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These five trends drive automotive innovation September 03, 2015 These five trends drive automotive innovation The automotive is currently facing the strongest changes in its history, says a study from management consulting firm McKinsey. Besides technological innovation, the changing role of the suppliers will greatly alter the industry. Read more Can diesel-to-hydrogen conversion speed acceptance of F-cell cars? September 03, 2015 Can diesel-to-hydrogen conversion speed acceptance of F-cell cars? Fuel cell vehicles may have a promising future – once the hydrogen supply infrastructure is in place. Since investors are not in sight, the fuel cell technology suffers from the usual chicken-and-egg dilemma. A research project from German aerospace research institute DLR could solve the problem: Converting ... Read more Transceiver chip eases migration from optical to coax cabling September 02, 2015 Transceiver chip eases migration from optical to coax cabling With its first coax transceiver chip for the MOST150 infotainment network system, MOST main supplier Microchip Technology helps designers to further push the limits of the MOST technology. The OS82150 integrates a coaxial cable driver and coaxial cable receiver into a small-footprint, 4x4 mm QFN package ... Read more Domain controller concept gains traction September 02, 2015 Domain controller concept gains traction Automotive supplier ZF TRW has won two business contracts for the second generation of its Safety Domain ECUs. The orders come from a European and a North American OEM, respectively. Is this a hint that the domain controller will prevail? Read more Microchip simplifies a ubiquitous temperature measurement September 02, 2015 Microchip simplifies a ubiquitous temperature measurement Presenting it as the first integrated thermocouple electromotive force-to-degrees Celsius (emf/°C) converter, Microchip says its latest sensor-signal-conditioning IC saves design effort, space and cost Read more STMicroelectronics offers qualified HAL firmware for embedded systems September 02, 2015 STMicroelectronics offers qualified HAL firmware for embedded systems The latest set of Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) firmware included in the design ecosystem of the STMicroelectronics STM32 ARM Cortex-M core 32-bit microcontrollers has been developed in compliance with the MISRA C guidelines and the demanding ISO/TS16949 standard for automotive quality system management. ... Read more PLS lines up debug offering for ST’s latest automotive MCUs September 02, 2015 PLS lines up debug offering for ST’s latest automotive MCUs The UDE test/debug environment is available at the same time as the first MCU samples of STMicroelectronics’ SPC58 E-line multi-core automotive MCUs: PLS says that its UDE version 4.4.6 supports all the MCUs’ functions. Read more Retrofit headlight for Audi's A4 combines xenon and LED technologies September 01, 2015 Retrofit headlight for Audi's A4 combines xenon and LED technologies Osram has developed and produced the company's first full retrofit headlight for the Audi A4 model. The LEDriving Xenarc headlight combines xenon and LED technologies in a single device. Read more Fraunhofer develops cost-effective wireless charging system September 01, 2015 Fraunhofer develops cost-effective wireless charging system Wireless charging for battery-electric vehicles will get one step closer with the prototype system developed by Fraunhofer institute. The system which will be demonstrated at the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA in mid-September excels through high energy efficiency and a cost effective design. ... Read more Hall-effect current sensor tackles up to 1000A of primary current August 31, 2015 Hall-effect current sensor tackles up to 1000A of primary current Optimized for the very high fields that characterize hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) applications, the MLX91208CAV programmable Hall-effect current sensor from Melexis can cope with up to 1000A of primary current. Read more
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