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Vector Software, the leading provider of dynamic software testing solutions for embedded systems, announced today that it will provide Visteon Electronics, a business unit of leading global automotive supplier Visteon Corporation, with the VectorCAST testing platform as a component of its software development strategy. More >>
Dassault Systèmes has launched its Target Zero Defect concept for helping car makers develop vehicles right the first time. The digital continuity and collaborative environment aims to help transportation and mobility OEMs and suppliers create zero defect processes from concept to final assembly. The concept provides a global approach to capturing and leveraging existing corporate knowledge, connecting design, engineering and manufacturing disciplines across a company’s entire ecosystem of partners and suppliers into a dynamic, collaborative product creation environment. More >>
Smart vehicles are set to become the new frontier for apps developers over the next five years, according to a report from Juniper Research, which forecasts that the market for in-vehicle apps will be worth just short of US$1.2bn by 2017. Advancements in automotive connectivity standards such as Mirrorlink and higher smartphone ownership will create foundations allowing the connected car ecosystem to flourish, particularly in developed North American and western Europe markets, finds the report. More >>
Jaguar Land Rover is to lead a five-year research programme with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and four leading UK universities. The research projects aim to give the UK the chance to take a global lead in virtual simulation technology. The £10m collaboration is the first phase of a 20 year strategic project that could put the UK at the leading edge of virtual simulation globally. More >>
A way to reduce hotspots in tablets and smartphones could provide a boost for makers of automotive infotainment systems. AMS (formerly Austria Microsystems) has developed a power management IC that works with Nvidia Tegra processors and can allow them to run at full power without the heat problems that this normally brings. However, the same processor is used by a number of German car makers in infotainment systems and the PMIC could also bring similar benefits. More >>
Analog Devices and Audi have announced a strategic collaboartion within the car maker’s PSCP progressive semiconductor programme. PSCP increases engagement between Audi and selected semiconductor suppliers to enhance the value they bring to the functionality and reliability of future cars. ADI will provide Audi with technologies to support its goal of manufacturing innovative and appealing vehicles. These technologies aim to enable optimised system partitioning, from sensing to signal conditioning, via digitisation and signal processing in powertrain, safety and infotainment systems. More >>
Hyundai has expanded its testing capabilities with a noise vibration harshness (NVH) simulator for benchmarking its new vehicles. Supplied by Brüel & Kjær, the desktop NVH simulator reproduces the noise and vibration of a vehicle in an interactive driving environment. Virtual, in-car testing allows automotive designers to experience first-hand the noise and vibration environment within vehicles before they’ve been fully built. More >>
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EMBC) has set up an expanded working group project with Volkswagen to establish an energy-efficiency benchmark for microcontrollers aimed at making automotive end products more energy aware and more robust. More >>
Chinese car makers are using Freescale’s integrated MCU concept to help address explosive growth in their home automotive market. Car sales in China are booming, with a 13% year-over-year gain for April 2013, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. At the same time, the amount of electronic content per vehicle continues to increase. More >>
Intel subsidiary Wind River has introduced an accelerator for Linux that allows consumers to connect their IOs devices to Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The accelerator lets the car’s IVI unit act like an accessory to view and play content from an IOs device docked into the vehicle. After connecting to a consumer’s device via the software, the IVI unit can play multimedia content such as music and videos, and the car steering wheel can be used as a remote control. More >>
A remote control feature has been added to the Most specifications. Announced at the recent Most Forum in Stuttgart, the feature allows the reduction of the number of microcontrollers and amount of memory in small and mid-size systems by making them obsolete in peripheral nodes such as displays and cameras, but also amplifiers and the like. More >>
Volvo Trucks has developed Work Remote, a wireless remote control device that streamlines the load handling process. The gains are lower costs for haulage firms and a better working environment for drivers. More >>
Harwin, manufacturer of hi-rel interconnect and PCB hardware products, is co-sponsoring Indycar driver Tony Kanaan in the 2013 Izod Indycar Series with Mouser Electronics. More >>
Hirschmann Car Communication has developed a film antenna system for the US based commercial vehicle giant, Freightliner. Integrated in the body of the tractor unit and requiring no external components, the system achieves transmission and reception quality for CB radio, and reception of AM, FM and weather information radio channels. More >>
The LDRA tool suite has been integrated with the Lauterbach Trace 32 debugger and simulator. Lauterbach’s hardware-assisted debug tools ease the interface to the embedded device, enabling developers to download and test an application on the target. More >>
Jeff Gruetter explains why automotive forward lighting applications demand high-performance LED drivers More >>
Andy Birnie explains how the latest multi-core MCUs can help reduce overall power consumption in vehicles More >>
Marc Klaassen, Arie Koppelaar and Paul Alexander discuss how to make car-to-car connectivity scalable More >>
Reducing fleet costs while enhancing productivity, GPS-based fleet management products from Advantech-DLog transmit real-time data on the vehicle, load or shipment, securely and in an easy-to-understand format. The latest in-vehicle PCs in the Trek series are the Trek-722/723, Trek-668 and PWS-770. More >>
The SC27 single-board computer was designed by MEN Mikro for demanding display applications with little space. It controls panel PCs with screen sizes starting from 17.8cm. With its rugged, maintenance-free and fanless design, it suits critical industrial controls as well as in driver desks and infotainment systems in trains and buses or in HMIs in the automotive sector. More >>
Connectors with a pure press-fit zone rather than combined with a flexible zone have been added to Erni Electronics’ Bluecontact Power Elements range. They are aimed at the driver’s cab, exterior and the motor periphery of buses, construction equipment, trucks, tractors and towing vehicles. More >>