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Google Street View Cars Test The Air
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7/31/2015   Post a comment
Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Chinese Automotive Chip Market Continues Rapid Growth
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
Even as growth shipments in vehicle shipments in China slows, automotive IC market expected to increase 11% based on need for more higher-performing chips.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production
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7/28/2015   1 comment
Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   23 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   10 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue
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7/23/2015   4 comments
Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
Autoliv Acquires Active Safety Capabilities
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Automotive safety systems vendor Autoliv buys parts of MACOM Technology Solutions Holding. With the move, Autoliv widens its technology base in anticipation of automated driving and safety-related connectivity features.
Fuel Cell Tech Refueling Network Planned
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell technology suffers from the lack of an adequate refuelling infrastructure. But the situation could improve faster than some critics expect, as the HyFive project establishes a hydrogen filling station network across Europe.
Research Project Combines Valet Parking, Battery Charging
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
In the V-Charge project, six research partners are currently developing applications around autonomous and, in some cases, electric vehicles. The focus of the project is on methods and algorithms enabling vehicles to autonomously park, charge its batteries and get back to its user as soon at it is summoned.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
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7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Millimeter Waves Hitch a Ride
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are studying how technologies using millimeter wave frequencies could be modified for cars.
Battery-Powered Aircraft Crosses the Alps
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
Researchers of the Institute of Aircraft Design in Stuttgart showed the practicability of battery powered aircraft in a flight across the Alps mountains – a first time for a battery-powered plane. The flight also marks a milestone in the quest for energy-efficient and carbon-neutral aviation.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
Crash Test Dummy Tenses Up Before Impact
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7/8/2015   1 comment
Toyota adds posture simulation to its virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) crash test dummy, making it possible to simulate different body postures during subsequent phases of a collision.
Multiprocessing Challenges Automotive Software Design
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7/7/2015   Post a comment
Advanced Driver Assistance systems need increasingly more computing power. But not just processing power: Processing data from such disparate sensor types as cameras, radar, speed and steering angle detectors, these systems also require different ways to handle, process, store, and forward these data. In Munich, the Embedded Multi-Core Conference (EMCC) recently discussed the consequences resulting from these requirements.
UWAS: Playing Hide and Seek with Drones
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
The Paris Air Show (June 15-21) was rich in drone solutions, from warfare mean machines to consumer toys and everything in between for the professional user. Yet, the recurring unauthorized flights that have been reported in the French national press over sensitive sites (embassies, nuclear or other industrial sites) have brought bad publicity to drones in general, making French authorities fear that those flights may be tied to terrorist or other criminal activities.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires
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7/1/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
ZF Sets Course to Driver Assistance
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Having just completed the takeover of TRW Automotive, mechatronics giant ZF Friedrichshafen, is now steering more seriously into the automotive electronics business. With the acquisition of a software developers team from Halla DAS Lab Europe (HDLE) GmbH, ZF grabs technology competence in the field of driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous driving.
Do Head-Up Displays Lead the Wrong Way to Safety?
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7/1/2015   5 comments
In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes on the street by displaying navigation information, road signs and other traffic relevant data at the windshield right in the driver’s field of sight; the goal of the technology is increasing traffic safety. A study of the university of Toronto now reveals that HUDs rather have the opposite effect – they actually can be a threat to safety, the study suggests.
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   18 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
MRAM Maker Everspin Remembers Its Industrial Roots
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6/29/2015   1 comment
The only company currently shipping magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) products sees a wide array of use cases, including in the data center, but industrial applications remain its bread and butter.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole
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6/19/2015   2 comments
Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Bidding War for ISSI Wages On
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
Just when it looked as though ISSI was set to let stockholders favor of the Uphill transaction, Cypress came back with a higher offer, only to be trumped again by Uphill
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
Sensata Climbs Automotive MEMS Ranking
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6/17/2015   1 comment
Sensata leapfrogged Freescale and Denso to second position in the automotive MEMS market in 2014 but still a considerable way behind market leader Robert Bosch GmbH, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
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6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Video: 8K-Resolution on YouTube
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6/15/2015   Post a comment
"Ghost Towns" from Neumann Films is claimed to be the first 8K-resolution video available to be viewed on YouTube.
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
After citing anti-trust concerns as a barrier to a potential Cypress acquisition, ISSI briefly was open to a merger, but is now advising stockholders to vote in favor of an amended Uphill agreement, which was first floated in March.
Hacking Self-Driving Cars Easy, Say Firms
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6/10/2015   1 comment
New self-driving technology in driverless cars could end up leaving such vehicles vulnerable to hackers, according to cyber security firm Mission Secure Inc. (MSi) and autonomous robotics platform developer Perrone Robotics Inc.
Synopsys IP Speeds Automotive SoC Design
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6/10/2015   Post a comment
Targeting safety-critical IP for automotive applications, Synopsys widens its offerings. They include Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB), Low-power DDR3 memory, non-volatile memories, data converters and other functional units, all powered by Synopsys ARC microprocessor architecture.
No ISSI for Cypress
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Anti-trust concerns halt acquisition that would have further expanded Cypress offerings in the automotive memory segment in the wake of its merger with Spansion
Atmel on the Block
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
Apple Recruits for "Next Big Thing" in Sensors
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
Apple is hiring engineers to help it push "innovation in the field of image sensing."
Report: Google Buys MEMS Sensor Startup
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
Internet giant Google Inc. acquired MEMS sensor startup Lumedyne Technologies Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) for about $85 million back in November 2014, according to an Xconomy report.
Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs & SoCs -- Breakthroughs in Performance, Integration, Density, and Security
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
New innovations promise 2X performance, 5.5 million logic elements, heterogeneous 3D system-in-package integration, and comprehensive security capabilities.
Video: Panorama Rolls Out MEMS-Based Chemical Sensor
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
Panorama Synergy Ltd. (Perth, Western Australia) has developed a chemical sensor based on the interaction of silicon photonic structures with a microscopic cantilever beam.
DMQ Launches Smaller MEMS Micro Valve
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6/4/2015   Post a comment
DunAn Microstaq Inc. (Austin, Texas) has announced the availability of the silQflo silicon servo valve, a MEMS based device measuring 10.80mm by 4.83mm by 2.225mm.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role
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6/4/2015   1 comment
Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
City Smarts Marshalled in Germany
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6/4/2015   9 comments
Germany's smart cities plan aims to make Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and other cities self-sufficient in energy, integrated in access to mass transit with a single e-token, and totally connected to citizens for communication during normal and times of emergencies.
Over-the-Air Platform Keeps Automotive Software Current
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6/3/2015   3 comments
U.S.-based Movimento Group has introduced a platform that helps OEMs and tier ones to keep the software status of their vehicles current even when they are out on the roads. Plus, it enables users to establish new business models based on big data technologies.
Learn EMC, Safety, and RF from Washington Labs
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
Washington Labs, testing house located in Maryland, offers a series of webinars for engineers interested on EMC, RF, and safety compliance.
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