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Next-gen HiFi competition takes place in the car July 29, 2014 Next-gen HiFi competition takes place in the car Car radio? Old school. Infotainment? Better. Now the next generation of fine audio is preparing to start at Continental and Audi. Is the golden age for audiophile car lovers arriving? Read more BMW invoke fast battery chargers to spark EV sales July 28, 2014 BMW invoke fast battery chargers to spark EV sales BMW has launched the company's i DC Fast Chargers, which claim to be capable of charging the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, to help spark growth in the company's electric vehicle sales drive. Read more Li-ion battery simulator spurs traction battery development July 28, 2014 Li-ion battery simulator spurs traction battery development CD-adapco has completed a development project targeting the automotive and lithium ion battery industries to enable faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems. Read more Rigid-flex PCB meets tough motorbike requirements July 28, 2014 Rigid-flex PCB meets tough motorbike requirements A printed circuit board technology especially for sport motorcycles? Sounds weird, but this type of vehicle lays down particularly tough requirements to control electronics - extreme mechanical load changes, heat, vibration, humidity, to name just a few. Along with GCD-PCB Design GmbH, PCB manufacturer ... Read more Audi, BMW, Daimler drive open source measurement data management July 28, 2014 Audi, BMW, Daimler drive open source measurement data management To enable a correct interpretation and comparison of test data across the automotive industry, a number of carmakers and suppliers have joined and launched the openMDM (open Measurement Data Management) working group within the Eclipse Foundation. The group intends to promote open source tools for the ... Read more 100 yeas old: Traffic lights switch to smart mode July 25, 2014 100 yeas old: Traffic lights switch to smart mode These days, the electric traffic light is going to celebrate its 100th anniversary: On August 06, 1914, the municipal authorities in Cleveland (USA) put the first traffic light into operation. Though today's traffic lights are operating on much the same principle, the successor already appears at the ... Read more Motor pre-driver chip targets electric power steering July 24, 2014 Motor pre-driver chip targets electric power steering Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced a motor pre-driver IC for automotive applications such as electric power steering (EPS) systems where safety is of paramount importance. The TB9052FNG is suitable for use in systems adhering to ASIL-D, the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed ... Read more Electric drum brake suits small cars July 23, 2014 Electric drum brake suits small cars Today, electric park brakes are a privilege of upmarket vehicles; compacts and subcompacts have to content themselves with a mechanical park brake which is integrated into the rear axle drum brakes. Automotive supplier Continental brings the luxury of premium vehicles to the entry level. Read more Evaluation kits facilitate MOST infotainment designs July 23, 2014 Evaluation kits facilitate MOST infotainment designs With its MOST ToGo Reference Designs, Microchip intends to foster new designs utilizing the MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport) infotainment data bus. The kits will make it easy for designers to learn and implement the MOST technology in their automotive infotainment systems. Read more XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment July 22, 2014 XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment British fabless semiconductor maker XMOS Ltd, provider of multicore microcontrollers, has successfully completed a series D investment round with a total volume of $26 million. One of the investors is automotive supplier Robert Bosch through its venture capital subsidiary. The Germans were particularly ... Read more
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