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2008-05-13
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Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its presence in China, teaming up with Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. to create a virtual automotive lab. The two will combine to create silicon, software, and systems for vehicles sold in China and later for export.
2008-05-13
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Microchip Technology is taking aim at the electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) market, the company developing a new bus architecture and devices that support it. EEPROM is a small segment of the burgeoning market for nonvolatile memory, which is dominated by flash memory, but it is a critical niche in areas for which only very small capacities are needed.
2008-05-13
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The standard has seen a slow start, but it looks as if momentum for the interface between hardware and software is starting to grow. A number of electronics suppliers and their tool providers are ramping up, and automakers continue to show support.
2008-05-13
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The two companies are strengthening their partnership in powertrains, extending it to hybrid controls. The move comes as Freescale hits a number of milestones during its transition to a new CEO.
2008-05-13
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The expansion of electronics and software continues almost unabated, bringing both benefits and challenges for automakers and their suppliers. As engineers develop new safety, infotainment, and powertrain systems, they are looking at a variety of techniques to manage hardware and software development.
2008-05-13
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According to SAE 2008 World Congress panelists, safety advocates are trying to determine what potential technologies are the most substantive and what technologies do not meet the hype.
2008-05-13
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Programmable logic devices (PLDs) that were once used primarily for prototyping are now seeing use in production vehicles. Altera Corp. is among the PLD makers responding to this new market opening, producing more automotive-grade FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) and complex PLDs.
2008-05-09
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Body panels on two different sports cars make a flashy styling statement for non-metal materials. Plasan provides the carbon-fiber panels for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, while Meridian supplies the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10's SMC hood.
2008-05-07
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Schneider Electric recently launched what it calls the Automation and Control Innovation Center, a hands-on demonstration area at its facility in Raleigh, NC, designed to highlight the company’s ability to provide industrial solutions, not just products.
2008-04-25
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Nanostellar uses Rational Catalyst Design, which combines computational nanoscience and advanced synthetic chemistry, to overcome the limitations of materials currently being used in emissions-control technologies. The company determined that the addition of gold to the platinum/palladium alloy used in more recent diesel catalytic converters is beneficial in terms of cost and performance.
2008-04-25
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Key to the ultimate success of plug-in hybrids, as well as other hybrids and all-electric vehicles, is the battery technology, with lithium-ion batteries garnering much attention from automakers and suppliers, including lesser-known companies working with nanomaterials to enhance performance. One such company is Altair Nanotechnologies, which has developed a nano-lithium titanate (nLTO) spinel material for batteries.
2008-04-25
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Michelin has launched the latest version of the Agilis light commercial vehicle (LCV) tire, designed for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight between 2800 kg (6173 lb) and 3500 kg (7716 lb). The new design was driven by a number of factors, including the development of increasingly powerful LCVs.
2008-04-25
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Ford debuted a four-pronged productivity enhancer aimed at construction contractors and business owners. Called Ford Work Solutions, one of the offerings is an in-dash computer, developed with Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, that provides high-speed Internet access via the Sprint mobile broadband network, as well as navigation via Garmin. A tool tracking system, developed in partnership with DeWalt, is another offering.
2008-04-25
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Nissan is re-introducing its pickup model formerly known as the Nissan Pickup in Europe. The model was withdrawn when Euro-IV emissions regulations came into effect in 2006, mainly because the rotary injection pump-equipped, YD25 2.5-L, direct-injection, turbodiesel engine could not be readily adapted to meet the latest European emissions regulations. Now the model is powered by a common-rail injection version of the YD25 engine.
2008-04-25
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The Iveco Massif is built by Santana in Spain and powered by an Iveco 3.0-L common-rail diesel. The model is based on the 60-year-old Land Rover; the principal differences between the Defender and the Massif are in the materials, suspension, and powertrain.
2008-04-25
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For the past 30 years, aluminum content per vehicle has grown every year. "I think [in the future] we'll see increased aluminum content in structural chassis parts -- everything from engine cradles to A-pillars, B-pillars, full spaceframes, etc.," said Alcoa's Kevin Kramer. A technology the company is confident will make further inroads is its proprietary Alcoa Vacuum Die Casting.
2008-04-25
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Volvo Trucks has invested in a Swedish company, Datachassi, that is developing a system to reduce theft from trucks. By using sensors connected by radio technology, the system can link the truck and trailer together. Volvo has also extended its hybrid-truck testing program by adding two hybrid refuse trucks to its test program ahead of planned series production in 2009.
2008-04-25
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Featuring halogen-free requirements, high performance, durability, smaller size, and recyclability, Delphi’s halogen-free cable can reduce both cable mass and harness diameter by more than 20% in automotive applications.
2008-04-25
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FANUC Robotics’ five-axis LR Mate 200iC/5H robot, which is designed especially for small part assembly applications typically handled by SCARA-type robots, meets the needs of a variety of industries including electronics, plastics, and machinery.
2008-04-25
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The first modern automotive accessory drive belt to operate without a tensioning device is making its debut on the 5.3-L V8 in the 2008 Hummer H3. The ribbed belt is sufficiently “stretchy” to be installed without permanent deformation, yet can maintain the required tension for as long as a conventional belt with a tensioner, while transferring the power required to operate the compressor.
2008-04-25
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GM’s 2010 Duramax 4.5-L V8 is now in its Gamma development phase and Charlie Freese, Director of Diesel Engineering, is pleased with its progress. Freese recently gave AEI a status report on the new light-truck diesel program, including details of its innovative cylinder heads which improve performance and save cost. The heads feature inboard-facing exhaust ports feeding a single turbocharger nestled in the valley of the 72-degree CGI block.
2008-04-24
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Mercedes-Benz has launched the third generation of its Actros European heavy-truck range, featuring a series of changes while retaining the same basic cab and V6 and V8 powertrain options. The most significant change is the adoption of the PowerShift 2 twelve-speed automated manual transmission as standard equipment.
2008-04-24
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Packaging heat-sensitive components in an underhood environment can be a challenge for design engineers. Specialist coating company Zircotec has just conducted what it terms “independent testing by one of the U.K.’s leading test and development centers” to confirm that the use of advanced flame-sprayed ceramic coatings can reduce heat transfer by up to 26.7%.
2008-04-11
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The design theme of a Johnson Controls' concept interior accents the idea of good things coming in threes. Called the I3—which stands for interface, integration, and ingenuity—the vehicle includes "industry-first technologies for vehicle interiors."
2008-04-11
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A number of 2008 production vehicles feature interior components from a supplier whose name may be less familiar than the names attached to recent acquisitions.
2008-04-11
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Sound-reproduction specialist and Jaguar supplier Bowers & Wilkins has developed a new rear-of-speaker spiral diffuser designed to improve sound-system performance in cars and trucks. The first production system will be used in Jaguar's XF.
2008-04-11
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The Toyota Land Cruiser may be thought of as just a rugged hunk of off-roading SUV. But the 2008 model has a Denso air-conditioning system with the first automotive use of ejector-cycle technology, an advancement that provides a low-cost way to improve energy efficiency.
2008-04-11
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The Toshiba Storage Device Division has boosted the capacity of its automotive-grade disk drive to 80 GB and improved its operating range. The move comes as market analysts predict that drives will remain a niche product in the U.S.
2008-04-11
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When supercar-beating performance is the main development bogey, vehicle engineers often embrace new solutions. Nissan went to BorgWarner for expertise in developing the six-speed dual-clutch transmission for its all-new 2008 GT-R, which features a rear-mounted transaxle.
2008-04-11
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General Motors is making energy conservation a key part of its strategic focus, with a number of programs designed to cut fuel consumption in all parts of the globe. And though Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is confident that GM can gain a lead position in the new focus on green vehicles, he’s not shy about criticizing government regulations that are helping drive the transition.
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