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STMicroelectronics’ New Digital Power Amplifiers for Car Audio Deliver Cleaner Sound and Simplify System Design

Monday, December 21st, 2015
  • Second-generation digital audio amplifiers coming to market after world first in 2012, bringing increased performance
  • New components simplify system design and lower cost for car-radio suppliers while delivering purer, clearer sound to drivers and passengers

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is extending its lead in digital automotive-audio technologies by launching a second generation of power amplifiers that simplify design for car-radio system suppliers and deliver better listening experiences to drivers and passengers – even in smaller cars.

ST’s new, second-generation FDA801 and FDA801B 4-channel class-D[1] amplifiers with digital input convert the digital audio source directly into high-quality, cabin-filling sound. The digital input gives immunity to GSM noise, improves sound quality, saves component costs, and simplifies system design. ST introduced the world’s first class-D digital-input automotive-audio amplifiers in 2012, and is now moving forward with its new and improved second generation that will be soon completed with pin-compatible ICs in various multi-channel configurations.

“Class-D amplifiers are revolutionizing in-car audio throughout the marketplace, from audiophile systems in prestige vehicles to affordable, high-quality sound in smaller cars,” said Alfio Russo, Group VP, General Manager Audio & Body Division, Automotive Product Group, STMicroelectronics. “ST continues to drive the pace of development, with these new chips setting even more advanced performance and efficiency benchmarks for the industry.”

ST’s new power amplifiers combine superior audio quality and increased energy efficiency, as well as the unique real-time measurement of speaker impedance via the new Digital Impedance Meter (FDA801B), which represents a quantum leap in automotive diagnostics compared to any other audio amplifier.

Key to these enhancements is ST’s advanced fabrication process, BCD9s, which minimizes interference between circuits on the chip, lowers standby-power consumption, and cuts power-transistor dissipation raising efficiency to more than 93%.

By dissipating less power, the FDA801/B can help boost fuel economy in conventional vehicles and extend the driving range of hybrids or battery EVs. Like their predecessors, ST’s new amplifiers are compatible with fuel-saving start-stop technology, maintaining uninterrupted playback when the vehicle battery voltage dips as the engine is restarted.

The FDA801 and FDA801B are available immediately in the LQFP64 Exposed Pad Up package that allows efficient heatsink attachment. Pricing, for high volumes only, is available on request.

Key Technical Features:

  • 115dB Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR); 110dB dynamic range
  • Simplified digital input eliminates external DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) and external decoupling capacitor, thereby avoiding potential DC-offset problems
  • More than 40% power saving compared to standard class-D amplifiers
  • Digital Impedance Meter (DIM, in FDA801B) automatically recognizes magnitude and phase of the connected speaker and communicates it by digital bus (I2C)
  • Internal 24-bit DAC conversion and very low noise in line-driver and amplifier modes ensure superior audio performance
  • On-demand advanced diagnostics allows each channel to independently perform AC or DC diagnostics with configurable parameters
  • Ability to drive loads down to 1 ohm gives designers complete flexibility to specify preferred speakers

Technical Note:

In addition to simplifying circuit design, the digital input and external feedback topology make the amplifier’s frequency response independent of the load impedance and output-filter design. This allows easy scaling to create multiple product variants based on a common platform, without requiring detailed redesign of the amplifier. Unlike analog-input class-D amplifiers, the FDA801/B can be used in head units as well as booster amps thanks to superior noise immunity, lower switching interference, and lower power dissipation that permits smaller heatsinks.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices.

By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2014, the Company’s net revenues were $7.40 billion, serving more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Further information can be found at www.st.com.

[1] Class-D amplifier: unlike a conventional audio power amplifier (class AB), the output power transistors in a class-D unit are turned either fully on or fully off by a pulse signal representative of the input audio signal. Transistor power losses when on or off are much lower than when turned partially on as in class AB operation, giving the class-D amplifier a significant efficiency advantage as well as reducing heat dissipation. After amplification the signal is filtered to produce an accurate audio waveform for driving the speaker.

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GENIVI Alliance Brings Connected Car Technologies to Las Vegas

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Alliance celebrates GENIVI “cars on the road” with keynote at Consumer Telematics Show, panel sessions at CES and fifth-annual Member Showcase at Trump International Hotel

The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive industry association driving the broad adoption of specified, open source, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software, will be showcasing its latest connected car technologies through a series of industry events during CES 2016 week in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 – 7.

Matt Jones, GENIVI Alliance president and head of future infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), will kick off the week by delivering the keynote presentation at the Consumer Telematics Show on Jan. 5 at the Rio Las Vegas.  In his speech, Jones will discuss how the efforts of JLR and other members of GENIVI are leading the charge in not only the connected car, but also opening up the ecosystem to future players.

Partnering with SAE International, GENIVI will lead two panel sessions centered around the timely cybersecurity theme during the first morning of CES 2016 on Jan. 6.  As part of a full “Connect2Vehicle” track at CES, the first panel, “Connected Cars – A Landscape Fraught with Peril,” will explore how the connected car is a prime target for cybercrime and address the growing challenges and threats of today’s highly connected vehicles.  The second panel, “Automotive Security Solutions – Full of Promise” will discuss existing and emerging technologies that can deliver safer, more secure cars and driving experiences.

For the fifth consecutive year, GENIVI will welcome automotive stakeholders from around the world to its GENIVI CES 2016 Demonstration Showcase at the Trump International Hotel on Jan 6 – 7. Over 25 member companies will display the pervasive adoption of GENIVI technologies in commercial products from leading IVI suppliers.

GENIVI enjoying continued adoption with cars “on the road” worldwide

As automakers become convinced of the technical and economic value of GENIVI deliverables, interest and increased adoption of GENIVI products from global OEMs is rapidly growing. Linux-based IVI systems with GENIVI technology are now in production in vehicles on five continents, from BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Suzuki, Volvo and others, with two more OEMs scheduled to launch in 2016.

Global OEM membership continues to rise as well.  Great Wall Motors of China and China Motor Corporation of Taiwan recently joined the Alliance, bringing the number of OEM members to 14.

GENIVI launches on-line Solution Catalog

In the few years since GENIVI introduced Linux and open source software as alternative elements of commercial IVI solutions, the market has enjoyed a growing base of IVI products and services that use GENIVI solutions.  As a result, GENIVI has produced an on-line Solutions Catalog (http://genivi.org/solutions-catalog) that informs automakers and their suppliers about this growing base of products and services available from an increasing number of suppliers in all major automotive geographies worldwide.  GENIVI solution categories range from full, “black box” or customized solutions to operating system platforms and even individual IVI software components.

GENIVI at the core of the connected vehicle

As GENIVI Linux-based “open” technologies lie at the core of the connected vehicle, the Alliance realized that the promise of truly connected vehicles rests not just on connectivity, but also on the exchange of data between the car and other devices, services, and other cars in a simple, but robust and secure manner.  As a result, GENIVI has formed a Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) Expert Group to enhance this open source technology and expand its access to a broader base of stakeholders and contributors to GENIVI.

The group builds on open source technology to handle authentication, authorization, discovery, and data exchange between services in a sparsely connected peer-to-peer network with the goal that RVI is accepted by the automotive industry as a secure, reliable and proven technology choice for connected vehicle projects. RVI technologies are essential to the connected car, including remote data logging, secure software over-the-air (SOTA) updating, and smartphone app control of certain in-car features such as climate control.

GENIVI extends reusable software to a platform for innovation

Earlier in 2015, GENIVI unveiled its first GENIVI Demo Platform (GDP), a technology demonstrator showcasing a concrete and live incarnation of the GENIVI software and design.  Available as a starter kit, it can be publicly obtained and customized by the wider developer community.

Scheduled for release in 2016, the next iteration of the GDP, developed in the “open”, will provide a world-class delivery and “getting started” experience (both software and hardware), with multiple connectivity options such as RVI and SOTA solutions and tools, continual updating of platform images and individual components, plus all the features available in the current GDP.

When completed, the new GENIVI GDP may well become the de-facto platform for developers to show their innovations to their respective management and future prospects, as well as an important catalyst for engineering innovation within the IVI ecosystem.

About GENIVI Alliance
GENIVI is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of specified, open source, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software. The resulting work of GENIVI will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 150 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.  Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

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Mentor Automotive Drives Industry Towards Enhanced In-Car Audio Experience

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Automotive system design leader introduces development platform to reduce time to market for design of audio network systems based on Automotive Audio Bus® (A2B®) technology

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the Mentor Automotive A2B Analyzer®, the industry’s first third-party development platform supporting the Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) technology developed by Analog Devices, Inc. As automotive design complexity continues to grow, OEMs and suppliers are challenged with integrating faster, more efficient technologies into the automotive architecture at lower system costs. The Automotive Audio Bus technology facilitates the design of in-vehicle audio networks with reduced cost and complexity, and the A2B Analyzer helps significantly reduce the development time for these systems.

Automotive Audio Bus (A2B): Lowest Cost-Per-Node Audio Networking Solution
The A2B technology from Analog Devices is optimized to deliver superior audio quality while reducing system cost, weight, and design complexity. A2B utilizes a master-slave line topology to deliver audio and control data, together with clock and power over a single two-wire, unshielded twisted pair cable. The low-latency, deterministic nature of the A2B technology is particularly well suited for cutting-edge in-car audio applications such as hands-free systems, speech recognition and active noise cancellation.

Mentor Automotive System Design
Leveraging its deep industry experience and system design expertise, Mentor® Automotive designed the A2B Analyzer System hardware and software solution from the ground up in close co-operation with Analog Devices. This enables complete A2B network solutions from early proof-of-concept development, network design and validation over professional tooling, to production systems with custom configurations. This system is part of the Connected OS™ software development platform which includes the IVI head unit, enabling a distributed speaker network for audio throughout the vehicle, and microphones for active noise control, and the A2B Analyzer System for easy set-up, configuration and functional testing: a complete cockpit development platform utilizing A2B technology.

“Mentor Automotive is a leading technology solutions provider in the industry and we are excited by their pioneering test and analysis solutions for the A2B technology. We are confident our customers will benefit greatly from these offerings in the form of easier network configuration, analysis and debug, resulting in a shorter time to market,” said Vlad Bulavsky, General Manager Automotive Cabin Electronics Business Unit, Analog Devices.

OEMs need a protocol that can solve multiple problems: simplifying the electrical system design allows OEMs to offer the consumer multiple vehicle configurations; simultaneously reducing cabling weight thus improving fuel efficiency; and enabling an enhanced in-car experience across the fleet by delivering high quality signal throughout the vehicle with audio, control, clock and power all provided over unshielded twisted pair cable, further reducing the cost-per-node.

“We have seen a strong interest in the A2B technology as car makers look to reduce the weight and cost of cabling in their production vehicles, as well as creating superior audio experiences for their customers.  Our design analysis tools will ensure that system performance is optimized for the many different audio sources and playback devices in a modern vehicle,” stated Rainer Oder, General Manager, Mentor Automotive.

Availability
The Mentor Automotive A2B Analyzer system and the Connected OS™ software platform are available for evaluation now. More information is available on the A2B Analyzer web page.

Visit Mentor Automotive at CES 2016
Mentor Automotive In-Car Experience technologies will be available at Consumer Electronics Show, including demonstrations of the A2B Analyzer System, and active noise cancellation over the A2B network.

About Mentor Automotive
Mentor Automotive provides a leading portfolio of automotive design tools and software, built on deep expertise in systems engineering, to help customers solve the most complex design challenges facing the industry. Solutions reside in three key areas for automotive electrical and electronic design: connectivity and networking; in-car experience; and sub-systems and technology. More information: www.mentor.com/automotive

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.24 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/

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Taoglas Brings Antenna Innovation to the Vehicle-to-Vehicle Market with Unique DSRC Antenna

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Taoglas Brings Antenna Innovation to the Vehicle-to-Vehicle Market with Unique DSRC Antenna

Continuing its history of innovation, antenna leader Taoglas today introduced the DCP.5900, a unique ceramic patch antenna designed for emerging V2V and V2X applications. Ahead of the market, the DCP.5900 supports the latest communications technology for vehicles – DSRC (dedicated short-range communications). This system enables two-way short- to medium-range wireless communications and is critical for active safety applications. The antenna operates from 5850MHz to 5925MHz, fully covering the spectrum allocated for DSRC by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI.) Using these frequencies, DSRC will enable cars to communicate with each other and alert drivers to roadside hazards ahead.

Critical for makers of vehicle safety devices or any V2V or V2X application, this antenna supports high speed and low latency with short-range wireless communication. “For DSRC devices, antenna performance is essential – these devices need to work at all times, even in the toughest RF environments. With safety applications there’s no room for error,” said Dermot O’Shea, Taoglas’ Joint CEO. “The DCP.5900 has an efficiency of 75% and works in rugged environments, even providing continuing connectivity in harsh weather conditions such as subzero or very high temperatures.”

The DCP.5900 ceramic patch antenna is mounted via pin and double-sided adhesive. Even though the miniature antenna is only 12x12mm it exhibits a peak gain of 5.89dBi and over 75% efficiency. The antenna is circularly polarized which means device manufacturers do not have to worry about connecting with other devices such as cars or traffic light systems. The DCP.5900 allows OEMs to transmit and receive more effectively with antennas of varying polarization and characteristics, important in a mobile environment where it’s not known how the other antennas will be installed.

“At Taoglas, we are always looking at the market and talking to customers and partners in order to help us optimize our product road map,” O’Shea explained. “For V2V, OEMs that want to optimize device performance, the circularly polarized DCP.5900 antenna is perfect as it is extremely robust mechanically and the material technology has been used for years in the automotive business for GNSS and cellular antennas.”

The DCP.5900 is available now from Taoglas, please contact us today for more information.

About Taoglas

For more than 11 years, Taoglas has provided advanced antenna and RF solutions to the world’s leading IoT customers in telematics, automotive, metering, wearables, medical devices, remote monitoring, and high-speed video broadcasting. With more than 100 employees spread across offices in Ireland, Germany, Taiwan and the United States, the company’s design and support centers have the most up-to-date test and design equipment including state-of-the-art anechoic chambers, 4G LTE call boxes, environmental and reliability testing capabilities and RF simulation software. Taoglas’ team of RF professionals has a wealth of experience across different use cases from LTE to GNSS, DSRC, and NFC and beyond. Taoglas also performs pre-certification OTA (efficiency/radiation patterns/TRP/TIS) testing for PTCRB and U.S. network requirements. For more information, visit www.taoglas.com.

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ProTek Devices’ TVS Arrays for Automotive Deliver Industry Best Combo Load Dump and Clamping Voltage Performance

Monday, December 14th, 2015

ProTek Devices™ has introduced a new family of transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) that provide circuit protection in various automotive infotainment and other automotive systems. The new PAM8S series provides an industry best combination of surpassing ISO 16750-2:2010(E) load dump testing while also delivering an industry-leading lowest clamping voltage at 48.4 volts. The PAM8S series consists of 15 high-power TVS arrays covering a range of reverse stand-off voltage needs, from 14.0 to 43.0 volts.

Primary applications for this series of circuit protection components include the digital audio tuner, the entertainment system, navigation system and other such vehicle electronics systems. ProTek Devices’ PAM8S series is AEC-Q101 qualified for automotive applications. The operating junction temperature is good to 175 degrees Celsius, a capability suitable for very high reliability and automotive requirements. The components boast a junction passivation optimized design with passivated anisotropic rectifier technology. In addition, the PAM8S series provides unidirectional configuration, a low forward voltage drop, and high surge capability.

It provides 6600 watts of peak pulse power per line (typical = 10/1000 micro seconds). These automotive circuit protection components also meet requirements for the ISO 7637-2 surge specification (varied by test condition) and for MSL level 1 LF (per J-STD-020) with a maximum peak of 245 degrees Celsius. In addition, the parts are RoHS and REACH compliant.

The components are offered in a DO-218AB package at an approximate weight of only 2.58 grams. The terminals are matte tin plated leads and can be soldered, per J-STD-002 and JESD 22-B102. The solder reflow temperature is 260 degrees Celsius for 10 seconds at terminals. For polarity, the heatsink is anode. The PAM8S series also has a flammability rating of UL 94V-0.

Pricing and Availability

ProTek Devices’ PAM8S series is now available in mass quantities. Pricing varies by amounts, with reel sizes starting at minimum quantities of 750 per reel. This is per 24mm tape and reel, EIA standard 481. The components can be acquired via a local authorized distributor or directly from ProTek Devices. A data sheet or other specifications for the PAM8S series of TVS arrays can be found on the ProTek Devices website or the Android and iOS apps.

About ProTek Devices

In business more than 20 years, ProTek Devices™ is a privately held semiconductor company. The company offers a product line of overvoltage protection and overcurrent protection components. These include transient voltage suppressors (TVS arrays), avalanche breakdown diodes, steering diode TVS arrays, PPTC devices, and electronics SMD chip fuses. These components deliver circuit protection in various electronic systems against lightning; electrostatic discharge (ESD); nuclear electromagnetic pulses (NEMP); inductive switching; and electromagnetic interference / radio frequency interference (EMI / RFI). ProTek Devices also offers high performance interface and linear products. They include analog switches; multiplexers; LED drivers; LED wafer die for ESD protection; audio control ICs; RF and related high frequency products. The company maintains its headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. More information is available at http://www.protekdevices.com.

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80V Synchronous Four Quadrant DC/DC Controller with Bipolar Output Seamlessly Sources or Sinks up to 5A

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8714, an 80V input synchronous PWM four quadrant output DC/DC controller. This device cleanly transitions the output voltage through zero volts with up to 5A sourcing and sinking current capability, regardless of the output voltage polarity, making it ideal for regulating to positive, negative, or zero volts. The bipolar output enables the LT8714 to source or sink current, regardless of the output voltage polarity. Applications include bidirectional current sources, test systems, high power low frequency signal amplification, back body biasing, thermoelectric coolers (TECs) and electronic window tinting.

The LT8714 operates over a 4.5V to 80V input voltage range and produces an output voltage that is dependent on the choice of external components. This device can operate as a power source and as a load irrespective of the voltage polarity. Its rail-to-rail output current monitor and control enables the device to be configured as a current source. The LT8714 features an innovative EN pin function that enables slowly varying input signals. A voltage on the control pin externally sets the output voltage.

The fixed operating frequency, selectable from 100kHz to 750kHz, can be synchronized to an external clock. The LT8714 incorporates a power good output signal to indicate if the output voltage is above or below its target regulation voltage. Current mode control provides excellent line and load regulation. Additional features include overcurrent protection, undervoltage lockout and soft-start.

The LT8714 is available in a 20-lead TSSOP package, priced starting at $3.65 each in 1,000-piece quantities. For more information, visit www.linear.com/product/LT8714.

Summary of Features: LT8714

  • Seamless Four Quadrant DC/DC Converter
  • Bipolar Output Sources or Sinks Current Regardless if Output is Positive or Negative
  • Bidirectional Applications
  • Synchronous Rectification
  • Wide 4.5V to 80V Input Voltage Range
  • Rail-to-Rail Output Current Monitor & Control
  • Up to 5A Output Current
  • Fixed Operating Frequency from 100kHz to 750kHz
  • Synchronizable to an External Clock
  • Control Pin Sets Output Voltage
  • Forced Continuous or Discontinuous Mode
  • 20-Lead TSSOP Package

The USA list pricing shown is for budgetary use only. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates.

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Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for over three decades. The Company’s products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModule® subsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com.

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Microchip Applauds Linux Foundation’s Vision of How Open-Source Collaboration is Transforming the Automotive Industry

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Presentation at MOST® Cooperation’s Interconnectivity Conference Asia 2015 Highlights the Value of Automotive Grade Linux in Creating a New Automotive Industry Landscape

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today applauded the Linux Foundation for presenting its vision of the automotive industry’s future and the value of Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), in a session at the MOST® Cooperation’s Interconnectivity Conference Asia 2015, which was recently held in Tokyo.  During their presentation titled “How Open Source Collaboration Is Transforming the Automotive Industry,” the Linux Foundation highlighted the importance of collaborating to build the car of the future. They further indicated that rapid innovation can be accomplished by leveraging Linux and other open-source standards, in conjunction with MOST technology, which enables seamless device networking within the AGL software platform.

To download all of the slides shown during the 16th MOST Interconnectivity Conference Asia, including presentations given by Microchip and the Linux Foundation, please visit http://www.microchip.com/Presentations-120915a.

“We are excited to see the long-established MOST networking technology being easily accessed by automotive developers through standard Linux interfaces,” said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Information Systems Division. “The Linux Foundation’s presentation at the MOST Interconnectivity Conference Asia showed how important Linux and Open Source software are for the automotive industry. As the leading provider of MOST technology, which is the de-facto standard for automotive infotainment networks, we are proud to be a part of that movement.”

MOST technology is a time-division-multiplexing (TDM) network that transports different data types on separate channels at low latency and high quality-of-service. Because MOST devices can use standard Linux interfaces to communicate, Linux applications don’t require specialized knowledge of the MOST network, making it easy to use MOST technology over Linux. This lowers costs and accelerates development via open-source software.

AGL provides a standardized open software, open operating system, and open application framework that allow automotive companies to customize their user electronics and create new business models of their choice, without depending on mobile-phone-platform systems. Native support for MOST networking technology in AGL and the inclusion of Microchip’s open-source MOST Linux Driver in the Linux mainline kernel version 4.3, greatly simplify the development of feature-rich In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems that are popular with today’s consumers. These developments were made possible by Microchip’s close collaboration with the Linux Foundation. Additionally, Microchip has begun enabling designers to use the Linux operating system with its portfolio of MOST network interface controllers.

AGL is the only organization that plans to address IVI, instrument clusters, telematics, Heads-up Displays (HUD), control systems and Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS)—all of which are essential to the connected-car business landscape. For more information on AGL, please visit http://www.microchip.com/AGL-120915a.

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Easily develop and pair intuitive automotive infotainment systems with one tap using TI’s NFC transponder

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The industry’s first automotive-qualified dynamic dual interface NFC transponder enables perceptive one-tap pairing, personalization and service interface

DALLAS (Dec. 2, 2015) – Enabling developers to bring the ease of NFC to automotive infotainment systems, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced the industry’s first dynamic dual interface NFC transponder with Q100 automotive qualification.

The RF430CL330H-Q1 transponder enables simple secure pairing (SSP) using the Out of Band (OOB) association model for Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi® between an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet and an automotive infotainment system. Pair and connect or execute NFC-enabled Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) with one tap to configure specific driver settings when entering the car, eliminating complicated manual procedures.

A highly optimized NFC interface can also serve as a secure configuration and service interface for diagnostics data, supporting 106, 212, 424 and 848 kBaud data rates to allow maximum communication flexibility. The RF430CL330H-Q1 supports an I2C or serial peripheral interface (SPI) connection to an infotainment host processor in the vehicle, including the DRA74x “Jacinto 6” or DRA72x “Jacinto 6 Eco” automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) from Texas Instruments.

Pricing and availability The RF430CL330H-Q1 dynamic dual interface NFC transponder interface is available for USD $0.62 at 1,000 unit volumes.  Developers can begin evaluating their NFC designs using the RF430CL330H-Q1 dynamic NFC transponder interface with the RF430CL330HTB target board for USD $19. Developers can also find support and training online at training.TI.com.

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SYSGO certified according to ISO 9001:2015

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
  • ISO 9001:2015 published on 09/27/2015 in a completely revised version
  • SYSGO receives the new ISO 9001:2015 certificate in November 2015
  • High Level Structure well suited to SYSGO
  • High investment security for customers

Mainz – December 2, 2015 — SYSGO is one of the first companies to have its processes certified according to the new revision of ISO 9001:2015. The international standard for quality management has been completely revised. The new High Level Structure is now suited for mapping the complex processes in the development of safety- and security-critical software. SYSGO has strict in-house quality requirements in product development that could not be adequately covered with the old ISO:9001. The ISO 9001:2015 certificate provides SYSGO customers visible investment security.

New ISO 9001:2015 supports in-house quality standards

SYSGO develops operating systems and basic software for safety- and security-critical systems such as for aircraft, cars and trains that are certified for their safety according to industry-specific standards, including DO-178B/C, ISO 26262 and EN 50128 as well as Common Criteria (ISO 15408). The old version of ISO 9001 did not suffice and was not flexible enough to provide SYSGO with a strict in-house quality assurance that meets the industry-specific requirements for functional safety and Cyber Security. The completely revised ISO 9001:2015 now enables linking of the requirements for industry-specific functional safety standards for the development of mission-critical software with a process-oriented quality standard. SYSGO has been tested and certified by the „Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen (DQS GmbH)“. The certificate can be viewed on the DQS website: http://bit.ly/1kRrua2

“The old version of the ISO 9001 was unsuitable for our very strict in-house standards,” explains Kai Sablotny, COO at SYSGO and board member responsible for certification according to the new standard. “The High Level Structure of the ISO 9001:2015 allowed us to integrate our quality standards, including risk and change management, which are based on the industry-specific certification requirements for functional safety and cyber security standards.”

Securable investment security

Product-specific safety and security standards provide information about the condition and production process of a particular product. ISO 9001:2015 provides a broader overview of the processes of the entire company in its context and includes risk management. The ISO 9001:2015 certificate provides customers, suppliers and institutions involved with the company visible proof of good corporate governance and investment security in their collaboration with SYSGO.

ISO 9001:2015 with High Level Structure

The new structure of ISO 9001 ensures identical definition and structure of all management systems and a unified use of key texts and concepts, thus facilitating the linking with other standards. The current ISO 27001 for information security management, for example, also uses a High Level Structure. ISO 9001:2015 requires anchoring in management and provides for better alignment with in-house business processes as well as self-defined product and service quality. The new flexibility of ISO 9001 enables resource-efficient, process-oriented quality management that takes into account the requirements of other standards.

PikeOS Hypervisor

PikeOS is a hypervisor especially made for embedded systems. With real-time, virtualization and partitioning, it provides all the features needed to build today’s multi-functional and high-integrated devices. Its security architecture creates a foundation for critical systems allowing official approval by the authorities and certification according to international functional safety standards. PikeOS is the only European software platform for smart devices in the Internet-of-Things.

ELinOS Industrial Grade Linux

ELinOS is an embedded Linux distribution purpose-built for the use in industrial applications. The integrated development environment is tailored to the specific requirements of embedded systems and comes with board support packages for the most successful hardware of the embedded market. ELinOS aims at the timesaving and cost-efficient use of Linux in the embedded field. The product is supplemented by training classes and project-oriented support by experienced developers.

About SYSGO

Since 1991, SYSGO provides operating systems and services for embedded systems. In the late 90’s, SYSGO pioneered the use of Linux in the embedded market with the ELinOS distribution. For safety and security critical devices, SYSGO offers PikeOS, the world’s first SIL 4 certified hypervisor for multi-core processors, which builds the foundation for smart devices in the Internet-of-Things. With their product portfolio, SYSGO is the leading non-US RTOS-supplier with customers like Samsung, Airbus, Thales, Continental and many more. Markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Railway, Medical and Network Infrastructure. SYSGO is part of the Thales Group and has facilities in Germany, France, Czech Republic, UK and North America. It maintains a global distribution network and supports its customers in formal certification according to international safety and security standards.

Further Information

SYSGO AG

Sina Schäfer

Phone: +49 (6136) 99480

E-mail: sina.schaefer@sysgo.com

www.sysgo.com

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SYSGO

Am Pfaffenstein 14
Klein-Winternheim, 55270
Germany

tele: +49 6136 99480
info@sysgo.com
www.sysgo.com

New Automotive Multi-Regulators from STMicroelectronics Enable Smaller and Cheaper Car-Infotainment Systems

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Geneva, December 2, 2015 – A new series of highly integrated automotive-grade power-management devices from STMicroelectronics incorporates multiple voltage regulators on a single die, allowing manufacturers of car-infotainment systems to reduce the cost and size of their products. The first member of the new series, the L5963, integrates two switching regulators for step-down DC-DC conversion, a linear low-dropout regulator, and a high-side driver.

The L5963 is made using ST’s state-of-the-art BCD8s Automotive process technology with Deep Trench Isolation (DTI). BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) is a technology pioneered by ST that allows low-voltage and high-voltage devices to be integrated on the same chip. This means that all of the three integrated voltage regulators can be directly connected to the vehicle battery without any intermediate circuitry, while the DTI technology increases the isolation between internal blocks and reduces interferences among them.

Key features of the L5963 include:

  • Compact solution with three voltage regulators in one small (PSSO36) package;
  • Maximum flexibility – all regulators can be directly connected to the car battery, with their output voltages determined by simple resistor-resistor external components, while each regulator can be independently enabled or disabled via hardware pins;
  • High switching frequency up to 2MHz, minimizing the size of external components;
  • High current capability, up to 3A for each DC-DC regulator, meeting the needs of demanding automotive applications;
  • Low power dissipation, with a high efficiency of more than 90% at 250kHz;
  • Extremely low quiescent current (25μA typ.) in standby mode, essential for automotive applications when subsystems are always connected to the vehicle battery;
    • 500mA integrated high-side driver for protected connection of sub-systems to the vehicle battery;
  • 180° phase shift between the DC-DC regulators minimizes EMI emissions;
  • Automotive-qualified (AEC Q100) for use in any car electronic systems.

The high level of integration and the BCD technology eliminate the need to use pre-regulators between the battery and the voltage regulators and allow customers to reduce cost and PCB area by using a single device instead of multiple voltage regulators.

Samples of the L5963 are available at $2.4 in 1ku quantities. Two PSSO36 package options are offered – slug down for low-power applications and slug up for higher-power applications where a heat-sink is needed.

Contact Information

STMicroelectronics

39, Chemin du Champ des Filles
C. P. 21 CH 1228 Plan-Les-Ouates
GENEVA ,
Switzerland

toll-free: +41 22 929 29 29
fax: +41 22 929 29 88