Laird Opens a New Telematics Design and Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

October 17, 2014 by  
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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.

Pioneer Licenses Abalta WEBLINK® for In-Vehicle Multimedia

October 7, 2014 by  
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Pioneer logoPioneer will license Abalta Technologies’ WEBLINK® for inclusion with Pioneer’s in-vehicle multimedia product line. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.

With WEBLINK®, Pioneer car electronics customers can connect their smartphone via USB for easier set up and eliminate the need to purchase additional cables. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.

Michael O’Shea, President and CEO of Abalta Technologies, said, “Pioneer is the global leader in the automotive aftermarket industry and their decision to use WEBLINK® strongly validates our technology.”

Parrot Introduces an Automotive Media Center

September 29, 2014 by  
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Modern Media & TV Sharing for in-Car Entertainment

Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.

The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.

Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.

2015 Subaru Impreza® Offers EyeSight® Driver Assist

September 25, 2014 by  
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- Rear Vision Camera standard
- New infotainment systems/features

Subaru of America introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.

u-blox Launches Wi-Fi/Bluetooth “Internet of Things” module

September 2, 2014 by  
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u-blox announced the ODIN-W160, a rugged multi-radio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

“u-blox’ compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement,” says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. “With this module, u blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications.”

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth “Smart Ready”).

Toshiba Discloses Semiconductor Products Strategies

August 29, 2014 by  
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Toshiba recently disclosed its future plans for image sensors and mixed signal integrated circuits in automotive applications.

Image Sensors

Toshiba will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to sales expansion with Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.

The current image sensor market is mainly for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of approximately 800 billion yen. Future growth is expected on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.

J.D. Power Reports: Voice Recognition Is the Number One Problem With New Vehicles

August 28, 2014 by  
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Automakers Face Deepening Challenges with Technology as Customer Angst Builds

In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

Variscite Enhances VAR-SOM-AM33 with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

July 28, 2014 by  
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Variscite launched the enhanced VAR-SOM-AM33_V2 System-on-Module (SOM), upgrading it to support the latest and most advanced WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module from Texas Instruments.

Based on Texas Instrument’s 1 GHz Sitara™AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, the VAR-SOM-AM3_V2 targets automotive applications in addition to those in other industries. Connectivity features in the new version are based on TI’s FCC/CE certified dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE that can achieve effective bit rates of 100 Mbps, together with extended wireless range.

TI’s WiLink 8Q Connectivity Family Now In Production

June 4, 2014 by  
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At Telematics Detroit, Texas Instruments (TI) announced the mass production of the WiLink™ 8Q family, which the firm describes as the world’s most advanced automotive-grade wireless connectivity devices.

The “all in one,” AEC-Q100-qualified chip offers integrated Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy and GPS/GNSS technologies – a complete wireless connectivity experience for automotive infotainment systems. 

Texas Instruments “Jacinto 6 Eco” for IVI and Telematics in Entry- to Mid-Level Cars

June 4, 2014 by  
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At Telematics Detroit Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the DRA72x “Jacinto 6 Eco,” the newest system-on-chip (SoC) in the Jacinto family. The company said the SoC brings feature-rich, yet cost-effective in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telematics features to the next generation of entry- to mid-level cars. Those features include high-integrity audio, simultaneous multimedia streaming, and device connectivity.

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