In connected car news are Texas Instruments, UVeye, Osram, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, TASKING, Workhose, FCA, NIO, Esys and Volvo.
TI Digital Isolator
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first digital isolator that is qualified to the Grade 0 ambient operating temperature specification of the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC)-Q100 standard. The ISO7741E-Q1 features an industry-leading 1.5-kVRMS working voltage and supports temperatures up to the Grade 0 maximum of 150°C. The new isolator enables engineers to better protect low-voltage circuitry from high-voltage events in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) systems and avoid having to design in cooling systems to reduce temperatures to below 125°C – the maximum temperature Grade 1-qualified integrated circuits (ICs) can support. For more information on the ISO7741E-Q1.
UVeye Reveals New Tech
UVeye will unveil vehicle threat-detection technology in the United States this month that for the first time can instantly identify bombs, weapons, drugs and other security threats concealed in the undercarriage of new or unfamiliar vehicles.
The company’s Helios underbody scanning systems when equipped with UV Inspect software now provide law enforcement agencies and security professionals with the ability to automatically pinpoint threats on vehicles that are not in security databases, offering an entirely new level of protection.
In addition to weapons and other security threats, UVeye artificial intelligence technology now also can identify hard drives, storage devices and other computer equipment used to commit cyber crimes.
Previously in use with a select number of UVeye clients in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, UV Inspect technology soon will be available to security-industry customers worldwide.
The Israeli company will have exhibits at the Border Security Expo on March 11-12 in San Antonio and at ISC West on March 18-20 in Las Vegas. UVeye Helios inspection systems currently are deployed at hundreds of high-security locations throughout the world and have generated millions of vehicle scans at border crossings, vehicle check points, prisons, embassies, hotel entrances and other commercial locations.
Stationary and mobile versions of the company’s undercarriage inspection system can automatically scan and detect threats on any type of vehicle without traffic disruptions caused by traditional security methods. UVeye’s proprietary algorithms, cloud architecture, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies complete vehicle checks within seconds.
Compact LED for Rear
Dense fog and poor visibility repeatedly lead to serious rear-end collisions. In poor weather conditions, good visibility through a bright rear fog light is very important. The Synios P2720 CR from Osram provides many benefits to manufacturers of rear combination lamps, such as enabling compact rear fog lamp designs.
The trend for both headlamps and rear combination lamps is clear: The more compact and efficient the components used, the better. While the installation space required decreases, the design options available to manufacturers greatly increases. The new LED Synios P2720 CR LED addresses this trend of miniaturization. In spite of its small dimensions, it offers outstanding performance values in applications.
One of the main issues with monochromatic LEDs for rear fog applications is the enormous loss of brightness (often called degradation) of about 50 percent in operating temperatures of 60° – 70° C. Until now, rear lamp manufacturers had to compensate for this physically induced gap by increasing the number of LEDs, which also increased the space requirements. Now the new, conversion-based Synios P2720 CR, can dramatically reduce this loss of brightness to only around 10 percent. Customers enjoy better performance, while manufacturers benefit because considerably fewer individual LEDs are required.
Fewer LEDs means the required heat sink can be very compact, saving additional space and weight. Rear lamp manufacturers can choose between two different chip sizes (0.5 mm² or 1 mm²), depending on the design of the application. The space-saving package dimensions of just 2.0 mm x 2.7 mm x 0.6 mm remain the same.
Advanced Semi PQS Award
-Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. has been recognized by Intel as a recipient of a 2019 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award. The PQS Award recognizes companies like ASE that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism
“I am pleased to recognize the winners of Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award for 2019,” said Dr. Randhir Thakur, head of Global Supply Chain at Intel. “The commitment to continuous improvement and the rich collaboration with these suppliers remain crucial factors in enabling Intel to bring exciting products to market and meet the needs of our customers.”
To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must exceed high expectations and uncompromising performance goals while scoring at least 80 percent on an integrated report card that assesses performance throughout the year. Suppliers must also achieve 80 percent or greater on a challenging continuous improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems.
TASKING New Dev Environment
TASKING, the embedded software division of Altium (ASX:ALU), announced its new multi-core development environment for third-generation AURIX™ microcontrollers from Infineon. This capability will allow TASKING and Infineon automotive customers to optimize performance for multi-core architecture for safety-critical applications.
“Infineon and TASKING have a longstanding relationship in expansion of software development tools for Tricore™/AURIX™,” said Ralf Ködel, Director Product Marketing Microcontroller at Infineon, “With this new environment, TASKING provides an innovative one-stop shop solution for our customers.”
This upcoming AURIX™ family of microcontrollers will be prepared for data-hungry automotive applications such as future gateways, domain and zone controllers, engine management, electro-mobility, and advanced driver assistance systems. At the same time these microcontrollers will deliver the safety features, throughput, and power-efficient performance necessary to meet increasing AI computational requirements.
The new TASKING development environment is being developed according to Automotive SPICE® Level 2 standards, with plans for TÜV certification according to ISO 26262 up to ASIL D. This development environment provides compiler support for the new Parallel Processing Unit (PPU) from Synopsys, one of the main enhancements in the next generation AURIX™ family of microcontrollers.
Workhorse Gets ISO Cert
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) (“Workhorse” or “the Company”), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric vehicles to the last mile delivery sector, today announced that the Company has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.
ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification provides a model for companies of all types and sizes to use in building an effective quality management system. The standard is based on several quality management principles, including having a strong customer focus, involvement of high-level company management, an outlined process-based approach, and ongoing improvement of the aforementioned approach.
Workhorse’s ISO 9001:2015 certificate (#C2020-00422) was issued by Perry Johnson Registrars, a world-class management systems certification body. The scope of Workhorse’s certification includes design, development, and service of electric vehicles, support equipment, and services. Activities at Workhorse’s corporate headquarters (100 Commerce Drive, Loveland, OH 45140 United States) are included in the scope of certification.
Workhorse Group Approved by EPA
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) (“Workhorse” or “the Company”), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric vehicles to the last-mile delivery sector, announced that its new C-Series all-electric delivery trucks have each received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity.
FCA Invests in KoKomo Plant
FCA announced that it will invest $400 million to repurpose an idled transmission plant in Kokomo, Ind., to build the GMET4 engine – the Company’s 2.0-liter Global Medium Engine inline four-cylinder turbo that is currently offered on the Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee. With this investment, 1,000 Indiana jobs will be retained with nearly 200 new jobs added to support production, bringing total employment in the state to more than 8,300.
Esys Sets Record
Esys Automation, a JR Automation company, set a new project delivery record when, in just nine weeks, they fully designed, built, and installed an automated robotic system for applying urethane to automotive glass. The system required a design that could accommodate eight glass styles for two vehicle models with a common, single unload point. Projects of this size and scale have a typical lead time of twenty-six weeks.
Esys leveraged its extensive expertise from past glass projects to meet the tight deadline. To date, Esys has installed automated glass systems in nine Ford facilities, including Ford’s first collaborative robot system for applying urethane to automotive glass. Leveraging the previous designs allowed the cell design to be completed in only two weeks.
NIO Raises $235 Million
NIO Inc. a pioneer in China’s premium electric vehicle market, today announced that it has entered into definitive transaction documents with several unaffiliated Asia-based investment funds (the “Purchasers”), pursuant to which NIO will issue and sell convertible notes in an aggregate principal amount of US$235 million to the Purchasers through private placements. The closings of these private placements are subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and are expected to occur on or prior to March 11, 2020.
The notes to be issued to the Purchasers bear zero interest and will mature on March 5, 2021. Prior to maturity, holders of the notes have the right to convert either all or part of the principal amount of the notes into Class A ordinary shares (or ADSs) of the Company from September 5, 2020, at a conversion price of US$3.50 per ADS, subject to certain adjustments.
Volvo No Shows for CONEXPO
With California joining Washington State and Florida in declaring a state of emergency to contain the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, all business areas within the Volvo Group have decided to withdraw from their participations in next week’s CONEXPO exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This includes all relevant Volvo business areas: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Financial Services, Mack Trucks, SDLG and Terex Trucks.
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