USA Today reported today that a joint venture between Toyota Motor Co. and Panasonic will start making lithium-ion batteries next year, reportedly for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Toyota-Panasonic joint venture previously made nickel-metal hydride batteries for Toyota’s hybrids. Automakers are looking to lithium-ion for future hybrids because it offers higher energy density.
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
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