VW acquires Italian Italdesign Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment German automaker Volkswagen AG announced it has acquired 90.1 percent of Italy-based Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A, provider of automotive engineering services. The remaining 9.9 percent will continue to be with the Giugiaro family.
Ramtron's 1-Mbit F-RAM adds Grade 3 qualification Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment Ramtron International Corp. said its FM25V10-G, a 1-Mbit, 2.0-3.6V serial F-RAM memory device, has been upgraded to AEC-Q100 Grade 3 standard, the automotive-grade qualification established by the Automotive Electronic Council’s Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits.
Maxim sponsors EV startup Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment Chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products said it is supporting, financially and technically, OptaMotive, a Californian startup that is building an electric vehicle (EV) to compete for a $10m competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed the electric equivalent of 100mpg (MPGe).
EVE's ZeBu supports TLM-2.0 Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment DAC is around the corner, and EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) said it has added TLM-2.0 support to its ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platforms.
Premo claims smallest automotive 35 Amp current sensor Product News 5/28/2010 Post a comment Inverters and DC/DC battery chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles require minimum space and maximum power handling per cubic cm. The new CS-100-AU automotive current sensor from Spanish manufacturer Grupo Premo uses just 2.4mm3 and handles 14.6A/cm3.
Arbitrary waveform generators produce high sample rate, resolution Product News 5/26/2010 1 comment LeCroy Corp. recently launched the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution, as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator.
EdXact enhances parasitics reduction, analysis tools Product News 5/25/2010 Post a comment Post-layout verification specialist EdXact SA said it will release version 5.0 of Jivaro netlist reduction platform for analog circuits and version 3.2 of Comanche post-layout analysis tool at this year's DAC in Anaheim. Enhancements include interactive debugging capabilities, hierarchical file handling and improved selectivity features.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks Product News 5/24/2010 1 comment Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Freescale rolls microcontrollers for smart meters Product News 5/24/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductors has rounded out its line of integrated microcontrollers targeted at use in smart utility meters with two new families targeting low and mid-range meters but communications modules remain separate given the fragmented state of that market.
Cypress debuts 32-, 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs Product News 5/21/2010 Post a comment Aimed at storage servers, switches and routers, testing equipment, high-end security and military systems, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced 32-Mbit and 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs, featuring fast response times and the smallest footprint at these densities.
Bosch jumps on e-bike bandwagon Product News 5/21/2010 Post a comment They will conquer the markets much faster than e-cars: Electric bikes are already a growth market. Automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH now has announced to collaborate with bike vendor Cannondale in this segment.
Fleet management system is web-based Product News 5/21/2010 Post a comment Navigation software companies Kraemer Automotive GmbH and Map & Track Ortungssysteme have jointly developed the KR-7 Map & Track fleet management system. The software permits controlling a fleet of vehicles through a simple PC connected to the Internet.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec Product News 5/19/2010 1 comment A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
ASIC prototyping using six Virtex-6 devices Product News 5/19/2010 Post a comment The DNV6F6PCIe is a complete logic prototyping system that enables ASIC or IP designers to prototype logic and memory designs uses six Xilinx high I/O-count, 1759-pin, flip-chip BGA packages. The larger devices (LX550T, SX475T) have 840 I/Os and 36 high-speed serial GTXs. The smaller devices (SX315T, LX365T, LX240T) have 720 I/Os and 24 GTXs.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times