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Hardware-in-the-loop simulation simplifies hybrid vehicle testing December 12, 2014 Hardware-in-the-loop simulation simplifies hybrid vehicle testing National Instruments hardware and software have been employed by Subaru for advance hybrid vehicle testing. In a hybrid vehicle, the motor ECU plays an even more complicated role as it manages the interaction between the conventional engine and the electric motor, along with its power systems. Read more Software-Defined Car, IoT and Virtual Car Keys: The top ten stories in 2014 December 12, 2014 Software-Defined Car, IoT and Virtual Car Keys: The top ten stories in 2014 No doubt, 2014 once again was a very exciting year for developers in the widening field of automotive electronics. Widening because software and applications development are increasingly taking place in the automotive value chain, and more and more aspects have to be taken into consideration: Real-time ... Read more BMW develops data goggles for drivers December 12, 2014 BMW develops data goggles for drivers Jet fighter pilots use it - why should not car drivers do the same? According to a report from magazine auto motor sport, BMW is developing data goggles that connect to the vehicle's infotainment system. Read more Electronic horizon takes centre stage at Continental's CES exhibit December 11, 2014 Electronic horizon takes centre stage at Continental's CES exhibit At the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, automotive supplier Continental will highlight what it calls the next step of evolution of its eHorizon platform. At the show, Continental will highlight the prediction capability of the platform, enabling it to act as the information hub ... Read more Pressure sensors withstand harshest environmental conditions December 11, 2014 Pressure sensors withstand harshest environmental conditions Measuring oil or hydaulics pressure in environments like a transmission or an internal combustion engine demands high thermal resilience and robustness. For exactly this kind of applications chipmaker Melexis has developed two pressure sensors. Besides the required thermal resilience they feature high ... Read more Time is ripe for structural electronics, says IDTechEx December 11, 2014 Time is ripe for structural electronics, says IDTechEx With 3D printing hot in the news, and conformable, flexible or even printed electronics fitting any shape, it is only a matter of time before electronic circuits can be laid-out as part of the 3D printing process, the electronic framework becoming an integral supporting part of any object's mechanical ... Read more Ricoh launches low supply current LDOs December 10, 2014 Ricoh launches low supply current LDOs A wide input range and low supply current are the most striking features of Rico Europe's R1517 and R1518 LDOs for automotive deployment. With its low current, the devices could contribute to reduce the overall power consumption of electronics installed in vehicles, the company says. Read more Electric sports car startup approaches series production December 10, 2014 Electric sports car startup approaches series production Carmaker startup company nanoFlowcell - yes, there are still startups in the automotive industry - has taken first steps to establish a series production of its electric sports sedan. At next year's Geneva Motor show, the company will present a new version of its car besides the current Quant E model. ... Read more BMW sees major changes at its C-level December 09, 2014 BMW sees major changes at its C-level Carmaker BMW's management board currently sees departures and arrivals. Besides CEO Norbert Reithofer, head of development Herbert Diess is leaving the company. While in the case of Reithofer the company says he is stepping down to become chairman of the supervisory board, chief technologist Diess is ... Read more IGBTs are automotive-qualified for small-motor drives December 09, 2014 IGBTs are automotive-qualified for small-motor drives International Rectifier’s AUIRGP66524D0 and AUIRGF66524D0 are automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs which are intended for small auxiliary motor drive applications including air conditioning compressors for electric and hybrid vehicles. Read more
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