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Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors January 28, 2015 Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors Researchers of the Jülich research centre are developing a new type of fuel cells. Running on diesel fuel, it will be robust enough to serve as auxiliary power supply in large trucks. The research also represents a new type of collaboration between German and Austrian entities. Read more Automotive circuit protection; high temperature, low leakage varistors January 28, 2015 Automotive circuit protection; high temperature, low leakage varistors Qualified to AEC-Q200, AVX’ high temperature, low leakage CANATL series automotive controlled area network varistors exhibit extremely low leakage (≤1 µA at 32 VDC, 25°C) and are tested, qualified, and specified at 150°C, suiting them for use in high temperature engine-compartment automotive applications, ... Read more Test stand puts level sensors through their paces January 28, 2015 Test stand puts level sensors through their paces Metrology system supplier MCD Elektronik GmbH has developed a tests stand for level sensors. The system, designed to scrutinise contactless angle sensors used in the automotive business for things like headlamp levelling control or determining the accelerator pedal position. The test stand was a customer-specific ... Read more Connected Car: Dramatic growth ahead January 27, 2015 Connected Car: Dramatic growth ahead Already in a few years, the number of connected cars out on the roads will reach a quarter billion. Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth - and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors. Read more Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects January 27, 2015 Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has launched the first–ever surface mount thermopile array sensor. Grid-EYE features 64 thermopile elements in an 8x8 grid format that detect absolute temperatures by infrared radiation. Read more 45W/channel audio PA for in-car systems with ‘light’ hybrid electrics January 27, 2015 45W/channel audio PA for in-car systems with ‘light’ hybrid electrics The 4-channel power amp IC, TCB001HQ, has been designed to offer enhanced noise tolerance and to limit the effect of interference generated by in-car mobile phone use. Read more Bluetooth, WiFi for in-car use combined in one module January 27, 2015 Bluetooth, WiFi for in-car use combined in one module Addressing the rising demand for systems that integrate smartphones into the infotainment system in vehicles, Alps has developed a module that combines Bluetooth and WiFi functionality in one product, the UGZZF series. Read more Infineon takes the lead in auto semiconductors January 26, 2015 Infineon takes the lead in auto semiconductors After a pursuit race that lasted years, Infineon has taken the lead over long-standing number one Renesas in the automotive semiconductor market. While the IHS release does not state the figures for Renesas, Infineon could extend their market share from 9.2% in 2013 to 9.8% in 2014. Other winners are ... Read more Harman continues shopping spree with two software takeovers January 26, 2015 Harman continues shopping spree with two software takeovers Infotainment giant Harman International has signed takeover agreements with Red Bend Software and Symphony Teleca. The investment has a total value of about $950 million (about €750 million). With the move, Harman continues to strengthen its position in technology fields like software development, OTA, ... Read more Study: Asia leads automotive innovation January 23, 2015 Study: Asia leads automotive innovation In a recent study, market research company Thomson Reuters has investigated the overall innovation speed and intensity in the automotive industry. The market watchers identified five areas where innovation currently is particular strong. The study also names the top innovation drivers: They mostly are ... Read more
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