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GENIVI To Host “Connected Car Track” During Super Mobility Week

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A Key Track as Part of CTIA 2014tm Mobility Week’s “Money Event”

The GENIVI® Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform announced today that it will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2104, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from some of the most successful experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

As part its Open Automotive Series, GENIVI will host three sessions on Sept. 11: Collaborate or Die (United We Stand) focusing on the partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts that are facilitating major developments in the sector; Cars are Connected – Where are the Applications which will discuss how automotive

applications are still missing from the digital devices passengers carry into their vehicles, and Inside Your Car, Your Mind and Your Wallet that will delve into the costs vs. consumer and key stakeholder benefits to bring loT into the vehicle.

“The Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will serve as an ideal venue for GENIVI, as an open source thought leader, to showcase current and future mobile innovations happening in the money and commerce ecosystems,” said Joel Hoffmann, director of Marketing for GENIVI Alliance. ”This unique event will bring automotive industry leaders from across the globe to discuss how the connected car is literally becoming a vehicle for payments and commerce.”

GENIVI’s Open Automotive events are a series of one-day conferences that explore – with automakers, suppliers, automotive consortia and leading industry analysts – the relationship between automotive connectivity and the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”. Later in the year, Open Automotive will appear in Detroit as well as live webinars hosted by Automotive World. For future GENIVI events, visit http://genivi.org/events .

To register for The Money Event in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility Week and receive a 30% discount on the price of registration, visit www.themoneyevent.com and enter discount code “ADITYA30.”


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 170 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About The Money Event

The Money Event (www.themoneyevent.com) where the Mobile and Money ecosystems meet, make deals and create partnerships. The Money Event will offer an unprecedented experience to 40,000 attendees from 100 countries at CTIA 2014, with a combination of visionary presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and company-specific demonstrations in 3 parallel tracks over 2.5 days of rich programming, all against the backdrop of mobile’s premier industry event, Super Mobility Week.

THE MONEY EVENT will run from September 9 -11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

About CITA

CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

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TI introduces ultra-low quiescent current, high-voltage LDOs for direct-to-battery automotive applications

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Broadening its large portfolio of low drop-out regulators (LDOs), Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today introduced 17 new AEC-Q100-qualified, high-voltage LDOs for automotive and industrial applications. The new ultra-low quiescent current LDOs, including the TPS7A16xx-Q1 with 60-V input, TPS7A66xx-Q1 and TPS7B67xx families, and the TPS7B4250-Q1 LDO, support many applications that connect directly to a car or truck battery, such as cluster, power steering and infotainment systems, door modules and lighting controls. For more information, to order samples or purchase evaluation modules for the new ultra-low quiescent current, high-voltage LDOs, visit www.ti.com/autoldo-pr.

Key features and benefits of the new LDOs:

  • Ultra-low quiescent current extends battery life: The new LDOs achieve quiescent current as low as 10 uA in standby mode, resulting in lower power consumption and increased battery life.
  • Internal equivalent series resistance (ESR) compensation can help optimize system cost and stability: Designers have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of output capacitors, including ceramic, to reduce system cost and increase stability.
  • High input voltage allows automotive subsystems to connect directly to the car battery: The LDOs support input voltages of up to 40 V for normal operation and up to 45 V to support transient spikes in automotive designs. Additionally the TPS7A1601-Q1 can support up to 60-V normal operation for trucks and heavy-duty equipment.
  • Tracking function allows for more accurate data from the off-board sensors: Tracking provides close to zero tolerance between on-board and off-board power supplies. Tracking helps customers get more accurate data from the off-board sensors.
  • Integrated window watchdog supports functional safety: The integrated window watchdog enables customers to meet the functional safety requirements on the system level.

Tools and support

Designers can test drive the new AEC-Q100-qualified LDOs using several featured evaluation modules and SPICE simulation models that make it easy to evaluate and design.

Availability, packaging and pricing

The TPS7A16xx-Q1 LDOs are available in an 8-pin MSOP-PowerPad package priced at US$1.65 in 1,000-unit quantities. The TPS7A66xx-Q1 LDOs are available in an 8-pin MSOP-PowerPad package priced at US$0.60 in 1,000-unit quantities. The TPS7B67xx-Q1 LDOs are available in a 20-pin HTSSOP package priced at US$0.80 in 1,000-unit quantities.

Texas Instruments drives automotive innovation

TI’s state-of-the-art semiconductor products allow manufacturers and system suppliers to deliver world-class features to the automotive market. Our extensive automotive portfolio includes analog power management, interface and signal chain solutions, along with DLP® displays, ADAS and infotainment processors, Hercules™ TMS570 microcontrollers and wireless connectivity solutions. TI offers SafeTI™ devices designed to help facilitate OEMs’ compliance with the requirements of ISO 26262, as well as parts specifically designated as compliant with the AEC-Q100 and TS16949 standards, all with product documentation. Visit TI’s Automotive page or TI’s E2E™ Community Behind the Wheel Blog to learn more about our commitment to automotive innovation.


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.

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Automotive Industry Growth, Product Cadence Highlight Opportunities through 2025, According to IHS Automotive

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The accelerated velocity of the global automotive industry is expected to continue in the near term and portfolio expansion into new body styles is driving higher volume per platform as well, according to IHS Automotive, a leading global source of critical information and insight to the global automotive industry.

As a result, the speed of change requires the supply base – as they plan for the road ahead– to be nimble, adaptive to change and strategic about logistics decisions such as facility locations, transportation methods and costs. Technology implementation decisions are also taking place based on legislative agendas driving decisions, and suppliers determining which OEMs to engage with while keeping pace with fast-changing technology developments.

“Suppliers are navigating these changes based on decisions made more swiftly than ever before,” said Michael Robinet, managing director, IHS Automotive, during a presentation before an audience of automotive executives today at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars.

Global Platform Strategy Paying Off, Technology Opportunities Prevail

The global platform phenomenon is legitimate and the largest OEMs are implementing strategies to expand their business – both geographically and within their portfolio, according to Robinet.

Through 2025, OEMs and suppliers alike — at all levels of the supply chain — will be working to align global platforms with global capacity, manufacturing and technology implementation and manage new logistics challenges efficiently to match the needs of the industry.

OEMs are no longer launching vehicles by region; they’re often launching the same vehicle at several facilities around the world – within a tightening timeframe. In addition, the integration of global platforms into North America, China and South America increases the cycle velocity.

In addition, OEMs and suppliers also are working to implement increasingly complex vehicle and process technology for advanced safety, lighter weight materials, emissions reduction and fuel economy targets in tandem with a global convergence of emissions standards that will further enable the efficiency of global platforms.

The North American market is returning to stability, with record sales reports continuing among most automakers. Together with increased consumer confidence, a return to a more normal economic environment and some great OEM products in the overall lineup, it’s an exciting time again for the automotive industry — in North America and globally, Robinet said. IHS Automotive expects 21 new program launches in 2015, scaling to a near-record 37 in 2018, based on current plans. Suppliers are now preparing for this from a skills and capacity perspective and may see some challenges.

Shift Creates New Center of Industry in North America

An interesting development that’s been transpiring since 2000 is the influx of automotive production and capacity in the Midwest and southeast U.S., as well as Mexico – which creates some challenges for suppliers and their logistics processes. A number of OEMs have recently expanded or announced plans for new facilities in the southeast, as well as Mexico. This is prompting suppliers to re-think their strategy and identify opportunities to create the most value for OEMs, while keeping costs in check and supply disruptions to a minimum.

“Our analysis indicates that the center of North American automotive manufacturing has shifted about 14 miles to the south each year since 2000, and we expect that to continue through 2026,” Robinet said. (see attached IHS Automotive diagram for detail).

This geographical shift creates significant opportunities for suppliers to address the challenges laid out for logistics and manufacturing, given OEM preference and requirements to locate within a few hours’ (and sometimes one hour) driving distance from their final assembly facilities. Suppliers and OEMs are evaluating their logistics channels to help address the shift, at the same time they are working to maintain an uptick in production levels across most platforms.

”A swiftly changing industry, combined with a need for reduced logistics costs, is also driving the establishment of new and expanded supplier production facilities in strategic locations,” Robinet said.

Global Growth and Outlook through 2021

The strong recovery of the industry brings a new energy to the global market. According to current IHS Automotive forecasts, new light vehicle production in 2014 is on track to reach 17 million units in North America, and 87.7 million units globally. By 2021, production is expected to reach 106.3 million globally and 18.5 million in North America, respectively.


About IHS Automotive (www.ihs.com/automotive)

IHS Automotive, part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), offers clients the most comprehensive content and deepest expertise and insight on the automotive industry available anywhere in the world today. With last year’s addition of Polk, IHS Automotive now provides expertise and predictive insight across the entire automotive value chain from product inception—across design and production—to the sales and marketing efforts used to maximize potential in the marketplace. No other source provides a more complete picture of the global automotive industry. IHS is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

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Intersil’s Highly Efficient Buck Controller Supports New Levels of Flexibility for High Current Designs

Monday, August 4th, 2014

55V ISL78268 Buck Controller Provides Very High Step-Down Efficiency for Industrial and Automotive Applications

Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions today announced the ISL78268 55V synchronous buck controller with 3A integrated high side and low side drivers. The most versatile high voltage buck solution available, the ISL78268 buck controller provides very high step-down efficiency for a wide variety of load currents from under 5 to over 25A, enabling it to support virtually every 12, 24, or 48 volt high current buck requirement for automotive and industrial applications.

For heavy load applications, designers often have to balance power conversion efficiency against size and noise constraints.  This requires making trade-offs among component selection, switching frequency, and output ripple and often requires the power stage to be tailored to the load in question. The ISL78268 buck solution was designed specifically to be flexible so that it can be used regardless of the optimization balance.

The ISL78268 buck controller enables easy conversion from high primary rails (typically 12, 24 or 48V) to lower secondary rails (typically 3.3, 5.0 or 12V).  It fully integrates both a peak current mode synchronous PWM controller and a dedicated constant current control loop as well as high-side and low-side FET drivers that have adaptive dead time control. The ISL78268 device’s tolerance of 55V inputs makes it ideal for automotive applications, including support for the 12V clamped load-dump specifications and new 48V power system being adopted by European OEMs. The integrated 3A driver allows the ISL78268 buck controller to sharply switch small power FETs or parallel combinations of large FETs while minimizing dead time to reduce switching losses, improve efficiency and reduce excess heat dissipation. This allows a single buck controller to be used across a wide variety of load requirements, simplifying design and reducing time-to-market.

“The ISL78268 was designed to enable power conversion with very high efficiency and improved performance over traditional solutions,” said Philip Chesley, vice president of Intersil’s Precision Products. “The unique combination of features provides customers with a very versatile solution that can be used and re-used across their high voltage designs.”

Features and Specifications:

  • Supports 5-25A loads and can be used in a two-phase, current sharing configuration to support loads up to 50A
  • 55V input tolerance (60V abs max)
  • Integrated 3A FET drivers and PWM controller for cycle-by-cycle peak current limiting
  • Provides average current limiting to extend battery life in battery charging applications and avoid inductor current runaway in supercap charging applications
  • Adaptive dead-time control to prevent overlap current and minimize body diode conduction losses with varying sized power FETs
  • Selectable diode emulation and burst mode for light loads
  • Adjustable switching frequency from 50kHz to 1.1MHz
  • Low shutdown current of 3uA
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Availability

The ISL78268 is available now. Pricing for the ISL78268 buck controller starts at $2.45 USD in 1k quantities. The ISL78268 is offered in a 24 lead 4x4mm QFN package. The ISL78268 is supported by the ISL78268EVAL1Z, evaluation kit available for $83.33 USD each.

For more information on the ISL78268 buck controllers, please visit: www.intersil.com/isl78268-buck-controller.


About Intersil

Intersil Corporation is a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions. The company’s products form the building blocks of increasingly intelligent, mobile and power hungry electronics, enabling advances in power management to improve efficiency and extend battery life. With a deep portfolio of intellectual property and a rich history of design and process innovation, Intersil is the trusted partner to leading companies in some of the world’s largest markets, including industrial and infrastructure, mobile computing, automotive and aerospace. For more information about Intersil, visit our website at www.intersil.com.

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How Reforms to the Export Controls Will Impact the Aerospace Business

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Untitled-1Remy Nathan, a speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit , on how the changes to the U.S. Munitions List will impact the aerospace business.

Interview with: Remy Nathan, Vice President of International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association

While the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry should be grateful for and take advantage of the changes that are coming in the export control system, what is ultimately needed is a paradigm shift in how the government and industry look at defense exports, says Remy Nathan, Vice President of International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association. “We need to be developing more of a collaborative and forward-planning national defense export strategy,” he recommends.

How will the export control changes impact the aerospace business?

The implications are significant. The industry has long called for a more predictable, efficient and transparent system, as the system made it very difficult for companies (particularly small and medium sized companies) to be in compliance. The risks associated with non-compliance, as well as the paperwork and expenses involved, created friction in almost every transaction at every level of the supply chain.

The administration has realized that there is a way to adequately control technology appropriate to the risk involved, without compromising on the ability of companies to engage in legitimate business that ultimately supports national and economic security.

The reforms will mean that the technologies moving off the U.S. Munitions List to the commerce control list will potentially be eligible for fewer licenses, if any at all. Companies may be able to avoid the expenses of transaction-by-transaction licensing.

The changes have a six-month delayed implementation process, coming into force on October 15. How should manufacturers prepare?

Those who wanted to retain the status quo claim that looking at the trade surplus that the industry has managed year-on-year is proof that the existing system did not hurt business. That is because we all invested a lot of time, money and energy into navigating the existing system.

Companies have to familiarize themselves with the new system. As difficult as the existing system has been, the industry has got used to it, so it will be a challenge to change, even if it ultimately is going to be beneficial.

Are many companies considering expanding their international operations?

There is a lot more focus on the international marketplace, with many companies looking at expanding their international operations to generate more revenue.

They are also considering adjacencies, looking at their technology offerings, capabilities, skill sets and services, to find applications not directly related to the defense industry that they could leverage. This could be in the areas of cyber security, IT work, logistics, maintenance repair and overhaul. These are all ways that the industry is trying to diversify to weather the impacts of a downturn on the defense budget.

Any final thoughts?

What we ultimately need is a paradigm shift on how the government and industry look at defense exports. On the government side, there needs to be greater consultation and collaboration with the industry, while on the industry side recognition that international sales are challenging and require time, attention and resources, before there are any significant returns.
Content Written By: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division

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About the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit October 5-6, 2014

This unique forum will take place at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 5-6, 2014. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on guaranteeing aerospace and defense manufacturing excellence, maximizing supply chain agility, adding value to the production process, determining the future of the space industry and diversifying in austere spending environments.

For more information please send an email to Kevin Dickey at kevindi@marcusevansch.com or visit the event website or you are welcome to register your interest here

marcus evans group – defense sector portal

Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.


About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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ATK: Boosting Competitiveness in the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Sector

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Untitled-1Charles Precourt, a speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit, on becoming more competitive in the sector.Interview with: Charles Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Systems, ATK

The aerospace and defense manufacturing sector is an extremely narrow market that is becoming much more competitive, says Charles Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Systems, ATK. In the current economy, this leaves little room for error. Nevertheless, products that do not address a market demand have little chance of being successful.

Ahead of the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit, Precourt, a speaker at the event, shares his thoughts on the aerospace and defense marketplace, innovation and green manufacturing.

What is your outlook on the aerospace and defense marketplace?

Charles Precourt: This is an extremely narrow market that is becoming much more competitive. It mostly answers to government defense contracts and programs and at the same time, to purely commercial markets, such as satellites and aircraft for commercial use.

The US government wants to achieve more cost savings and exploit the efficiencies that the commercial market has benefited from, but that requires a more commercial approach that it is not accustomed to. A lot of the products for the government customer base are unique and require special contractual mechanisms, so are not commoditized. The industry needs to help the government exploit these opportunities.

How could the commercial market achieve more cost savings?

Charles Precourt: In this economic environment, most companies, including those in the aerospace and defense product manufacturing sector, have taken similar initiatives: consolidation, becoming more lean, positioning for future growth in the economy and in market demand, reducing quality errors and addressing their ability to deliver higher yields.

We have reduced both our staffing and footprint infrastructure by nearly 50 per cent over the last few years. However, we have been very careful to maintain critical skills and capabilities, so that production can be more cost effective when the market stabilizes and demand returns. It has not been easy, but we have had significant positive results and are much better off business-wise.

Should the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations be revised?

Charles Precourt: The ITAR regulations, especially in the space community for the US, have brought additional challenges that handicap our competitiveness in the global markets. On the space satellite business side, most of the systems outside the US are either partially or totally subsidized. This hinders our competitiveness.

There is a move to reform the ITAR regulations, to strike a balance between national security objectives and return some competitiveness. Many question these regulations, as there is a long list of items that are being used and practiced and might even have been developed in other countries. Reform is a long process, but until then, this will be a disadvantage for this industry.

How could green technologies be better utilized?

Charles Precourt: The overarching objectives of green manufacturing are very valid, but at the same time, it is critical to look at the return on investment and the business case for making changes. Manufacturers should not move too far too fast, so that it does not become another burden on the business. The objective should not be to go green for the sake of it.

What best practices for Research and Development (R&D) innovation could you share?

Charles Precourt: Innovation comes from a recognition of a need. Products that are not met by demand in the marketplace are ultimately unsuccessful.

From a business standpoint, you need to have a customer interface where problems are articulated and flowed back into the R&D system, so that R&D solves real problems. Many companies adopt a bottoms-up approach, where R&D could be an offshoot of product development. Research for the sake of it could result in a product with no clear application in the market.

Although pure research has a place in the business too, we make sure that our R&D efforts focus on real problems and needs in the marketplace. That itself can bring innovation.
Content Written by: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division

About the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2014:

October 5-6, 2014 at the Red Rock Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on ITAR regulations, effective automation and exploring emerging technologies.

For more information please send an email to Kevin Dickey at kevindi@marcusevansch.com or visit the event website or you are welcome to register your interest here

marcus evans group – defense sector portal

Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.


About marcus evans Summits:

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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