E-Chips & Connected Car News Tips: Infineon, Argus, Solstin, Nexar, GENIVI, Toshiba, Mentor Graphics, Parkopedia, Texas Instruments, DENSO, Toshiba, Hella, ADTRAN & AS

In embedded chips and connected car chips news this week were Lucid, Infineon , Argus, Solstin, Nexar, GENIVI, Toshiba, Mentor Graphics, Parkopedia, Texas Instruments, DENSO, Toshiba, Hella, ADTRAN and ASE.

Atievea is now called Lucid, first started to creat better automotive batteries. The  company is expected to be release a car that is a competitor to Tesla.

Infineon AURIX Next Gen

Serving the requirements of automated cars and electric vehicles Infineon Technologies AG launched the next generation of its AURIX microcontroller family. The TC3xx microcontrollers offer the highest level of integration on the market and real-time performance that is three times higher than that available today.

With its high-performing hexa-core architecture and its advanced features for connectivity, security and embedded safety, the AURIX family TC3xx is ideally suited for a wide field of automotive applications. In addition to engine management and transmission control, powertrain applications include new systems in electrical and hybrid drives. Specifically hybrid domain control, inverter control, battery management, and DC-DC converters will benefit from the new architecture. The AURIX TC3xx microcontrollers are well-suited to safety-critical applications ranging from airbag, braking and power steering to sensor-based systems using radar or camera technologies. The combination of performance and a powerful safety architecture makes the TC3xx family ideal for domain control and data fusion applications supporting the next levels towards automated driving.

Infienon & Argus Demo Cyber Security

Infineon Technologies and Argus will demonstrate an integrated cyber security solution. It is based on an AURIX™ multicore microcontroller of Infineon with the Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDPS) and remote cloud platform from Argus. At the heart of a vehicle’s central gateway the cyber security solution protects the vehicle’s internal network from remote cyber-attacks.

The central gateway is crucial in the automotive security architecture. It interconnects all electronic control units (ECU) of in-vehicle domains, such as those used in the powertrain, driver assistance, chassis, as well as body and convenience control. The central gateway routes and controls the complete data communication between the ECUs. In addition, it is the central access point for software updates over the air (SOTA) and for diagnostics processes and maintenance updates via the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port.

The AURIX microcontrollers will be a key element in the vehicle’s central gateway. They control processes and handle monitoring and security tasks. In safety-related systems, AURIX microcontrollers support security protocols as well as the required security functions in hardware. T

AVs Lead to More EVs, Says Solstin

Solstin says self-driving vehicles will open a new wave of electrification, not only of vehicles, but the electrification of infrastructure. Dedicated Driverless (DD) corridors promise: Lighter bridges, narrower tunnels and increased vehicles per lane. Dedicated Driverless (DD) corridors, especially, open a clear path to large-scale electrification of infrastructure: the promise of clean energy and security from the oil-hierarchies.

The FASTEST EV CHARGING happens when self-driving vehicles lock-onto a 200kW, inductive centerline. Solstin’s patented and patent pending 200kW wireless power takes advantage self-driving EVs ability to hold the centerline. Self-driving EVs draw more power from wireless inductive power. EV braking hardware is also “copacetic” with high-powered charging. Fundamentally, high-power spreads the intermittent connections further apart, simplifying the electrification of future infrastructure.

Nexar Appmaker Joins BDD

Nexar, the creator of the first vehicle-to-vehicle network app that turns smartphones into connected AI dashcams, announced today that it will be joining the Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD) Industry Consortium, a prominent research alliance bringing together private industry sponsors, faculty, and researchers from multiple departments and centers. The BDD Consortium strives to develop new and emerging technologies with real-world applications for the automotive industry. With Nexar’s added driving data and technological expertise, the Consortium will take on key initiatives to merge deep learning with automotive perception and bring computer vision technology to the forefront of the automotive industry.


The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit alliance focused on developing an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connectivity software platform for the transportation industry, announced the release of its enhanced GENIVI Development Platform (GDP), the GDP 11 Release Candidate 3 (RC3).  A release candidate is a version of the GDP that is available for broad adoption and testing to prove stability just prior to a full release.

The new GDP 11 RC3, demonstrated this week at the GENIVI All Member Meeting in Burlingame, Calif., will serve as an essential tool allowing a broad base of developers to participate in open source software development that produces innovative and near product ready code; and provide an “automotive context” to assist with testing, prototyping, enhancing and deploying IVI and connected car software.

Toshiba Expands MOSFETs

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of automotive power MOSFETs with the TK1R5R04PB – the first device in its new low-resistance D2PAK+ package. While the D2PAK+ has the same footprint as a conventional D2PAK (or TO-263) package, it offers reduced package resistance. This is thanks to a source pin that is much wider near to the mould surface than that of a conventional D2PAK.

The TK1R5R04PB is rated for 40V and 160A and has a maximum on resistance of 1.5mΩ (VGS = 10V). Minimum and maximum voltage threshold ratings (Vth) are 2v and 3V respectively.

Mentor Graphics Integrate Questra Verification

Mentor Graphics announced the integration of its Questa Verification Solution with the Jenkins Continuous Integration and Source Code Management (CI/SCM) ecosystem. As a result, Mentor Graphics Questa users are now able to manage and control regressions running Questa Formal and Questa Simulation tools from within the Jenkins dashboard. They can also use Jenkins to interpret and analyze results, generate a complete suite of charts and graphs, and automatically generate status and trend reports for management. By integrating Questa tools with the Jenkins Ecosystem, Mentor Graphics doubles verification management productivity, which according to the Wilson Research Group is one of the top four time-consuming tasks faced by both ASIC and FPGA verification teams around the world.

Parkopedia Expands to Japan & Korea

Recognizing the importance of the Asian markets, Japan and Korea have now been added to Parkopedia’s automotive service; giving clients an even more comprehensive coverage.

The addition of these new areas takes Parkopedia’s coverage to 75 countries with over 100,000 off-street parking facilities in Asia alone. Collectively it represents the world’s largest automotive grade parking information database, currently used by 14 automotive brands across Europe, the Americas and APAC.

TI Intros Dual-Port Hub

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first dual-port quad deserializer hub that is compliant with the MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 (CSI-2) specification. The new automotive-qualified hub simultaneously aggregates and replicates high-resolution data from up to four cameras. High data throughput and precision are essential in autonomous driving and sensor fusion-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including surround-view systems, rearview cameras, driver-monitor cameras, camera-monitor systems, front camera systems and satellite radar equipment.

The new device’s higher bandwidth enables processing of more video data at faster speeds in equipment designed to recognize pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles in a vehicle’s path or periphery. The DS90UB964-Q1 FPD-Link III device’s dual CSI-2 outputs with virtual channel ID mapping and port replication save processor resources to speed processing of data from up to four cameras at 100 MHz per sensor and 12-bit resolution. In addition, TI’s adaptive equalization (EQ) provides diagnostics that enable the system to monitor cable health and take action before cable failure occurs.

DENSO & Toshiba Jointly Develop AI

DENSO Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have reached a basic agreement to jointly develop an artificial intelligence technology called Deep Neural Network-Intellectual Property (DNN-IP), which will be used in image recognition systems which have been independently developed by the two companies to help achieve advanced driver assistance and automated driving technologies.

DNN, an algorithm modeled after the neural networks of the human brain, is expected to perform recognition processing as accurately as, or even better than the human brain.

In DNN-based image recognition, computers can extract and learn the characteristics of objects on their own, thus significantly improving the accuracy of detection and identification of a wide range of objects.

Because of the rapid progress in DNN technology, the two companies plan to make the technology flexibly extendable to various network configurations. They will also make the technology able to be implemented on in-vehicle processors that are smaller, consume less power, and feature other optimizations.

Automobility Award Winners

The first-ever Automobility Awards were presented Wednesday,  by Automotive Design & Production and AutoBeat Daily to five organizations that are driving the technology forward for autonomy and mobility.

The five recipients and their categories are:

  • Google Self-Driving Cars: Overall Achievement
  • Tesla Motors: Vehicle
  • Continental AG: Systems Development
  • NVIDIA: Technology
  • Mcity, >University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center

The judges for the awards were: Brett Smith of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), John Waraniak of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Dan Sturges of Local Motors, Bill Hampton of AutoBeat, and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production.

HELLA Holographic Lighting

Together with Covestro, one of the largest polymer manufacturers in the world, lighting and electronics specialist HELLA has developed a new design for vehicle signal lighting using holographic technology. Since 2012, both companies have been pooling their expertise in the areas of plastics technology, as well as design and lighting technology, in order to use signal lighting as a style element.

For this reason, the companies have been developing innovative designs for the front and rear lighting of electric cars in collaboration since 2015. The result is holographic lighting with 3D effects, as well as a seamless and aerodynamic design.

ADTRAN Adds SD-Access

ADTRAN leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions,  announced the first set of network elements to take SDN beyond principal framework to actual product implementation in broadband access networks. These Software Defined Access (SD-Access) network elements leverage the ADTRAN Mosaic architecture to accelerate service providers’ path to open, programmable and scalable networks. SD-Access architectures allow service providers to operate at web-scale, supporting expanded service flexibility and velocity.

ADTRAN’s programmable network elements leverage agile, real-time service configuration typically found in the data center and apply it to the service provider’s access network.

Telechips New Headquarters in Irvine, CA

Telechips announced that it is establishing headquarters in Irvine, California for its US operations in a move designed to better serve customers and position Telechips for sustainable, long-term growth.

ASE Tawain ISO

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.  the leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, announced that its Kaohsiung facility in Taiwan has achieved ISO 28000:2007 certification through SGS, a globally acclaimed accreditation organization. The ISO 28000:2007 standard sets the framework for a security management system that enhances the security of the supply chain, transportation and logistics systems. ISO 28000 accreditation demonstrates that a company has put in place robust processes that are compliant with the international standards for security management. Four of ASE Kaohsiung’s factories; K7, K8, K10 and K15 were duly certified in September this year.

AutoMobility LA

At AutoMobility LA several new vehicles will be revealed. AutoMobility LA will also host its award-winning conference, where industry experts will discuss the hottest topics surrounding the future of transportation.  More than 50 luminaries, including the CEOs of Ford, Intel, Local Motors and Next EV will make announcements and offer insights from the Roadshow by CNET stage.

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