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Volkswagen turns the key to electromobility March 15, 2013 Volkswagen turns the key to electromobility At its investor conference, carmaker Volkswagen showed for its first fully electric compact car, the e-up!. Serial production of the four-seater will start in autumn, the vehicle is designed with focus on everyday practicality. The vehicle impresses with a driving range of 150 km (93 miles) according ... Read more Gesture and proximity sensing ICs enable next-gen automotive HMI March 14, 2013 Gesture and proximity sensing ICs enable next-gen automotive HMI Touchscreen and voice control were yesterday. The next big thing in user interfaces - in the car as well as in other application fields - is proximity detection and gesture control. Belgian chipmaker Melexis has designed a family of ICs that enable design engineers to implement innovative human-machine ... Read more Two-channel driver IC controls automotive interior light March 13, 2013 Two-channel driver IC controls automotive interior light Map and dome lighting, glove box, vanity mirror, trunk lights and puddle lamps in doors - there are plenty of application fields for LEDs in the automotive interior. Chipmaker Allegro MicroSystems now has added a new LED driver IC to complement their existing automotive qualified LED driver IC portfolio. ... Read more Renesas samples Flash MCUs with 40nm leading-edge geometries March 13, 2013 Renesas samples Flash MCUs with 40nm leading-edge geometries In order to meet the demand for MCUs in applications requiring higher level control, high reliability, functional safety and security, chipmaker Renesas is currently developing a split-gate flash memory circuit technology for on-chip flash memory microcontrollers (MCUs) in 40nm geometries. The technology ... Read more BMW could soon integrate free-gesture paint defect control March 13, 2013 BMW could soon integrate free-gesture paint defect control Fraunhofer researchers have developed an efficient type of 3D camera-based quality control interface that enables technicians to finger point any detected defects to car body parts to have them recorded and documented into the inspection system. Read more Take part in our Annual Distributor Customer Evaluation Survey and grab a tablet computer March 13, 2013 Take part in our Annual Distributor Customer Evaluation Survey and grab a tablet computer EETimes is a sponsor of UBM Tech's Annual Distributor Customer Evaluation Survey, and we hope to get your views on distributors, the way you rely on them, your spending and in which sectors of activity. Read more BASF teams with universities on materials research March 12, 2013 BASF teams with universities on materials research German chemicals giant BASF AG launched a five-year research project to develop functional materials for the automotive, building and construction, as well as the energy sectors. Read more Data logger offers 12 CAN Bus inputs for automobile test March 11, 2013 Data logger offers 12 CAN Bus inputs for automobile test With IPElog, Ipetronik offers a data logger for particularly high measuring requirements in the mobile data acquisition area. IPElog adds to the M-/S-LOG- and Fleetlog stand-alone data logger product family. The new data logger stands out by higher performance and enhanced features. These include twelve ... Read more NXP unveils world's first low VCEsat double transistors in 2-mm x 2-mm leadless package March 11, 2013 NXP unveils world's first low VCEsat double transistors in 2-mm x 2-mm leadless package NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced what the company claims are the industry’s first double transistors with low saturation voltage in a 2-mm x 2-mm DFN (discrete flat no-leads) package. Read more Renesas passes automotive semiconductor competitors, Semicast reckons March 11, 2013 Renesas passes automotive semiconductor competitors, Semicast reckons According to a current study from British market research firm Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics was the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2012, ahead of Infineon Technologies. STMicroelectronics retained its position as third largest supplier, with Freescale fourth ... Read more
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