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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Vector, Wind River collaborate for service-oriented architecture for ADAS and autonomous driving
    Wind River has announced a partnership with Vector under which the companies will deliver service-oriented architecture (SOA) capabilities for to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving. According to the press statement on 20 April, the solution contains Vector’s...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    LG Chem completes 1,200 ton Yeosu carbon nanotubes plant in South Korea
    LG Chem is planning to accelerate its advancement into the carbon nanotubes (CNT) market with the help of a 1,200-ton “Yeosu CNT Plant 2” in Korea that was completed and begun operations on 14 April, according to a company press release of the same day. Additionally, the company’s existing 500...
    22-Apr-2021 News Investments
    TE Connectivity net sales rises 11% y/y in Q2 FY 2021 to USD3.74 billion
    TE Connectivity has reported an 11% year-on-year (y/y) growth in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, according to a company press release on 21 April. Net sales was USD3.74 billion for the second quarter versus USD3.20 billion a year earlier. Net income came in at USD506 million co...
    Renesas, SiFive to develop next-gen RISC-V solutions for automotive applications
    Renesas Electronics Corporation and SiFive, Inc., the industry leader in RISC-V processors and silicon solutions, announced a strategic partnership to develop next-generation, high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications. According the press release dated 21 April on Renesas' website, ...
    Velodyne Lidar, Gatik set up middle-mile autonomous delivery network
    In company press release dated 20 April, Velodyne Lidar announced a multiyear sales agreement with Gatik, the industry leader in automating on-road transportation networks for business-to-business (B2B) middle mile logistics. The companies plan to provide lidar sensors for a middle-mile transpo...
    XenomatiX develops 'XenoLidar-X' next-gen solid-state LiDAR
    XenomatiX has announced the launch of the next generation of XenoLidar-X, a solid-state lidar solution, according to a company press release on 20 April. XenoLidar-X offers simultaneous optical output power increase and electrical power consumption decrease using a concept of performant global shutt...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Faurecia’s Q1 2021 sales up 8.9% y/y to USD4.7 billion
    Faurecia has reported an 8.9% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to EUR4 billion (USD4.7 billion) for the first quarter ended 31 March 2021. According to a company press release on 20 April, Seating segment sales rose by 10.1% y/y to EUR1.5 billion and sales in the Interior segment grew by 11% y/y t...
    NVIDIA unveils NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan SoC platform for autonomous vehicles
    NVIDIA unveiled the next generation of AI compute for autonomous vehicles, NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan in a news press on 20 April. It can perform 1,000 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of performance, and an estimated SPECint score of more than 100 (SPECrate2017_int)—greater than the total compute...
    Toyota Industries Corporation launches global AV software development company
    Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) announced in a news release dated 20 April, the creation of a new company called T-Hive. The new company is a partnership between Toyota L&F, Bastian Solutions, Toyota Forklifts, Vanderlande, Toyota Material Handling and Raymond. T-Hive B.V. wi...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Stellantis extends closure of Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada for a week due to chip shortage
    Stellantis has extended the suspension of operations at its Windsor Assembly Plant for another week as the automaker grapples with the shortage of automotive semiconductors, Windsor Star reported on 16 April. The plant has been idle since 29 March and will restart on 3 May. The initial target was to...
    Renesas expects to restore full operational capacity at fire-hit plant in Japan by end of May
    Renesas is set to restore full capacity at its fire-damaged Naka plant in Japan by the end of May, Reuters reported on 19 April. The company restarted operations last weekend. Renesas CEO Hidetoshi Shibata expects half of the Naka plant line's capacity to be restored by the end of April, and another...
    Startup Livox Technology releases automotive-grade lidar HAP
    Livox has unveiled its first automotive-grade lidar HAP, the startup said in a press release on 14 April. The HAP passed over 70 automotive-grade reliability tests, such as Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), mechanical engineering, and environmental reliability among others. Livox is set to de...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Vishay unveils bidirectional symmetrical 2-line ESD protection diode for automotive use
    Vishay Intertechnology has unveiled a new bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) 2-line ESD protection diode in compact DFN1110-3A package with wettable flanks, the company said in a press release on 19 April. The VBUS05M2-HT5 offers ultra-low capacitance and leakage current for the protection of data lin...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Vayyar Imaging receives FCC Waiver, JP certification for in-cabin 4D imaging radar
    Vayyar Imaging, a global leader in 4D imaging radar, announced in a company blog post dated 19 April, that it became the world's first and only company to comply with in-cabin radio frequency standards worldwide, after receiving the FCC waiver for operation of 60 GHz radar inside US vehicles The ...
    Volvo Cars, DiDi partner for autonomous driving test fleet
    According to a company press release dated 19 April, Volvo Cars, a global leader in automotive safety, and DiDi Autonomous Driving, the self-driving technology arm of DiDi Chuxing, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement on autonomous vehicles for DiDi’s self-driving test fleet. The XC9...
    Synopsys partners with Renesas to develop DSO.ai design system for automotive chip design
    Synopsys announced the adoption of Design Space Optimization AI (DSO.ai) by Renesas into its automotive chip design environment, according to a 15 April press release. This will allow Renesas augment its ability to search design spaces for better performance-power-area (PPA) solutions and explore a ...
    Continental unveils new long-range automotive radar sensors
    Continental has announced that it will be displaying its sixth generation of long-range radar and surround radar at Auto Shanghai, a company press release on 14 April read. Production is scheduled to start in 2023. Both sensors share a software and hardware platform, reducing costs, and testing and ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    TSMC says global semiconductors shortage could extend into 2022
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) warned that a global shortage of semiconductors across industries from automaking to consumer electronics may extend into 2022, Bloomberg reported on 15 April. However, the chipmaker expects chip shortages in the auto industry to begin easing next quarter...
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways pub...
    Toyota recalls more than 279,000 vehicles in US over wire harness issue
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting approximately 279,000 vehicles in the United States over airbag issue, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 April 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2009–15 Toyota Venza vehicles. Significance: The subject vehicles have a...
    19-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 19 April 2021
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    Infineon launches XENSIV™ MEMS microphone for high-performance, low-noise automotive applications
    Infineon Technologies AG announced the launch of the XENSIV™ IM67D130A. It is the first microphone in the market to be qualified for automotive applications, which will help simplify the design-in efforts for the industry and reduce the risk of qualification fails. The XENSIV MEMS microphone IM...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz EQS offers Drive Pilot automated driving tech
    Mercedes-Benz EQS has announced the lauch of the DRIVE PILOT system enabling driving in highly automated mode at speeds of up to 60 km/h in heavy traffic or congested situations. The launch is expected in early 2022 in Germany.  The EQS is prepared for Automated Valet Parking (AVP,...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Honda, AutoX partner on autonomous driving research in mainland China
    Honda China is collaborating with AutoX on autonomous driving research in mainland China through vehicle testing on public roads. The company plans to equip the ACCORD and the INSPIRE vehicles with the AutoX autonomous vehicle technology. Through the test, Honda aims to deepen understan...
    AV startup WeRide receives California permit to test autonomous vehicles
    WeRide, the mainland Chinese autonomous vehicle startup has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. Backed by Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, the company is also testing its autonomous vehicles in mainland China’s southern city of Guangzhou. WeRi...
    Lidar startup Innoviz Technologies introduces new InnovizTwo lidar sensor
    Israel-based Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has unveiled its InnovizTwo lidar sensor performance.The new generation achieves a 30 times performance improvement over InnovizOne, in addition to a 70% cost reduction, which...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Samsung unveils PixCell LED module for headlight systems
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has unveiled ‘PixCell LED’, a new automotive LED module optimized for intelligent headlights, such as adaptive driving beam (ADB) systems, the company announced in a press release on 14 April. Leveraging Samsung’s longstanding expertise in semiconductor technology...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    HELLA reports almost flat sales of USD5.7 billion for first nine months of FY 2020/21
    German electronics and lighting expert HELLA’ portfolio-adjusted sales fell only slightly by 0.3% year-on-year (y/y) to EUR4.7 billion (USD5.7 billion) in the first nine months of fiscal year (FY) 2020/21 (1 June 2020 to 28 February 2021). According to a company press release on 14 April, adj...
    Ford to idle plants in US and Turkey due to semiconductor shortage
    A US carmaker Ford Motor has announced plant shutdowns in the United States and Turkey owing to the global semiconductor shortage, Reuters reported on 15 April. Five facilities will be impacted. Ford announced production cuts during the weeks of 19 and 26 April in Chicago, Flat Rock, Michigan, and K...
    Toshiba appoints Satoshi Tsunakawa as CEO
    Toshiba has announced the appointment of Satoshi Tsunakawa, as the CEO and president, according to a company press release on 14 April. Tsunakawa will replace Nobuaki Kurumatani, who resigned from his post. Tsunakawa was also the chairman of Toshiba. No other detail was disclosed.
    Synopsys launches new DesignWare Security, Processor IP Solutions to protect SoCs from data tampering
    Synopsys, Inc. announced new DesignWare tRoot(TM) Hardware Secure Module (HSM) and ARC SEM130FS Safety and Security Processor IP solutions. It has integrated functional safety features to accelerate ISO 26262 certification of automotive systems-on-chips (SoCs). "Security attacks on safety-critica...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    GAC unveils sponge silicon electrode technology on GAC Tech Day
    GAC has a sponge silicon electrode technology on GAC Tech Day 2021, according to a company press release on 13 April. The company has put in “years of research” to develop and patent the “sponge silicon negative plate battery technology”. The battery makes the silicon negative sheet inside t...
    Intel CEO says company in talks with OEMs to produce chips within six to nine months
    Intel are in talks with semiconductor manufacturers to produce automotive chips within six to nine months, CEO Pat Gelsinger told Reuters. Gelsinger has told US White House officials that Intel will open its existing factory network to auto chip companies to help alleviate the supply shortage that h...
    Volvo, Faraday Future select NVIDIA DRIVE Orin technology for next-gen autonomous driving
    Volvo Cars and Faraday Future are expanding their collaboration with NVIDIA to use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to power the autonomous driving. Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, will deploy the NVIDIA Drive Ori...
    Diodes launches high-speed bidirectional dual supply autosensing level shifter IC
    Diodes Incorporated has launched a new high-speed bidirectional dual supply autosensing level shifter integrated circuit (IC), according to a company press release on 13 April 2021. The new PI4ULS3V304AQ has expanded its family of voltage-level shifters. Enabling high-speed operation, this conf...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Battery Resourcers completes USD20 million Series B funding round
    Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling and manufacturing company based in the United States completed a USD20 million Series B equity round with financing led by Orbia Ventures, the venture capital arm of the multinational Orbia, according to a company pre...
    13-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Velodyne, Ansys collaborate to enhance autonomous driving hazard recognition
    Velodyne and Ansys are developing software models of next-generation automotive lidar sensors to substantially improve hazard identification capabilities for highly advanced autonomous vehicles. The collaboration incorporates Velodyne's lidar design into Ansys' virtual sensor suite. It expedite...
    Yamaha Motor develops new hyper-EV electric motor
    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it has developed an electric motor to cater to vehicles that need highest class in output density, according to a company press release on 12 April. This unit is aimed at application in “hyper-EV models” and offerings in the high-output mobility segment....
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    indie Semiconductor launches ultrasonic automotive parking-assist solutions
    indie Semiconductor, which is currently in the process of merging with Thunder Bridge Acquisition II, Ltd., has launched a family of high-performance sensing solutions supporting automotive parking-assist applications, according to a company press release on 12 April. Leveraging its mixed signal, di...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    STMicroelectronics launches MasterGAN4 devices for high-efficiency power converters
    STMicroelectronics has introduced MasterGaN4 which simplifies design using wide-bandgap gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors by taking away the complex gate-control and circuit-layout challenges. The latest addition to ST’s MasterGaN family, MasterGaN4 integrates two symmetrical 650V GaN&...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 12 April 2021
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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    Comau provides battery manufacturing line for UK Battery Industrialization Centre
    Comau has been selected by the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to develop and deploy a semi-automated battery module and battery pack assembly line for the publicly-funded ‘open-access’ battery production development facility, according to a press release on 8 April 2021. The facilit...
    Manz, GROB form strategic partnership for Li-ion battery systems
    Manz AG and GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG have entered into a cooperation in the field of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems, according to a company press release on 8 April 2021. As part of the partnership, the companies plan to set machine standards "made in Europe". From now on, the companies wi...
    12-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Renault, STMicroelectronics and others create ‘Software République’ intelligent mobility ecosystem
    STMicroelectronics has partnered with Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, and Thales to jointly create ‘Software République’, an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility, the company said in a press release on 9 April. The ecosystem will develop products and services using artificial in...
    Cadence provides automotive-optimized digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process
    Cadence Design Systems has announced the availability of automotive-optimized Cadence digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process technology, according to a company press release on 8 April. The flow used high-performance Cadence Tensilica ConnX B10 digital signal processor (DSP) for aut...
    Spain announces ‘Moves III’ e-mobility subsidy program
    The Spanish government has announced Budget Moves III, a new e-mobility subsidy program to encourage electric car sales. The initial budget plan is EUR400 million (USD475 million) until 2023, which can further increase up to EUR800 million based on requirements. The new program aim...
    Nidec to open e-motor production facility in Serbia
    Japan-based Nidec Corporation will open a new factory in the city of Novi Sad in the Republic of Serbia, according to a company press release on 9 April. The new Nidec Electric Motor Serbia LLC will make automotive motors and related products, employing some 1,000 people. The new Nidec Elesys Europe...
    12-Apr-2021 News Investments
    BMW recalls 16,850 vehicles in Australia over issue with blower controller
    BMW has issued a recall of 16,850 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the blower controller, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 April 2021. The recall affects model year (MY) 2007–10 BMW E70 X5 and BMW E71 X6 vehicles. Significanc...
    12-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Knowles develops two new MEMS microphones for automotive application
    Knowles has developed two new SiSonic MEMS microphones for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 8 April. The MEMS microphones can be used for hands-free calling, advanced voice assistance, and in-cabin noise cancellation for passenger comfort. “As both consumers ...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Infineon expands 600 V CoolMOS S7 portfolio for static switching applications
    Infineon Technologies AG launched the 600 V CoolMOS™ S7 portfolio with two new optimized devices for static switching applications: the industrial-grade CoolMOS S7 10 mΩ and the automotive-grade CoolMOS S7A. The automotive-grade CoolMOS S7A addresses system performance requirements set b...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Hirschmann Automotive expands operations in Mexico, US
    Hirschmann Automotive announced that it has established a test laboratory in Mexico where validations are carried out locally, according to a company press release on 2 April. Hirschmann Automotive also opened a sales and research and development (R&D) office in Detroit, United States. Signif...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Infineon Technologies raises USD1 billion for Cypress Semiconductor acquisition
    According to a press release dated 8 April, Infineon Technologies AG has successfully signed a USD1.3 billion US private placement of notes. The transaction proceeds will be used to repay existing US Dollar bank term loans related to the acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Dr. Sven ...
    Toyota unveils new Mirai, Lexus LS models with advanced driver assistance technologies
    Toyota Motor Corp unveiled new models of Lexus and Mirai in Japan, equipped with Level 2 autonomous system. The new driving assist technology, or Advanced Drive will help in limiting the car in its lane, maintaining the distance from other vehicles, and changing lanes under the driver...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Vishay develops p-channel -80V TrenchFET MOSFET for automotive market
    Vishay Intertechnology has developed a p-channel -80 V TrenchFET MOSFET for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 7 April. The Vishay Siliconix SQJA81EP increases power density and efficiency. Lead time of these devices is 14 weeks. The devices have an operating temperat...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: HELLA to present lighting and electronic innovations
    Germany-based lighting and electronics expert HELLA will showcase solutions for the mobility of the future at the upcoming Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which will be held from 19–28 April. According to a company press release 5 April 2021, HELLA will present various elect...
    ECARX, Arm China JV to launch 7nm chip for smart car technologies
    ECARX, an auto tech startup backed by Geely's chairman and Baidu, plans to supply products with 7 nanometers (nm) chip as early as next year through its joint venture (JV) with Arm China, its chief executive told Reuters. As cars get smarter, chips have become a key component in products from sen...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Schneider invests in autonomous trucking technology startup TuSimple
    Freight transportation company, Schneider National Inc. of Green Bay, is investing in TuSimple, a San Diego autonomous technology company. Schneider president and CEO Mark Rourke will join TuSimple’s newly established Executive Advisory Board.  TuSimple develops a commercial-ready, fu...
    Texas Instruments unveils DC/DC controller with integrated active EMI filter
    Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a new family of synchronous DC/DC buck controllers that enable engineers to shrink the power-supply solution's size and lower its electromagnetic interference (EMI). Featuring an integrated active EMI filter (AEF) and dual-random spread-spectrum (DRSS) techno...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    STMicroelectronics develops synchronous step-down regulators to simplify high efficiency power conversions
    STMicroelectronics has released the L6981 synchronous step-down regulators, extending the family of high-efficiency converters that simplify the power-supply design by integrating power elements, feedback circuitry, and safety features on-chip. Significance: The L6981 can deliver up to 1.5 A DC, ...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving Automated driving sits at the forefront of vehicle technology and presents an opportunity for brand differentiation in a crowded market. As automakers, suppliers, and mobility provi...
    07-Apr-2021 News Webinars
    Renesas to shift chip production to Ehime facility in Japan after fire incident
    Renesas Electronics will reportedly shift some production to a factory in Ehime prefecture in Japan, Reuters reported on 6 April, citing the country’s public broadcaster NHK. This comes after a fire damaged Renesas’ Naka factory in northeast Japan. Significance: Earlier in March, operations a...
    OPEN Alliance SIG officially incorporated
    OPEN Alliance SIG has been officially incorporated, according to a press release dated 6 April. BMW, Bosch, Broadcom, Continental, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, Marvell, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen, and Volvo Cars are the companies involved. The al...
    StradVision partners with European OEM and tier-1 supplier for ADAS
    StradVision, a pioneer in AI-based vision processing technology for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), has announced two new partnerships to expand its global footprints. StradVision is partnering with a leading German OEM to supply augmented reality to the Navig...
    Self-driving sensor startup Innoviz completes SPAC merger with Collective Growth Corp for USD1.4 billion
    Innoviz Technologies, the Israeli provider of solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has completed its merger with Texas-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Collective Growth Corporation and will begin trading under the ticker symbols INVZ and INVZW at a valuation of USD1.4 ...
    07-Apr-2021 News Mergers
    Draexlmaier opens new plant in North Macedonia
    German car parts manufacturer Draexlmaier has opened a new production plant in Kumanovo, in the northern part of North Macedonia, according to a report by SeeNews on 6 April. The value of the investment is in the "double-digit million" range, according to the report citing a company statement. The n...
    07-Apr-2021 News Investments
    EV charging startup On, Siemens to install 120 chargers in Rome, Italy
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is delivering charging stations and cloud-based software for charging infrastructure management to Italian start-up company name On. The solutions provide the basis for a new electric vehicle (EV) sharing service in Rome developed by the Italian start-up. Siemens is prov...
    Synopsys launches HAPS-100 prototyping system for software development and validation
    Synopsys launches HAPS-100 as its latest powerful prototyping system. It has the fastest performance for software development and system validation with 20–50 MHz for complex system-on-chip (SoCs) and up to 500 MHz for interface IP. Therefore, it enables 5G, AI, automotive, and GPU SoC designers t...
    06-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Lattice Semiconductor develops new FPGAs for ADAS and in-vehicle infotainment systems
    Lattice Semiconductor has announced the expansion of its Lattice Crosslink-NX family with new FPGAs for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, according to a company press release on 31 March. The FPGAs function in low power, have small form factor an...
    06-Apr-2021 News New Products
    US auto industry group seeks government help amid chip shortage
    The Alliance for Auto Innovation, a US-based industry group has urged the Joe Biden-led government to step in and help with the current global semiconductors shortage, Reuters reported on 6 April. The group warned the global semiconductor shortage could result in the production cut of 1.28 million v...
    Subaru to idle Japan plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Subaru Corp will shut its Yajima plant in Japan between 10 and 27 April due to a shortage in semiconductor supplies, Reuters reported on 5 April. The shutdown will impact the production of 10,000 vehicles. The automaker is expected to restart all production lines at the Yajima plant from 10 May, ...
    Volkswagen invests additional USD100 million in QuantumScape for solid-state battery tech
    QuantumScape has announced it has successfully met the technical milestone that was a condition to close the investment of an additional USD100 million by Volkswagen Group of America Investments, LLC into the company, according to an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on 31 March. This ...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Ford suspends operations at two US plants due to chip shortage
    Ford Motor is idling production at two truck plants that make its best-selling F-150 pickup on the back of the global semiconductor shortage, reports Bloomberg Quint. The truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, US, will shut for two weeks starting April 5. Ford will also cease production of the F-15...
    Bosch subsidiary, ETAS, expands embedded software center in UK
    ETAS has signed an agreement with the UK Government to expand the software center in the city of York, it said in a press release on 29 March. The Bosch unit will make an undisclosed yet significant investment to expand the center of excellence. “We have decided to expand this centre in York fo...
    05-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Optodot files new patent for electrode coated separator technology
    High-tech company Optodot Corporation, Boston, MA, United States, has added a cutting-edge US patent to its portfolio of more than 90 pending and issued battery patents worldwide. This new patent titled “Methods of Producing Batteries Using Anode Metal Depositions Directly on Nanoporous Separ...
    Startup Odyssey Semiconductor raises USD5 million to develop GaN power devices for EVs
    Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies has raised USD5 million in a common stock private placement, the company said in a press release on 1 April. The funding will allow the startup to develop high-voltage vertically conducting gallium nitride (GaN) power-switching devices. “We welcome the new sha...
    05-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Panasonic appoints Yuki Kusumi as new CEO
    Yuki Kusumi has formally assumed the office as CEO of Panasonic effective 1 April 2021. Kusumi has also been appointed as president and representative director, an appointment that will be confirmed at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders and the Board of Directors’ Meeting scheduled for 2...
    NSK develops third-generation ultra-high-speed ball bearing for EV motors
    Japan-based NSK Ltd. has developed a third-generation ultra-high-speed ball bearing for electric vehicle (EV) motors, according to a company press release on 1 April 2021. The new ball bearing is capable of operating at over 1.8 million dmN. The bearing is grease-lubricated deep groove ball beari...
    05-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford recalls 38,407 vehicles in US over issue with rearview camera
    Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall affecting 38,407 vehicles in North America over issue with rearview camera, the automaker announced in a press release on 2 April 2021. The recall covers 34,975 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 3,053 in Canada and 379 in Mexico. The re...
    05-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 5 April 2021
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    US-based startup WaveSense raises USD15 million
    US-based startup WaveSense has raised USD15 million in funding, according to a company press release on 30 March 2021. The round was led by Rhapsody Venture Partners and Impossible Ventures. WaveSense has developed Ground Positioning Radar™ (GPR), a precise and reliable vehicle positioning syst...
    Alps Alpine develops 5G NR module for automotive industry
    Alps Alpine has developed the UMNZ1 Series 5G NR1 module for automotive use, it said in a press release on 17 March. The UMNZ1 Series 5G NR Module for Automotive Use with C-V2X feature is compliant with 3GPP2 Release 15. By suppressing heat generation and employing an original structure for greater ...
    01-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota, SinoHytec set up JV to produce hydrogen fuel cells in China
    Toyota Motor has signed an agreement with Chinese fuel cell maker Beijing SinoHytec company to form a 50:50 joint venture named as Toyota SinoHytec Fuel Cell Co. Ltd. The two companies will invest USD36 million each in the new venture, , which will be located in the Beijing Economic-Technological De...
    FCA recalls 19,214 vehicles in US over risk of fire
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 19,214 vehicles in the United States over the risk of fire, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 11 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2021 Ram 2500, 3500, and ...
    01-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Leoni plans to sell data communication and compound business activities in Stolberg, Germany location
    Leoni plans to sell its data communication and compound business units to a consortium of buyers led by current managing director, the company announced in a press release on 31 March 2021. Leoni has informed employee representatives and the employees of Leoni Kerpen GmbH of its intention to sell th...
    Renesas unveils new functional safety solution for ADAS cameras systems
    Renesas Electronics Corporation has introduced a new power and functional safety solution for systems based on the R-Car V3H system-on-chip (SoC) for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) automotive front cameras and driver monitor cameras. The new solution includes the RAA271050, a 42V synch...
    31-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Lumax Industries to establish new plant in Gujarat, India
    Lumax Industries has announced that the company will invest INR800 million (USD10.9 million) to open a new manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat, in India, according to BSE filing by the company on 26 March 2021. The company has not provided further details including products to be produced at...
    31-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Renesas could take about 100 days to reach normal production at fire-hit chip plant in Japan
    Renesas could take at least 100 days to get back to normal production at its fire-hit Naka factory in Japan, said CEO Hidetoshi Shibata, as reported by Reuters on 30 March at a press conference. “I’m not too pessimistic about the situation. I think we won’t be too far off from the recovery tim...
    Vishay unveils 600V Hyperfast and Ultrafast Rectifiers for EV battery charging stations
    Vishay Intertechnology has developed 10 new FRED Pt Gen 5 600 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast rectifiers, the company said in a press release on 29 March. The rectifiers are designed to increase the efficiency of AC/DC and DC/DC converters. According to the company, the devices offer 30% lower reverse rec...
    30-Mar-2021 News New Products
    NIO to suspend operations at its Hefei plant in mainland China due to chip shortage
    Mainland China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio has suspended production for five days at its Hefei plant due to a shortage in automotive semiconductors, Reuters reported on 26 March. NIO cut its first quarter delivery forecast to around 19,500 vehicles, compared to the 20,000–20,500 vehicles...
    Hyundai to idle Ulsan No.1 plant in South Korea due to semiconductor shortage
    Hyundai Motor is set to suspend production at its Ulsan No.1 plant in South Korea due to a shortage in semiconductors and components, Reuters reported on 29 March. The plant will be shut between 7 and 14 April. Supply issues reportedly involve front view camera systems for Kona SUV and power electri...
    Marelli makes top management appointments for electrification, ADAS, and electronics
    On 26 March, Marelli announced a few key appointments for its electrification, ADAS and electronics divisions. Joachim Fetzer will be appointed as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO), while Hannes Prenn will join as EVP and CEO of the Electric Powertrain business. The new appointments are...
    Stellantis to idle five North American plants due to semiconductor shortage
    Stellantis is set to temporarily suspend operations at five plants in North America as the automotive industry continues to feel the supply chain pressure due to a shortage of semiconductors. According to a Detroit Free Press article on 26 March, the idling of plants in the United States, Canada, an...
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    Elements collude against car chip production
    The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major disruption just as the automotive industry was beginning to show signs of recovery. With demand for semiconductors growing across most markets, especially in consumer electronics, the auto industry has been facing a significant shortage of chips since the beginni...
    STMicroelectronics develops new operational amplifier for automotive applications
    STMicroelectronics has released the TSV7722 precision high-bandwidth operational amplifier, which enhances energy efficiency in applications such as automotive smart mobility, the company said in a press release on 25 March. Automotive-qualified devices will be available in the second half of 2021. ...
    26-Mar-2021 News New Products
    ACQUISITION: Lear acquires injection molding specialist M&N Plastics
    Lear has acquired M&N Plastic, a US-based injection molding specialist and manufacturer of engineered plastic components for automotive electrical distribution applications, the company said in a press release on 25 March. The company has not disclosed the financial details of the transaction. ...
    Melexis launches multichannel RGB LED driver for automotive lighting applications
    Melexis has launched a new multichannel RGB LED driver—MLX81117—for automotive lighting applications, according to a company press release on 25 March 2021. The new product supports the MeLiBu™ high-speed communication license-free IP which enables intelligent animated automotive lighting conc...
    26-Mar-2021 News New Products
    UNO MINDA increases stake in Tokai Rika Minda JV to 30%
    UNO MINDA has increased its stake in Tokai Rika Minda India Private Limited (TRMN) joint venture (JV) from 12.86% to 30%, the Indian supplier said in a regulatory filing on 24 March 2021. TRMN is JV company between UNO MINDA Group and Japan-based Tokai Rika Co. Ltd. Significance: TRMN is eng...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: ZF to unveil its next-gen ProAI supercomputer
    ZF will debut the next generation of its ZF ProAI automotive-grade supercomputer at Auto Shanghai 2021, it said in a press release on 23 March. The supercomputer is designed for software-defined vehicles and their electronic architectures based on domain or zone controllers. “We are ready to su...
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