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New BMW flagship model: A mini step closer to automated driving February 12, 2016 New BMW flagship model: A mini step closer to automated driving At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMWs 7 series will get a new flagship model. The M760Li xDrive, though in terms of powertrain a rather conventional vehicle, will sport multiple electronic refinements, including those for automated driving. Read more Car radio platform reduces hardware to a minimum February 12, 2016 Car radio platform reduces hardware to a minimum This is not your daddys car radio anymore: Todays automotive infotainment systems have to be real all-rounders. They contain AM, FM, digital radio receivers, handle mobile telephony, touch screens, soft and hard keys as well as voice-operated control and smartphone apps. To cope with these challenges, ... Read more Electromobility drives along in the low gear, study finds February 11, 2016 Electromobility drives along in the low gear, study finds The acceptance of electromobility is increasing at very low speed in most geographies, says a study from Center of Automotive Management (CAM). In relatively small countries like Norway and the Netherlands, electric vehicles have the highest market share whereas Germany despite ambitious intentions is ... Read more Italian startup wants to speed up transition to EVs February 11, 2016 Italian startup wants to speed up transition to EVs Italian researchers from the Energy and Propulsion Laboratory (eProLab) at the University of Salerno have developed a kit, dubbed the HySolarKit, which converts conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) two-wheel cars into a four-wheel drive hybrid. Read more Test systems facilitate CAN, CAN FD analysis February 11, 2016 Test systems facilitate CAN, CAN FD analysis Automotive communications software provider PEAK-System (Darmstadt, Germany) , introduces new products at the Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. Two highlights are presented at the exhibition stand: the handheld PCAN-Diag FD and the professional Windows software PCAN-Explorer 6. Read more E-car with exotic powertrain enters near-series stadium February 10, 2016 E-car with exotic powertrain enters near-series stadium At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Liechtenstein-based engineering company Nanoflowcell will showcase a near-series version of its Quantino electric vehicle. The two-seater has a rather exotic way of storing the electric energy: The proprietary Flow Cell technology that stores the electric energy by ... Read more Four-channel analog voltage measuring module samples to 100kHz February 09, 2016 Four-channel analog voltage measuring module samples to 100kHz Ipetronik extends its measuring module family of the Mx- and Sx-series with the Mx-SENS2 4, a X-LINK module for voltage measurements of up to 100 V and ICP measurements. Read more GaN-based electric vehicle charger boast over 97% efficiency, 2.6 kW/l power density February 09, 2016 GaN-based electric vehicle charger boast over 97% efficiency, 2.6 kW/l power density Automotive electronics specialist HELLA, in collaboration with provider of gallium nitride power transistors GaN Systems, and charging technology researchers at Kettering University's Advanced Power Electronics Lab, have developed a Level-2 electric vehicle (EV) charger prototype with efficiencies exceeding ... Read more 42V Quad Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down Regulator February 09, 2016 42V Quad Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down Regulator Frequently, the power supply gets whatever board space is left over regardless of how impossibly small. Using Linear's latest Quad Buck regulator, the LT8602, you can have four regulated outputs in an incredibly small space. Read more Serial Quad I/O (SQI) flash works with lower voltage, at higher temp February 08, 2016 Serial Quad I/O (SQI) flash works with lower voltage, at higher temp The SST26VF SQI product family (Microchip Technology) is an automotive-grade NOR Flash with wider voltage and a larger temperature range. Microchip claims to be the only vendor to offer an extended-voltage Serial Quad I/O Flash device in automotive temperature grades. Read more
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