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ROHM Receives Certification Under the ISO26262 Automotive Functional Safety Standard for the Development Process

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

 Allows the development of devices and solutions with the highest standard of safety (ASIL-D)

 Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – March 28, 2018 – ROHM has announced that it has received certification for the development process under the ISO

26262 functional safety standard for automotive products by third-party certification authority TÜV Rheinland in Germany. This certification allows ROHM to develop automotive-grade devices that achieve the highest level of safety (ASIL-D).

ISO 26262 was formulated in 2011 as an international standard for functional safety in response to the rising demand for safety performance along with the increasing automation and functionality required in the worldwide automotive market.

In recent years, technical innovation represented by ADAS has accelerated, and to ensure the highest level of safety in vehicles it is necessary to achieve safety targets at the semiconductor level that make up automotive components.

‘In ISO 26262 Functional Safety Standard for Automobiles, demand is growing in recent years for a higher level of safety in the electronic components to be used in on-road vehicles. ISO 26262 is also an important standard because it will cover technical innovations related to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Such innovations are one of the hottest auto-industry topics in recent days. The second edition of the standard is scheduled to be issued this year. The standard’s scope will be expanded to include buses, trucks and motorbikes. There will be a new section on the reliability of semiconductors, because devices containing semiconductors are central to functional safety, which is essential to the development of autonomous vehicles. ROHM receives an ISO 26262 process certification, ahead of any of its competitors. I believe that this will enable them to produce a stable supply of functionally safe products. The company will be engaging in product development in compliance with ASIL-D, and it seems likely that the results of their efforts will be of substantial benefit to their customers.’ stated Mr. Schweinfurter, President & CEO of TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd.

ROHM has adopted a vertically-integrated production system, from development to manufacturing, within the Group based on a corporate mission of ‘Quality First’ established since the company was founded, making it possible to incorporate a high level of quality into each process while achieving accurate traceability and an optimized supply chain.

ROHM has also established dedicated production lines for automotive products and implemented product development that conforms to standards related to quality management systems (IATF 16949) and electronic component reliability (AEC-Q100/101). And going forward, we will apply our ISO 26262 certified development process to products such as power supply and timing controller ICs used in applications for functional safety.

As the role of electronic parts in vehicles continues to increase, ROHM is committed to manufacturing products that will contribute to safer, more environmentally-friendly vehicles by acquiring ISO 26262 certification for the development process.


1) The ISO 26262 Certificate

2) From left side: Mr. Kazushi Arima, General Manager of Mobility at TÜV Rheinland Japan and Mr. Nobuhiro Kanai, Senior General Manager, Head of Product Development LSI Headquarters at ROHM Terminology ISO 26262

An international standard on the functional safety of automotive of electrical controls officially issued in November 2011. This standardizes the development process to achieve functional safety by calculating the risk of failure in vehicle electronic control and incorporates mechanisms in the system in advance as a way to minimize these risks. The entire development lifecycle of the vehicle is covered, from overall vehicle design to the system, ECU, embedded software, and device development, along with the production, maintenance, and disposal thereof.

Functional Safety

Functional safety involves safety measures (concepts for ensuring safety) that minimize risk by adding mechanisms such as monitoring equipment and protective functions. In the automotive market, functional safety minimizes risk to an acceptable level so as to prevent bodily injury in the event of malfunction due to electronic system failure. ISO 26262 is an automotive functional safety standard. Meanwhile, the protective functions frequently referred to in ICs ensure the safety of the IC itself by monitoring for internal malfunctions and/or damage

 About ROHM Semiconductor

ROHM Semiconductor is an industry leader in system LSI, discrete components and module products, utilizing the latest in semiconductor technology. ROHM’s proprietary production system, which includes some of the most advanced automation technology, is a major factor in keeping it at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry. In addition to its development of electronic components, ROHM has also developed its own production system so that it can focus on specific aspects of customized product development. ROHM employs highly skilled engineers with expertise in all aspects of design, development and production. This allows ROHM the flexibility to take on a wide range of applications and projects and the capability to serve valuable clients in the automotive, telecommunication and computer sectors, as well as consumer OEMs.

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Leaking Cars Lead to Sunken Reputations

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

How wireless sensing can drive moisture out of vehicle assemblies

Moisture ingress related quality issues can be a hard-to-detect, slow-burn problem for automakers—one that does not usually present a clear, immediate failure. This problem can loom large on the assembly line, where it is routine for vehicles to go through an end-of-line spray test to detect any water leaks that could represent a potential problem over the life of the vehicle.

Visual inspection methods can reveal significant leaks, but smaller leaks, often in inaccessible areas, are at best difficult, and at worst, almost impossible to find. Modern vehicle assembly methods and increasing electronic content in today’s vehicles accentuate the potential for moisture ingress and its impact on reliability.

ON Semiconductor and RFMicron have sought to address this increasingly important issue by jointly developing a unique, hands-free production turnkey leak detection system. The system employs tiny, low-cost, battery-free wireless moisture sensors placed strategically around the vehicle early in the assembly process. These sensors, read after the spray test, can support an effective way to not only detect moisture ingress problems, but also drive process improvements to eradicate the issue completely.

This article looks at the growing leak problem, its implications, and how this innovative approach looks set to solve the problem, minimize field failures, and protect automakers’ reputations.

Water Leaks are Costly
Water leaks are a costly problem for automakers in more ways than one. Modern vehicles have become more complex and incorporate new materials including aluminum, composites, and glues.  Today’s cars and trucks feature hundreds of electronic sub-assemblies, which make them more susceptible to water damage than ever before.

Large leaks are usually quite easy to find and address, although the thicker sound-deadening foam being incorporated in vehicles can easily mask significant problems. Smaller leaks are much harder to detect and over time can lead to mold growth that has a potential negative impact on the on-board electronics as well as on the health of vehicle occupants.

Water ingress will always lead to expensive warranty claims for automakers; consumer surveys indicate that around 150,000 vehicles are recalled each year for water leak issues. With an average repair cost per vehicle as high as $5000, this equates to a hidden leak cost of $100 for every vehicle sold—not counting the value of a damaged brand reputation and the potential loss of future sales.

Spray and Seek
While vehicle design has moved on significantly and leaks are far less prevalent than in the past, it is estimated that up to two percent of vehicles leave the factory with hidden water leaks. In order to identify these vehicles before they reach the consumer, many automakers implement a two-to-five-minute soak test at the end of the assembly line.

These soak tests generally involve the vehicle being sprayed with high-pressure water jets from multiple angles to probe all of the vehicle openings and accelerate any water ingress. The magnitude of water intrusion during a test can range from large puddles accumulating in low lying areas of the vehicle, to just a few drops in the more obscure places. The former are relatively easy to spot through traditional visual inspection methods. But the latter—especially if in out-of-sight areas such as between the inner and outer skins of the vehicle or soaked into sound-deadening material—are not.

Figure 1: Automakers turn up the pressure to find leaks with water jets in the 2,000 psi range.

Currently, there are several manual methods employed to detect water ingress after the spray process has finished. Some automakers use differential probes to electrically identify leaks or water contact indicator tapes that change color when damp. These methods may increase the chance of detecting a leak. However, they still struggle with penetrating the thicker foams and small interior spaces present in today’s vehicles. The most common method remains physical inspection by assembly line workers.

This manual method of inspection is prone to error, not least because the worker is also carrying out a plethora of other (unrelated) checks and inspections at the same time. Even when performed well, this method can only verify water that can be seen or felt by the worker’s hands. Any water that is hidden from view in inaccessible areas, such as behind interior trim or underneath carpet, is inevitably missed, setting up a future warranty claim.

Not only is the current method of ‘spray and seek’ unreliable, it also takes time and therefore imposes significant additional costs on the automaker.

Non-invasive Leak Detection that is Cost Effective and Accurate
Given the costs associated with unreliable test and inspection as well as the high costs of repairing every leak that reaches a consumer, it is no surprise that semiconductor manufacturers and automakers have been looking at alternative solutions. One innovative and dependable approach that has been developed to address water ingress in vehicles is the RFM5126 Moisture Intrusion Detection System. This turnkey solution allows automakers to determine if water has penetrated a vehicle. In addition, it shows the exact time and location of any leak. Furthermore, through storing and analyzing data from the system, statistics and trends can be developed for vehicle models and factories, allowing for effective design through process improvement.


Figure 2: RFM5126 Moisture Intrusion Detection System

At the heart of the integrated system, multiple tiny, battery-free, wireless water leak sensors are placed underneath the carpet, behind trim panels, and in other small hidden areas within the vehicle.

These sensors, sold under the Smart Passive Sensing™ and SPS™ brands, have an adhesive backing that allows them to be installed on the vehicle chassis, in locations prone to water leaks, at the bare metal stage of assembly. The sensors come with an option to include a water wicking tail during install that adheres to both the top of the sensor and bare metal chassis, thereby extending the range of leak detection in a specific vehicle location.

Figure 3: Sensors are adhered directly to the vehicle’s metal chassis at the pre-trim stage and have an optional wicking tail.

After completing all assembly, vehicles move through the high-pressure spray test, where the system flags any leaks including the small, hard-to-find ones. Drive-through portals receive data from the sensors, and sophisticated sensor monitoring software within the portals can accurately report leak locations to pinpoint and speed up any necessary rework.

Water ingress is a significant problem for automakers costing them time on the assembly line as well as significant warranty claims and, ultimately, loss of brand reputation. Current testing methods are unreliable, as many leaks are hidden and assembly line workers making checks are often performing other tasks at the same time.

New Smart Passive Sensors form the heart of sophisticated leak detection systems that eliminate manual inspection and improve inspection accuracy.

The data collected provides the information needed to drive process improvement efforts that help the automaker identify systemic issues with the ultimate aim of eliminating the problem completely and permanently.

Jeremy Correale is Automotive Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor. He  leads the automotive segment of ON Semiconductor’s Protection and Signal Division based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is responsible for the definition and execution of the business unit’s automotive strategy revolving around a portfolio of ESD Protection and Small Signal Discretes, electronic fuses (eFuse), and Smart Passive Sensors (SPS). Correale joined ON Semiconductor in 2010 after completion of his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. In his free time, Correale is an active member of the Arizona-Nevada section of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and enjoys racing in the occasional track day under the National Auto Sport Association.


Alan Hansford is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RFMicron, Inc. in Austin Texas. Mr. Hansford has workedwith numerous startups and corporations to deploy IoT technologies to industrial and consumer segments. Mr. Hansford has deep experience in with embedded and system products processing at the edge.





Cepton Announces Next-generation LiDAR Solution for Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

High-performance, Low-power, Cost-effective Vista LiDAR Available Today

March 27, 2018 03:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cepton Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, today unveiled its Vista LiDAR sensor at the annual NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, with immediate availability for the autonomous vehicle market. A video overview is available here:

“Vista is a great solution for our self-driving vehicles, and Cepton’s focus on getting a great product into market quickly makes them a natural partner for us.”

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The Vista LiDAR sensor delivers best-in-class performance to the automotive market when compared to current LiDAR technologies. The 120-line-equivalent scanner delivers 200 meters of range and 0.2 degrees of spatial resolution. The Vista LiDAR is significantly smaller than most solutions on the market and uses fewer than 10 watts of power. This allows automakers to seamlessly integrate LiDAR technology into the vehicle body.

The Vista sensor is the fourth LiDAR product developed by the fast paced Cepton team over its first 20 months in operation. Built on Cepton’s patented micro-motion technology (MMT) platform, Vista has no rotational or frictional parts, consisting only of high maturity automotive components for expedited automotive grade certification. Vista LiDAR samples are available today for Cepton’s automotive partners to evaluate in their self-driving fleets. Automated volume production will start in Q2, 2018.

“Performance is very important for our automotive customers, but when it comes to scale deployment, everything matters. Vista provides an unmatched combination of small size, low power, long range and high resolution,” said Dr. Mark McCord, VP of engineering and co-founder, Cepton. “For those who pursue all levels of autonomous driving, active safety or mapping applications, Vista is the most cost-effective solution for deployment at scale.”

“As an early and current customer of Cepton, we continue to be impressed by their ability to build a product that lands in the sweet spot of performance, reliability, size, power consumption and price,” said Edwin Olson, CEO and co-founder, May Mobility. “Vista is a great solution for our self-driving vehicles, and Cepton’s focus on getting a great product into market quickly makes them a natural partner for us.”

In collaboration with NVIDIA, Cepton leverages the NVIDIA DRIVE platform for advanced processing of LiDAR data. This AI supercomputer combines deep learning and sensor fusion to accurately paint a full, 360-degree environment representing dynamic and static objects encompassing the vehicle.

“Automotive LiDAR like Cepton’s is a key sensing technology to enable self-driving efforts,” said Glenn Schuster, senior director, technical marketing, NVIDIA. “LiDAR generates a massive amount of data and needs the compute horsepower of an AI supercomputer to understand what is around the vehicle.”

Meet Cepton at GTC

Cepton CEO Dr. Jun Pei will present at GTC session S8860 – Next Generation Sensors for Self-Driving at 9 a.m. PDT on March 28. Cepton will exhibit throughout the show at GTC booth #633. To request a meeting or more information, contact

About Cepton

Cepton is a leading 3D LiDAR solutions provider that is shipping next generation LiDAR products for the automotive, industrial and mapping markets. Cepton delivers high performance, cost-effective solutions to enable 3D perception for the fast-growing smart machines market. Led by LiDAR and advanced image industry veterans, Cepton has moved rapidly to establish itself as a technology leader, progressing from the founding of the company in 2016 to delivering four advanced LiDAR solutions and signing more than 50 customers in less than 20 months. For more information, visit

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Renesas Electronics Unveils World’s First On-Chip Flash Memory Microcontroller Featuring Advanced 28nm Embedded Flash Technology

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

RH850/E2x Series is the New-Generation Automotive Control Microcontroller that Extends the Entire Renesas autonomy™ End-to-End Solution Portfolio from Foundation

TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2018 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the sample shipment of the industry’s first on-chip flash memory microcontroller (MCU) using a 28 nanometer (nm) process technology. To contribute to the realization of next-generation green cars and autonomous vehicles with higher efficiency and higher reliability, the revolutionary RH850/E2x Series MCU incorporates up to six 400 megahertz (MHz) CPU cores, which makes it the first on-chip flash memory automotive MCU to achieve the industry’s highest processing performance (Note 1) of 9600 MIPS (Note 2). The new MCU series also features a built-in flash memory of up to 16 megabytes (MB) as well as enhanced security functions and functional safety.

Under Renesas autonomy™, an open, innovative and trusted platform for assisted and automated driving, Renesas provides end-to-end solutions that advance the evolution of vehicles towards next-generation green cars, connected cars, and autonomous-driving vehicles. The 28nm-generation automotive control MCU is a new breakthrough product featuring next-generation technology for achieving vehicle control, which, together with the R-Car Family of systems-on-chip (SoCs) designed for cloud connectivity and sensing, constitute the two main pillars of the Renesas autonomy Platform. Car OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers, such as Denso Corporation, have already started to adopt the new 28nm MCU, recognizing the MCU’s superior processing performance capable of developing next-generation fuel-efficient engines, as well as its unparalleled scalability as a platform that addresses the expected electronic control unit (ECU) integration to come from changes in automotive electrics/electronics (E/E) architecture.

Key features of the new RH850/E2x MCU Series

• High processing performance to enable complex automotive control for green cars

To develop environmentally-friendly vehicles, next-generation fuel-efficient engines require high processing performance to allow the implementation of new fuel combustion systems. In addition, both high processing performance and high integration densities are required to achieve miniaturization and higher efficiency in the motors and inverters used in electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The newly-developed 28nm-process flash memory MCU is the world’s first to achieve up to six 400 MHz CPU cores and 9600 MIPS processing capabilities. Compared to the earlier 40nm MCUs, the new RH850/E2x Series of MCUs also achieves approximately three times the performance at the same power level. The RH850/E2x realizes increased automotive control system integration by including enhanced sensor interfaces necessary for precise automotive control functions. Multi-core virtual environments and model-based development environments for the new MCUs will be available from Renesas partner companies.

• Advanced OTA updates with large flash memory capacities for connected cars

Demand for built-in large capacity flash memory is rising to support over-the-air (OTA) functionality which automatically and wirelessly updates the ECU software to control programs with improved safety. The RH850/E2x Series is equipped with up to 16 MB of flash ROM and, to suit the user’s needs and preferences, it is possible to only update certain arbitrary areas during program operation. The RH850/E2x Series also comes with improved serial interfaces, including up to ten channels of CAN FD and one Ethernet channel. Security functions that support Evita Medium enable the MCUs to support safe and rapid OTA updating of the software.

• Enhanced functional safety for autonomous-driving vehicles

Targeting ASIL-D, the highest level of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for automotive E/E systems, the RH850/E2x Series adopts the dual core lock step CPU structure that guarantees that the calculations performed by two CPU cores are identical. The RH850/E2x also provides up to four sets of CPU pairs, and features a variety of hardware functional safety improvements. In applications where a system malfunction could lead to life-endangering accidents, these features immediately detect faults should a malfunction occur and allow system safety to be maintained. Renesas will provide safety analysis tools that can flexibly support a wide range of use cases to implement safe systems.

Following the development of the 28nm embedded flash memory in February 2015, Renesas announced its collaboration with TSMC on 28nm MCUs in September 2016. The company today hit a major milestone by reaching sample shipment of the world’s first 28nm embedded flash memory MCU on the market. Renesas has already succeeded in verifying large-scale operation of fin-structure MONOS flash memory targeting 16/14nm and beyond generations of MCUs. As the leading supplier of automotive semiconductor solutions, Renesas is committed to advancing the industry through continued technological innovation to achieve a safe and secure automotive society.

To assure scalability in the RH850/E2x Series, in addition to the 28nm flash memory MCU, Renesas has also launched a 40nm process MCU featuring (1) and (3) described above. Samples of this MCU are available now. Samples of both 28nm and 40nm MCUs from RH850/E2x are scheduled to be available from March 2018.

Refer to the separate sheet for product specifications of the RH850/E2x Series.

(Note 1) As of today compared to published data from other companies, according to Renesas research.

(Note 2) MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second): An expression of the processing power of a computer.

About Renesas’ Metal-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon (MONOS) embedded flash technology

MONOS is a structure in which each transistor in the flash cell consists of three layers—oxide, nitride, and oxide—on a silicon base, with a metal control gate at the top. Renesas has accumulated more than two decades of experience in the use of MONOS flash memory technology by providing MCUs for IC cards. Based on the track record in MONOS technology, Renesas successfully extended the technology by developing a split-gate (SG) structure suitable for MCU internal flash memory. The new “SG-MONOS” –type flash memory realizes MCUs with high reliability, high speed and low power consumption.

For more information about Renesas, follow Renesas Electronics America at @RenesasAmerica on Twitter and

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Abaco Announces ImageFlex Release 2.0 for Faster, Simpler Development of Advanced Applications for Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

• Leverages power of GPU technology
• Reduces lines of code required by a factor of five
• Includes reference examples, algorithms for even greater developer productivity


HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— March 27 2018 Abaco Systems has announced Release 2.0 of its powerful, flexible ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit at the GPU Technology Conference. Leveraging the enormous power of GPU technology, ImageFlex provides an easy-to-use API framework to considerably speed and simplify the development, optimization and maintenance of advanced AI applications – especially those targeted at autonomous vehicles.

ImageFlex enables developers of image/video processing and visualization applications on GPUs to be substantially more productive by hiding the complexity of the underlying software layers, while maintaining high performance. By providing an OpenGL® abstraction layer (no OpenGL experience is required) it can reduce the number of lines of code required by a factor of five, radically reducing the effort and time needed in order to create, test and maintain the application. This means faster time-to-market as well as lower development cost.

New features for ImageFlex Release 2.0 include:

• Tools and reference examples enabling AI-based applications to be deployed on Abaco’s NVIDIA®-based GPU products.
• Provision of a reference target tracking example – a core building block for tracking applications.
• High quality, GPU-optimized image stabilization.

ImageFlex is highly complementary to Abaco’s NVIDIA GPU-based GVC1000 and GVC2000 hardware platforms, which use the NVIDIA Jetson supercomputer on a module for AI computing at the edge. This allows the creation of complete solutions for Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), 360° situational awareness, helmet mount sight processing, target identification and tracking and other EO/IR processing applications. It is portable across a range of graphics processing architectures and operating systems, and is potentially safety certifiable.

“ImageFlex significantly reduces our customers’ software engineering effort in the development and deployment of applications for EO/IR platforms and autonomy, and is unique in its ability to do so,” said John Muller, Chief Growth Officer at Abaco Systems.

“Combined with our powerful, flexible hardware platforms, ImageFlex is evidence not only of our experience and expertise in AI-based graphics, video and visualization applications, but also of our commitment to providing our customers with more complete solutions.”
The ImageFlex API provides functions for a range of image processing operations from simple image transformations through to more complex lens distortion correction and image morphing. It includes optimized, high quality image fusion, stabilization, tracking and distortion correction algorithms, as well as a comprehensive set of reference application examples that provide core software building blocks. ImageFlex also provides tools and reference examples demonstrating how to integrate with sensors and deploy artificial intelligence-based applications such as object detection and recognition.

In addition, ImageFlex provides an innovative, high performance image fusion function that can fuse image data from multiple sources of different resolutions. The algorithm adaptively adjusts to pull through the regions of highest contrast in each source to a produce a fused result, enabling an observer or processing stage to act on the combined information of the sources.
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About Abaco Systems
With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term. With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most.

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Marvell Announces Integration of Industry’s First Secure Automotive Ethernet Switch into NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus Platform for Level 5 Autonomy

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

NVIDIA AI Car Supercomputer First to Market with Embedded Security Built into Hardware Layer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (March 27, 2018) – Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL), a leader in storage, networking, and connectivity semiconductor solutions, today announced that its industry-first 88Q5050 secure automotive Ethernet switch is integrated into the NVIDIA® DRIVE™ Pegasus platform for autonomous vehicles, making it the first commercially available solution with embedded security built into the core. Marvell’s secure switch can handle multi-gigabit applications for OEM car manufacturers to deliver an in-car network that supports sensor fusion, cameras, safety and diagnostics. The Marvell® embedded security technology helps to prevent vehicles from cyberattacks that can compromise a safe and seamless driving experience.

The NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus computing platform has been designed to handle Level 5 driverless vehicles and compute over 320 trillion operations per second. The platform combines deep learning, sensor fusion, and surround vision to understand what’s happening around the vehicle in real-time. The Marvell 88Q5050 layer 2 managed secure IP switch enables the fast and safe transmission of this data for next generation connected vehicles.

Automotive Ethernet has been purpose-built to address the increasing risk of cybercrime and is more secure than previous connectivity protocols used in cars, such as controller area network (CAN). The industry-leading Marvell 88Q5050 solution employs a deep packet inspection (DPI) engine and trusted boot functionality to ensure a robust level of security. The switch also supports both blacklisting and whitelisting addresses on all its Ethernet ports to further enhance its security especially against denial of service attacks.

The Marvell Ethernet switch solution is AEC-Q100 qualified and can meet the rigorous standards of the industry and withstand harsh automotive environments. It supports multiple integrated 100BASE-T1 PHYs as well as 1000BASE-T1 interfaces, and can connect with Marvell’s previously announced 88Q2112 1000BASE-T1 PHY.

“The 88Q5050 is Marvell’s latest addition to the automotive portfolio of wired and wireless network solutions and is designed to prevent malicious attacks or compromises to data streamed in and out of the vehicle. Marvell has over 20 years of Ethernet IP experience and this partnership with NVIDIA demonstrates our continued commitment to innovating and leading in automotive technology. Marvell is excited about the future of automotive and will utilize its extensive portfolio to accelerate the adoption of automotive Ethernet,” said Thomas Lagatta, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Marvell.

“NVIDIA DRIVE enables automakers, tier 1 suppliers, and startups to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles,” said Gary Hicok, senior vice president of Hardware Development, NVIDIA. “Marvell’s new Ethernet switch adds a robust security capability that can handle multi-gigabits of data and help combat the risk of cybercrime.”

“As connected cars become more autonomous, they are generating a massively increased amount of data and are also becoming ever-more vulnerable to new types of cyberattacks. Marvell has a rich history in Ethernet technology and a renewed and enhanced focus on bringing to market innovative technologies that will shape the future of the automotive industry. The Marvell 88Q5050 automotive gigabit Ethernet solution is paving the way for secure and reliable high-bandwidth data transmission in vehicles,” said Ian Riches at Strategy Analytics.

About Marvell
Marvell first revolutionized the digital storage industry by moving information at speeds never thought possible. Today, that same breakthrough innovation remains at the heart of the company’s storage, networking, and connectivity solutions. With leading intellectual property and deep system-level knowledge, Marvell’s semiconductor solutions continue to transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. To learn more, visit:

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RTI International Launches New Company to Commercialize Machine Vision Imaging Technology

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RTI International, a leading nonprofit research institute, today announced the launch of a new spin-out venture company, SWIR Vision Systems Inc., to commercialize breakthrough infrared camera technology developed at RTI for applications in the industrial machine vision, security systems, agricultural, automotive, and other global imaging markets.

“Commercializing our most promising discoveries is an important aspect of our mission to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice,” said Wayne Holden, PhD, president and CEO of RTI International. “RTI has a deep history of innovations and establishing new businesses like SWIR Vision Systems, that leverage RTI’s technology, is a great way to extend our impact.”

RTI’s patented infrared camera technology, based on novel and commercially scalable image sensor materials, was advanced with a combination of grant support from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and internal development, management, and financial support from RTI. The technology was licensed exclusively to SWIR Vision Systems, which plans to commercialize its Acuros™ SWIR-band cameras in 2018 and manufacture the cameras at its Research Triangle Park, NC operations center.

“To further support the new company, RTI has made an equity investment, and will participate going forward via board membership,” said Ginger Rothrock, PhD, who directs technology commercialization at RTI. “RTI’s early stage commercialization model provides multi-disciplinary support and investment to a focused portfolio of high potential development programs,” added Rothrock.

George Wildeman, a photonics industry executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of technology commercialization experience, has been named Chief Executive Officer of SWIR Vision Systems. Ethan Klem, PhD, will transition from RTI to become SWIR’s Chief Technology Officer. Klem led the innovative research and development program for the sensors during his tenure at RTI and will continue to spearhead the technical program with the new company.

“Acuros cameras will dramatically expand the imaging toolkit for machine vision integrators, disrupting the cost and performance curve for vision systems design,” said Wildeman, “We look forward to witnessing the impact of the technology as it is adopted in our target applications and markets.”

About RTI International

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit

About SWIR Vision Systems

SWIR Vision Systems Inc., a North Carolina based startup company launched from RTI International, is developing and commercializing a novel, breakthrough image sensor technology, delivering affordable, infrared imaging cameras with full HD resolution. The company’s AcurosTM cameras provide high clarity, SWIR-band images with superior performance and value when applied to industrial machine vision, security, agricultural imaging, and other advanced vision systems applications. For more information, visit

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Now at Mouser: NXP’s S32R274 Microcontroller Drives Fast Chirp-Modulation Automotive and Industrial Radar Systems

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

March 27, 2018 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the S32R274 radar microcontroller from NXP Semiconductors. Engineered to meet the high-performance computation demands required by modern beam-forming and fast chirp-modulation radar systems, the S32R274 combines signal-processing acceleration with a multicore architecture to provide up to four times the power performance in industrial and automotive applications, compared to previous generations of products.

The NXP S32R274 radar microcontroller, available from Mouser Electronics, offers a multifaceted solution for general software tasks and car bus interfacing. Combined with radio frequency (RF) front-end technologies (RFCMOS or BiCMOS), the S32R274 provides designers a scalable solution that addresses ultra-short-range, short-range, mid-range and long-range radar systems.

The microcontroller offers four Power Architecture® cores — including an e200Z4 32-bit CPU for its safety core, and e200Z7 32-bit CPUs for its dual computation cores — to provide exceptional power performance, integration, safety, and reliability. Other features include 2 MBytes of flash with ECC, 1.5 MBytes of SRAM with ECC, and a Signal Processing Toolbox (SPT) for radar signal processing acceleration. For memory protection, the S32R274 provides 24 entries for each core memory protection unit, a data and instruction bus system memory protection unit, and register protection.

Security features of the S32R274 include a Cryptographic Security Engine for advanced security management, a Password and Device Security module that supports censorship and life-cycle management, and a diary control for tamper detection. With support for ISO 26262 SEooC up to ASIL-D classification and a rating for AEC-Q100 Grade 1, the S32R274 is an ideal solution for Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The S32R274 is supported by the S32R274RRUEVB evaluation board, also available from Mouser. which offers a variety of interfaces, including RS232/SCI, FlexRAY, LINFlexD, Ethernet, and two CAN interfaces.

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With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

About Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on rapid New Product Introductions from its manufacturing partners for electronic design engineers and buyers. The global distributor’s website,, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 5 million products from over 700 manufacturers. Mouser offers 22 support locations around the world to provide best-in-class customer service and ships globally to over 600,000 customers in 170 countries from its 750,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

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NI Technology Helps Subaru Reduce Electric Vehicle Test Development Times by 90 Percent

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Subaru simulates road conditions with a NI hardware-in-the-loop system, lowering purchasing costs to 33 percent of alternative solutions

March 20, 2018 07:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced today that major automotive manufacturers like Subaru are using NI hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technology to simulate actual road conditions for electric vehicle testing, eliminating environmental factors to reduce test time and costs.


NI hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technology helps Subaru reduce electric vehicle development test time and costs. (Photo: Business Wire)

Traditionally, engineers have conducted vehicle tests using finished cars on test courses or public roads to check the vehicle’s performance and safety response. However, certain limitations, such as weather and fluctuating road surface conditions, can make it difficult to conduct reproducible tests on roads in a timely manner. Moreover, electric vehicles are extremely complex due to their many subsystems, which are all interdependent on each other. This complexity makes the job challenging for automotive test engineers with short development cycles and pressure to limit costs.

To combat these issues, Subaru replaced the roads in the validation tests with a NI HIL simulation solution built on NI PXI products and LabVIEW software. With the HIL system, Subaru can eliminate environmental factors and thoroughly and efficiently test a vehicle’s embedded controller in a virtual environment before running real-world diagnostics on the complete system.

“By using NI PXI products and LabVIEW, we were able to completely implement a customized HIL system in just one to two weeks and develop our software in-house,” said Daisuke Umiguchi, Electrified Power Unit Research and Experiment Dept., Subaru Corporation. “This helped us keep product purchasing costs to around one-third of the cost of adopting solutions from other companies, and, because of our familiarity with LabVIEW, keep our software development costs to around one-sixth of the cost of commissioning an outside developer.”

Subaru further outfitted its vehicle test solution with a controller-driven dynamometer by HORIBA and CarSim vehicle dynamics simulation software deployed by Virtual Mechanics. Together, they produce load conditions equivalent to those generated on actual roads. This driving system transmits the calculated values to the NI HIL system in real time to create closed-loop control between the models on the HIL system and the driving system. As a result, the HIL interaction system can apply the appropriate load to the vehicle throughout the tests.

Subaru plans to use this test system at the final stages of development for electric vehicles as a final quality check, and eventually expand its use for all car types. By adopting this system, Subaru anticipates reducing labor hours by half compared to conventional methods.

For more information about how NI develops HIL systems for vehicle simulation and testing, visit

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NI ( empowers engineers and scientists with a software-centric platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.

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Teledyne LeCroy Automotive Solutions

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Control Busses
Automotive control busses enable communication between ECUs, sensors, actuators, etc. using well defined protocols. These protocols are deployed using electrical, optical, or wireless signaling. As the amount of data being transferred in-vehicle is rapidly increasing, control busses are evolving to meet the new demands.

Today’s vehicles utilize an array of different protocols for in-vehicle communication.
CAN – in-vehicle networks controlling window/seat operation, engine management, brake control, etc.
CAN FD – extends the bit rate of CAN via a flexible data rate
LIN – communication between components in vehicles, provides a cheaper alternative to CAN
FlexRay – utilizes two independent data channels for mission critical data transmission
SENT – point-to-point scheme for communication with sensors
MOST – electrically or optically based ring topology to transport data for infotainment
Automotive Ethernet – provides Ethernet connectivity in vehicles; used for infotainment, ADAS and can serve as Ethernet backbone

Common Control Bus Issues:

  • Serial bus protocol errors (ie: error frames or CRC errors)
  • Reflections caused from improper termination
  • Slow rise times causing timing errors in cause-effect relationships
  • Physical layer abnormalities – runts, glitches, etc.


  • Digital data extraction and graphing of CAN wheel speed information
  • Detect a rogue message on a bus that is outside a list of specified message IDs
  • Isolate signal integrity issues coming from a specific node on the bus
  • Automated compliance testing of PHYs for Automotive Ethernet, USB, MOST, etc.
  • Margin testing of different cable lengths and network topologies using eye diagrams and mask testing


  • Oscilloscopes
  • Mixed Signal Testing
  • Serial Data Decode
  • Signal Generators
  • Protocol Analyzers

Automotive Solutions

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700 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977

toll-free: 800-909-7211

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