Archive for March, 2017

Lear Corporation Selected by Wyoming Department of Transportation for Connected Vehicle Pilot Program

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Lear Corporation [NYSE: LEA], a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today announced that it has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its exclusive partner to supply advanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side Units and On-Board Units.

As vehicles and communities become more connected, Lear is leading the way with advanced connectivity technologies.  Lear has complete in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada Systems, for vehicle electrical systems required to connect vehicles to other vehicles and to roadside infrastructure, including hardware, software and cybersecurity.  Lear has deployed road-side equipment in more than 20 locations across eight states and in five countries. Wyoming is one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s pilot sites for connected vehicles, with a focus on trucking and highway driving in adverse weather conditions.  In addition to supplying all related safety applications to this pilot program, Lear’s E-Systems will supply its Locomate Roadstar product with features such as Dedicated Short-Range Communications, high-precision GPS, Wi-Fi, Security and more.  Designed to withstand harsh environments, the Locomate Roadstar is the next generation of this product from Lear’s automotive connectivity product portfolio.

“Lear is pleased to showcase our unique expertise with both in-vehicle and roadside infrastructure capabilities as well as our commitment to work closely with states such as Wyoming in order to provide vehicle connectivity solutions,” said Frank Orsini, Lear senior vice president and president of the E-Systems business segment.  “Our E-Systems team is focused on delivering innovations for automotive connectivity platforms, and our industry-leading vehicle connectivity product offering is the result of our global engineering talent bringing leading products to market.”

“We appreciate partnering with an outstanding global corporation like Lear,” said Bill Panos, WYDOT director. “Our team and theirs have worked together in a fine example of public-private collaboration.  We are proud in Wyoming to be taking a lead in this space and chose Lear since their products, vision, and personnel are at the forefront of the world’s V2X industry.”

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products.  In 2017, the Company will celebrate its 100th year anniversary.  Lear is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive seating systems and electrical distribution systems (E-Systems).  Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 400 vehicle nameplates.  Lear’s world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of 150,000 employees located in 37 countries.  Lear currently ranks #154 on the Fortune 500.  Lear’s headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan.  Further information about Lear is available at http://www.lear.com or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation.

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eSOL Launches eMCOS Scalable POSIX-Compliant RTOS

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Boost to Research and Development of Autonomous Distributed Systems with High Reliability and Real-Time Capabilities ROS that Utilize Open Source Linux Software for Applications Such as Autonomous Driving and ROS

eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, today announced the release of eMCOS POSIX, a POSIX-compliant profile for eMCOS, a world-first commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) that provides scalable support from single to multi- and many-core processors. eMCOS POSIX will accelerate research and development and shorten product development times by facilitating the use of Linux software assets and engineering resources, including open source software (OSS) such as the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework for robotic control and the Autoware software for autonomous driving systems. eMCOS POSIX provides superior real-time capabilities and reliability for embedded systems that require a high level of computing power and operate on an autonomous and distributed basis, such as autonomous driving systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), the industrial IoT, and other applications that utilize cutting-edge tech nology including artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and computer vision,.

eMCOS is a POSIX-compliant RTOS that complies with POSIX 1003.13 PSE 53 and provides full support for multiple processes and threads, loadable processes, and shared libraries. It also provides a multiprocessing environment for multi- and many-core systems with distributed memory, allowing the use of POSIX inter-process communications (IPC) for communication with different scheduling clusters and hardware clusters. It is designed to optimize performance while maintaining the robustness of a POSIX RTOS with a distributed microkernel architecture.

Unlike conventional RTOSs that use a single kernel to manage multiple cores, eMCOS employs a distributed microkernel architecture with a separate microkernel installed on each core. This provides the scalability to support not only different numbers of cores but also heterogeneous hardware configurations with a mix of device architectures, such as FPGAs, GPUs, and microcontrollers with on-chip flash memory. Along with eMCOS POSIX, eMCOS is made up of a number of profiles, including the eMCOS AUTOSAR profile for AUTOSAR. By selecting the appropriate profile to suit system requirements, it is easy to configure distributed systems that combine POSIX and AUTOSAR applications running on separate processors. Supported devices include the MPPAR-256 from Kalray and RH850 series from Renesas Electronics as well as the various ARM cores widely used in embedded systems. Because eMCOS is not designed for particular processor architectures or instruction sets, the intention is to add supp ort for other processors in the future.

Approved as a Premium Member of AUTOSAR in April 2016, eSOL is participating in the formulation of AUTOSAR specifications, including its next-generation Adaptive Platform specification. eSOL is also looking to utilize eMCOS POSIX in Adaptive Platform, which assumes the use of a POSIX OS.

For application development, eSOL provides the eBinder integrated development suite. eBinder includes system analysis tools and other utilities designed specifically for eMCOS. eSOL will comprehensively support the design and development of multi- and many-core systems by providing the eSOL MBP model-based parallelization tool and consulting services that combine technology and other know-how acquired from extensive experience with automotive system development.

eMCOS POSIX will be exhibited at Embedded World 2017 (Tue. March 14 to Thu. March 16, 2017 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Germany).

“eMCOS POSIX allows the use on embedded systems of the extensive range of commercial and open source software that has been developed for Linux and other UNIX-based OSs,” said Masaki Gondo, Software Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of Technology Headquarters at eSOL. “It enables the inclusion of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and sensor fusion in systems such as those for autonomous driving, ADAS, robots, medical cameras, and IoT devices. For these systems that demand a high level of computational performance, eMCOS provides powerful support for R&D and for shortening product time-to-market while ensuring high reliability and superior real-time capabilities.”


About eSOL
Founded in 1975, eSOL is a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions that seeks to create a rich IoT society using its innovative computer technologies. eSOL’s software platform products and professional services, centered around its real-time operating system technology, are used worldwide in every field, starting with automotive systems, which conform to the most stringent quality standards, and including industrial equipment, satellites, and digital consumer electronics. In addition to the research and development of its own leading-edge products, and joint research with major manufacturers and universities, eSOL is actively engaged in AUTOSAR and Multi-Many-Core technology standardization activities.

For more information, please visit http://www.esol.com/

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eSOL Co., Ltd.

1-32-2 Honcho
Harmony Tower
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, 164-8721
Japan

tele: +81 3.5302.1360
fax: +81 3.5302.1361
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Comprehensive Portfolio of Advanced Gigabit Ethernet Products Offers Ease of Design

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

GigEpack Includes Suite of Certified Products and Tools Including Industry’s First Fault-Tolerant Ethernet Switch

A new portfolio of 48 Gigabit Ethernet chips featuring advanced capabilities, certified compliance, comprehensive software support and copy-ready evaluation tools is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. The new suite of products, known together as GigEpack, aims to reduce complexity and remove barriers in deploying high-speed networks, opening up new uses and applications. The GigEpack includes the industry’s first single-chip Gigabit Ethernet switches with integrated HSR/DLR redundancy for ultra-high reliability in critical manufacturing applications. Also included is the industry’s first automotive-grade USB 3.1 Gen 1 to Gigabit Ethernet bridge which supports Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems on a variety of physical network layers.

The comprehensive portfolio of products, designed for industrial, automotive and consumer applications, includes three key elements that ensure ease of use and fast time to market. First, all products are UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory) certified. Second, all products come with free software drivers that are certified or third-party approved for use with all major operating systems running on smartly engineered, copy-ready evaluation boards. Finally, the GigEpack suite is backed by Microchip’s free LANCheck® online design service that reviews customer designs, ensuring that best design practices are used.

“With the introduction of the GigEpack, Microchip is offering a comprehensive platform of high-reliability Gigabit Ethernet products,” says Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s USB and Networking division. “Our goal is to make these products readily available and easy to design. Our products, drivers, boards and documentation are freely available to every customer directly through our product Web pages.”

The GigEpack suite of products includes three product families. The new KSZ9477/9567/9897 switch family includes features that allow users to create ultra-reliable networks with HSR/DLR redundancy and transport audio and video with Audio/Video Bridging (AVB). The KSZ9567 switch, for example, has seven ports, an SGMII interface and also features EtherSynch® technology, providing support for real-time Ethernet, IEEE 1588 v2 precision time protocol (PTP), AVB, and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). The new LAN7800/LAN7850/LAN7801 bridge family enables customers to add Gigabit Ethernet to embedded processors via USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 2.0 or High Speed Inter-Chip (HSIC) bridging to a variety of physical layers such as 1000Base-T, or 100Base-T1 and HDBaseT via RGMII. These products join Microchip’s existing KSZ9031 family of Gigabit PHYs featuring automotive-grade robustness and low power consumption.

For more information about Microchip’s GigEpack Gigabit Ethernet products, visit: www.microchip.com/GigEpack

Pricing and Availability

All products in the suite are available now for sampling or to purchase for volume production. The KSZ9477/9567/9897 switch products are available in TQFP packages starting at $6.07 USD per 10k units. The LAN7800/7850/7801 products are available in QFN packages starting at $3.65 USD per 10k units. The KSZ9031 PHY products are available in QFN packages starting at $1.77 USD per 10k units.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website.  To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go the new, easier to navigate and mobile-optimized microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.


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 www.microchip.com.

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LDRA Debuts Embedded Industry’s First Comprehensive Requirements-Through-Verification Solution for Safe and Secure Automotive Applications

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

LDRA tool suite for Automotive Ensures Delivery of High-Assurance Software for ISO 26262 Compliance

LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, today announced a new variant of its leading LDRA tool suite® specifically tuned for automotive software quality development, verification, and ISO 26262 compliance. The LDRA tool suite for Automotive helps embedded software developers achieve ISO 26262 compliance more cost effectively by enabling traceability, automated software quality analysis, and testing throughout the software lifecycle.

In today’s complex automotive application marketplace, functional safety and security are paramount, and the LDRA tool suite for Automotive enables the development of high-assurance applications. Developers of ADAS; infotainment, powertrain, climate control, and body electronics applications; and autonomous vehicles now leverage a comprehensive requirements-through-verification solution to speed the development and verification process for applications requiring ASIL A, B, C or D assurance. The LDRA tool suite has been certified by TÜV SÜD and SGS-TÜV Saar for development of automotive applications under ISO 26262.

The LDRA tool suite for Automotive offers a broad set of features and benefits:

ISO26262 Compliance Management

  • Provides intrinsic use of and traceability to ISO 26262 objectives
  • Offers increased transparency with lifecycle traceability
  • Simplifies testing and test management
  • Integrates with other industry-leading software development, modeling, and requirements management tools such as MathWorks Simulink®, IBM® Rational® Rhapsody®, IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation, and Polarion® ALM™

Static Analysis

  • Improves software quality by analyzing code for clarity, maintainability, and testability
  • Ensures safer and more secure code through coding standards compliance (MISRA, High Integrity C++, Netrino, etc.)

Dynamic Coverage Analysis

  • Improves quality of testing through coverage analysis
  • Improves quality of code by analyzing and visual reporting of data and control coupling

Automotive Security Module

  • Helps ensure secure code through security standards compliance with MISRA, CERT C, and CWE
  • Enables vulnerability analysis through data and control coupling analysis
  • Simplifies robustness testing

Automated Testing

  • Automates unit, integration, and requirements-based testing
  • Speeds testing through automatic test harness, test case generation, execution, and results capture
  • Enables and reduces cost of host and target-based testing
  • Facilitates regression testing

“Functional safety and security are key concerns for automotive developers and are the primary reasons behind the ISO 26262 standard and advances in security standards development,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA. “Many customers struggle creating software for ISO 26262 compliance. They need to know what to test for and how to identify coding flaws and vulnerabilities early in the design cycle when they are more cost-effective to fix. The LDRA tool suite’s compliance management capabilities ensure that automotive embedded systems can be designed and brought to market faster with up to ASIL D assurance, where lives depend on quality.”

The LDRA tool suite for Automotive will be available Q3 of 2017. Come to the LDRA stand to discuss your requirements at:

Embedded World, 14–16 March 2017, Nürnberg, Germany LDRA Stand: Hall 4A-531


About LDRA
For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit www.ldra.com.

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Mitsubishi Electric Develops World’s Smallest SiC Inverter for HEVs

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Mitsubishi Electric Corp, has developed a working model of an ultra-compact silicon carbide (SiC) inverter for hybrid electrical vehicles (HEVs) that is believed to be the world’s smallest SiC of its type at just five liters volume. It also is believed to offer the world’s highest power density of 86 kVA / L for two-motor HEVs, thanks to incorporation of full-SiC power semiconductor modules that achieve superior heat dissipation. Mitsubishi Electric’s inverter offers improved placement, fuel and energy efficiency, and frees up vehicle interior space. Commercialization for HEVs, electrical vehicles (EVs), and others is expected sometime around 2021.

With fuel-efficiency regulations growing increasingly stringent, the new ultra-compact SiC inverter is expected to help meet the increasing demand for HEVs by reducing the amount of on-board space that must be allotted to electrical apparatus, such as inverters and motors. To develop this world’s smallest inverter, Mitsubishi Electric created a heat dissipation structure that ensures long-term reliability by connecting the power semiconductor modules and heat sink with solder.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric will continue developing its super-compact SiC inverter for mass production, aiming for commercialization around 2021. This development has been partially supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Introducing Klocwork 2017 SmartRank defect recommendation engine

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Rogue Wave Software announces the release of Klocwork 2017. This release extends the capabilities of static code analysis by introducing SmartRank, a defect recommendation engine to help users prioritize and handle bugs faster.

Static code analysis finds defects and security vulnerabilities, but can be challenging for developers to prioritize which issues need to be addressed first. Developers can be presented with hundreds or thousands of defects, making it hard to decide where to start. With Klocwork 2017 SmartRank, that problem is solved.

“We knew our users were struggling with too many issues and no way to prioritize them,” says Walter Capitani, Klocwork product manager at Rogue Wave Software. “Our engineers created a function within Klocwork that enables users to not only see what issues are important, but to have them ranked from most to least important.”

This new technology is a groundbreaking addition for static code analysis, using smart algorithms to determine the most serious issues to address first. And with each release, Klocwork enhances its proprietary analysis engine to surpass competitive offerings. Last year, Klocwork CI introduced continuous static code analysis, allowing users to get faster static analysis results as part of their continuous integration build process. Now with the addition of SmartRank, users have one more way to make testing quicker and more seamless.

“We strive to uphold our mission of simplifying complex software development, improving code quality, and shortening cycle times,” says Capitani. “In addition to SmartRank, Klocwork 2017 also offers improvements to accuracy in the analysis engine, improved detection of security issues involving tainted data, enhanced standards compliance with new MISRA 2012 checkers and support for Amendment 1, improvements to the Visual Studio extension, and upgraded language and compiler support.”


About Rogue Wave Software
The largest independent provider of cross-platform software development tools, components, and platforms in the world. Through decades of solving the most complex problems across financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, government, academia, and other industries, Rogue Wave tools, components, platforms, and services enable developers to write better code, faster.

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Louisville, CO, 80027
USA

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Control, Drive, Sense: High-Power Density SiC and GaN Power Conversion Applications

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

New power switch technologies are key to success with the next generation of motor control, solar inverters, energy storage and electric vehicles. Just as important—the ability to drive these technologies safely and sense them more accurately.

Sensing current within these systems while operating at these higher switching rates is becoming more challenging.

Electricity consumption and its generation, which adds to our carbon footprint and affects climate change, is one of the key problems the world faces. The largest global consumption of electricity is from electric motors and the systems they drive. These systems consume more than twice as much electricity as the next largest consumer, lighting. A 2011 International Energy Agency report estimates that electric motor systems account for between 43 and 46 percent of the world’s electricity consumption.

Farther on Less

The need to further shrink our carbon footprint by reducing the CO2 emissions from transportation is a key driver for the electrification of vehicles. With the electrification of vehicles comes the need for them to be able to travel greater distances with less energy consumed. At the same time, we must ensure that the electricity generated for charging these vehicles comes from clean sources. As important as reducing electricity consumption is improving electricity generation methods. Generating energy through renewable resources like the sun requires efficient solar farms that are becoming mainstream in implementations worldwide.

We’ve seen the emergence of Wide Bandgap semiconductor technologies like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) and the use of power MOSFETS in applications such as solar inverters, motor drives, and electric vehicles. Along with these technologies comes the need for gate drivers that have the capability of driving them efficiently and safely at higher data rates with less dead time in the system. Sensing current within these systems while operating at these higher switching rates is becoming more challenging.

Moving to these new technologies makes electric motors and driving electronics smaller and lighter. Increasing the range of the electric vehicle and decreasing its charging time becomes possible. Higher switching frequencies in solar inverters, as specified in IEC62109-1, will improve the overall efficiency of the systems as well as reducing the size of the line filters. Industrial automation applications where motors are commonly used, as specified in the variable frequency motor drive standard IEC61800-5, will become less bulky and more efficient, reducing the overall energy footprint.

Greater Robustness, Reliability

Isolation is mandated for safety and operation. Implementing the isolation barriers within these applications without compromising on performance is critical. These systems often have long lifetimes and could be implemented in harsh environments, so high levels of component robustness and reliability are a must.

“Sensing current within these systems while operating at these higher switching rates is becoming more challenging.”

One example of a solution for driving new Power switch technologies is Analog Devices iCoupler® digital isolation integrated with gate drivers like the ADuM4121 (Figure 1). It has the capability of driving these new Power switch technologies because of its low industry leading propagation delay of 38ns typical, allowing faster switching and the ability to withstand high Common Mode Transients up to 150kV/µs during fast turn on and turn off events.

Integrating Analog Devices iCoupler digital isolation with industry leading sigma delta analog to digital converters, such as the AD7403, makes it possible to accurately sense the current in high-voltage applications across a smaller shunt resistor, improving system efficiency. This enables the use of higher accuracy shunt-based current measurement architecture rather than Hall Effect systems. Selecting smaller resistors reduces the overall size of the solution.

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Figure 1: ADuM4121 Driving GaN MOSFET GS66508B

To demonstrate system performance benefits, Analog Devices has developed a new Half Bridge GaN evaluation platform in collaboration with GaN Systems, as shown in Figure 2. On this platform we have the ADuM4121 isolated gate driver driving the GS66508B GaN MOSFET from GaN Systems that is rated to 650V at 30A. The gate charge requirement of the GS66508B is very low, making it much easier to drive at higher frequencies with a much lower supply voltage on VDD2 of 6V. The ADuM4121 also includes an internal Miller clamp that activates at 2V on the falling edge of the gate drive output, supplying the driven gate with a lower impedance path to reduce the chance of Miller capacitance induced turn on.

Making use of three of these half bridge evaluation boards combined with the Analog Devices Motor Control evaluation platform, a demonstration system showcasing a three-phase inverter driving a three-phase motor was built (Figure 3). Within the three-phase inverter, large currents are being switched at high frequencies that can cause radiated and conducted emissions. To reduce the conducted and radiated emissions in the system while operating efficiently, it is critical to slew the edges of the switching waveforms sufficiently by selecting an appropriate gate resistance. This series resistance can further help with dampening the output ringing by matching the source to the load.

Figure 2: Replacing an IGBT inverter with a GaN Inverter

Figure 2: Replacing an IGBT inverter with a GaN Inverter

In this demonstration platform, the ADSP-CM409 generates the PWM signals required to drive the power switches, while the integrated SINC filters allow for direct connection of the Isolated Sigma delta ADC used for accurately sensing the current. The reinforced isolation provided by the isolated gate drivers can withstand up to 5kVrms as well as working voltages as high as 849Vpeak according to VDE0884-10. The isolation AD7403 offers can achieve 5kVrms withstand with a working voltage 1250Vpeak, also according to VDE0884-10.

Figure 3: Three Phase Inverter Motor Control Platform

Figure 3: Three Phase Inverter Motor Control Platform

Implementing a three-phase inverter using GaN suits systems operating up to 650V. SiC, having much higher breakdown voltages, more closely matches systems going up as high as 1200V and 1700V because it will have more margin within three-phase systems with 690Vrms line voltages.


ProfilePicture_webHein Marais is a System Application Engineer at Analog Devices, Inc.