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Ruetz System Solutions expands test portfolio to MOST April 03, 2013 Ruetz System Solutions expands test portfolio to MOST Automotive data communications systems integrator Ruetz System Solutions has acquired the MOST business of Relnetyx AG. Effective April 1st, 2013, the move enhances Ruetz' portfolio of data communications test and engineering services and makes it the currently only provider of MOST compliance solutions ... Read more Fraunhofer claims breakthrough towards cost-efficient e-car batteries April 02, 2013 Fraunhofer claims breakthrough towards cost-efficient e-car batteries Lithium-sulphur batteries have all it takes to replace lithium-ion batteries as the technology of choice for energy storage in electric vehicles. They are much more powerful and cost-effective than all known lithium-ion variants. So far however, the lithium-sulphur batters suffers from a significant ... Read more New IC technology boosts performance of large lithium Ion battery packs March 20, 2013 New IC technology boosts performance of large lithium Ion battery packs 16kW-hr battery packs made from lithium ion cells are powering electric vehicles and storing grid energy. Measurement ICs like the LTC®6804 are used to extend the life and ensure the safety of the pack. The accuracy of the measurement IC can influence the cost of the system. Read more Freescale MCUs simplify car wiring system, cut vehicle weight March 20, 2013 Freescale MCUs simplify car wiring system, cut vehicle weight The second-heaviest component of a modern car - after the engine - is the cable loom. New applications raise the demand for more bandwidth, more connectivity - and even more wires within the car. With a new range of microcontrollers for body applications, Freescale promises to enable designers to reduce ... Read more Vehicle to vehicle communications to reach 62% by 2027 March 20, 2013 Vehicle to vehicle communications to reach 62% by 2027 Vehicle-to-vehicle technology based on DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) using the IEEE 802.11p automotive W-Fi standard will gradually be introduced in new vehicles driven by mandates and/or automotive industry initiatives, resulting in a penetration rate of 61.8% by 2027. Read more Industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution detects electrical arc faults to avert fires March 20, 2013 Industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution detects electrical arc faults to avert fires Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Long Beach, California, USA. Read more MISRA C:2012 extends software reliability guidelines March 18, 2013 MISRA C:2012 extends software reliability guidelines With software systems increasingly becoming critical components of automotive safety systems, the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) is playing an increasingly important role in that industry. The organisation now has rolled version C:2012 of its guidelines. It extends support to ... Read more New "responsive" EDN-Europe website accessible across all platforms March 18, 2013 New The new www.EDN-Europe.com web site launched today is the first "responsive" site of the industry. This new technology allows the website to be viewed on any platform as the dynamic layout adjusts to the screen it is viewed going down to a one column display on smartphones. Read more 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 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
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