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    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.

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      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).

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        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.

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          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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.