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Efficiency: The First Fuel

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    Germany hits record production in renewable energy marathon

    In record-breaking weekend, Germany got 85% of its electricity from renewable energy sources

    May 30, 2017

    The sports world is driven by athletes relentlessly driven to deliver their personal best, no matter what the contest.

    Generating renewable energy is reaching a similar level of competitiveness among conservation-minded nations. Witness Germany’s setting of a national record in renewable energy production on a recent weekend in which 85 percent of all electricity consumed was produced through wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power.

    Electrification

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      The powertrain opportunity is reshaping relationships between chipmakers and their automotive customers

      Emerging? An integrated, compact power train – including power electronics

      By Christoph Hammerschmidt | May 26, 2017

      The electrification of the powertrain – at all levels — is a bonanza for semiconductor companies. From micro hybrids, where 48 V systems are accommodating the need for more on-board power, to all-electric vehicles with batteries capable of delivering many hundreds of volts, semiconductors play a vital role.

      On average, cars with conventional internal combustion engines today contain semiconductors worth some $350.

      Autonomy

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        Korea plans K-City, world’s largest test bed for self-driving cars

        South Korea is now going all out in autonomous vehicle development

        May 24, 2017

        South Korea is famous for high-tech cities, starting with the ancient capital Seoul, a high tech magnet for global innovation, and more recently, the $35-billion-dollar Songdo City project, built from the ground up on reclaimed land near the Yellow Sea, billed as a model for smart cities around the globe.

        A major automobile maker –and user– South Korea is now going all out in its efforts to embrace self-driving cars, planning a new urban center, K-City, that will feature bus lanes, freeways and autonomous parking zones, and everything a self-driving car might encounter.

        Smart, safe, comfortable

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          Instrument clusters meet infotainment to make all-digital cockpit a reality

          The car cockpit is poised to integrate with the larger computing ecosystem

          By Majeed Ahmad | May 23, 2017

          Image courtesy of Blackberry

          “No other technology segment is influencing the future of mobility more rapidly than cockpit electronics,” says Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon, a Tier 1 supplier exclusively focused on automotive cockpit and instrument clusters technology.

          An all-digital cockpit is becoming a primary interface with a single system-on-chip (SoC) catering to both instrument cluster and infotainment systems while providing a unified driving experience across multiple displays in the car’s cabin.

          Beyond Silicon

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            Empowering the green revolution with wide-bandgap semiconductors

            Wide-bandgap semiconductors outperform traditional Silicon

            By Alix Paultre | May 23, 2017

            The electronic design industry is in the midst of a near-perfect storm of disruptive sea change, one sending ripples and waves large and small through our entire economy. Inter-related yet distinct, these challenges come from recent technological advances being commercialized and entering the marketplace. New topologies, methodologies, and materials have created opportunities, markets, and application spaces.

            Autonomy

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              Futuremobile: Who will prevail in the battle over the “eyes?”

              The key? Automotive supply chain contacts and channels

              By Patrick Mannion | May 21, 2017

              The “rotating coffee cans” atop Google’s autonomous vehicles were once symbolic of the future of driving. They are now quickly becoming quaint artifacts of a bygone era as low-cost LiDAR technologies emerge and more integrated approaches to object sensing start to take priority.

              The highly contentious patent-infringement lawsuit between Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle group, and Uber, emphasizes what’s at stake, while at the same time distracting from the rapid pace of LiDAR technology development from startups and established companies alike.

              Electrification

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                An ascendant Infineon is poised to dominate the powertrain

                Offering silicon, SiC, gallium nitride (GaN) and innovative packaging

                May 19, 2017

                Caption: Rienhard Ploss is all smiles – with good reason. Image credit: Handelsblatt

                “Anticipated growth in sales of hybrid and electric vehicles in the next few years will spur power semiconductor sales to climb by CAGR 9.6 percent from 2015 to 2022 across all vehicles, taking Powertrain’s market share up to 54 percent of the total market, according to the report. 

                Autonomy

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                  Can Sebastian Thrun create legions of engineers qualified to design autonomous vehicles?

                  May 17, 2017

                  Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree.

                  Sebastian Thrun led the development of the Google self-driving car. Now he wants to teach you how to be a self-driving car engineer — in nine months.

                  Thrun, whose day job is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, also founded Udacity, the online tech educator (Thrun calls it the “new University of Silicon Valley”) famous for the concept of the “nanodegree,” a 6 – 12 month program, designed to teach programming skills needed for entry-level positions in industry.