Brazil plant provides advantage for TRW electric steering systems

TRW Automotive Holdings claims to be the only major steering manufacturer to produce its electric steering systems locally in Brazil, delivering cost advantages and emissions and fuel economy improvements for its South American customers.

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Accelerometer checks suspension and engine vibration

An analogue mems accelerometer for electrically controlled suspension and engine anti-vibration applications is available from Murata. Measuring 7.0 by 8.6 by 3.3mm and constructed from a single crystal silicon, the SCA720 sensor is mechanically robust and has no deformation up to 70,000g.

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Accelerometer measures duration and magnitude of impact

A three-axis, 200g digital mems (micro-electro-mechanical systems) accelerometer has been introduced by Analog Devices. The ADXL375 continuously measures the duration and magnitude of impact or shock events within the full-scale range of ±200g without saturation.

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Digia supports Qt 5 on QNX Neutrino

Digia is ready to support Qt 5 on the QNX Neutrino real-time operating system and the QNX Car platform for infotainment under the Qt Enterprise offering.

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Multi-GNSS platform supports concurrent positioning

The M8 chip forms the basis of U-Blox’s upcoming line of positioning modules, which can acquire and track different satellite systems concurrently to achieve higher accuracy and reliability.

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Connected-car processor market to blossom, says ABI

The revenues from main processors shipped in OEM-installed connected-car telematics systems will increase from around US$360m at the end of 2012 to $1.6bn globally by the end of 2020, predicts ABI Research.

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Start-stop-compatible amplifier produces clearer sound

Claimed to be the first automotive start-stop-compatible audio power amplifier to combine the performance and cost benefits of a digital input with the simplicity and efficiency of analogue class SB-I amplification, the TDA7802 extends ST Microelectronics’ family of green power products designed

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Firmware allows speedy updates of ECUs

Red Bend Software has added Fuse to its VRapid Mobile firmware over-the-air product suite. Fuse (firmware updating for small electronics) is claimed to let manufacturers remotely update embedded devices in resource-constrained environments – such as tiny automotive ECUs – in half the time.

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Dynamometers test small rotary devices

For testing small rotary devices in automotive, military and aerospace applications, the Microdyne small motoring dynamometers have been introduced by Sakor Technologies. They can test all types of small rotary devices such as motors, pumps, generators and compressors.

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Adas warning system market to blossom

The global market for front collision and lane departure warning systems (FCWS and LDWS) will increase from 6.6 million units at the end of 2012 to 140.1 million units by the end of 2020, according to ABI Research.

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