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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 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 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 Research project targets Ethernet as data backbone in vehicles March 07, 2013 Research project targets Ethernet as data backbone in vehicles Ethernet is on the rise in the automotive world. While this networking technology currently is mainly targeted by developers of camera-based driver assistance systems, a research project of the HAW Hamburg (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences) is digging deeper into the matter: The team around professor ... Read more Bosch, PSA Citroen develop hybrid drive with effective energy recuperation March 06, 2013 Bosch, PSA Citroen develop hybrid drive with effective energy recuperation A full-hybrid powertrain concept jointly developed by automotive supplier Bosch and carmaker PSA Citroen excels through particular high fuel efficiency. It also helps to significantly reduce the CO2 emission and, it offers a "boost" effect which otherwise is only achievable with rather strong electric ... Read more Volvo combines cyclist detection with full auto brake March 06, 2013 Volvo combines cyclist detection with full auto brake At the Geneva Motor Show, carmaker Volvo introduced an innovative electronic safety feature: An intelligent image recognition system that detects cyclists and, in the case the cyclist swerves out in front of the vehicle, automatically applies the brakes. Read more NXP releases power MOSFETs in LFPAK56 packages to address automotive applications March 05, 2013 NXP releases power MOSFETs in LFPAK56 packages to address automotive applications NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced 54 new automotive-qualified MOSFETs in an LFPAK56 package which the company claims is the largest portfolio of Power-SO8 MOSFETs available on the market today. Read more Continental, BMW bundle R&D forces for automatic driving February 27, 2013 Continental, BMW bundle R&D forces for automatic driving Carmaker BMW and electronics supplier Continental announced plans to jointly create the technology required for highly automated driving. The R&D project is designed to run until the year 2014 and includes automatic driving even on high-speed motorways. Read more
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