Marvell ARMADA Powers Alps 4G LTE Automotive Module

December 10, 2014  by  

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Alps Electric Co., Ltd. has launched the world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE high-speed data communication module, the UMDZ series, with dimensions of 28.90 × 29.80 × 4.22 mm.

The module, powered by Marvell’s ARMADA® Mobile PXA1801 multi-mode 4G LTE modem, supports 2G, 3G and 4G LTE communication protocols and worldwide deployment including Europe, North America, China and Japan.

Automotive manufacturers are increasingly seeking technology that links high-speed data communication in vehicles to the outside world. By utilizing Alps Electric’s advanced communication module, automotive manufacturers can perform key functions of in-vehicle navigation systems including map updates, destination and traffic information, as well as offer high-speed data for in-vehicle entertainment, cloud and big data services, eCall, and general Internet access.

OPEN Alliance Forms Technical Committees

December 10, 2014  by  

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The OPEN Alliance (One-Pair EtherNet) Special Interest Group (SIG), a non-profit industry alliance established to drive wide scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity, announced the formation of several new technical committees (TCs).

These include TCs focused on refining automotive xMII interfaces, enabling Gigabit automotive Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), defining tests for one-pair Ethernet Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and specifying channel components for Gigabit copper Ethernet.

Membership in the automotive OPEN Alliance SIG has grown 40x since its inception three years ago, with representation from nearly 250 of the world’s leading automakers, tier ones and technology companies working together to drive rapid adoption of automotive Ethernet. For more information visit

Q&A With QNX

December 9, 2014  by  

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An interview with Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development for QNX Software Systems:

Q: I tend to think of QNX more in terms of infotainment than of safety, but noticed the availability of the QNX OS for Automotive Safety 1.0. Is safety new, or has QNX been offering safety in addition to telematics/infotainment for some time?

UNH-IOL Lab Expands Interoperability Testing and Support for 40G/100G, Including Automotive Ethernet

December 9, 2014  by  

unh-iol 12-9-14 west-pe-api.azurewebsites.netThe University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based networking testing and standards conformance services, announced expanded interoperability testing and support for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (40G/100G) including automotive Ethernet, 25Gb/s serial-lanes, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and Backplane. This activity is taking place within several of the UNH-IOL’s consortia and collaborative testing programs.

With heightened demand for 40G products in 2014, the UNH-IOL 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has seen a significant increase in participation from members seeking 40G interoperability which, along with IEEE standards-compliance, is a helpful market differentiator.

First 100G Products Received

LG Joins AT&T Drive Studio

December 8, 2014  by  

ATAT&T INC. LOGO&T announced that LG Electronics, Inc. has joined the AT&T Drive Studio, the connected car center for innovation and research, located in Atlanta.

AT&T Drive Studio’s sponsorship agreement with LG allows the companies to collaborate on the AT&T Drive platform to support services on automotive grade hardware and equipment for connected vehicles.

The more than 5,000-square foot AT&T Drive Studio features working garage bays, a speech lab, a showroom to exhibit the latest innovations, and conference facilities. Drive Studio integrates AT&T solutions across multiple companies and serves as a hub where AT&T can respond to needs of automotive manufacturers and the auto ecosystem at large.

Cohda Wireless and u-blox Co-Develop V2X Solution

December 5, 2014  by  


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MK5 device warns drivers of dangers based on DSRC and u-blox GNSS

u-blox provided key global positioning technology to Cohda Wireless’ Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) equipment, collectively called “V2X.”

Cohda Wireless is a global leader in connected vehicle technology, and is the world’s number one equipment vendor in the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) market.

u-blox Acquires lesswire Automotive Short Range Modules

December 2, 2014  by  

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u-blox (SIX:UBXN) announced the acquisition of the automotive-grade Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module products and a team of key engineers from lesswire AG, a subsidiary of the PRETTL group.

Founded in 1999, lesswire is a privately owned company that provides robust vehicle-ready short range wireless communication modules to Tier-1 automotive electronics suppliers in Europe and Asia.

The purchase includes off-the-shelf products, equipment and a team of experts in the area of connected car and short range connectivity modules.

Supercapacitors – Jostling for Leadership

December 2, 2014  by  

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Supercapacitor market leader Maxwell Technologies has faltered temporarily due to phasing of demand for supercapacitors on Chinese hybrid buses.

One of the most formidable innovators, it now sells large stacks for grid management and for energy harvesting in large construction vehicles. The recent IDTechEx Supercapacitors event in Santa Clara, California taught us more.

Supercapacitor companies have been bought or closed recently but new manufacturers are encouraged by 100% growth rate of Ioxus and much larger growth of Nippon Chemicon. IDTechEx forecasts 30% growth for ten years. The growing number of manufacturers, currently at 85, are all getting some business.

Cypress and Spansion Agree to Merge

December 2, 2014  by  

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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Spansion, Inc. (NYSE: CODE) announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion.

The post-merger company will generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually and create a global provider of microcontrollers and specialized memories needed in today’s embedded systems.

“This merger represents the combination of two smart, profitable, passionately entrepreneurial companies that are No. 1 in their respective memory markets and have successfully diversified into embedded processing,” said T.J. Rodgers, Cypress’s founding president and CEO.

Interior Cameras and Eye-tracking to Dominate Driver Monitoring Technology in Active Safety, Autonomous Driving, and Smart HMI Era, According to ABI Research

December 1, 2014  by  

Gabi research logolobal shipments of factory-installed Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) systems based on interior facing cameras will reach 6.7 million by 2019, according to recent findings from ABI Research.

“DMS solutions are expected to gain new momentum as critical support systems for human-machine interactions (HMI) related to ADAS active safety alerts and autonomous-to-manual handover but also as solutions enabling smart dashboards and contextual HMI in an in-vehicle environment increasingly characterized by information overload,” comments VP and Practice Director Dominique Bonte.

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