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2010-06-21
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Cell phone technology is rapidly making its way into vehicles, giving both product developers and auto owners a way to leverage the rapid changes in consumer electronics. OEMs and Tier 1s are developing strategies that let them run apps approved for automotive use, though developers are controlling access to approved software.
2009-09-08
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Engineers are leaving no path unexplored as they devise systems that prevent crashes. Many are beginning to tap into navigation and GPS data, using the information to augment radar and cameras.
2008-03-31
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As China rolls out its HDTV format during preparations for this summer's Olympics, broadcasting to vehicles is a key requirement. The standard that came into use late last year will be deployed on thousands of buses and cars in Beijing during the games.
2008-03-31
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As government regulations spur automakers to trim emissions and fuel consumption, engine control systems are getting increased attention from chipmakers. Infineon has boosted the performance of its controllers, prompting BMW to tap the chipmaker's line for its M Series engine.
2011-04-18
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The auto industry can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions and energy usage, but people’s habits will have to change. A key factor will be the shift to hybrids and electric vehicles, Coventry University Professor Peter White said during the SAE 2011 World Congress.
2008-04-10
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The dual-core processors that dominate the PC world are slowly making their way into automotive applications. However, for the technology to make significant inroads, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are seeking help from tool and chip providers.
2008-04-11
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The Toshiba Storage Device Division has boosted the capacity of its automotive-grade disk drive to 80 GB and improved its operating range. The move comes as market analysts predict that drives will remain a niche product in the U.S.
2008-04-11
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General Motors is making energy conservation a key part of its strategic focus, with a number of programs designed to cut fuel consumption in all parts of the globe. And though Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is confident that GM can gain a lead position in the new focus on green vehicles, he’s not shy about criticizing government regulations that are helping drive the transition.
2008-05-13
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Programmable logic devices (PLDs) that were once used primarily for prototyping are now seeing use in production vehicles. Altera Corp. is among the PLD makers responding to this new market opening, producing more automotive-grade FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) and complex PLDs.
2008-05-13
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The two companies are strengthening their partnership in powertrains, extending it to hybrid controls. The move comes as Freescale hits a number of milestones during its transition to a new CEO.
2008-08-07
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Two topics of high interest to the auto industry—the decline of U.S. automakers and the push for energy conservation—are at the forefront of research projects at Argonne National Laboratory. The research lab will spend around $40 million for transportation research this year, and its research efforts could help to determine what projects the U.S. Department of Energy suggests Congress should consider supporting.
2008-06-09
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Yet another application is poised to switch from metal to plastic. Mann+Hummel unveiled a plastic oilpan at April’s SAE World Congress, saying the technology is already designed into a model year 2009 North American vehicle.
2008-07-09
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Intel is making a concerted effort to gain a foothold in the nascent telematics market, unveiling an open Linux-based architecture that helps automakers respond to rapid changes in the marketplace. The company plans to leverage its expertise with mobile devices, augmenting those capabilities through partnerships.
2008-05-13
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The standard has seen a slow start, but it looks as if momentum for the interface between hardware and software is starting to grow. A number of electronics suppliers and their tool providers are ramping up, and automakers continue to show support.
2008-05-13
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Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its presence in China, teaming up with Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. to create a virtual automotive lab. The two will combine to create silicon, software, and systems for vehicles sold in China and later for export.
2008-08-06
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Expanding into new areas is a big challenge for companies, one that offers high risk-reward trade-offs. Both risks and rewards are high in emerging markets, according to panelists who provided the Wall Street View on Strategy and Execution during the SAE World Congress.
2008-05-28
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The Asian market is providing high-volume growth for the motorcycle industry as emerging countries such as Vietnam consume many scooters and low-power cycles. Though these low-end vehicles already boast high fuel-economy ratings, manufacturers are striving to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions with hybrid technologies.
2008-05-13
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Microchip Technology is taking aim at the electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) market, the company developing a new bus architecture and devices that support it. EEPROM is a small segment of the burgeoning market for nonvolatile memory, which is dominated by flash memory, but it is a critical niche in areas for which only very small capacities are needed.
2008-07-08
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Transportation is a key market for aluminum, consuming nearly a third of aluminum used in manufactured goods. The auto industry has a very good record for recovering material for recycling, retrieving roughly 90% when vehicles end their lifetimes.
2008-05-13
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The expansion of electronics and software continues almost unabated, bringing both benefits and challenges for automakers and their suppliers. As engineers develop new safety, infotainment, and powertrain systems, they are looking at a variety of techniques to manage hardware and software development.
2008-05-13
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One of the keys for reducing the number of processors and sensors in vehicles is to share information. That is going to require more bandwidth, opening the door for FlexRay.
2008-07-09
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Telematics appears poised for a solid market takeoff, but most industry representatives say that success will hinge on putting together a mélange of services that appeal to customers.
2008-03-31
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The design software tools that have changed the development cycle are now revamping the way prototype proposals are analyzed by executives, who now view virtual movies rather than scouring over clay mockups. Renault is using these visualization tools to boost the number of new models it introduces.
2011-09-22
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Telematics services show drivers the location of charging stations within their range, helping alleviate range anxiety. Beyond that, they can help owners save money by employing a variety of programs.
2011-09-19
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Analog Devices Inc. aims to reduce manufacturing costs for sensor modules with a patented differential quad-beam architecture that also provides self-calibration and low power consumption.
2011-09-19
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Forward-facing radar systems are getting a lot of attention for their ability to reduce accidents. Radar on the sides and rear of cars for cross-traffic alert is also playing a major role in preventing collisions.
2011-09-20
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Real time operating systems are expanding their role in infotainment. OnStar FMV, an aftermarket rearview mirror, uses software made by QNX Software Systems.
2011-09-11
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The lithium-ion batteries in first-generation electric vehicles bring much better performance than other types of batteries now used in hybrid vehicles. But that’s just the beginning.
2011-09-19
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The two have designed an airbag reference platform that will help local suppliers in countries like China and India.
2011-09-19
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When the devastating earthquake hit Japan in March, the Renesas facility in Naka shook so violently that heavy semiconductor production equipment that was bolted to the floor moved from its base. Now that its Naka operation is at around 75% of capacity, Renesas is discussing its recovery plans and how its challenges have changed business relationships.
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