Seeing The Future Of Vision

Vision systems have evolved from cameras that enable robots to “see” on a factory floor to a safety-critical element of the heterogeneous systems guiding autonomous vehicles, as well as other applications that call for parallel processing technology to quickly recognize objects, people, and the surrounding environment. Automotive electronics and mobile devices currently dominate embedded... » read more

Aftermarket Autonomous Vehicle Race Heats Up

It’s not just car companies that are racing to build self-driving vehicles. An entire ecosystem is sprouting up around retrofitting existing vehicles with autonomous technology, despite the fact that the technology, infrastructure, regulatory and insurance issues are still not fully formed. Uber already is using self-driving taxis, accompanied by a human driver, in Pittsburgh, Pa. And many... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing

Chipmakers In 2016, growth in the pure-play foundry business will be driven by leading-edge processes, according to IC Insights. In fact, the increase in pure-play foundry sales this year is forecast to be almost entirely due to processes at » read more

Lawyers, Insurance And Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are drawing semiconductor companies into legal and regulatory issues for the first time, adding a new level of scrutiny on cutting-edge chip technology. It also opens up a whole new field for legal interpretation, case law, and regulation. While most liability cases in the past never crossed below the system vendor/supplier level, that could change with autonomous vehic... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 18

Street light EV charging stations Looking for a place to re-charge an electric car on the road? BMW has developed one possible solution, at least in Europe. The automotive giant has demonstrated a street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles. Part of a pilot project called Light and Charge, the first two prototype systems have moved into operation at BMW W... » read more

Ethernet: The Highway For Automotive Electronics?

What happens when technology from the fast paced communication industry makes a move into the traditional automotive industry? Semiconductor marketers and even the automotive industry are talking about revolutionary changes inside and outside the vehicle. What kinds of changes? Ethernet and sensors. There’s a lot of excitement and enthusiasm over the prospect of cars with Ethernet networki... » read more

Automotive Power Concerns

By Ann Steffora Mutschler With advanced semiconductor technologies infiltrating the automotive market in ever new and exciting ways, there are also challenges to implementation involving power. In fact, power has become a concern in many areas of automotive design. Consider the Tesla, for example. The dashboard features a 17” touchscreen with the entire vehicle controls. This system i... » read more