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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Toyota recalls select MY2021 RAV4 Prime over software issues in HEV-ECU
    Toyota has announced a recall of 16,000 units of MY2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the United States over a software issue that could cause the car’s hybrid system to shut down, it said in a press release on 2 February. The Hybrid Vehicle Control ECU (HEV-ECU) in the PHEV contains software that could cause the hybrid system to shut down after driving continuously in “EV mode” in cold temperatures and then the accelerator pedal is rapidly pre...
    Infineon posts 25% y/y growth in first-quarter revenue to USD4.31 billion
    Infineon has reported a 25% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 at EUR3.91 billion (USD4.31 billion), according to a company press release on 2 February. Operating profit for the period grew to EUR729 million from EUR461 million last year while net profit surged 59% y/y to EUR728 million. “Infineon is staying on course in choppy waters, and the first quarter of our 2023 fiscal year has been very profitable. Substantial parts of our business have ...
    Diodes announces ‘DIODES AL5887’ multichannel LED driver for automotive applications
    In a press release on 31 January 2023, Diodes announced its latest linear current LED driver, the DIODES™ AL5887. This product offers a simple way of driving numerous LEDs to enable complex color mixing and different lighting patterns. It integrates both I2C and SPI interface options, providing maximum system design flexibility. Delivering a wide color range and an extensive dynamic range of brightness levels, this device can be used in smart home appliances, electric vehicle char...
    Polestar, Luminar expand partnership on lidar systems
    Polestar and Luminar have announced plans to deepen their partnership by expanding the integration of Luminar’s technology on the Polestar 5, the electric 4-door GT expected to launch in 2024 based on the Polestar Precept concept car, according to a press release on 2 February 2023. This expanded partnership provides a foundation to further collaborate on lidar integration and design on Polestar’s future vehicles. “Luminar is at the forefront of lidar technology development and thi...
    Vishay introduces new automotive surface-mount polymer tantalum molded chip capacitors
    Vishay Intertechnology has unveiled a new automotive grade series of vPolyTan surface-mount polymer tantalum molded chip capacitors, it said in a press release dated 1 February. The capacitors deliver top performance in high temperature, high humidity operating conditions, with lower ESR, and lower voltage derating than traditional tantalum capacitors. Samples and production quantities of the new tantalum capacitors are currently available, with lead times of 20 weeks. Significance: The au...
    Gentex to open new production facility in Grand Rapids, US
    Gentex Corporation has announced that it plans to open a satellite production facility that will bring 50 new jobs to the Madison Square neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 1 February 2023. As it continues to adopt effective solutions to solve the current labor crisis, the firm intends to increase its employee base and give more access to well-paying employment by extending its manufacturing presence. “Rising transportation costs make commuting inc...
    Startup Spartan raises USD17 million series B funding round
    Spartan, a sensor software company has announced that it closed an initial B round of USD17 million, led by 8VC, and joined by Microsoft, Prime Movers Lab, MaC VC, Gaingels, and others, according to a press release on 1 February 2023. Spartan's objective is to improve safety, reliability, and autonomy by installing their software on every manufactured car. Ago, the company's flagship product, is a software solution that improves the effectiveness of driver assistance systems by increasing res...
    Wolfspeed, ZF partner to establish joint R&D center for SiC semiconductor devices
    Wolfspeed and ZF has announced a strategic partnership that includes the creation of a joint innovation lab to drive advances in silicon carbide (SiC) systems and devices for mobility, industrial, and energy applications, according to a press release on 1 February 2023. The partnership also includes a significant investment by ZF to support the planned construction of the world’s most advanced and largest 200mm SiC device fab in Ensdorf, Germany. Both the joint innovation lab and the Wolfsp...
    Seoul Viosys to showcase one-chip micro-led display technology for automotive exterior displays
    Seoul Viosys will exhibit micro-LED displays based on WICOP Pixel technology at the Integrated Systems Europe 2023 in Barcelona, it said in a press release dated 31 January. WICOP Pixel features a brightness of 4,000 nits and is micro-LED technology that is optimized for automotive exterior displays. “Seoul Viosys has already secured technologies for mass-producing new products for micro-displays including wearable, VR, and AR devices, as well as significantly improving the functions of WIC...
    DB HiTek expands specialized image sensor business
    In a press release announcement on 30 January 2023, DB HiTek said that it has started to expand high value-added specialized image sensor business with the foundry process technology specialized for global shutter and  Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD), which is in attention in various industries including automobile, robot and others. Based on the secured process technology, it plans to improve the profitability by expanding into new high growth areas such as industrial machine visio...
    Lumotive, Gpixel demonstrate lidar reference design for faster adoption of 3D Sensors
    Lumotive and Gpixel will demonstrate an early version of Lumotive’s M30 Reference Design at the SPIE Photonics West Conference being held at Moscone Center in San Francisco, US. The M30 Reference Design speeds the adoption of LCM-based software-defined 3D lidar sensors for mobility such as autonomous navigation of robots in logistics environments. Lidar sensors based on LCM electronic beam steering have numerous advantages, including: Enhanced outdoor range performance Software-defi...
    NXP posts 19% y/y increase in FY 2022 revenue to USD13.21 billion
    NXP has reported a 19% year-on-year (y/y) growth in FY 2022 revenue to USD13.21 billion, according to a company press release on 30 January. The company’s operating income climbed 47% higher y/y to USD3.80 billion. Operating Margin for the year was 28.8% compared to 23.3% last year. “In the fourth quarter, revenue was USD3.31 billion, an increase of 9% year-on-year, in line with the mid-point of our guidance range. From an end-market perspective, our automotive business performed very wel...
    Diodes Incorporated releases new SiC Schottky barrier diodes for automotive applications
    Diodes Incorporated (Diodes) has announced the release of its first silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky barrier diodes (SBD), according to a press release on 30 January 2023. The portfolio includes the DIODES™ DSCxxA065 series with eleven products rated at 650V (4A, 6A, 8A, and 10A) and the DIODES™ DSCxx120 series with eight products rated at 1200V (2A, 5A, and 10A). The efficient performance of these SiC devices are superior to those of conventional silicon-based products, and provide power s...
    dSPACE appoints Eelco Spoelder as new CEO
    dSPACE has announced in a press release on 25 January 2023 that Dr. Carsten Hoff will become the new CEO of the dSPACE group succeeding Martin Goetzeler on 17 April, who is leaving his post at his own request and for personal reasons. To ensure a smooth handover, Martin Goetzeler will continue to be available to the new CEO in an advisory capacity after 17 April 2023. Dr. Carsten Hoff comes from a research and development-centric background with a degree in electrical engineering and a doctor...
    Elektrobit introduces new EB corbos starter kit featuring OTA update capability for ECU development
    Elektrobit has announced a new generation of its EB corbos Starter Kit that provides carmakers and tier-1 suppliers with software for developing electronic control units (ECUs)—based on the Adaptive AUTOSAR standard—plus a component that distributes over-the-air (OTA) software updates, according to a press release on 30 January 2023. The starter kit (version 2.9 and later) integrates EB corbos with EB cadian Sync UCM Master, a specialized OTA update tool. Connectivity is a crucial feat...
    Lumotive, Lumentum introduce M30 reference design for faster adoption of 3D lidar solutions
    Lumotive and Lumentum have jointly announced the availability of the M30 Reference Design, a complete software-defined sensor implementation to enable rapid adoption of LCM-based solid-state beam steering technology, according to a press release on 30 January 2023. Lidar sensors based on LCM electronic beam steering have numerous advantages, including: Enhanced outdoor range performance Software-defined scan modes for increased and application-specific performance (range, field of vie...
    Toshiba introduces 40V N-channel Power MOSFETs featuring high heat dissipation package for EVs
    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has launched automotive 40V N-channel power MOSFETs, “XPQR3004PB” and “XPQ1R004PB,” that use the new L-TOGL™ (Large Transistor Outline Gull-wing Leads) package and feature a high drain current rating with low On-resistance, according to a press release on 30 January 2023. The shipments have already started. In recent years, the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) has raised demand for components that can accommodate the increas...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Ford to recall 462,000 vehicles globally due to issue in rearview camera display
    Ford Motor has announced a recall of 462,000 vehicles globally due to video output which could fail, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying, Reuters reported on 27 January. The recall covers select MY 2020–23 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and MY 2020–22 Lincoln Corsair vehicles featuring 360-degree cameras. Out of the 462,000 vehicles, 382,000 will be recalled in the United States. Significance: The automaker said it has reports of 17 minor crashes relating to the recall iss...
    Autoliv reports FY 2022 net sales at USD8.84 billion, up 7.4%
    Autoliv has reported a 7.4% year-on-year (y/y) rise in net sales to USD8.84 billion for the full year (FY) 2022, compared to USD8.23 billion in the last year, a company press release read on 27 January 2023. Operating income for the year was reported at USD659 million for FY 2022 compared to USD675 million in the last financial year, a 2.3% decline from 2022. Mikael Bratt, president and CEO commented, “The fourth quarter and the full year 2022 were important steps toward our medium-term tar...
    Gentex reports FY 2022 net sales at USD1.92 billion, up 11%
    Gentex has reported an 11% year-on-year (y/y) rise in net sales to USD1.92 billion for the full year (FY) 2022, compared to USD1.73 billion in the 2022, a company press release read on 27 January 2023. Operating profit for the year was reported at USD370 million for FY 2022 compared to USD416 million in the last financial year. Net Income was reported at USD318 million against USD360 million in the 2022. 2022 Full Display Mirror® unit shipments grew by 49% y/y to 1.68 million units, despite ...
    Luminar plans to establish new production plant for lidar sensors in Asia
    Luminar Technologies has commenced commercial manufacturing of its lidar sensors after five years of research and development in "stealth mode", according to a report published by Nikkei Asia on 27 January 2023. Luminar Technologies intends to develop a new facility in Asia and reduce the price of each sensor to USD100. Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell said “This is the first commercial production car with high-performance lidar to enable proactive safety and highway autonomous c...
    Volkswagen plans to incorporate Qualcomm’s chip for MEB Plus, PPE platform
    Volkswagen Group is investigating using Qualcomm's powerful computer chips in the updated MEB Plus electric platform and the premium-angled PPE platform as the two companies expand their partnership, according to a report published by Automotive News Europe on 24 January 2023. Initially, the manufacturer intended to employ the US firm's processors to power autonomous and semiautonomous operations in VW Group's Unified architecture, which would ultimately replace the MEB and PPE platforms. ...
    STMicroelectronics posts 26.4% y/y growth in FY2022 net revenue to USD16.13 billion
    STMicroelectronics has reported a 26.4% year-on-year (y/y) growth in revenue for full year 2022 at USD16.13 billion, according to a company press release on 26 January. Operating income rose to USD4.44 billion from USD2.42 billion, while net income nearly doubled to USD3.96 billion from USD2 billion. Research and development (R&D) costs were USD1.90 billion for the year. In terms of product groups, net revenue of the Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) climbed 37.2% y/y to USD5.97 billion...
    INTERVIEW: Jure Galic, Business Development and Marketing Leader at NOVELIC
    NOVELIC is a leading self-sustaining provider of mmWave radar sensors, perception solutions, and full-stack embedded systems. NOVELIC has a large portfolio of mmWave radar sensors and IPs and develops custom products for automotive, autonomous driving, robotics, Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. S&P Global recently interviewed Jure Galic, M.Sc.Ec., Business Development and Marketing Executive at NOVELIC at India Auto Expo 2023 about Sona Comstar’s partnership and acquisit...
    Mobileye reports FY2022 revenue at USD1.87 billion, up 25.8%
    Mobileye has reported a 25.8% year-on-year (y/y) rise in revenue to USD1.8869 billion for the full year 2022, compared with USD1.386 billion in the previous year, a company press release read on 26 January 2023. Operating loss for the year was reported at USD37 million compared with USD57 million in the previous year. Net loss was reported at USD82 million against USD75 million in the previous year. The company said that the future business backlog continues to g...
    onsemi, Volkswagen Group partner on SiC technology for next-generation EVs
    onsemi has announced that it signed a strategic agreement with German Volkswagen to provide modules and semiconductors that enable a complete electric vehicle (EV) traction inverter solution for VW’s next-generation platform family, according to a press release on 25 December 2023. The semiconductors are part of an overall system optimization and provide a solution that supports the VW models' front and rear traction inverters. As part of the agreement, onsemi will provide in a first sta...
    TÜV Rheinland plans to open laboratory center for autonomous vehicle testing in Taicang, China
    TÜV Rheinland, a testing, inspection, and certification service provider has opened a new laboratory center in Taicang, China, according to a press release on 25 January 2023. The global testing services provider has invested around EUR11 million in the first construction phase of the "Yangtze River Delta Operation Hub" with a second construction phase adding a further EUR11 million in investment. “For TÜV Rheinland, the Yangtze River Delta Operation Hub is one of the largest single inves...
    Advantest to showcase new semiconductor test solutions at SEMICON Korea
    Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation will feature its latest test solutions for advanced ICs at SEMICON Korea at COEX in Seoul, South Korea, according to a press release on 24 January 2023. Advantest's digital displays will include: New inteXcell, first-ever fully integrated and unified test infrastructure to combine the T5835 tester into minimal-footprint test cells, ideal for advanced memory IC final testing New E5620 Defect Review Scanning Electron Microscope...
    Magna updates full-year 2022 outlook
    In a press release announcement on 24 January 2023, Magna International said that it has updated its 2022 outlook to reflect an expected Adjusted EBIT Margin1 below the range disclosed in its press release dated 4 November 2022. According to early, unaudited statistics, overall sales for 2022 were around USD37.8 billion, compared to the range of USD37.4 to USDD38.4 billion projected in November. However, the adjusted EBIT margin is anticipated to be roughly 4.3% in 2022, which is below t...
    ROHM develops isolated flyback DC-DC converter for EV applications
    ROHM has developed an isolated flyback DC-DC converter for gate drive power supplies in electric vehicle (EV) applications such as electric compressors, and PTC heaters, it said in a press release dated 25 January. The new product uses a circuit configuration for stable switching frequency without needing a photocoupler. Using ROHM’s analog design technology, the device eliminates the need for transformer auxiliary windings, and peripheral components needed to detect secondary-side voltage and...
    dSPACE provides Toyota with ‘Software-in-the-Loop’ simulation solutions
    Toyota Motor Corporation has selected dSPACE for Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) simulation solutions, according to a press release by dSPACE on 24 January 2023. Hirotaka Kaneko, who is responsible for powertrain test environment at Toyota Motor Corporation, reports, “With VEOS, we were able to benefit from a reliable software simulation platform from dSPACE for the validation of new powertrain controls and to front-load the control software development.” The powertrain and its accompanying...
    Leoni expands automotive cable production in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico
    Leoni has announced the expansion of its automotive cables location in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, according to a press release on 24 January 2023. Many guests attended the celebration, including the Governor of Chihuahua Maria Eugenia Campos, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Maria Angelica Granados, the Local Deputy Saul Mireles and the Deputy Mayor of Cuauhtémoc, Elias Humberto Perez. In 2020, Phase I of the EMOMEX (E-Mobility Mexico) project was completed. It comprised a USD27 mill...
    ZF, Wolfspeed plan to build USD3 billion SiC plant in Germany
    According to a report published by Automotive News Europe, ZF Friedrichshafen and Wolfspeed has planned to build a USD3 billion wafer factory in Germany’s Saarland to make chips for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. ZF will hold a minority stake in the Saarbrücken-nearby Ensdorf facility alongside its US chipmaking partner. Nearby, ZF's largest facility with 9,000 people produces gearboxes. An old coal-fired power station will be turned into the world's largest fact...
    Texas Instruments posts 9.2% y/y growth in FY 2022 revenue to USD20.03 billion
    Texas Instruments has reported a 9.2% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for FY2022, a press filing by the US company on 24 January showed. Revenue climbed to USD20.03 billion from USD18.34 billion in the previous corresponding period. Net income rose 12.6% to USD8.75 billion while operating profit came in at USD10.14 billion compared to USD8.96 billion last year. Revenue from the company’s ‘Analog’ segment, which forms the largest part of the group’s business, rose 9% y/y to USD1...
    NOVOSENSE to demonstrate automotive semiconductor solutions at Automotive World 2023
    NOVOSENSE Microelectronics has announced that it will showcase technologies and products for automotive electronics solutions at Automotive World 2023 in Tokyo, Japan, according to a press release on 23 January 2023. NOVOSENSE engineers will give a presentation about semiconductor solutions for automotive applications. NOVOSENSE will present products including isolators, interfaces, power drivers, current sensors, and pressure sensors, which can be applied in applications such as OB...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Valeo showcases electrification, ADAS solutions
    Valeo has showcased its latest technologies for greener, safer, and smarter mobility at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, according to a company press release dated 12 January. The company demonstrated solutions with a focus on the four pillars of its Move Up Strategy, which are, Electrification Acceleration, ADAS Acceleration, Interior Experience Reinvention, and Lighting Everywhere. Significance: Expanding on the Move Up Strategy, which was a key part of its demonstrations in India...
    Vishay unveils first two devices in new Gen 7 platform of 1200 V FRED Pt Hyperfast rectifiers
    Vishay Intertechnology has introduced the first two devices in its new Gen 7 platform of 1200 V FRED Pt Hyperfast rectifiers for automotive use cases, it said in a press release on 17 January. The rectifiers are offered in the SMA (DO-214AC) package. The 1 A rectifiers offer an optimal trade-off between reverse recovery charge and forward voltage drop for devices in their class. The AEC-Q101 qualified VS-E7MH0112HM3 is designed to increase the efficiency of auxiliary functions and low power s...
    Webasto launches electrical battery thermal management module
    German automotive supplier Webasto has launched its innovative electrical battery thermal management (eBTM) module for traction batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) and machines, the company said on 18 January 2023. Webasto claims that the all-new eBTM is a compact and scalable thermal management solution that increases the performance and service life of traction batteries in EVs and machines. The company said that eBTM complements its product portfolio with a compact and scalable system tha...
    Autoneum’s FY 2022 revenue rises 6.1% y/y to USD1.97 billion
    Autoneum has posted a 6.1% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for the full year 2022, according to a company press release dated 20 January. Revenue came in at CHF1.80 billion (USD1.97 billion), from CHF1.70 billion. Revenue of Business Group Europe increased by 2.7% even as production volumes of vehicle manufacturers decreased by 1.3%. The growth in revenue resulted from inflation compensation, while Autoneum's production volumes were significantly lower compared to the previous year. ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    CES 2023: Canatu showcases camera, lidar technology for ADAS
    Canatu has showcased its technologies for enabling advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in any weather at CES 2023, according to a press release on 29 January 2023. Canatu’s displayed its brand-new transparent film heater for lidar, as well as its ADAS camera heaters and 3D touch sensors. Canatu partnered with other industry-leading companies to demonstrate its most innovative products. Some of the highlights this year included: A film insert molded lidar heater using COVESTRO Ma...
    Chinese lidar technology company Hesai to debut on Nasdaq
    China-based lidar company Hesai Technology has submitted a prospectus in preparation for its listing on the Nasdaq under stock code ‘HSAI’, according to a report published by Pandaily on 18 January 2023. According to market speculations, the company intends to raise USD150 million through this deal, and its worth might exceed USD3 billion. Hesai was established in Shanghai in 2014 and is a market leader in autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) lidar. Lidar is ...
    Startup Cepton closes USD100 million investment from Koito Manufacturing
    Cepton, a high performance lidar solutions provider has announced the completion of its previously announced USD100 million investment from its long-term automotive tier-1 partner and current shareholder, Koito Manufacturing, according to a press release on 19 January 2023. The Investment, in the form of convertible preferred stock, was approved at a special meeting of Cepton stockholders, and is convertible, beginning on the first anniversary of the issue date, into shares of Cepton’s comm...
    BMW recalls over 14,000 hybrid EVs in US due to issue with battery software
    BMW has recalled over 14,000 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) in the US due to a software issue in the battery pack, Electrive reported on 7 January. The affected vehicles include model year (MY) 2022–23 iX, i4 and i7 models where electronic control unit for the battery pack could cause a loss of power due to a software issue. Affected vehicles include 5,389 iX vehicles, spread across all engine options, 38 all-wheel drive i7 xDrive60s and 8,659 i4 vehicles. “The high voltage battery ele...
    Volkswagen drops heat pump from ID range due to semiconductor shortage
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen (VW) has stopped offering the optional heat pump in its electric cars under the ID range, according to a news report published by online news portal ELECTRIVE on 19 January 2023. The report said that VW has dropped the heat pumps from its ID series for the time being due to the persisting shortage of semiconductors. Interestingly, the automaker has also confirmed the reason to the publication. Citing VW’s response, the report said, “Due to the ongoin...
    AMD adaptive computing technology powers DENSO’s next-generation lidar system
    AMD has announced that its adaptive computing technology is powering DENSO’s next-generation lidar platform, in a press release on 19 January 2023. The new platform will enable over 20x improvement in resolution with extremely low latency for increased precision in detecting pedestrians, vehicles, free space, and more. The DENSO lidar platform, targeted to begin shipping in 2025, will leverage the AMD Xilinx Automotive (XA) Zynq UltraScale+ adaptive SoC and its functional safety s...
    Infineon introduces new MOTIX three-phase gate driver IC for automotive motor control applications
    In a press release on 18 January 2023, Infineon announced the launch of MOTIX three-phase gate driver IC ‘6ED2742S01Q’ for automotive motor control applications. Infineon presents the MOTIX three-phase gate driver IC 6ED2742S01Q to expand its product line. The 160V silicon-on-insulator (SOI) gate driver is offered in a QFN-32 package with a thermally efficient exposed power pad and contains an integrated power management unit (PMU). This makes the device suitable for battery-pow...
    Infineon, Resonac expand partnership for SiC materials supply
    Infineon Technologies has signed a new multiyear supply and cooperation agreement with Resonac Corporation (formerly Showa Denko K.K.), complementing and expanding the announcement of 2021 for silicon carbide (SiC), according to a press release on 12 January 2023. The new set of contracts will deepen the long-term partnership on SiC material. According to the agreement, Resonac will supply Infineon with SiC materials for the production of SiC semiconductors, covering a double-digit share of t...
    Toyota limits orders for Lexus due to chip shortage in Japan
    According to a report published by Nikkei Asia on 18 January 2023, Toyota Motor is limiting orders of its Lexus luxury car in Japan. As the shortage of components, including in-vehicle semiconductors, is expected to continue through 2023, the company has set a cap on the number of orders allocated to each dealership. This spring, a mechanism for sharing delivery date information with dealers up to two years in advance will be implemented to ensure consistent order fulfillment. The order restr...
    Foxconn, NVIDIA partner to build automated EVs
    NVIDIA and Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) has announced a strategic partnership to develop automated and autonomous vehicle platforms, according to a press release by NVIDIA on 3 January 2023. As part of the agreement, Foxconn will produce electronic control units (ECUs) based on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for the worldwide automotive industry as a tier-1 manufacturer. Electric vehicles (EVs) built by Foxconn will be equipped with DRIVE Orin ECUs and DRIVE Hyperion sensors for highl...
    GUC delivers TSMC N3 chip, AI-optimized N5 design using Cadence digital solutions
    According to a press release on 18 January 2023, Cadence Design Systems has announced that Global Unichip Corp. (GUC) successfully delivered an advanced HPC design and a CPU design using Cadence digital solutions. The HPC design was created using the Cadence Innovus Implementation System on TSMC’s advanced N3 process and featured a 3.5 million instance count that reached clock speeds of up to 3.16GHz. The CPU was developed with the artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled Cadence Cerebrus Intel...
    LG, Magna to develop autonomous driving-infotainment solution proof of concept
    LG Electronics (LG) announced a technical collaboration with Magna to develop a proof of concept for an automated driving-infotainment solution, aimed at providing differentiated customer experiences and enabling readiness for the future of mobility, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. LG and Magna will investigate the technological viability of combining LG's infotainment capabilities with Magna's Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies. LG...
    Magna to supply Ram Trucks with ClearView vision system
    In a press release announcement on 18 January 2023, Magna said that its advanced ClearView vision technology has made its production debut on the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The system combines camera and mirror technology and has the potential to minimize blind-spot incidents and improve vehicle safety by increasing the vehicle's visibility. In addition to making it easier to park and maneuver the car, ClearView delivers additional advantages. “ClearVi...
    CES 2023: KPIT unveils automotive software technology road map
    KPIT has unveiled its automotive software strategy at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, US, according to a company press release on January 6. KPIT underlined a theme—accelerating transformation toward software-defined vehicles (SDV). It comprises technology solutions addressing three areas including establishing the electrical/electronic (E/E) infrastructure and technology stack, bringing scale to production through technology, and creating a digital customer experience and monetizing across vehicl...
    CES 2023: ZKW, LG showcase new Superintegrator lighting system
    ZKW and LG Electronics Vehicle Component Solutions jointly showcased the new Superintegrator concept, an intelligent system of LED light and display that creates a completely new vehicle front, according to a press release on January 17, 2023. Using the software, the concept developed in Wieselburg makes it possible to let the front shine in any design or to show messages among other things. ZKW also displayed additional advanced headlamp systems, including the new Swarovski-developed cr...
    Renesas introduces a new intelligent power device for electrical/electronic power distribution
    In a press release announcement on January 17, 2023, Renesas Electronics Corporation has announced a new automotive Intelligent Power Device (IPD) that will safely and flexibly control power distribution within vehicles, addressing the requirements of next-generation electrical/electronic (E/E) architectures. Some of the key features of the new IPD (RAJ2810024H12HPD): Single-channel, high-side IPD Small TO-252-7 package (6.10 x 6.50 mm: excluding pins) Low on-resistance (Ron) of 2.3...
    Texas Instruments develops purpose-built semiconductors with ultrasonic lens-cleaning technology
    Texas Instruments has introduced purpose-built semiconductors with ultrasonic lens-cleaning (ULC) technology, it said in a press release dated 17 January. The technology enables camera systems to quickly detect and remove dirt, ice, and water using microscopic vibrations. The new chipsets, including the ULC1001 digital signal processor (DSP) and companion DRV2901 piezo transducer driver, feature proprietary technology that allows cameras to rapidly self-clear contaminants using precisely cont...
    Melexis to invest USD75.8 million to expand facility in Malaysia
    Melexis has announced that it will make an investment of EUR70 million (USD75.8 million) over the next five years to expand its production capacity at its Kuching plant in Malaysia, according to a company press release on January 16. The expansion will include the construction a new building for probing, shipping, storage, and offices. The current production capacity will be doubled. The new building will have space for 90 new semiconductor prober locations used to test integrated circuits (I...
    STMicroelectronics introduces five power-semiconductor bridges for vehicles
    STMicroelectronics has unveiled five new power-semiconductor bridges in popular configurations, in advanced ACEPACK SMIT package, it said in a press release on 9 January. The devices are suitable for electric vehicle (EV) on-board chargers (OBC) and DC/DC converters, as well as industrial power conversion. STMicroelectronics’ ACEPACK SMIT surface mounted package delivers the easy handling of an insulated package with the thermal efficiency of an exposed drain. Significance: The devices offe...
    Bosch to set up R&D, manufacturing plants for EV components in China
    Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch Group, plans to build research and development (R&D) and manufacturing facilities to design and produce core components for electric vehicles (EVs) and automated driving technologies, the company announced on 12 January 2023. The company said it has signed an investment agreement with Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee, mainland China, in this regard. According to the agreement, the establish...
    CES 2023: HL Klemove, Sonatus partner on next-generation automotive architecture technology
    According to a press release announcement on 6 January 2023, HL Klemove said that it has signed an MOU with Sonatus, a company specializing in vehicular communication and data, to collaborate on the development of next-generation automotive architecture technology, in preparation for the upcoming "Software Defined Vehicle (SDV)" era, at the 2023 CES in Las Vegas. The majority of cars include "distributed control architectures" in which hundreds of electronic controllers operate independently ...
    RTI, Ansys partner to advance design, simulation, deployment of distributed systems
    Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has announced its partnership with Ansys to accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of high-performance and high-reliability distributed systems by allowing them to be simulated without their underlying hardware, which may have limited availability or be cost-prohibitive, according to a press release on 10 January 2023. The press release said, the customers of RTI and Ansys design the most complex products, such as driverless vehicles. The combination o...
    TTTech Auto launches ‘Electronic Controls Design House’ for hardware design, engineering
    TTTech Auto has announced that it has launched the Electronic Controls Design House (ECDH) to help automotive manufacturers transition to software-defined vehicles, according to a press release on 12 January 2023. The offering includes off-the-shelf electronic control units and services, such as prototype development or design, industrialization, production, and logistics of customized hardware. The automotive industry is now undergoing significant technical change at the hardware architec...
    Hella’s HY 2022 sales up 25.7% y/y to USD4.12 billion
    HELLA has reported a 25.7% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales for the first half at EUR3.82 billion (USD4.12 billion), according to a financial filing dated 13 January. Its adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at EUR162 million compared with a profit of EUR149 million last year, while the adjusted EBIT margin was 4.3% compared with 4.9% a year ago. “After a strong start to the fiscal year, we accelerated our successful business development even further in the second qu...
    CES 2023: Appotronics showcases immersive multi-window laser-powered display solution
    Appotronics has showcased its immersive multiwindow laser-powered display solution at CES 2023, according to an official press release dated 12 January. The car, in which Appotronics’ solution was showcased, is the world's first car with immersive display capabilities on all four side windows, with users having the option to display content on both sides of the windows with ALPD display devices hidden inside the cabin. “Bringing this advanced laser technology to CES is a ground-breaking m...
    CES 2023: WeRide launches ‘WeRide SS 5.1’ new autonomous driving sensor suite
    WeRide has announced the launch of the WeRide Sensor Suite 5.1 (WeRide SS 5.1) next-generation autonomous driving sensor suite, according to a WeRide’s WeChat press release on 7 January 2023. The WeRide SS 5.1 focuses on Level 3 intelligent driving and integrates a number of sensors, including automotive-grade high-resolution semi-solid-state lidars, side blind spot detection lidars, and high-precision cameras, to achieve a dead-angle-free perception of 360° and 200 m straight ahead. Th...
    Cipia announces new design win for ‘Driver Sense’ DMS
    Cipia has announced that the company had secured a design win with an additional Chinese OEM together with tier-1 HiRain, according to a press release on 15 January 2023. Cipia's Driver Sense Driver Monitoring System (DMS) will be incorporated into a pickup truck model that will be sold in South America, Australia and New Zealand. Cipia's DMS will run on an OmniVision system-on-chip (SoC). The model is expected to start production in 2023. This is Cipia's first design victory with bot...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors unveils Harrier, Safari red dark edition featuring ADAS
    Tata Motors Ltd has launched the Harrier and Safari red dark edition with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 12 January 2023. The automaker already offers the Dark version of the two SUVs, but the 'Red' prefix introduces modifications that go beyond just aesthetics. This new edition brings a bigger, enhanced touchscreen and ADAS technology to the Harrier and Safari lineup,...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Sona Comstar unveils new automotive sensors and magnetless motors
    Sona Comstar showcased innovative sensors and magnetless motors for automobiles at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, Economic Times reported on 14 January. The company will also showcase a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) sensors developed by Serbia-based Novelic. The sensors are based on mmWave radar technology, which can detect a child in the cabin as well as seat occupancy without invading privacy. “The automotive components industry is going through an evolution with th...
    Calterah develops new mmWave Radar SoCs
    Calterah Semiconductor unveiled two new mmWave radar SoC families, Alps-Pro and Andes, it said in a press release on 10 January. Alps-Pro is developed based on the mmWave radar SoC platform of Alps, which is more powerful, robust, and optimal. The next-generation mmWave radar SoC product family consists of two 4T4R radar SoCs using 22 nm process, and can realize 4D premium and imaging radar functions. Chen Jiashu, CEO of Calterah, pointed out three directions towards which the automotive mmWa...
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    CES 2023: AT&S showcases printed circuit boards for autonomous driving
    AT&S has showcased its high-tech printed circuit boards for connected and autonomous mobility at CES 2023, it said in a press release on 10 January. The product helps driverless cars interact safely with human road users and deal with other unforeseen conditions. The special AT&S printed circuit boards enable the production of high-frequency radar sensors, as well as provide detailed images of the immediate surroundings. “We are a leading supplier of high-frequency printed circuit b...
    Lidar startup PreAct Technologies raises USD14 million in Series B round
    PreAct Technologies has announced fund raising of USD14 million in its Series B round led by I Squared Capital, according to a company press release on 5 January. Additional participation in this round included State Farm Ventures, Luminate, and Traylor Capital, among other new and existing investors. “PreAct has experienced significant growth over the past year, as more industries are discovering the power of high-quality 3D data that can be tailored to users’ needs via software and back...
    CEVA partners with Autotalks to deploy 5G-V2X solution
    CEVA has announced a partnership with Autotalks on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) solutions, it said in a press release dated 5 January. Under the agreement, Autotalks will license and deploy CEVA-XC4500 Communication Processor and CEVA-BX1 Digital Signal Controller in its 3rd generation V2X chipsets, TEKTON3 and SECTON3. “Autotalks is widely recognized as a pioneer in V2X chipsets, constantly pushing the technology forward to achieve mass market adoption. We are proud to work closely with the...
    CES 2023: Hesai debuts fully solid-state lidar FT120
    Hesai announced its new fully solid-state lidar FT120 at CES 2023, according to a press release on 6 January 2023. The FT120 debuts along with a series of automotive lidars to showcase the progress of OEM and autonomous mobility partnerships in the global market. Designed as a blind spot detection sensor for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), the FT120 assists cars in properly identifying tiny objects during turning, passing, and parking, hence enhancing driving safety in even th...
    CES 2023: RoboSense demonstrates E1, M series lidar sensor for vehicle perception
    RoboSense has showcased its portfolio of smart lidar sensor solutions at CES 2023, according to a press release on 8 January 2023. Its solid-state blind spot lidar, RS-LiDAR-E1 (E1) and the second generation smart solid-state lidar, RS-LiDAR-M series (M series), made their overseas debut. E1 attracted the most visitors among all showcased products. It is an automotive-grade solid-state lidar using RoboSense-developed chips, which dramatically simplifies product circuit design and production p...
    Lidar technology startup Lumotive raises USD13 million in new funding round
    Lumotive has announced that it has secured additional funding from new investors USAA and Uniquest in a USD13 million round of strategic funding led by Samsung Ventures, bringing the total amount raised to date to more than USD56 million. “Disruptive approaches to enabling next generation lidar capabilities are imperative for important applications such as automotive safety,” said Michael Smith, assistant VP, Corporate Development, USAA. “Lumotive's all-silicon LCM solutions make lidar ...
    Ouster launches ‘Gemini’ digital lidar perception platform
    Ouster has announced the launch of Ouster Gemini, its cloud-backed digital lidar perception platform for crowd analytics, security, and intelligent transportation systems, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. Key features and capabilities Object detection and classification: Accurate detection, counting, and tracking of hundreds of objects such as pedestrians, cars, trucks, and bicycles Continuous monitoring: Create custom event zones for analytics and security and alerts t...
    Recogni launches Phoenix ECU compute platform for autonomous mobility
    Recogni has announced the availability of the Phoenix advanced driver assistance systems/autonomous driving (ADAS/AD) electronic control unit (ECU) system, a complete system with processing capacity for high resolution sensor data with low latency and low power consumption for autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. The Phoenix system combines Recogni's Scorpio artificial intelligence (AI) processor and the Renesas R-Car V4H ASIL D support processor, bot...
    Pony.ai, Horizon Robotics partner to codevelop smart driving solution
    According to a press release on 9 January 2023, Pony.ai has entered a strategic partnership with Horizon Robotics to develop high-performance, cost-effective smart driving solutions. The partnership combines Pony.ai’s Level 2+ smart driving solution with Horizon Robotics’ Journey® series auto-grade processors to provide smart driving solutions for series production vehicles. Pony.ai’s Journey® processor-based comprehensive solution for customers will offer the greatest flexibility for...
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    Dirac, BlackBerry QNX partner to advance in-car audio solutions
    Dirac has announced that it has partnered with BlackBerry QNX to integrate Dirac’s Dirac Opteo Professional solution into the QNX® Acoustics Management Platform to make it easier and more affordable for automakers to digitally upgrade the performance of sound systems in high-end vehicles, according to Dirac’s press release on 5 January 2023. The two companies have already begun work on the first implementation in a high-end electric vehicle (EV) for a leading European manufacturer. ...
    NXP unveils advanced automotive radar one-chip family for ADAS, autonomous driving applications
    NXP Semiconductors has announced a new 28nm RFCMOS radar one-chip IC family for next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving systems, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. The new SAF85xx one-chip family combines NXP’s high-performance radar sensing and processing technologies into a single device, offering tier-1s and OEMs new flexibility in addressing short, medium, and long-range radar applications to serve ever more challenging NCAP safety re...
    Wolfspeed to supply silicon carbide devices to power Mercedes-Benz future EV platforms
    US-based Wolfspeed, Inc. will supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle (EV) platforms, the semiconductor device manufacturing company announced on 4 January 2023. Wolfspeed’s semiconductors will be incorporated into next-generation powertrain systems for several Mercedes-Benz vehicle lines, the company said, adding that its silicon carbide devices will enable greater efficiency in the German luxury carmaker’s powertrains. “Coming from a long-term ...
    Visteon partners with Qualcomm to develop high-performance cockpit domain controllers
    Visteon has tied up with Qualcomm to develop high-performance cockpit domain controllers, it said in a press release on 4 January. The controller will enable automakers to build next-generation cockpits. “The automotive cockpit is emerging as a critical competitive battleground for the industry, and Visteon’s SmartCore software platform offers a complete solution to address the consumers’ demand for a user experience that matches their expectations. The combination of Visteon’s SmartC...
    Cadence announces Tensilica HiFi DSP IP supporting Dolby Atmos for vehicles
    Cadence Design Systems has announced that Cadence Tensilica HiFi DSP IP now supports Dolby Atmos for cars, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. Cadence has optimized Dolby car experience technology to run on the Tensilica HiFi DSP for audio playback of Dolby Atmos for cars. Offloading Dolby Atmos to the low-energy, high-performance Tensilica HiFi DSP enables system-on-chip (SoC) providers to offer automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers a more energy-efficient implementation without a...
    CES 2023: KYOCERA SLD Laser unveils laser-based automotive headlight modules
    KYOCERA SLD Laser has announced the introduction of the LaserLight headlight modules that deliver high brightness white and infrared (IR) dual illumination for night vision and sensing for increased safety and visibility in automotive and mobility applications, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. The company will demonstrate these new laser-based headlight modules and its entire LaserLight product line, as well as its recent innovations in efficient optical power transfer and high...
    CES 2023: SMK Electronics introduces new automotive-grade 5 megapixel RGB/IR camera
    SMK Electronics has announced the introduction of the company’s RGB-IR ultra-high resolution 5-megapixel automotive grade camera, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. The company said that it is designed for in-cabin monitoring of seat occupancy, the RGB-IR gathers significantly greater detail in both normal and low light conditions; and, with its comparatively smaller footprint, replaces the dual RGB and IR cameras traditionally used for this purpose. SMK’s RGB/IR Automo...
    Opsys Tech to supply HASCO’s ADAS system with lidar sensor
    Opsys Tech has announced that it has been selected by HASCO, a tier-1 automotive supplier, to be HASCO's lidar sensor supplier for its automotive ADAS systems, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. With this milestone, Opsys and HASCO are deepening their collaboration in the design, development, and manufacturing of next-generation pure solid-state lidar-enabled automotive advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) systems. Since 2021, when Opsys and HASCO began collaborating on lidar...
    CES 2023: HARMAN showcases advanced in-cabin technologies
    HARMAN unveiled its latest in-cabin innovations for meaningful automotive experiences to drivers, passengers, and other road users, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. The HARMAN EXPLORE showcase, on display during CES 2023 in Las Vegas, features demonstrations of new products. On display during the HARMAN EXPLORE 2023 Showcase, HARMAN will feature the following interactive automotive demonstrations: Ready Upgrade: Just like a smartphone needs software updates to ensure users a...
    CES 2023: Luminar signs new series production for multiple vehicle models with OEMs
    Luminar has announced more commercial momentum at the end of 2022 than anticipated with additional production wins for multiple consumer vehicle models with leading automakers, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. At CES this week, Luminar will host the North American debut of the Volvo EX90, as well as the SAIC Rising Auto R7, and unveil its new software-based mapping product developed last year following the acquisition of Civil Maps. Luminar will also unveil an updated brand and...
    Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC for assisted driving, cockpit functions
    Qualcomm Technologies has announced the latest addition to the Snapdragon® Digital Chassis™ product portfolio with the introduction of the Snapdragon Ride™ Flex SoC, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. The Flex SoC is engineered to support mixed-criticality workloads across heterogenous compute resources, allowing for the digital cockpit, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) functions to coexist on a single system-on-chip (SoC). The Flex SoC is...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    CES 2023: AVIVA Links unveils chipset with throughput of over 64 Gigabits per second for in-vehicle connectivity
    AVIVA Links has unveiled industry’s first Automotive Serdes Alliance (ASA)-based chipset with aggregate throughput of over 64 Gigabits per second, it said in a press release on 3 January. The highly integrated and secure end-to-end connectivity solutions can move vast amounts of data at the highest speeds, enabling ultra-high-resolution cameras, lidars, radars, and other sensors. The company will showcase the chipset at CES 2023 in Las Vegas this week. “AVIVA is on a mission to set the ba...
    Baraja secures investment from Veoneer to advance lidar development
    Baraja and Veoneer partnership has been extended with an investment by Veoneer in Baraja, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. This follows the recent announcement of an advanced development agreement with a major automotive OEM. Baraja is making significant progress with ongoing validation of its next-generation Spectrum HD25 lidar product developed specifically for automotive integration. Spectrum HD25 is a step forward in vehicle lidar technology. Built on Baraja's patented Spec...
    CES 2023: Opsys Tech to showcase lidar-integrated intelligent automotive taillight solution
    Opsys Tech has announced that it will display a lidar-integrated smart taillight solution codeveloped with SL Corp., a South Korea-based leading auto parts supplier, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. The smart taillight solution will be displayed in the Opsys Tech booth at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This smart lighting solution with integrated Opsys Tech lidar is targeted for production cars as early as 2025. SL Corp. is a global supplier to several major a...
    GEO Semiconductor, OMNIVISION partner on RGB-IR solution for automotive cabin monitoring systems
    GEO Semiconductor and OMNIVISION has announced a demonstration for simultaneously capturing and processing high-quality color (RGB) and infrared (IR) automotive interior video from a single sensor at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. This solution combines OMNIVISION's OX05B1S 5MP RGB-IR image sensor, which delivers high performance and sensitivity in all lighting conditions, with GEO's forthcoming GW6 Intelligent Camera Video Processor, which gives t...
    Rheinmetall wins major order to supply contactors to premium German automaker
    Rheinmetall has won a major order worth over a quarter billion euros (over USD 267 million) in the electric mobility segment from a premium German automaker, the company announced on 2 January 2023. The order entails Rheinmetall supplying a new type of contactor for the customer’s all-new 900V electric vehicle (EV) platform. “Rheinmetall won the order in the face of stiff competition from Asia, establishing itself as a global market leader for contactors for this future voltage class...
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