ams AG (SIX: AMS) released the AS3911 NFC development kit and interface software stack, which provide a blueprint for an NFC (Near Field Communication) implementation in any microcontroller-based system.
NFC has proven its popularity with consumers in applications such as contactless payments, and many OEMs are looking to add value to electronics products by providing a simple, secure, wireless NFC interface between a microcontroller and the outside world.
OEM rear-seat entertainment shipments have only reached an estimated 2.9 million in 2014. Furthermore, aftermarket devices have not fared too well either; shipments in 2014 are estimated to be 3.5 million globally. However, there is hope that this stagnant market will prosper once more in the form of bring your own device (BYOD) i.e. tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and other portable media players. Consumers have moved on from DVD and Blu-ray players and therefore so too must rear-seat entertainment.
Expanded Automotive Electronics Design Portfolio Has Potential to Reduce Time to Start of Production (SOP)
Mentor Graphics Corporation has acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), a technology leader in the creation of automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms.
XSe has over ten years of direct experience in the automotive electronics design industry across twenty automotive programs that combine hardware and software expertise. It brings a pioneering approach to accelerate system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP).
The Connected Car Begins to Take Shape
The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) — a coalition of tech companies and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars — welcomed new members:
-- Alpine -- JVCKENWOOD -- Renault
-- Bentley -- LG -- Renesas
-- Clarion -- Maserati -- SEAT
-- CloudCar -- Mazda -- Skoda
-- Delphi -- Mitsubishi -- Subaru
-- FIAT Chrysler -- Nissan -- Suzuki
-- Freescale -- Panasonic -- Symphony Teleca
-- FUJITSU TEN -- Parrot -- Volkswagen
-- HARMAN -- Pioneer -- Volvo
The new members join OAA founding members Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai, and NVIDIA. The goal of the Alliance is to bring all of the benefits users have grown to love about Android into their cars, creating a safer and more convenient way to check the traffic, map out a route, or pick a playlist.
Additional updates to Platform for Infotainment include availability on new reference hardware and work with ecosystem collaborators to further grow capabilities such as enhanced data connectivity.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the latest version of its Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment (IDE) – version 6.
Based on the latest version of the popular, industry-standard, open-source Eclipse software framework, Code Composer Studio v6 provides numerous updates, features and integrated tools to ease the software development experience.
NVIDIA said its new Tegra® K1 mobile processor features a quad-core CPU and a 192-core GPU, uses the energy-efficient NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture, and runs automotive applications that had previously not been possible with such low power consumption.
Parallel Computing Platform
The Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to support CUDA®, the parallel computing platform at the heart of modern computer vision. In its automotive-grade form, the chip is hardened to withstand a wider range of temperatures and withstand harsher operating conditions.
Wind River® announced that Clarion Malaysia is using Wind River Android software and expertise in their new Clarion AX1 automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) device.
Clarion Malaysia is a leading manufacturer of high-performance in-car entertainment systems. Wind River provided Clarion with a customized Android software platform and software integration services to develop a high-quality IVI device that delivers greater connectivity and multimedia capabilities.
In addition to more traditional IVI features such as AM/FM radio, GPS navigation and Bluetooth streaming, the Android-based Clarion AX1 includes:
- Wi-Fi connectivity and portable hotspot/tethering capabilities for Internet connectivity on-the-go.
XAV-602BT features smartphone connectivity and optional XA-NV300T GPS module With TomTom® navigation
Sony (www.sony.com/car) introduced the XAV-602BT smartphone-connected in-dash AV receiver, which it said makes it easier and more convenient to experience music, navigation and smartphone applications while in the car.
Sony also announced the optional XA-NV300T navigation module with access to TomTom®’s user interface and mapping technologies.
The XAV-602BT AV receiver features Sony-exclusive App Remote™ technology for Android™ and iOS® devices, unifying entertainment and control functions for a simplified driving experience. The App Remote feature combines music and select smartphone apps into a single source list that can be safely displayed and controlled directly from the receiver. App content is displayed on the smartphone while audio content plays through the speakers.
With the ongoing popularity of iOS devices, consumers increasingly desire a familiar consumer electronics experience wherever they go, including in the car.
PATEO is using Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Android to add iPod® connectivity capabilities to their Android-based IVI systems to access multimedia content from iOS devices.
A pioneer within the Chinese automotive industry, PATEO provides a variety of automotive technologies and solutions such as intelligent and connected car terminals and R&D platforms, and is a member of GENIVI® and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC).