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TRW launches its largest R&D centre - in China June 24, 2014 TRW launches its largest R&D centre - in China Automotive supplier TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D centre in China. The fact that the company places its largest technology centre in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint where TRW expects further growth in China, the world's largest market for cars of all kind. The company already runs ... Read more Micronas to rely on X-Fab's 0.18m HV process for next-gen SoCs June 24, 2014 Micronas to rely on X-Fab's 0.18m HV process for next-gen SoCs The capability to combine digital logic with analog high-voltage circuit elements and non-volatile memory blocks on a single chip persuaded chipmaker Micronas to implement its next generation of automotive and high-voltage industrial SoCs for automotive and industrial motor embedded control applications ... Read more X-Fab cranks up MEMS capacities June 20, 2014 X-Fab cranks up MEMS capacities Accounting for rising demand for sensors across the industry, semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab has is adding clean room facilities with a total area of 2000 square metres (about 21.500 square feet). ... Read more Tesla waives all IP claims to spur electromobility June 13, 2014 Tesla waives all IP claims to spur electromobility In a surprising move, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced to forego any claim resulting out of patents. In a blog post on the Tesla's web page, the pioneer of electric mobility said he would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who uses the company's technology. Read more Ipetronik invests in telemetry firm June 10, 2014 Ipetronik invests in telemetry firm Data acquisition and test stand expert Ipetronik GmbH (Baden-Baden, Germany) has acquired the majority interest in telemetry expert Savvy Telematic Systems AG (Schaffhausen, Switzerland). The move enables Ipetronic to expand its product portfolio towards holistic solutions mostly in the automotive and ... Read more Scaleo first customer of Globalfoundries' 55nm automotive platform June 04, 2014 Scaleo first customer of Globalfoundries' 55nm automotive platform A month ago, chip manufacturer Globalfoundries announced its first 55nm semiconductor platform that meets the requirements of the automotive market. Now the first customer has been unveiled: It is the French microprocessor startup company Scaleo. Read more Japanese OEMs make push for charging infrastructure June 02, 2014 Japanese OEMs make push for charging infrastructure Carmakers Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi have launched a joint venture dedicated to advance the roll-out of the-car charging infrastructure in Japan. The new company, Nippon Charge Service (NCS) will operate the charging stations for battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Read more Intel steps on the gas in the auto market May 29, 2014 Intel steps on the gas in the auto market With the announcement of a platform for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions, Intel has thrown its hat into the ring of the quickly growing automotive electronics market. Along with the roll-out of an embedded platform customised for this type of applications, the chipmaker announced a number of collaborations ... Read more Geo Semi raising cash for automotive, IoT push May 25, 2014 Geo Semi raising cash for automotive, IoT push Fabless video processor vendor Geo Semiconductor Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) is trying to raise between $25 million and $30 million to fund the completion of three 40nm chips targeted at automotive and IoT camera markets. Read more Stage win for ams against Melexis in patent claim May 22, 2014 Stage win for ams against Melexis in patent claim In a patent quarrel between Belgian chipmaker Melexis and its Austrian competitor ams, the latter has won a last-instance verdict: ams' patent on magnetic field position sensor technologies is valid, the European patent court ruled. Nevertheless, the dispute will continue. Read more
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