From the editors' desk

Autonomous driving is the next technology step; it requires sophisticated driver assistance systems and car-to-car connectivity (Photo: Continental)

[2015-05-19] Continental, one of the market-leading German automotive suppliers, is going to buy Elektrobit (Finland), an automotive software provider. This will extend the 11 000-staff software team by additional 1900 programmers. In June, at Elektrobit’s general assembly, the acquisition will have to be accepted. Of course, the cartel authorities have to confirm it, too.

German suppliers are preparing for the next technology 'battle'. In the last week, ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany) has finalized the acquisition of TRW Automotive (USA), and Bosch (Germany) has also restructured some divisions. The Tier 1 suppliers are facing technology challenges regarding autonomous driving, the next big step in the road vehicle business. Software and network technologies including CAN FD will play an important role.

Holger Zeltwanger

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IoT platform

Connecting devices to the cloud

[2015-05-21] Round Solutions (Germany), specialized in engineering and services for IoT technologies, has launched its wireless Ping Pong IoT edge node. The hardware platform connects field devices to the cloud.

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Processor

Half the size of a credit card

[2015-05-21] Incostartec (Germany) has added the Picolilly-1135 to its Lilly processor family. It measures 51 mm x 40 mm x 6 mm and is therefore half the size of a credit card.

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Sensor + Test 2015

8-slot controller mixes I/Os

[2015-05-21] At the Sensor + Test 2015 fair, National Instruments (NI), a provider of platform-based systems, announced the Compact DAQ. This 8-slot controller integrates an Intel Atom Processor.

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Intersolar 2015

Energy storage solution

[2015-05-21] Delta will present energy storage solutions and solar inverters at the Intersolar 2015. One of the storage systems comes with a CAN interface.

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Barometer

For NMEA 2000 systems

[2015-05-20] The Baro Plug sensor by LCJ Capteurs features a Micro plug and an LED indicator. Users can plug it into the NMEA backbone and immediately read the atmospheric pressure on any compatible display.

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Panel PC

Interoperability for transportation systems

[2015-05-21] Kontron (Germany) has announced its Trace HMID104-CK, an EN50155-certified fan-less operational panel PC display. Specifically designed for transportation systems, the touch-screen HMI offers a flexible building block platform.

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Sensor + Test 2015

Displacement sensing

[2015-05-20] At the Sensor + Test 2015 fair in Nuremberg, Attocube (Germany) has presented the IDS3010 displacement sensor. It was designed for OEM displacement sensing. A CANopen interface is optionally available.

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Heat exchange solution

For hot water applications

[2015-05-20] Spirax Sarco has released the Spirax EasiHeat DHW. This heat exchanger is a complete and energy efficient heat transfer solution.

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CAN FD IP core

ISO and non-ISO compliance

[2015-05-20] A new version of the Classical CAN and CAN FD Bus Controller Core is now available from Cast (US). It supports both the current non-ISO and upcoming ISO specifications.

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CANopen profiles

For extruder downstream devices

[2015-05-13] The nonprofit associations CAN in Automation (CiA) and Euromap have jointly developed the CiA 420 CANopen profiles for extruder downstream devices, also known as Euromap 27.

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ARM carrier board

Backlight constantly available

[2015-05-13] Data Modul (Germany) has announced its eDM-CB-Colibri ARM carrier board. The board supports the pin-compatible Colibri ARM based computer-on-module product family from Toradex.

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CiA 443

Subsea profile updated

[2015-05-13] CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the version 3.0.1 of the CANopen profile for SIIS level-2 devices, also known as subsea devices. The update contains mainly editorial improvements.

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Single board computer

Eliminating PCB-to-PCB connectors

[2015-05-13] The Phyboard-AM335x from Phytec is a single board computer. It is suited for the deployment in to cost-sensitive industrial applications.

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IP67 I/O module

Cuts machine building costs

[2015-05-13] Power management company Eaton has added an IP67 I/O module to its Smart-Wire-DT wiring system. This extends the usefulness of the system outside the control panel by allowing it to connect directly to sensors and actuators.

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Diagnostic kit

OBD function and J1939 integration

[2015-05-13] Warwick Control has added additional features to its X-Analyser 3 diagnostic kit. The intension of the company was to make the analyzer more powerful for vehicle disciplines in the aftermarket industries.

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GPS gyro system

Accurate to the centimeter

[2015-05-13] Genesys (Germany) has released the GPS/Inertial platform Adma 3.0 with additional functions: with the Delta function for ADAS, relative distances can be measured.

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Display computer

Handling advanced graphical features

[2015-05-13] Maximatecc (Sweden) has presented the CCpilot VA 7-inch display computer. Based on the Linux system, users can choose to develop applications in C/C++ or utilize the company’s Linx Software Suite.

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Isolation unit

Hazardous environments

[2015-05-12] With the CBI-100 CAN isolator from Cervis (USA), the isolation of CAN data from hazardous environments is enabled. The product is specified for the use with the company’s GWM sensor/data acquisition modules.

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Isobus terminal

Precision agriculture is calling

[2015-05-12] Kverneland Group has extended its range of universal Isobus terminals with the Isomatch Tellus GO. This one-screen terminal was developed for the control of any Isobus implement.

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CPU

75 times faster than original

[2015-05-12] The DQ80251 CPU by Digital Core Design (Poland) runs more than 75 times faster than the original 80251 chip. This chip is claimed to be the highest performance IP core currently available, which is compatible to the MCS51 instruction set.

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