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    IBM seeks unique role in autonomous vehicles: Boosting consumer confidence

    It's been inventing, patenting and innovating new technologies for decades

    May 10, 2017

    Automakers and their technology suppliers may be jostling for pole position in the race to bring self-driving cars to market, but their customers are wary. That is the conclusion of a major study by the premier arbiter of customer satisfaction and product quality. “In most cases, as technology concepts get closer to becoming reality, consumer curiosity and acceptance increase,” said Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and HMI research at J.D.

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      Cypress claims inside track in automotive body electronics

      Connectivity is its key differentiator

      By Majeed Ahmad | May 10, 2017

      “We will win where we focus,” says Cypress Semiconductor president and CEO Hassane El-Khoury. And, one of the areas his company has been focusing on is body electronics in automobiles. Cypress sees an inflection point in body electronics amid the rising tide of in-vehicle networking.

      While ADAS and autonomous car technologies are stealing all the headlines, body electronics has been enjoying a strong consumer demand for new vehicle designs across the board.

      The Connected Automobile

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        HERE and the autonomous car’s mapping labyrinth

        Jointly owned by Audi, BMW, and Daimler

        By Majeed Ahmad | May 3, 2017

         

        The near-real-time updates offered by HERE’s cloud service make vehicles better aware of the roadside conditions.

        While Intel’s acquisition of ADAS specialist Mobileye in March 2017 won a lot of media limelight, another technology deal signed by the world’s biggest chipmaker largely went unnoticed. A couple of months ago, in January 2017, Intel had announced it was buying 15 percent stake in digital mapping outfit HERE.

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          Renesas is back and building a comprehensive ADAS ecosystem around its automotive SoCs

          Working with 195 technology partners from carmakers to embedded design houses

          By Majeed Ahmad | May 3, 2017

          Renesas, once the top automotive chip supplier, toppled from its perch after the killer Japanese earthquake in 2011 severely crippled production; in Semicast Research’s 2016 ranking it’s been relegated to third place after NXP and Infineon, both of whom have buttressed their positions through acquisitions.

          But Renesas is still the largest supplier of automotive processors.

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            EV inverter solutions claim efficiency, time-to-market gains

            Includes microcontroller, IGBT, fast recovery diode and power management

            By Majeed Ahmad | May 2, 2017

            Renesas 100kW class inverter solution for HEV/EV

            Rising CO2 emissions are impelling carmakers and regulators toward a broader adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Consider Norway: Thanks to generous government subsidies and incentives designed to encourage the adoption of e-cars, 51 percent of new cars sold in the country are either electric or hybrid.

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              Functional safety making inroads one automotive chip at a time

              Designers are taking an integrated systems approach

              By Majeed Ahmad | May 2, 2017

              Functional safety is a primary concern in automotive design, especially in areas like driver monitoring and instrument cluster. In automobiles, functional safety standards minimize the risks to an acceptable level in case of malfunctions due to failure in electronic systems.

              So where do we stand in actually implementing functional safety in automotive chips?

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                The incredibly shrinking world of vehicle radar design

                Miniaturized radar sensors generate, transmit, receive, and digitize signals

                By Majeed Ahmad | April 26, 2017

                The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims that one in three fatal car crashes can be mitigated if vehicles are equipped with collision avoidance systems. But the ultrasonic radars used for offering emergency braking and other ADAS features are found mostly in high-end vehicles.

                Moreover, a radar sensor carrying out four essential functions—generate, transmit, receive, and digitize radar signals—generally has three to four SiGe chips and that leads to the creation of a bulky device.

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                  As goes the future automobile, so goes electronic design

                  Mentor Graphics has carved out a strategic position in automotive engineering

                  April 25, 2017

                  Today, the cutting-edge of faster, simpler, less power hungry design challenges all converge on the electronic self-driving platform, which explains why the industrial giant Siemens recently paid $4.5bn for Wilsonville, Oregon-based Mentor Graphics, a leading electronic design automation and embedded systems company.

                  Forget hydraulics. According to industry watchers the future automobile’s control center will employ sensors and systems that pump massive amounts of raw data to and from a central platform that will generate an integrated, single view of the driver’s world.