MagnaChip Is Supplying a Liquid Crystal Module Maker with Automotive-Qualified Display Driver ICs

March 6, 2015  by  

magnachip logoMagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, is supplying a major Japanese liquid crystal module (LCM) maker with display panel driver ICs for use in automotive applications.

MagnaChip develops optimized display panel driver ICs in an effort to stay ahead of the ever advancing automotive display technologies for Center Spec Display (CSD) and Center Information Display (CID) as As a result of its technology leadership and product competitiveness, MagnaChip was chosen by the Japanese LCM maker to supply its newly developed display panel driver ICs for CID and instrument cluster applications.

NXP and Freescale Announce $40 Billion Merger

March 5, 2015  by  

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) have agreed that NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. NXP Chief Executive Officer Richard Clemmer will be President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.

The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing.

AT&T and Airbiquity Sign Connected Car Agreement

March 3, 2015  by  

Airbiquity NEW LogoAirbiquity announced a multi-year agreement with AT&T under which AT&T will use Airbiquity’s Choreo™ cloud-based services delivery platform to enable end user registration and device management for selected aftermarket connected car programs.

AT&T currently provides automotive manufacturers with mobile vehicle Internet access and a global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) platform to leverage a single wireless carrier relationship for multiple connected devices and programs.

Airbiquity technology has enabled connected car connectivity and service delivery for 30 million vehicles around the world from leading automotive brands. Choreo provides the latest cloud-based vehicle connectivity technology, program deployment, and management capability in more than 50 countries and more than 30 languages, and supports over 5 million vehicles and hundreds of millions of transactions per month.

Challenges for Connected Cars

February 28, 2015  by  

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Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

The complexity of connected vehicle technology is growing fast – but automated integration, validation and testing technology is not keeping pace

By Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

Car buyers tend to pay less attention to engines or transmissions as long as the technology works. But, inside the car, the role that the driver’s perception plays is quite different.

Different Electric Vehicles Pioneer Best Technology First

February 28, 2015  by  

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By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles analysed in the IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025″ (

For example, electric cars will have at least six types of energy harvesting variously converting ultra violet, infrared, visible light, vibration, vertical, lateral and forward movement into electricity but also heat differences.

All-New VW Touran Has MirrorLink

February 26, 2015  by  

Smartphone Connectivity Technology Makes it Easier to Bring Apps to the Dash

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new Volkswagen Touran is MirrorLink® enabled. MirrorLink brings smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. The Touran will be available in Europe in Q2 2015.

2016-Volkswagen-Touran-R-Line-PLACEMENT-626x382Volkswagen also announced that MirrorLink is now available in the Sharan. Other MirrorLink-enabled Volkswagen models include the Passat, Beetle and Polo.

Valeo and peiker to Cooperate on Automotive Geolocation and Mobile Connectivity Solutions

February 24, 2015  by  

Valeo logoValeo announced the signing of a technological cooperation agreement with peiker, a leading supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions. The agreement will enable Valeo to broaden its range of automotive geolocation and mobile connectivity solutions.

Valeo’s global presence and know-how in on-board electronics, allied with peiker’s technological expertise, will allow both partners to offer automakers new telematic systems adapted to the needs of this high-growth market.

peiker logoThe partners’ shared objective is to benefit mutually from their respective capabilities, particularly in R&D, to create innovative products compatible with forthcoming LTE Advanced mobile (4G+) broadband services and beyond.

Driving the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

February 20, 2015  by  

IMG_0001Time does indeed march on. One of the first things I noticed when I slipped behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited was the lack of a CD player. Not surprisingly, they are on the way out; however, the car does have USB and AUX ports, and should be able to accommodate a portable player if all that’s accessible via Bluetooth isn’t enough.

In fact, pairing a phone with the Chrysler’s UConnect multimedia system was reasonably fast and easy, as was playing music from the phone. Other infotainment choices immediately available were AM/FM radio, and SiriusXM. The car comes with a one-year SiriusXM subscription.

Audi R8 Will Offer Optional Laser Headlights

February 16, 2015  by  

audi r8-laser-high-beam-headlightsLaser high-beam offers high light intensity and excellent range

Audi said its new R8 will use LED headlights that can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option. Laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range of LED high‑beam headlights.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes. This module bundles the four intense blue‑light laser beams. A phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature. Standard equipment in the new R8 includes an LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.

Volkswagen to Invest $10M in EV Charging Infrastructure

February 10, 2015  by  

Calls for Federal Financing Support

Volkswagen plans to commit $10 million to support an electric vehicle infrastructure. Jörg Sommer, vice president, product marketing and strategy, Volkswagen of America, announced the investment plan during the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf.

2015_e-golf_4193Sommer said Volkswagen believes continued legislative support is needed to reach the next level of electric vehicle adoption.

“Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers,” said Sommer. “In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see Federal financing support for establishing fast charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors.

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