ADN Issue 5, April 2014


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Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
Kevin Fogarty
EE Times, April 15, 2014
Land Rover gave the automotive press a sneak peek at the futuristic concept version of its Discovery luxury SUV on Monday to show off features such as remote control driving, a laser-measured parking assist system, and a "see-through" hood.

Tags: Automotive, Remote Control,
Freescale MCU Streamlines Car Dash Dev
Susan Rambo
EE Times, April 14 2014
Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out the triple-core ARM-based MAC57D5xx microcontroller family, built to bring sharper graphics and higher-end automotive instrument clusters to mid-level and economy cars.

On a single chip, the MAC57D5xx has three ARM cores, a 2D graphics accelerator, SRAM, and other perks, such as Freescale's stall detection for any mechanical instruments with stepper motors. The idea is to have all the components on the chip to streamline development of the instrument cluster design.

Tags: Automotive, Multicore, Graphics,
Apple’s Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
Bruce Gain
EE Times, April 15, 2014
Apple tends to penetrate markets in a big way, so after quietly entering the car infotainment sector this year, the OEM giant is beginning to attract a lot of attention in the automotive world -- particularly from tier-1 suppliers that could directly compete against Apple. In the immediate future, CarPlay, Apple's iOS for automotive infotainment, will begin to show up in cars. So far, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo plan to offer Apple's CarPlay as an option in 2014. Other major carmakers are expected to follow their lead. The interface will eventually be available in 25 million cars by 2020, according to IHS Automotive.

Tags: Automotive, Infotainment,
GM Invests $449 Million USD in Future Electric Vehicles, Batteries
Tiffany Kaiser
DailyTech, April 9, 2014
General Motors Co. (GM) is investing $449 million USD in two of its Michigan-based plants to up its electrification game.

As for the other $65 million USD, it will be put toward the Brownstown plant, which makes lithium-ion battery packs for many of GM’s EVs. Production of the company’s next-generation of lithium-ion batteries and future battery systems will benefit from this investment.

Tags: Automotive, Electric Vehicles,
Data Protection In Internet Of Things Era
Steven Kester and Stephen Pattison
InformationWeek, April 14, 2014
The Internet of Things brings an explosion of data, along with security and privacy concerns. We need IoT rules of the road.

If the digital revolution was one of the most transformative events of our time, then the Internet of Things (IoT) is about to redirect history. Today three billion Internet users are demanding digital content anytime, anywhere, and on multiple platforms. Next year it’s estimated that there will be 15 billion connected devices. By 2020 that number will reach 50 billion. These devices will include more than just smartphones and tablets. Cars, sensors, and even appliances -- nearly anything will be connected in the emerging IoT era.

Tags: Internet, Security, Internet of Things,
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