Lean and Easy Ways to Adopt MOST® Technology

May 28, 2015  by  

By Harald Kohler, Senior Manager Business Development & Strategic Marketing
Automotive Information Systems
Microchip Technology Germany II GmbH & Co. KG

Microchip Puts the Synergistic Power of Evolution Right Into Your Hands

For OEMs and Tier1s that are looking into the possibilities of MOST technology for the first time, it is useful to have a good starting point. This paper helps to quickly learn about the basics of MOST technology, and for setting up first conceptual demos in the very early project phases.

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Top Three Design Considerations for Battery Management in Electric Vehicles

May 21, 2015  by  

By Gary MacDonald, Intersil Corporation

Designing battery management systems (BMS) for electric vehicles (EVs) is one of the more complex design challenges facing engineers, and the most important design consideration is BMS IC selection. This article examines the top three BMS design considerations, including a close look at battery pack architectures, inter-module communications or daisy chaining BMS modules, and the optimum PCB layout configuration.

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A Performance Evaluation Framework for MOST Ethernet Supported by Virtual Prototyping Technology

May 19, 2015  by  

Prof. Dr. Oliver Bringmann
Dipl.-Inform. Alexander Koch
Dipl.-Inform. Sebastian Reiter
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rosenstiel
Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Viehl


MOST offers numerous dedicated communication channels for the transmission of multimedia content in various formats and data rates. In addition to these dedicated channels, there is the Asynchronous Channel, over which MOST Ethernet offers a service referring to Ethernet, the well-known standard in computer networking. This service allows for a TCP/IP or UDP/IP architecture on top, which brings a vast range of applications into the automotive domain. The usage of these applications not only requires a suitable protocol architecture, but further requirements concerning bandwidth or communication latency have to be fulfilled.

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Top Technology Trends Driving the Internet of Vehicles

May 7, 2015  by  

By Michael Hurston, Broadcom Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales


Within the vast realm of the IoT, the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is one of the fastest growing segments. It promises to transform the vehicle we know today with incredible new features such as seamless connectivity with mobile devices, advanced driver safety features and in-vehicle infotainment. The impact of this seismic shift in automotive design promises to be tremendous, literally changing the way cars are designed and ultimately, how consumers interface with their cars. Let’s take a closer look at the advanced technologies driving the IoV forward.

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Renault Uses Maple to Develop New Motor for Full Electric Vehicle

April 28, 2015  by  


In order to successfully enter the growing electric vehicle market, Renault wanted to create a new motor design. In the earlier phases, they turned to Maple and started quickly with first-order approximations of the rotor. One particular issue of growing complexity that was solved with Maple was that of the slot wedge, which holds the rotor wire in place to ensure reliability over both maximum loads and long-term operation

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Driving the Automotive Industry towards All LED Vehicles

April 24, 2015  by  

By Jan Polfliet, ON Semiconductor


In this article an overview will be given of how LEDs are now replacing conventional lighting throughout automotive system designs, not merely in a piecemeal manner. It will also describe how innovative analog/digital devices are starting to present engineers with more effective means by which to drive and control the LED strings and modules deployed in these systems.

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ECU Consolidation; Learning from Other Industries

April 22, 2015  by  

By Georg Doll, General Manager of Automotive Solutions at Wind River, an Intel company


The number of ECUs you’ll find in even the most standard of car models is staggering. The complexity of new functions such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and hill start assist further complicate the software development and testing process. There is also an increasing appreciation and adoption of safety standards for the functional aspects of software used for some of these functions. Testing and debugging more complex ECU environments will bring certification challenges.

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Converter or Controller: 11 Decision Points You Don’t Want to Miss!

April 16, 2015  by  

By Ashish Khandelwal, Analog Design Lead and
Ankur Verma, Applications Engineer
Automotive Solutions, Texas Instruments


Ironically, more choices are not always good as this can lead to a wavering state. Similarly, selecting between a controller and converter is tough, especially when there are so many choices with which to design your application. However, just like any decision, the selection can be made easier if given a framework upon which to base this choice. Before going into depth with a step-by-step framework, first we need to understand what a converter or a controller means in the world of power electronics.

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Real-Time Battery Modeling in HiL testing of Battery Management Systems

April 3, 2015  by  

By Paul Goossens, Vice President, Engineering Solutions, Maplesoft


For testing ESS Battery Management Systems (BMS), the use of “virtual” batteries is proving to be an effective alternative to the use of real batteries. They allow the engineer to avoid the risks of damage to the batteries – and subsequent costs – while testing and optimizing the BMS design in a close-to-reality loading environment. Maplesoft, a developer of battery modeling technology, recently partnered with ControlWorks, Inc. of South Korea to develop a turn-key BMS system. The end result was a battery model capable of being configured to represent a stack of up to 144 cells that can be connected in any combination of parallel and series networks.

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Developing software for Autonomous Vehicle Applications; a Look Into the Software Development Process

March 31, 2015  by  

By Andreas Lindenthal and Franz Walkembach, Wind River


The concept of autonomous vehicles or unmanned drones has generated considerable public interest in recent times. While the idea appears technically plausible, in order to make this a reality, development teams face a tough task. This article will discuss the standards developers need to be aware of and the steps they need to take to ensure safety of autonomous and other automotive applications.

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