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Bosch steps on the gas for traction battery development December 13, 2012 Bosch steps on the gas for traction battery development Bosch group is moving ahead with the reorganization of its lithium-ion traction battery operations. Effective immediately, the former operating units SB LiMotive Germany GmbH in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC based in Orion, Michigan, will be folded into the Bosch Group as a wholly owned subsidiary. The entity ... Read more SiP provides integrated solution for automotive battery sensing December 12, 2012 SiP provides integrated solution for automotive battery sensing The AS8515 system-in-package (SiP) introduced today by ams AG enables the implementation of a complete automotive battery measurement system when interfaced via SPI to any microcontroller. Combining signal processing, voltage regulation and LIN transceiver in a single package, it provides accurate and ... Read more EEPROM-configurable IC eases TPMS module development December 11, 2012 EEPROM-configurable IC eases TPMS module development The MLX91802 from chipmaker Melexis is a system in package solution for tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) implementations that combines an analog pressure sensor and a low power sensor interface with an MLX16 16-bit RISC-based microcontroller. It is housed in a compact, pressure ported, plastic ... Read more Programmable Hall-effect switch with advanced programming algorithm December 11, 2012 Programmable Hall-effect switch with advanced programming algorithm The A1128 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a field-programmable unipolar Hall-effect switch designed for use in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications, particularly those involving proximity sensing with ferromagnetic targets. Read more Camera-based system for trucks eliminates blind spot December 11, 2012 Camera-based system for trucks eliminates blind spot One of the most frequent accident patterns with trucks and buses is a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist when the vehicle performs a turn. Mirror arrays as mandated by EU legislation so far failed to reduce the number of accidents of which many are lethal. Now Spanish automotive tier one Ficosa rolls ... Read more Opel to cease car production in Bochum December 11, 2012 Opel to cease car production in Bochum The economy crisis has reached Germany's hitherto relatively unscathed automotive industry: General Motors subsidiary Adam Opel AG has announced to stop the production of cars in its plant in Bochum (Germany). The primary reasons for the move are the dramatic downturn in Europe's automotive industry ... Read more PAR TVS combines high surge capability with high junction temperature December 10, 2012 PAR TVS combines high surge capability with high junction temperature Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a series of surface-mount PAR transient voltage suppressors (TVS) in the SMC DO-214AB package. For automotive and telecom applications, 5KASMC series devices feature high surge capability to 5 kW at 10/1000 μs and an operating junction temperature range from ... Read more Handheld terminal for automotive production tests December 07, 2012 Handheld terminal for automotive production tests Automotive electronics test systems vendor Goepel electronic has further developed its smartCommander CAN/LIN terminal. The device now features 24 configurable function keys, which can be independently associated with message sequences or hierarchically interlinked with each other. This means that keys ... Read more Covisint brings connected car, version 1964, to auto show December 07, 2012 Covisint brings connected car, version 1964, to auto show The connected car has yet to come? Wrong, says software company Covisint which is active in the field of automotive networking and identity management, among others: The connected car has been reality for a long time, the company says. At least since James Bond in the movie "Goldfinger" had a vehicle ... Read more Micro Hybrids maintain lead position in EV/HEV markets December 07, 2012  Micro Hybrids maintain lead position in EV/HEV markets Vehicles with start/stop system and kinetic energy recuperation to charge the batteries, also known as micro-hybrids, will remain the dominant hybrid and electric vehicle type up to at least 2022, says IMS Research. The market researcher estimates that around 58 million of these vehicles will be produced ... Read more
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