Preh Develops ECUs and Control Systems for BMW

March 28, 2014 by  
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Preh developed two battery management electronic control units (ECUs) for the fully electric BMW i3 – the BMU (battery management unit) and the CSSU (cell supervising sensor unit). The units are produced at the auto supplier’s headquarters in Bad Neustadt, Germany. 

Preh also supplies control systems for the i3’s interior: the iDrive Touch Controller and the Driving Experience Control.

ABI Predicts Fast Growth for In-vehicle Wearables

February 7, 2014 by  
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According to ABI Research, in-vehicle wearable integration is the latest trend in automotive with announcements following each other in quick succession:

  • Harman’s ADAS Google Glass integration,
  • Hyundai’s Blue Link Glassware application,
  • Mercedes’ Pebble smart watch Digital DriveStyle application,
  • BMW’s i3 EV Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch integration,
  • Nissan’s Nismo concept smart watch displaying biometric and vehicle diagnostics and performance data, and
  • INRIX’s real-time traffic Google Glass demo app.

Logically following in the wake of in-vehicle smartphone integration, wearable form-factors will interface – directly or via phones – with more than 90% of vehicles shipping globally in 2019.

NXP Mantis CAN Transceivers Approved by Volkswagen for Chokeless Use

January 21, 2014 by  
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NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that Volkswagen has approved NXP Mantis™ CAN transceivers for use in Volkswagen vehicles without a common-mode choke, enabling significant system cost savings in applications.

With increasing functions being introduced into the car, the performance of a modern in-vehicle network becomes increasingly critical to the vehicle’s safe and reliable operation. Electromagnetic emission and immunity against electromagnetic interference are among the critical parameters that must be controlled.

Automotive manufacturers define strict specifications that all transceivers must adhere to before being approved for use in the vehicle. Traditionally, a common-mode choke has been required to reach the performance limits in the application, creating an additional cost of approximately 10-15 cents (USD) per module.

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Visual Processor Features Quad-Core CPU, 192-Core GPU

January 7, 2014 by  
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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.

Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Realtime Technology AG (RTT)

December 30, 2013 by  
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Dassault Systèmes announced the signing of an acquisition agreement for an 84% controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG (RTT), which provides 3D visualization software, marketing solutions and computer generated imagery services.

This acquisition of Munich-based RTT will include its software division, known for its DeltaGen, PictureBook, POS Configurator and other solutions, and its marketing consulting services. It will also include subsidiary Bunkspeed, with its line of rendering software. RTT’s customers include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ferrari, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, Nissan, PorscheToyota and Volkswagen.

At CES GENIVI Alliance Advises Automakers – Collaborate or Die

December 13, 2013 by  
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The critical importance of collaboration for automakers is the focus of “Collaborate or Die,” a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) panel session sponsored by the GENIVI Alliance.

The session begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (North Hall N258).

The panel moderator is Paul Hansen, founder and publisher of the Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics. Panel members scheduled to participate include:

  • Matt Jones, senior technical specialist, infotainment, Jaguar Land Rover; VP of the GENIVI Alliance
  • Charles Koch, manager, new business development, Honda
  • Graham Smethurst, general manager, infotainment and communications, BMW

Microchip Releases MOST150 Data Link Layer Specification

November 13, 2013 by  
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Microchip Technology Inc. has made its proprietary MOST150 Data Link Layer Specification available for license, on a royalty-bearing basis.

By making the key technologies available for the lower layers of MOST150, other semiconductor companies will have the opportunity to develop, manufacture and supply chips with a MOST150 interface.

The open MOST® standard for network communication is utilized in the infotainment and driver-assistance domain for automobiles and other applications that have been developed by and within the MOST Cooperation, a consortium of key automotive companies and suppliers. 

Nuance Adds Two New Services to Its Dragon Drive Platform

November 13, 2013 by  
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Nuance Communications, Inc. introduced a new generation of its Dragon Drive connected car platform, adding two new services to enable customizable content delivery for connected cars.

Dragon Drive, currently deployed with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, and others, is a part of Nuance’s Dragon portfolio, which allows people to engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars, wearables and computers by using their voice. 

In addition to Dragon Drive Speech, the Dragon Drive platform now includes Dragon Drive Connect, and Dragon Drive Link. The new services build on Nuance’s voice, natural language understanding (NLU), and personal assistant capabilities.

SiriusXM acquiring Agero Connected Vehicle Services division

August 19, 2013 by  
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SiriusXM Radio Inc. will acquire Agero, Inc.’s connected vehicle services division for $530 million in cash, leaving Agero to focus on its roadside assistance business.

Following the acquisition, SiriusXM will provide connected vehicle services to automotive manufacturers including Acura, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota – more manufacturers, it said, than any other telematics provider.  SiriusXM offers audio entertainment and data services available in more than 50 million vehicles. 

“The transaction accelerates SiriusXM’s development in architecture supporting connected vehicle services, as well as the ability to provide services over both satellite and cellular networks,” said SiriusXM chief executive officer Jim Meyer.

INFICON leak detection systems

August 13, 2013 by  
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Leak detectors developed by INFICON power many of the new leak detection systems available for automakers and their suppliers.

Many of the leading auto-industry providers of automated leak-detection systems now use INFICON’s recently introduced LDS3000 leak detectors, according to Thomas Parker, the company’s North American automotive sales manager.

Parker notes that automotive system integrators such as Cincinnati Test Systems, Future Technologies Inc. and Vacuum Technology Inc. have introduced new helium and hydrogen INFICON leak detectors on systems used for testing automotive parts including fuel tanks, air-conditioning components and airbags.

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