Recent Posts

Smart, safe, comfortable

Follow

Follow X

Sign up   |   Log in

  • Minimum length of 8 characters

    Automotive vision: The IP guys get in on the act

    A battle is joined in the most demanding of embedded applications

    By Majeed Ahmad | July 22, 2017

    ARM’s Mali-C71 image signal processor (ISP) is making waves in the automotive space where the DSP-core duo of Tensilica and CEVA have been active players in embedding computer vision into ADAS system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The question is: Will ARM – in its quest to extend its dominance into a new application space– swamp their boats? To some extent that will depend on which of the three solutions is technologically superior

    ARM fields the first automotive-grade ISP at a time when the number of cameras in vehicles is rising, and sensor fusion technologies are getting better every day.

    Smart, safe, comfortable

    Follow

    Follow X

    Sign up   |   Log in

    • Minimum length of 8 characters

      Software-defined radio SoCs remaking car infotainment

      Simplifies the design, lowers the cost, and shrinks the size of the head unit.

      By Majeed Ahmad | June 26, 2017

      Infotainment—the unsung hero of automotive electronics—is continuously making strides while more chic technologies like ADAS and automated driving are stealing most of the headlines. A single piece of infotainment hardware covering multiple broadcast radio requirements simplifies the design, lowers the cost, and shrinks the size of the head unit.

      Car infotainment is still a major differentiator amid a strong consumer demand.

      Autonomy

      Follow

      Follow X

      Sign up   |   Log in

      • Minimum length of 8 characters

        Flexing its technology muscle, TI plays a strong hand in automotive radar

        Sensor portfolio addresses long range, short range and in-vehicle applications

        By Patrick Mannion | June 23, 2017

        By integrating a variety of RF, analog and digital components (including DSP and MCU) onto a single CMOS chip, Texas Instruments has staked a claim to all automotive radar applications, both outside and inside the vehicle.

        Primary automotive radar applications can be broadly grouped into corner radars and front radars. Corner radars (rear and front) are typically short-range radar sensors that can be used for blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA) and front/rear cross-traffic alert (F/RCTA), while front radars are typically mid- and long-range radars responsible for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC).

        The Connected Automobile

        Follow

        Follow X

        Sign up   |   Log in

        • Minimum length of 8 characters

          V2X communications: A pointless wait for 5G?

          DSRC is here, now, and could be saving lives

          June 12, 2017

          V2X communications — the ability of a vehicle to communicate with another, or with ambient infrastructure – could vastly enhance transportation safety if deployed on a mass scale. But it remains an unfulfilled dream because there isn’t a universal agreement on communications protocols.

          There are two leading contenders for such a communications standard: Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology that leverages the commercial cellular network and field equipment managed by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

          The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), whose founding members include Ericsson, Intel, Huawei, Nokia, Qualcomm, Audi, BMW Group and Daimler AG, is lobbying for C-V2X, claiming superior capabilities over DSRC, on more than one front.

          Electrification

          Follow

          Follow X

          Sign up   |   Log in

          • Minimum length of 8 characters

            Renault to sell electricity from recycled EV batteries

            Creating a market for used power cells

            June 11, 2017

            Renault-Nissan, the strategic partnership between France’s automobile manufacturer Renault and Japan’s Nissan, is working with energy storage specialist The Mobility House to develop a ‘mega battery’ built from new or used electric car batteries. The move has the potential to effectively reduce the ownership cost of electric vehicles (EV) by creating a secondary recycling market for used lithium-ion batteries that might otherwise be scrapped.

            Electrification

            Follow

            Follow X

            Sign up   |   Log in

            • Minimum length of 8 characters

              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

              Follow

              Follow X

              Sign up   |   Log in

              • Minimum length of 8 characters

                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

                Follow

                Follow X

                Sign up   |   Log in

                • Minimum length of 8 characters

                  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.