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Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects January 27, 2015 Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has launched the first–ever surface mount thermopile array sensor. Grid-EYE features 64 thermopile elements in an 8x8 grid format that detect absolute temperatures by infrared radiation. Read more ARM strengthens position in safety-critical applications January 22, 2015 ARM strengthens position in safety-critical applications By providing a safety document set to licensees in its semiconductor ecosystem, ARM plans to foster the adoption of its architecture in safety-critical applications. The first in a series of planned safety document packages describes the Cortex-R5. Read more Torque measurement: Laser system to save cost, space January 20, 2015 Torque measurement: Laser system to save cost, space More efficient wind turbines, lighter racing cars and safer medical instruments are just three goals of an innovative measurement system currently under development by scientists from Hannover. The optical sensor will allow non-contact measurements of the position of a shaft and at the same time the ... Read more Driver assistance becomes predictive January 16, 2015 Driver assistance becomes predictive A 360 degree surround sensing system today creates a virtual image of a car's environment, enabling the electronic systems to keep the vehicle in the selected lane and to hit the brake if an obstacle emerges. Now Honda has added a predictive element - their Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) ... Read more Wind River shows ECU consolidation, smartphone integration January 14, 2015 Wind River shows ECU consolidation, smartphone integration Less than a week after the CES has ended, another event is drawing the attention of automotive electronics designers. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit is gathering not only the US automotive industry but also the Asian and European players. Though electronics is not so much ... Read more Are next generation EV batteries a step closer? January 13, 2015 Are next generation EV batteries a step closer? Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team at the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo claim to have discovered a material that maintains a rechargeable sulphur cathode which overcomes a hurdle to building a lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery. Read more CAN FD protocol revision in detail January 12, 2015 CAN FD protocol revision in detail Going beyond the 1 MBit/s bandwidth limit of traditional CAN, “CAN with Flexible Data-Rate”or CAN FD features a new frame format that supports the switch to faster bit rates or to a different data length coding, the payload per data frame increasing to 64 byte instead of 8 byte provided in Classical ... Read more Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI January 12, 2015 Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI The large number of electronics in an automobile must have reasonably low electromagnetic interference (EMI) in order to avoid disturbing the radio reception, GPS navigation tools and other forms of communication and broadcast. Switch mode regulators are commonly used in this environment and they have ... Read more Mercedes-Benz self driving car communicates via LEDs January 09, 2015 Mercedes-Benz self driving car communicates via LEDs Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a prototype automatic driving car at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas which features an innovative use of LED technologies for signaling and indicator applications. Read more BMW spotlights advanced lighting technologies in M4 model January 08, 2015 BMW spotlights advanced lighting technologies in M4 model At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, BMW has unveiled ways in which the company's Laserlight technology can be integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors to implement intelligent lighting functions for enhanced safety and comfort. Read more
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