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27 May, 2011

Making more MEMS

Posted by John Day

John Day STMicroelectronics said this week that it will increase its MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) production capacity to more than three million sensors a day by the end of 2011 based on “exploding” demand from industrial, healthcare, and automotive customers. Automotive applications for MEMS devices include airbags, navigation systems, electronic stability control, and tire pressure monitoring systems. … Read More

Infineon, IHS iSuppli, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), CEA-Leti, automotive MEMS devices, Sensata, Freescale, STMicroelectronics, high-g accelerometer, DENSO, tire pressure monitoring systems, electronic stability control

21 Jul, 2010

John Day Four German automotive firms are embarking on a three-year collaborative research project to see if they can make vehicle diagnostics more like science than art. Audi, Continental, Infineon, and ASIC/ASSP developer ZMD estimate that up to 40 percent of vehicle electronics errors can’t be precisely diagnosed, which isn’t a huge surprise considering that cars these days contain 80-something electronic … Read More

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, IKT 2020, ASSP, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Audi, University of Stuttgart, University of the Federal Armed Forces, ASIC, ZMD, Infineon, DIANA research project, Information and Communications Technology 2020 program, end-to-end diagnostics, NPR's "Car Talk", Automotive Electronics, University of Cottbus

28 May, 2010

Ricardo gives ethanol a boost

Posted by John Day

John Day You might think, if you didn’t know better, that all of the cutting-edge work in the automotive industry is focused on hybrid and electric vehicles. Not so, says Rod Beazley, director of the Spark Ignited Engines Product Group at Ricardo plc and head of Ricardo’s Ethanol Boost Direct Injection (EBDI) engine program. Why bother with ethanol, you might ask. It may reduce emissions but it also reduces … Read More

Freescale, Infineon, ethanol boost direct injection (EBDI), Rod Beazley, Karina Morley, Ricardo plc

28 Apr, 2010

Here’s how bad it was

Posted by John Day

John Day Strategy Analytics announced that Infineon edged Freescale in automotive semiconductor revenues last year to take the number one spot. The research firm said Infineon achieved $1.31 billion in revenues for calendar 2009 compared with $1.16 billion for Freescale, amounting to market shares of 9% and 8% respectively. But Strategy Analytics also said that semiconductor suppliers suffered an average year-on-year … Read More

Freescale, Ian Riches, Chris Webber, Strategy Analytics, Infineon

27 Apr, 2010

Infineon’s power play

Posted by John Day

John Day It may be a cliché to say that so-and-so “wrote the book on” whatever, but with Infineon and power electronics, it’s true. The firm wrote “Fundamentals of Power Semiconductors,” and one of the fundamentals, though not necessarily in the book, is the idea that power components are likely to tip the scale in automotive electronics. “Companies that are dominant in automotive electronics will start to … Read More

Shawn Slusser, powertrain systems, Strategy Analytics, IGBTs, Infineon, hybrid and electric vehicles, zero defects, MOSFETs, power electronics, logic devices, microcontrollers

28 Oct, 2009

Auto chips on the mend?

Posted by John Day

John Day The automotive semiconductor market plunged 14% to $16.4 billion in 2009, according to Strategy Analytics, but should see a similar-size recovery – 14% to $18.7 billion – in 2010. According to the research firm, the dramatic fall in global vehicle production, with the exception of three of the four BRIC regions, resulted in the largest-ever fall in automotive semiconductor vendor revenues. The market … Read More

Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon, Databeans, Strategy Analytics, NEC, Renesas

18 Sep, 2009

John Day Renesas Technology America recently introduced a new 32-bit microcomputer (SH72546R) for powertrain control, boasting of the size of its on-chip flash (3.75MB). It’s compatible with its predecessor, SJ72531, which has 1.25MB of on-chip flash. Performance is up to 400MIPS when operating at 200MHz. Ever larger on-chip flash is a significant trend in powertrain MCUs and suppliers are planning 4MB devices. … Read More

Infineon, On-Chip Flash, Freescale Semiconductor, Powertrain Control, Renesas Technology America

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