E-Chips & Connected Car News Tips: IHS, Continental, PearlVision, Toyota, Microchip, Samsung, Toshiba & Jasper

embeddedchipstipstinyIn connected car and embedded chips’ news this week are predictions form IHS, licenses for Faraday Future, Continental support, a new PearlVision product, profits for connected cars, new testing by Toyota, new chips from Microchip, new drivers from Toshiba/Samsung and new chips from Renesas.

Telematics Predictions

Gobal revenue from automotive telematics systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 19 percent to $4.2 billion by the end of 2021, according to new forecasts from IHS Automotive. These forecasts are driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, and project nearly $2.8 billion in additional annual revenue by the end of the forecast period in 2021, compared to 2015.

Data from the IHS Automotive Telematics Forecasts  represents production of telematics systems, including embedded, consumer electronics and hybrid telematics (those that include both consumer electronics and embedded technology).

Consumer electronics-based (CE) solutions will make up nearly 30 percent of the market, leaving only about 15 percent of embedded systems in 2021, the IHS Automotive forecasts say. Additionally, hybrid telematics will boast the strongest revenue CAGR at more than 12 percent from 2015 – to 55 percent of the overall market.

Faraday Self-Driving

Faraday Future will begin testing self-driving cars on public roads in California later this year. The company has received a license from the state of California DMV.

Continental Support Smart City Challenge

Continental is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT)’s Smart City Challenge. Continental has initially pledged at least $1 million to the winning city to provide improved safety and connectivity technology to its transportation network.

As part of its commitment, Continental will provide advanced sensing, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication technology to increase traffic safety at intersections and provide a platform for intelligent transportation systems of the future.

Pearl RearVision Coming

Pearl Automation Inc. announced RearVision, a backup camera and alert system that installs in minutes. RearVision enables a super-wide view of the area behind your vehicle in both day and night — with high-definition video streamed wirelessly to your phone. The license plate frame is solar-charged.  Through advanced image processing, the RearVision Car Adapter analyzes the video streams to detect obstacles in your path, providing audible alerts and sending visual alerts to your phone. Pearl RearVision includes ongoing software updates that deliver performance improvements and new feature enhancements. Pearl RearVision retails for $499.99 and is taking preorders.

Jasper IOT Show Me the Money

Bringing mobility-as-a-service with on-demand services will completely transform the transportation experience. Automotive OEMs will need to transform as well to become mobility providers.

Automotive OEMs know how to make money from subscription business models. But as cars become consumer internet devices, monetizing services using “Internet” style monetization models presents new challenges. Forward-thinking OEMs are already enabling split billing to monetize Wi-Fi as a connected car service, and in the future can use split billing to offer services that are free.

Hear how the Internet of Things is changing the connected car at:


Toyota Uses Kid Crash Dummies

Toyota Motor Corporation has added three new models to represent children aged ten, six, and three to Version 4 of its Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual crash dummy software. THUMS allows injuries sustained by human bodies during vehicle crashes to be simulated on computer, and sales of the new models will begin from this autumn.

THUMS is able to forecast the extent of injuries sustained throughout the human body, and thus, is utilized in the technological development of passenger protection devices such as airbags, and to contribute to improved vehicle safety performance. THUMS is also increasingly being used in the field of motorsports. For example, it has been used by NASCAR (the U.S.-based National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) to formulate regulations for seat shapes that are better able to reduce the likelihood of rib fractures sustained in drivers as a result of racing accidents.

Microchip in GM

Microchip Technology announced that General Motors (GM) is using Microchip’s Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs) to manage the infotainment system networking functions in their global compact car platform. This includes the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Volt, Opel Astra, Buick Excelle and Buick Verano. In addition to these GM compact cars, the synchronous, flexible, and cost-effective MOST networking technology has also been implemented in GM mid-size, full-size, performance, cross-over and SUV, truck, and luxury platforms across all vehicle brands.

MOST is the de-facto networking system standard for 30 global car maker brands and over 204 vehicle models. MOST-based vehicles are now being manufactured worldwide, including North America, Asia and Europe. Since a MOST network can support multiple data types simultaneously it enables the car manufacturers to offer system and feature set flexibility for current and future automotive infotainment applications. This also helps reduce the wiring harness weight for easier compliance with environmental regulations.

Toshiba LED Driver for Driving

Toshiba Corporation’s  Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company  announced the launch of N-channel MOSFETs in small packages for load switches in LED driver applications, including automotive dashboard meters and headlights and LED TV backlights, that are in the industry’s leading-class[1] for low on-resistance. Shipments of the new products start from today.

Along with the increased use of power saving LEDs, demand for N-channel MOSFETs, used as switches for LED drivers has also increased. To meet demand, Toshiba has added two small-package MOSFETS with the industry’s leading-class low on-resistance to its line-up, the 60V “SSM3K341R” and the 100V “SSM3K361R”. The new products reduce heat dissipation resulting from turn-on loss by approximately 65% against Toshiba previous products. Also, the MOSFETs use an SOT-23F small-size flat lead type package, which maintains the same level of heat dissipation while reducing the footprint by approximately 64% compared to a conventional SOT-89 package. Both products are AEC-Q101 qualified for automotive applications.

Samsung LED Packages

Samsung Electronics Co, announced today that it has introduced “Fx-CSP,” a line-up of LED packages which features chip-scale packaging and flexible circuit board technology, for use in automotive lighting applications.

Samsung’s new Fx-CSP provides an advanced combination of chip-scale packaging and flexible circuit board technology, which together enable more compact chip sizing and a higher degree of reliability. The use of a flexible circuit board also enables more heat to dissipate, which leads to lower resistance and brings about a greater degree of lumen-per-watt efficiency than using a ceramic board.

Renesas SRAM SoCs for Infotainment

Renesas Electronics announced the successful development of a new two-port on-chip Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) for use in system-on-chips (SoCs) for in-vehicle infotainment systems. The new on-chip SRAM will be used as video processing buffer memory in high-performance SoCs that will play an important role in making the autonomous-driving vehicles of the future safer and more reliable. The new SRAM is optimized for parallel processing of video data and will enable sophisticated video data processing such as obstacle recognition utilizing real-time processing of high-resolution vehicle camera videos and augmented reality (AR) display on the windshield.

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