Virtual Component Exchange revs IP-exchange initiative News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Virtual Component Exchange has stepped up efforts to recruit more companies as members to participate in the exchange of intellectual property (IP), courting at a luncheon here this week representatives from numerous systems, semiconductor, foundry, EDA and IP companies.
VSI releases test specs
News & Analysis 7/26/1999 Post a comment Plug-and-play for silicon intellectual property is one step closer to reality now that the Manufacturing Related Test Development Working Group (DWG) of the Virtual Socket Interface (VSI) alliance industry association has completed its first set of specs.
DSPs tailor car audio experience News & Analysis 7/12/1999 Post a comment One area in which automotive electronics is changing rapidly is the automotive audio system. Along with the outwardly visible trends, such as the progression to radio/cassette/CD systems, there are internal technical changes.
Auto PC: Windows CE hits the road News & Analysis 7/12/1999 Post a comment Windows CE is enabling an expanding mobile market for what might be called "PC companions," appliances that promise flexibility, productivity and fun. And the automotive PC is an integral component of the mobile strategy.
Intelligent data bus plans under way News & Analysis 7/12/1999 Post a comment With a design cycle that is much longer for cars than for electronics, and with the electronic content of automobiles increasing each model year, major automakers-General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and the like-have conceded they have a design-cycle problem.
Feature-rich autos drain power News & Analysis 7/12/1999 Post a comment Every new electronic feature on today's vehicles adds another nail in the coffin of the 14-V power supply system. While the nominal 14-V charging system for the 12.6-V battery has existed since the mid-'50s, automotive engineers have known for over a decade that this power system has a limited life expectancy.
Multimedia autos presage 'drive-by-wire' era News & Analysis 7/12/1999 Post a comment It may take us a while to get to full "drive-by-wire" the same computerized guidance and control that now steers airplanes and smart bombs in flight but the automotive industry is taking major steps toward implementing a more thoroughly electronic vehicle system.