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IHS predicts strong growth for automotive electronics May 24, 2013 IHS predicts strong growth for automotive electronics The global market for automotive electronics is set to rise to $240 billion in 2020, up more than 50 percent from $157 billion in 2010, says market research company IMS Research. The growing demand is driven in the first place by government and automaker safety initiatives. Read more Lithium-ion batteries withstand 10.000 charging cycles May 22, 2013 Lithium-ion batteries withstand 10.000 charging cycles Scientists from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden Wuerttemberg (ZSW) have developed lithium-ion-batteries that could offer new perspectives for electromobility: After more than 10.000 charging cycles, the batteries still had more than 85 percent of its initial capacity. Read more Automotive microcontroller benchmark takes energy efficiency into account May 21, 2013 Automotive microcontroller benchmark takes energy efficiency into account Today, cars are crammed with microprocessors, and many of them are not completely switched off when the driver parks and locks the vehicle. Instead, many remain "semi-active" in sleep mode - and over time, even ultra-low power processors discharge the battery. To gain a foundation for assessment of microprocessor ... Read more Graphics chip recognizes nearby pedestrians and bicycles May 21, 2013 Graphics chip recognizes nearby pedestrians and bicycles Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) announced the development of MB86R24, the company's third-generation graphic SoCs for automotive applications. The device incorporates the Approaching Object Detection functionality—which notifies drivers of nearby people, bicycles and other objects—into the 360° Wraparound ... Read more Cockpit concept learns driver's habits May 21, 2013 Cockpit concept learns driver's habits Automotive supplier Visteon Corp. has developed a cockpit concept that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to deliver an enhanced driving experience: Machine learning algorithms, cognizant of the specific driver and the surrounding environment, are able to suggest a different route to ... Read more First CAN FD plug-fest shows interoperability May 20, 2013 First CAN FD plug-fest shows interoperability In the first CAN FD plug-fest, held recently, Bosch, Peak, and Vector proved the interoperability of their CAN FD implementations. Read more In Formula One, Freescale is in the pole position May 17, 2013 In Formula One, Freescale is in the pole position When next weekend the Formula One race is on again, it will remain interesting until the last lap which car will pass the target line first and win the race. But one winner is already certain: Chips from Freescale Semiconductor are setting the pace in all Formula One vehicles. The reason: All F1 cars ... Read more Tightly knit network of charging stations will cure range angst May 17, 2013 Tightly knit network of charging stations will cure range angst The number of electric vehicle charging stations is set to soar globally by 2020, supporting a shift in driving away from traditional petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles, says a report from market research company IHS. The market watchers strongly advocate a unified charging system. Read more In automotive lighting, LEDs still fail to enlight the masses, study says May 16, 2013 In automotive lighting, LEDs still fail to enlight the masses, study says Despite the impression some LED manufacturers and carmakers are trying to create, in automotive lighting LED is still far from displacing conventional lighting technologies. A market study from Marketsandmarkets provides insights into a market segment that moves ahead only slowly. Read more Industry consortium develops glare-free headlamps May 14, 2013 Industry consortium develops glare-free headlamps Adaptive forward lighting - glare-free camera-controlled headlamps that react instantly - will help drivers in the future thanks to additional intelligent functions. The key to this complex functionality is the integration of microelectronics and optoelectronics – one of the principal aspects of the ... Read more
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