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Modular battery measurement system is freely configurable October 19, 2012 Modular battery measurement system is freely configurable Charge and discharge cycles have an impact on the longevity of lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles and the ultracapacitors used for energy storage in photovoltaic systems. Read more Carmakers need more software competencies, BMW expert says October 19, 2012 Carmakers need more software competencies, BMW expert says For automotive OEMs, software - and the related competence - are increasingly becoming a decisive factor in the competition. At the recent VDI congress on automotive electronics, a major event in Germany's automotive engineering scene, BMW explained why and how carmakers can differentiate through software. ... Read more Engine management chip brings fuel economy to motorbikes and lawn mowers October 18, 2012 Engine management chip brings fuel economy to motorbikes and lawn mowers For vehicles with four wheels, space constraints for engine control units might not be the top priority feature in product concept catalogue. For three- and two-wheel vehicles however, the situation is different; here every cubic centimetre counts. Infineon Technologies now has launched the world’s smallest ... Read more MOST150 goes for a drive in the new Audi A3 October 18, 2012 MOST150 goes for a drive in the new Audi A3 Recently Audi has introduced the latest model of its A3 compact car. As the first vehicle in serial production he A3 employs the current version of the MOST infotainment data bus, MOST150. Read more Chip detects presence of infants in passenger seat October 18, 2012 Chip detects presence of infants in passenger seat Chip manufacturer ams has announced that their ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) for car seat occupancy detection systems is now entering high-volume production. Automotive safety systems supplier Takata Corporation will employ the ASIC in their occupant classification systems.
 Read more In-car networking (save FlexRay), smart image systems drive electronics development, expert says October 17, 2012 In-car networking (save FlexRay), smart image systems drive electronics development, expert says At the VDI congress on automotive electronics in Baden-Baden (Germany), top engineers and strategists from the automotive value chain discussed current and future technology trends in this industry. Conference chairman Wolfgang Runge named the three most essential trends currently driving the development ... Read more Legacy-free C compilers for Power Architecture and RH850 target ISO 26262 automotive application development October 17, 2012 Legacy-free C compilers for Power Architecture and RH850 target ISO 26262 automotive application development Altium has released two completely new TASKING C compilers for automotive application development on microcontrollers from Renesas, Freescale Semiconductor and ST Microelectronics. Read more Automotive multiple-output regulator ICs feature 2.2 MHz switching October 16, 2012 Automotive multiple-output regulator ICs feature 2.2 MHz switching Three new automotive power management ICs from Allegro MicroSystems Europe use an internal 2.2 MHz constant on-time buck pre-regulator to supply regulated outputs commonly used in automotive CAN Bus and microprocessor-controlled applications. Read more Class-D amplifier family brings digital audio to automotive infotainment October 16, 2012 Class-D amplifier family brings digital audio to automotive infotainment STMicroelectronics has revealed a full-digital audio-amplifier system-on-chip family suitable for use in dash-mounted sound-system control panels in the car. The product makes the advantages of this technology available to automotive infotainment for the first time, the chipmaker claims. Read more Intelligent power switch is optimized for automotive PTC electric heaters October 16, 2012 Intelligent power switch is optimized for automotive PTC electric heaters International Rectifier has introduced the reliable AUIR3320S high-side intelligent power switch (IPS) optimized for automotive auxiliary positive temperature coefficient (PTC) electric heaters. Read more
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