Linear Technology Corp. announces the LT8612, a 6 A, 42 V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode® operation keeps quiescent current under 3 µA in no-load standby conditions. Its 3.4 to 42 V input voltage range makes it ideal for automotive and industrial applications. Its internal high efficiency switches deliver up to 6 A of continuous output current to voltages as low as 0.97 V.
Airbiquity Inc., the global leader in connected vehicle services, and Baidu, the leading Chinese internet services provider, announced a partnership to provide connected car internet services to the Chinese automotive market beginning in first quarter 2014.
Wi-Fi is a hot topic among car OEMs and a small number of luxury brands have already launched LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspot solutions during the past twelve months. Most major OEMs plan to follow suit with some, such as GM, claiming that it will start offering LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspot solutions in its vehicles in 2014.
RFMD, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, expanded its broad portfolio of Wi-Fi products to include two new front end modules (FEMs) for automotive Wi-Fi applications.
China is the world’s fastest growing automotive market and the high growth in vehicle sales in the country is driving the growth in connected in-vehicle telematics and infotainment systems fitted in cars. ABI Research forecasts that almost one in two cars sold in China by 2018 will be supplied with either an embedded, or hybrid OEM-fitted telematics and infotainment system.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that the first product from the RoadLINK™ range, the SAF5100 flexible software-defined radio processor for C2C and C2I communication, is available for automotive customer design-in.
Aeroflex Ltd.is introducing its 5800 Series ATE system to the Indian automotive manufacturing market. The company has appointed iNETest Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. for distribution and sales of this product in India.
Cassidianis participating in the European R&D car-to-Car Content Delivery (CarCoDe) project aimed at developing a platform for ‘smart car-to-car content’. Applications will include for police cars, ambulances or fire engines.