Archive for May, 2013

GENIVI Alliance Teams with W3C to Accelerate Adoption of Web Technologies in the Automotive Industry

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The GENIVI Alliance has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to bring its automotive expertise into W3C’s Automotive and Web Platform Business Group.

The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) reference platform, will focus on accelerating the process of defining APIs for HTML5 web applications to interface to the hardware of the car, vehicle bus interfaces, etc. 

W3C’s Automotive and Web Platform Business Group,  (www.w3.org/community/autowebplatform) launched in February, convenes developers, automotive manufacturers and suppliers, browser vendors, operators and others to discuss how to enhance driving, safety and passenger entertainment with the Open Web Platform.

"The auto industry and W3C are exploring the ways in which the Open Web Platform can enhance the experience of drivers and passengers, while increasing safety," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "GENIVI’s participation plays an important role in ensuring representation of the diverse players within the auto industry. Given the Web’s overarching role in our lives, we see huge opportunity for society and the automotive industry to benefit from this partnership, and welcome GENIVI as a new W3C Member."

"The HTML5 Auto API is imperative to enable the open source IVI community to rapidly and easily prototype, test and produce innovative user experience concepts," said Matt Jones, senior technical specialist at Jaguar Land Rover.  "The power of a full and complete abstracted application interface to enable the reading of all signal and sensor data from a vehicle should not be underestimated."

HTML5 API for automotive promises to become a widely used set of technologies to build applications across platforms. In time, these applications could quickly be adapted from tablets to smart phones and now to cars.  Eventually it will be the turning point as to when developers will start being able to create new concepts for the vehicle rapidly in a way that is standardized across multiple brands.

"As vehicles are becoming connected, it is important for automotive industry to benefit from world web standards adapted to cars, in order to simplify exchanges with the cloud and make final customer enjoy its digital life onboard," said Philippe Gicquel, general manager for Cockpit, Safety, Infotainment EE Modules at PSA Peugeot Citroen.

During GENIVI’s recent All Member Meeting in Barcelona, W3C co-located its kickoff of this initiative.  In addition to the four representative companies from GENIVI (BMW, PSA, Jaguar Land Rover, and Magneti Marelli), an impressive number of additional industry leaders will participate in the Group.

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 175 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

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Green Hills Software to Exhibit at Telematics Detroit 2013 in Novi, MI

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded and mobile virtualization software solutions, will demonstrate its latest automotive software solutions at Telematics Detroit, Novi, MI, June 5 – 6, 2013, in booth # 39/40.

Kiosk Demonstrations

Safe, Reliable Android-based Infotainment Head Unit and Real-time Cluster Consolidation on Texas Instruments OMAP™ 5 Applications Processor

Green Hills Software will demonstrate the latest update to its infotainment reference solution which is adding the capability to safely isolate and run a real-time graphical cluster in combination with the Android-based infotainment capabilities – all on a single OMAP 5 applications processor.  Green Hills Automotive solutions leverage a decade of proven cross-industry capabilities for combining mixed-criticality functions by showing Android running as a secure guest on the INTERGITY Multivisor™ virtualization technology on one display while executing the more critical Altia-based graphics cluster as a native INTEGRITY application on a second display.   This demonstration highlights the successful, guaranteed separation and isolation between the head unit and cluster when utilizing Green Hills Software’s safe and secure INTEGRITY® real time operating system.

Secure HTML5-based Head Unit and Cluster Communications on Freescale’s i.MX 6 Applications Processors

Based on Obigo’s innovative HTML5-based Automotive Web Solutions, Green Hills will demonstrate secure, reliable communication of driver information and multimedia information between an HTML5-based media-enabled instrument cluster running Green Hills INTERGITY real-time operating system and a HTML5-based Head Unit with HMI and multimedia applications running Linux, both running natively on separate i.MX 6 automotive reference platforms. This demonstration showcases the optimum way to deliver secure, scalable communications between different HTML5-based functions in the vehicle.

For more information and to request a meeting with Green Hills at the conference, please go to http://www.ghs.com/events/TelematicsDet_2013.html.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at www.ghs.com.

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, INTEGRITY and Multivisor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills Software in the U.S. and/or internationally. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Microchip’s New 36V Digital Potentiometers Support Wide Signal Swings and High Power-Supply Voltages

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

DigiPots Also Feature High Terminal/Wiper Current Support and An Extended
Temperature Range; Ideal for Industrial, Automotive and Audio Applications

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced two new volatile, SPI digital potentiometers (digipots)—the MCP41HV31 and MCP41HV51 (MCP41HVXX)—its first to operate at 10, 12, 18, 24 and particularly 36 volts, for systems requiring wide signal swing or high power-supply voltages.  Additionally, these digipots support both 7-bit and 8-bit resistor configurations, and a high terminal/wiper current, including the ability to sink/source up to 25 mA on all terminal pins for driving larger loads.  These features, combined with an extended temperature range of -40°C to +125°C, make the MCP41HVXX well suited for a broad range of high-voltage and high-temperature applications, including those in the industrial, automotive and audio markets.

The MCP41HV31’s 7-bit resistor network resolution enables 127 resistors and 128 steps, while the MCP41HV51’s 8-bit configuration supports 255 resistors and 256 steps.  Additionally, both digipots provide RAB resistance options of 5, 10, 50 and 100 kohms.

“With their support of the wide operating voltages and extended temperature ranges that are common in industrial and automotive power supplies, these new digital potentiometers allow Microchip to address a broader range of applications,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing vice president of Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division.  “In fact, these digipots are well suited to any application that operates on higher system voltages.”

Pricing & Availability

Both digital potentiometers are available today for samples and volume production, in 14-pin TSSOP and 20-pin, 5×5 mm QFN packages.  The MCP41HV31 is $0.99 each and the MCP41HV51 is $1.09 each, in 5,000-unit quantities.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/0PF1.  To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/DTW4.

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EEMBC and VOLKSWAGEN to Develop Benchmarking Standards to Quantify Microcontroller Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced an expanded working group project with the Volkswagen Group to establish an energy-efficiency benchmark for microcontrollers aimed at making automotive end products more energy aware and more robust.

With increasing fuel costs, there is a growing emphasis on reducing energy consumption and improving fuel economy in automobiles. Simultaneously, there is also an on-going requirement to ensure the highest levels of robustness in any automotive product. Microcontroller efficiency (optimizing both performance and energy) is a critical parameter with far-reaching consequences, especially with the rising number of microcontrollers in the car. The working group project, to augment results originally produced in 2011, is being chaired by Volkswagen and currently joined by eleven top-tier semiconductor vendors including Freescale, Fujitsu, Infineon, Microchip, NXP, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, and TI. Already, the effort has yielded a full working specification for measuring performance and energy efficiency of automotive microcontrollers under various low-power operating conditions. EEMBC has also developed a prototype of this benchmark implemented on several key semiconductor evaluation boards.

“We’re pleased that Volkswagen is continuing its important leadership role with the consortium and look forward to the insight they and the working group will provide to help EEMBC define and create our next-generation automotive benchmark suite,” said EEMBC President Markus Levy. “Volkswagen has been a long-time leader in the automotive industry and as chair of this project, they will continue to provide inputs to ensure the real-world value of this benchmark and subsequent versions that will address increasing microcontroller complexity and robustness requirements. We also expect that Volkswagen’s participation will produce a roadmap for automotive and other end-market manufacturers to get involved with EEMBC to guarantee equitable and valuable benchmarks for their industry.”

“As a world leader in advanced automotive systems, Volkswagen is continuing to chair the EEMBC Automotive working group and lend its expertise to ensure that the new benchmark reflects real-world system-design conditions and leads to improved efficiency,” said Volkswagen’s head of electric and electronic development, Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger. “Following completion of this new benchmark suite, we will demand the Tier 1 suppliers and semiconductor vendors to provide results for the microcontrollers that will be integrated into the next generation of electronic modules.”

EEMBC’s first-generation automotive benchmark suite, AutoBench, was designed to focus on the CPU’s processing power, measuring the time required to complete specific algorithms. The new benchmark suite adds new tests to measure CPU performance while simultaneously monitoring peripherals and energy usage. Individual tests of the microcontroller measure the power consumption of the CPU and peripherals under various loads, the amount of time that it spends in low-power modes under various CPU/peripheral loads, and the time required to wake the MCU from its various low-power states to resume processing. Moreover, the working group will align this benchmark suite with the AUTOSAR development partnership, utilizing the Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL) to interface to the underlying microcontroller hardware.

This benchmark specification will be open to all world-wide car manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers, and EEMBC encourages everyone in the ecosystem to join the effort to develop subsequent phases of this benchmark. Contact EEMBC for more details.

About Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturer and the largest carmaker in Europe.

In 2012, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 9.276 million (2011: 8.265 million), corresponding to a 12.8 percent share of the world passenger car market. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.

Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to low­ consumption small cars and luxury vehicles. In the commercial vehicle sector, the products include ranges from pick­ups, buses and heavy trucks. The Group’s goal is to offer attractive, safe and environmentally sound vehicles which can compete in an increasingly tough market and set world standards in their respective class.

About EEMBC

EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, founded in 1997, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, smartphone and other connected devices, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technology Center. For more information, visit www.eembc.org.

EEMBC, CoreMark, and BrowsingBench are registered trademarks of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Texas Instruments and Continental collaborate to deliver first 65 nm safety ARM® Cortex™ microcontroller used in advanced automotive safety applications

Monday, May 6th, 2013

International automotive supplier ramps volume production of MK 100 family of electronic stability control (ESC) systems with TI ARM MCUs with embedded Flash

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) and Continental, the international automotive supplier, are pleased to announce their collaboration on the first 65 nm ARM Cortex safety microcontrollers with Flash technology in volume production.  The Continental processor for advanced control in electronic braking systems (PACE) is the foundation for the Continental MK 100 family of electronic stability control (ESC) systems. This latest innovation is one of the many technologies jointly developed over the last 15 years to deliver leading automotive safety products that are continually improving with updated safety features, power consumption and reliability. This 65 nm Flash technology also serves as the foundation for TI’s Hercules™ safety MCU open market products

“We are excited to be the first automotive ESC system manufacturer to offer leading-edge safety features based on TI’s 65 nm FLASH technology,” said Dr. Adrian Traskov, IC development manager in the Electronic Brake Systems business unit at Continental’s Chassis & Safety division.  “Developing this complex safety family required close partnership with TI and Continental design teams to render the final system design, IC modeling and simulation, resulting in our final product for the ESC systems.” 

The Continental MK 100 ESC systems are unique to the market because of their high level of safety integration and Continental proprietary safety MCU architecture with TI’s 65nm embedded Flash enable many benefits to auto makers:

  • Smaller form factor, more storage space in vehicles: Integrated MK 100 ESC sensors on the circuit board of the controller and future generations of the electric parking brake will be integrated, controlling Continental or third-party actuators, requiring no separate controller. This integration reduces the amount of controllers, increasing storage space in vehicles.
  • Modular approach with a wide range of functions: The MK 100 family can be scaled to suit varying functionalities (e.g., active rollover protection, trailer stability assist, hill start assist) and level of performance the vehicle manufacturer requires (from high-end to entry-level models). This is enabled with the modular scalable design of the safety MCUs that allow variation in performance and functionality seamlessly.
  • Improved cost/performance ratio: These safety MCUs offer 65 nm performance with embedded Flash technology on a single chip at great value, allowing for the improved safety features in mass production.
  • Enhanced safety architecture and features: These safety MCUs follow a development flow and an architecture aligned with ISO 26262 and IEC61508 standards for easy integration into systems needing safety. The safety MCUs provide a high level of built-in safety for better performance and memory utilization and online diagnostics with dual ARM Cortex-cores in lockstep that are isolated; real-time core comparison, memory protection for the CPU and other bus masters; error correction code (ECC) for Flash and RAM with a single-bit error correction and double-bit error detection (SECDED); RAM optional CPU built-in self-test (BIST) for detection of potential latent faults; self-test capability on core- compare module; intelligent error-signaling module for action based on safety error, parity or optional ECC on peripheral RAMs, redundant timers, as well as continuous voltage and clock monitoring.

For more information, visit: SafeTI design packages, TI safety auto products and Hercules MCUs.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors.  By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology.  TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.  Learn more at www.ti.com.

About Continental
With preliminary sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 170,000 employees in 46 countries.

The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19.5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.

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SafeTI and Hercules are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated.  All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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