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Tools out of the 3D printer conquer car production August 22, 2014 Tools out of the 3D printer conquer car production A Virtual Engineering team at German carmaker Opel is exploring the potential of 3D printing in vehicle series production. The team has already developed 40 tools that are used in the manufacturing process of Opel's "Adam Rocks" car model. Read more Schaeffler to boost electromobility by Formula E commitment August 21, 2014 Schaeffler to boost electromobility by Formula E commitment Mechatronics technology company Schaeffler AG highlights its ambition to be conceived in the automotive markets of the future: The company announced a technology sponsorship for the ABT Sportsline racing team in the recently-launched FIA Formula E, the racing formula for electric vehicles. Read more Volvo opens proving ground for next-gen car technology August 21, 2014 Volvo opens proving ground for next-gen car technology Future vehicles won't roll along alone but will collaborate electronically with other cars. To test next-generation vehicle and traffic technology, Volvo has launched its AstaZero proving ground near Gothenburg in Sweden. Read more Infineon closes technology gap through International Rectifier takeover August 20, 2014 Infineon closes technology gap through International Rectifier takeover Infineon has announced to swallow International Rectifier for the amount of $3 billion. With the move, the Munich-based chipmaker intends to close its technology gap in the promising GaN segment. In addition, Infineon hopes to better utilize its 300mm wafer fab in Dresden to capacity. Read more Voltage regulators connect directly to car battery August 20, 2014 Voltage regulators connect directly to car battery With the introduction of 17 new AEC-Q100-qualified high-voltage LDOs, Texas Instruments further broadens its portfolio of low drop-out regulators. Designed for applications that connect directly to a car or truck battery, the new LDOs feature 60V input and ultra-low quiescent current. Target applications ... Read more Elektrobit opens another automotive software R&D facility in Finland August 20, 2014 Elektrobit opens another automotive software R&D facility in Finland With the launch of a new software development laboratory in Oulu, Finnish electronics company Elektrobit responds to the rising demand for automotive software. The branch unit offers jobs for some 40 software engineers with focus on automotive embedded software, the company said. Read more Pre-driver chip targets automotive high-current motor applications August 19, 2014 Pre-driver chip targets automotive high-current motor applications The MLX83100 from Melexis is an N-FET pre-driver IC with low pin-count package (28 pins) and four digital inputs that provides a space-saving solution for high-current DC motors in automotive enviroments. Read more More powerful simulations through multiprocessor support August 19, 2014 More powerful simulations through multiprocessor support Design and development of complex embedded systems require very compute-intensive simulations. This particularly holds true for safety-relevant vehicle-based systems because the simulation has to include functional verifications with very high exactness. For this kind of simulations, development tool ... Read more Wireless router has railway certification August 18, 2014 Wireless router has railway certification Designed for deployment in railroad passenger trains, the NetModule wireless router NB3700 offers five robust railroad M12 interfaces. Its GSM VoIP gateway function enables users to implement voice connections in two operating modes - either packet-oriented via LTE or as closed-circuit voice connection ... Read more Continental goes Silicon Valley, grabs Google guru August 18, 2014 Continental goes Silicon Valley, grabs Google guru In the search for the individual mobility of the future, automotive supplier Continental AG has planted an offshoot in the Silicon Valley. The company's new Intelligent Transportation Systems business unit will be headed by Seval Oz - the expert for vehicle networking was instrumental in Google's Self ... Read more
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