning to Advance Ultracapacitor Technologies

October 24, 2014  by  

maxwell logoMaxwell Technologies announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated to address challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.

Maxwell’s expertise in ultracapacitor cell design, manufacturing processes and capacitive energy storage product designs combined with Corning’s expertise in high-performance materials, analytical capabilities and technology innovations should enable the two parties to ultimately achieve superior product value for customers and end users.

Laird Opens a New Telematics Design and Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

October 17, 2014  by  

laird logoLaird opened a new telematics manufacturing plant in Shanghai to serve the international automotive market.

The new plant, which covers 17,151 square meters (184,616 square feet), serves as both a design and manufacturing center for Laird. An in-house engineering team utilizes local ingenuity and technical expertise, which is then leveraged by the manufacturing team to produce “smart” antenna solutions and applications.

The team also produces components that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and other emerging mobile technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, all of which will greatly enhance driver safety, the passenger experience and the management of vehicle assets in the future.

China Automotive Systems Wins More Steering Gears Business from Chrysler

October 17, 2014  by  

china automotive systemsPower steering components and systems supplier China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has a multi-year agreement to supply Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s North American subsidiary, Chrysler Group LLC (“Fiat Chrysler”), with steering gears for the 2015 RAM® 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.

CAAS began working with Chrysler in 2008 by supplying steering gears to the Jeep® Wrangler. In 2012, CAAS expanded its relationship with Chrysler by supplying steering gears to the RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks.

Ford, Tweddle Launch Interactive Mustang App

October 17, 2014  by  

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Ford and Tweddle have launched a new full-featured interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang.

The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.

Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.

Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.

Automakers Test Technology That Will Allow Utility Companies to Communicate with Plug-In Vehicles

October 16, 2014  by  

EPRI Focus Electric Infographic HeroFord Motor Company is joining seven global automakers for a test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

The automakers are collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute, leading utility companies and Sumitomo Electric to develop a two-way communication platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles from all participating manufacturers – with their varying technologies – to work with power grids.

Qualcomm to Acquire CSR

October 15, 2014  by  

qualcommQualcomm has reached agreement with CSR plc regarding the terms of a cash acquisition that would add products, channels, and customers in the important growth categories of Internet of Everything (IoE) and automotive infotainment.

At £9.00 per share, the acquisition is valued at approximately £1.6 billion ($2.5 billion). Subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015.

CSR_plc_logo_Sept_2013“The addition of CSR’s technology leadership in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and audio processing will strengthen Qualcomm’s position in providing critical solutions that drive the rapid growth of the Internet of Everything, including business areas such as portable audio, automotive and wearable devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated.

IEEE Committee Will Focus on Transportation Standards for a Connected, Automated, Intelligent and Electric Future

October 14, 2014  by  

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IEEE announced the formation of a new IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee on Transportation (IEEE SCC42 Transportation).

With the support of more than 30 IEEE Societies and Councils, the IEEE SCC42 Transportation will lead a global effort to promote transportation standards and facilitate adoption throughout the entire transportation ecosystem.

Using globally recognized IEEE standards and best practices within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the IEEE SCC42 Transportation will bring together related disciplines to help ensure a future for transportation that will be more connected, automated, intelligent, electric and electronic.

TE Connectivity Completes Acquisition of Sensor Manufacturer Measurement Specialties, Inc.

October 10, 2014  by  

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TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) has completed the acquisition of Measurement Specialties, which offers sensor technologies including pressure, vibration, force, temperature, humidity, ultrasonics, position and fluid, for a range of applications and industries.

“The acquisition of Measurement Specialties expands TE’s sensor business significantly, and builds on our strength in harsh environment applications,” said TE Connectivity chairman and CEO Tom Lynch.

In September TE Connectivity completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST), which manufactures pressure and position sensing solutions.

Airbiquity Adds Slacker Radio and Stitcher to Choreo

October 9, 2014  by  

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Airbiquity added two streaming content providers—Slacker® Radio and Stitcher—to its Choreo™ cloud-based connected car services platform and Driver Experience infotainment delivery offering.

Slacker, a leading digital music service, and Stitcher, a mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio, are now available to Airbiquity’s automotive manufacturer, tier 1 supplier, and mobile network operator customers fielding and supporting connected car programs around the world. For more visit

Automotive IC Makers Try Copper Wire Bonding

October 9, 2014  by  

Cost reduction demands constant effort and engineering expertise. James McLeish, a senior members of the Technical Staff at engineering services provider DfR Solutions LLC explained to me recently that primarily for reasons of cost, integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers have been working to migrate from gold bond wires to copper wires.

dfr solutionsCopper wire bonding (Cu-WB) ICs have been in production for several years. They were first used in consumer electronics – benign environments with short life spans – and have generally been working well, so now IC makers are trying to migrate the technology to long life, high reliability, harsh environments – like automotive electronics.

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