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Security flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive detected January 30, 2015 Security flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive detected The German automobile association ADAC has revealed a serious security vulnerability in BMW's connected car technology. Affected are some 2.2 million vehicles of the BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce brands worldwide. BMW reacted quickly - the flaw has already been fixed, the company said in a press release. ... Read more Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI January 30, 2015 Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI The large number of electronics in an automobile must have reasonably low electromagnetic interference (EMI) in order to avoid disturbing the radio reception, GPS navigation tools and other forms of communication and broadcast. Switch mode regulators are commonly used in this environment and they have ... Read more Privately-owned car not on the red list, study says January 29, 2015 Privately-owned car not on the red list, study says New usage models like carhsaring do not endanger the automotive industry's prevailing business. A representative survey from automotive tier one Continental shows that the vast majority of the population prefers owning a car over all other usage models. The poll, conducted in Europe, the US and China, ... Read more Cell-balancing IC facilitates energy recuperation application design January 29, 2015 Cell-balancing IC facilitates energy recuperation application design The BD14000EFV-C from ROHM Semiconductor is a cell-balancing chip that helps reducing the size of electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) in energy regeneration applications in hybrid electric vehicles and industrial equipment. The device also improves stability of such circuits as well as the operating ... Read more Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors January 28, 2015 Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors Researchers of the Jülich research centre are developing a new type of fuel cells. Running on diesel fuel, it will be robust enough to serve as auxiliary power supply in large trucks. The research also represents a new type of collaboration between German and Austrian entities. Read more Automotive circuit protection; high temperature, low leakage varistors January 28, 2015 Automotive circuit protection; high temperature, low leakage varistors Qualified to AEC-Q200, AVX’ high temperature, low leakage CANATL series automotive controlled area network varistors exhibit extremely low leakage (≤1 µA at 32 VDC, 25°C) and are tested, qualified, and specified at 150°C, suiting them for use in high temperature engine-compartment automotive applications, ... Read more Test stand puts level sensors through their paces January 28, 2015 Test stand puts level sensors through their paces Metrology system supplier MCD Elektronik GmbH has developed a tests stand for level sensors. The system, designed to scrutinise contactless angle sensors used in the automotive business for things like headlamp levelling control or determining the accelerator pedal position. The test stand was a customer-specific ... Read more Connected Car: Dramatic growth ahead January 27, 2015 Connected Car: Dramatic growth ahead Already in a few years, the number of connected cars out on the roads will reach a quarter billion. Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth - and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors. Read more Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects January 27, 2015 Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has launched the first–ever surface mount thermopile array sensor. Grid-EYE features 64 thermopile elements in an 8x8 grid format that detect absolute temperatures by infrared radiation. Read more 45W/channel audio PA for in-car systems with ‘light’ hybrid electrics January 27, 2015 45W/channel audio PA for in-car systems with ‘light’ hybrid electrics The 4-channel power amp IC, TCB001HQ, has been designed to offer enhanced noise tolerance and to limit the effect of interference generated by in-car mobile phone use. Read more
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