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DC/DC converter enables broad range of topologies April 16, 2014 DC/DC converter enables broad range of topologies Linear Technology's LT8471 facilitate step-down, step-up, and inverting conversions by providing two internal 2A, 50V switches and an additional 500mA switch. This broad range of topologies and output configurations makes it ideal for a wide range of industrial and automotive applications. Read more Debugging tool supports safety-oriented Linux version April 16, 2014 Debugging tool supports safety-oriented Linux version The Trace32 debugging tool from vendor Lauterbach GmbH is now available for ElinOS, an embedded Linux product from Sysgo. ElinOS runs under Sysgo's safety and security optimized operating System PikeOS as a 'personality'. Read more Porsche connects infotainment to cloud with HTML5 April 15, 2014 Porsche connects infotainment to cloud with HTML5 For some time, HTML5 is regarded as a kind of Swiss Army knife for automotive infotainment developers. Car manufacturer Porsche utilises HTML5 in its super sports vehicle 918 Spyder as the technology platform for its infotainment system. Read more BMW Laserlights to hit streets in autumn 2014 April 11, 2014 BMW Laserlights to hit streets in autumn 2014 BMW has confirmed that BMW Laserlights will receive a world premiere in autumn 2014 and the efficient light source will be hitting our roads in a production car for the first time to provide the high beam in the BMW i8 headlight. Read more Battery sensor integrates MCU, CAN and analogue front-end April 11, 2014 Battery sensor integrates MCU, CAN and analogue front-end Freescale has an AEC-Q100 (automotive) qualified intelligent battery sensor that combines three measurement channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, and a CAN protocol module in a single package. Read more University of Parma refines autonomous driving April 11, 2014 University of Parma refines autonomous driving With a new vehicle, the University of Parma (Italy) intends to bring autonomous driving closer to perfection. The development is focusing on real-time processing of camera and laser sensor data. Read more Automotive-qualified motor controller combines small size and high current April 10, 2014 Automotive-qualified motor controller combines small size and high current In automobiles, an increasing number of mechanical auxiliary functions are implemented by means of an electric motor instead of a mechanical-driven device - examples are coolant pumps, radiator fan and many more. Microchip has developed an automotive-qualified motor driver IC that combines cost-effectiveness ... Read more Land Rover makes front part of vehicle 'invisible' April 10, 2014 Land Rover makes front part of vehicle 'invisible' In a combination of augmented reality and driver assistance system, carmaker Land Rover makes the front part of the vehicle transparent. What on first glance appears a bit weird is actually a helpful feature in multiple driving situations. Read more Freescale takes instrument cluster graphics to a new level April 09, 2014 Freescale takes instrument cluster graphics to a new level Graphical instrument clusters and head-up displays so far are a feature of premium vehicles - the complexity of such solutions and the cost for the host of components required drove the price to a prohibitive level for more cost-effective cars. Freescale has developed an MCU family that possibly could ... Read more Electric powertrain does away with rare earth metals April 08, 2014 Electric powertrain does away with rare earth metals A research consortium of Infineon, Siemens, transmission company ZF Friedrichshafen and the Dresden Technical University has developed a motor for electric vehicles that has the potential to boost electric mobility: Though it does not contain any expensive rare earth metals, it is 15% lighter and significantly ... Read more
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