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The 'Audiomotive' revolution

How technology is meeting the growing demand for better quality in-car audio. By Lance Williams, VP of Automotive Strategy, ON Semiconductor.
28th November 2014

First Chinese carmaker joins MOSTCO

The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO), the standardisation organisation for the leading automotive multimedia network MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport), is delighted to welcome the FAW Group as its first Chinese carmaker member.
20th November 2014

Polymer capacitors are available in capacitances up to 220μF

Polymer capacitors are available in capacitances up to 220μF
Delivering stability and endurance under harsh humidity and temperature conditions, the T591 series of automotive grade polymer capacitors was introduced by KEMET at electronica 2014, which took place from 11th to 14th November. Rated for up to 10V, the high performance automotive grade polymer tantalum series is available in capacitances of up to 220μF.
17th November 2014


USB controller hub suits automotive infotainment

USB controller hub suits automotive infotainment
Microchip has extended its USB2 Controller Hub (UCH2) portfolio with the automotive-grade, 4-port, USB84604 IC. With FlexConnect technology and an upstream port supporting both USB 2.0 and High Speed InterChip (HSIC) connectivity, the USB84604 UCH2 is designed for automotive infotainment system designs, where USB port expansion and connectivity is required.
10th November 2014

Processors enhance digital cockpit integration

To enable customers to augment infotainment and pair informational ADAS features, Texas Instruments has added signal processing functionality to the DRA75x processors. This combination will allow customers to produce cars with digital cockpit integration as well as traditional infotainment features without compromising performance. Delivering a diverse portfolio of products with hardware and software compatibility, the Jacinto 6 EP and Jacinto 6 Ex processors enable automotive manufacturers to scale their investment without additional R&D or significant BOM increase.
27th October 2014

Infotainment companion chip supports 4K multimedia

Infotainment companion chip supports 4K multimedia
Supporting hi-res multimedia connectivity and camera devices with ethernet AVB standard, Toshiba has introduced the TC358791XBG automotive companion chip. The AEC-Q100 Grade 3 qualified chip, features differential CVBS interfaces for analogue composite video sources, support for early back-up camera view (CVBS to LVDS) and the ability to relay packetised IQ audio tuner data to the host via USB.
23rd October 2014

Automotive audio bus enables transceiver to deliver 50Mb/s

Automotive audio bus enables transceiver to deliver 50Mb/s
Capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single, unshielded twisted-pair wire, a digital audio bus technology has been introduced by Analog Devices. Providing improved vehicle fuel efficiency while delivering high-fidelity audio, the Automotive Audio Bus (A²B) reduces the weight of existing cable harnesses.
23rd October 2014

Platform utilises SoCs for the 'true' connected car

Support for the Renesas R-Car M2 and Renesas R-Car H2 SoCs is now available from Cinemo. Enabling video hardware acceleration with extremely low CPU loads, Cinemo’s multimedia platform utilises the R-Car M2 and H2 architecture for Blu-Ray and Full HD video playback, streaming, ultra-fast media management, connectivity, and full Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE).
7th October 2014

2A buck regulator suits audio & infotainment systems

2A buck regulator suits audio & infotainment systems
  A high-efficiency converter targeted at the automotive and industrial markets, the A8585 has been announced by Allegro MicroSystems. The 2A buck regulator has been designed to provide the low power supply requirements of next-gen car audio and infotainment systems.
14th August 2014

Devices drive in-vehicle infotainment experience

Devices drive in-vehicle infotainment experience
Targeting the advancement of infotainment and user driving experience in the automobile, Texas Instruments has introduced seven power management, SuperSpeed USB and logic products. The products released include a PMIC for infotainment systems, a free-positioning Qi wireless power transmitter and, what the company claims is, the industry’s first USB 3.0 devices.
6th August 2014


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