dSPACE has introduced MicroLabBox, a compact control system development platform for laboratory use that offers high computing power and comprehensive functionalities.
MicroLabBox is intended to make creating, optimizing and testing controllers, and implementing data acquisition applications easy and cost-efficient for both industry and academia.
With its powerful combination of a Simulink-programmable real-time processor and the latest high-performance Kintex FPGA (field-programmable gate array), MicroLabBox provides the versatility required for research and development. It is specifically designed with an optimal form factor to not take up any more desk space than a conventional laptop computer.
Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the availability of Automotive Ethernet support in the Volcano™ VSA™ product for network design of both AUTOSAR-based and non-AUTOSAR electronic control units (ECUs).
Increasingly, in areas in which high bandwidth and reliable performance are essential, Ethernet is being used. These include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle network backbones, audio video bridging (AVB) systems, and diagnostic communication over Internet Protocol (DoIP).
The Mentor® Volcano VSA tool addresses the network-wide timing analysis challenges where a mixture of CAN, FlexRay, and Ethernet-based network busses co-exist. The AUTOSAR standard supports timing definition for all elements in a mixed-topology network. The Volcano VSA tool addresses the challenge of accounting for the many different timing paths.
At the SAE Convergence Conference & Exhibition, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.
The new hardware and software will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.
The comprehensive new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment.
Elektrobit (EB) announced EB tresos Safety Operating System (OS) Multi-Core for automotive electronic control units (ECU).
According to the company, it is the first safety operating system in the automotive industry that enables carmakers and suppliers to create AUTOSAR-based multi-core control units conforming to the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D) according to ISO 26262.
Low battery warnings are never welcome but seem ever present with the increasing reliance on portable electronics in our personal and professional lives.
Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology enables a ready to use reference design solution that could free us from the dreaded low battery warning.
ABI Says Sensors, Semiconductors, Autonomous Driving, and Regulation Are Spurring the ADAS Revolution
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are essentially driven by a sensor fusion revolution combining radar (forward looking obstacle detection), camera (pedestrian detection, lane keeping, driver monitoring), infra-red (night vision), ultrasonic (automated parking), and LiDAR sensors.
While radar will remain a key technology, boosted by the 79 GHz spectrum band expected to become available globally, camera sensors and machine vision technology hold the promise of propelling ADAS into the mainstream because of its lower cost, flexibility, and multi-purpose character.
Bosch of Germany was the No. 1 supplier in the world last year of automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors, a market in which shipments continue to expand strongly but where revenue was being squeezed by marked price erosion, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
With revenue of $740 million, Bosch’s total amounted to more than three times the sales of its nearest competitor, Denso of Japan, which remained in second place, as in 2012. Together the Top 10 accounted for $2.18 billion worth of revenue, as shown in the attached figure, equivalent to 88 percent of the industry total of $2.47 billion. In 2012, the top 10 also had an 88 percent share in light of combined revenue of $2.12 billion, out of an industry aggregate of $2.40 billion.
LDRA announced its ability to provide cost-effective verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards.
The company also said it has improved the ability of its LDRA tool suite to meet the increasing number of highly constrained, minimal-footprint architectures used in today’s safety-critical and security-critical applications.
The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving developers of safety-critical applications toward multicore systems. Verification of such systems for rigorous safety-critical certifications such as DO-178C poses specific challenges. When multiple processes run on different cores, collecting structural coverage data and creating and executing tests efficiently can be hampered by concurrency, reliability, and robustness roadblocks.
CogniVue Corporation announced the first in a series of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) vision based demonstration applications – Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – for its second generation of APEX™ Image Cognition Processor cores (G2 APEX ICP).
CogniVue said its APEX ICP core technology provides a better than 100x processing advantage versus conventional processing architectures for embedded vision applications.
CogniVue has had early success in automotive, starting with the introduction of a range of ADAS application demonstrations (LDW, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection) on APEX core on Freescale® Semiconductor’s SCP220x image cognition processors along with the a smart backup camera application (RearVue) with patent pending object detection and distance estimation.
This article describes the concept of virtual hardware “in-the-loop” (vHIL). The goal of vHIL is to frontload the testing process by enabling software teams to create and run their software tests before the actual ECU hardware is available. Higher quality tests, higher quality software and a more streamlined “in-the-loop” flow is the intended outcome of this solution.
Besides describing how vHIL fits in the general Model-In-the-Loop (MIL) – Software-In-the-Loop (SIL) – Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) process, this article describes in some detail how a virtual prototype model created with Synopsys Virtualizer can be integrated with a MathWorks Simulink plant model. This integration is fundamental for enabling a vHIL solution.