New Automotive Autonomy Computers, Cameras, Accelerometers, Capacitors and Graphics Drivers

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  • OSS’ AI on the Fly Autonomous Vehicles Orders Tops $2.1 Million

    One Stop Systems, Inc., a leader in specialized high-performance edge computing, has received more than $2.1 million in purchase orders from two customers for OSS’ AI on the Fly™ system elements to be used in their next-generation autonomous vehicles. Approximately $1.2 million has shipped to date.

    Last June, OSS announced an exclusive joint design-in from a leading international rideshare company for the design, engineering, prototyping and production of AI on the Fly system elements for use in 150 next-generation autonomous vehicles. OSS has shipped $690,000 in pre-production units over the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020. The company expects to ship an additional $876,000 in production units by the third quarter of 2020.

    More recently, OSS, through its Bressner subsidiary, won a similar design-in with a global premium auto manufacturer based in Europe. OSS has shipped $611,000 in initial production orders under this new design-in.

    “We have worked closely with these customers to develop onboard systems for autonomous driving, adding additional OSS high-performance edge computing functionality and capabilities during the design and engineering process,” said Jim Ison, OSS’ chief sales and marketing officer. “Through this process, we believe we have solidified our position and that our specialized AI on the Fly system elements are going to be used in their full production of next-generation autonomous vehicles.”

    The requirements for these applications are ideally suited to the compact, yet high performance solutions provided by OSS. The company’s proprietary technology enables AI on the Fly for autonomous vehicles by integrating powerful GPUs and the latest generation of PCI Express. This results in previously unheard-of amounts of storage and real-time computational power delivered at the point of data collection.

    “We anticipate that by the end of the year, this market segment will represent one of our top three or four in terms of overall sales,” said David Raun, interim president and CEO of OSS, “and generate between $4 million to $5 million in revenues over the next two years.”

  • OmniVision Launches Automotive SoC for Entry-Level Rearview Cameras With Industry’s Best Low-Light Performance, Lowest Power and Smallest Size

     OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced its 1.3MP OX01E10 SoC, providing automotive designers with the industry’s best imaging performance for entry-level rearview cameras (RVC) across a wide range of challenging lighting conditions, along with the most compact form factor and lowest power consumption. 

    In a single, 1/4” optical format package, the OX01E10 integrates a 3-micron image sensor and an advanced image signal processor (ISP), enabling designers to achieve a small form factor with excellent low-light performance, ultra-low power and reduced cost while improving reliability by using only one printed circuit board (PCB).

    Additionally, the OX01E10 provides two onscreen display overlay layers for driver guidelines, as well as distortion correction to straighten any curved edges from lenses with a wide viewing angle. In addition to the regulatory requirements driving growth in rearview cameras, car buyers have come to expect them. Yole Développement estimates that 42 million image sensors were shipped for RVC applications in 2019, and they forecast a 5 year CAGR of 7%.

    “RVC remains the largest volume application in the automotive camera market,” said Andy Hanvey, director of automotive marketing at OmniVision. “Our OX01E10 SoC provides the best option for automotive designers responding to the growing consumer demand for better RVCs. Additionally, this SoC’s functional safety features allow module providers to create a single platform for both the viewing cameras and the machine vision applications that require ASIL B, while offering pin-to-pin compatibility and design reuse with our OX01F10 SoC for surround view systems (SVS).”

    The OX01E10 features power consumption that is over 35% lower than competitors’ and significantly reduces temperature. In fact, this is the only imaging device for entry-level RVC that does not require a metal heat sink, allowing for the use of plastic camera module bodies to reduce costs. With its compact package size, it also enables smaller cameras that can fit in much tighter spaces. In addition, by integrating both the image sensor and ISP into a single chip, designers can save on both cost and space by eliminating the second PCB in typical two-chip implementations.

    OmniVision’s dual conversion gain (DCG) technology is employed in this SoC to achieve a high dynamic range (HDR) of 120dB with only two captures, as opposed to three required by the competition, which minimizes motion artifacts while reducing power consumption and boosting low-light performance.

    The OX01E10’s image sensor is built on the PureCel® Plus pixel architecture, which is renowned for its low-light sensitivity and provides the industry’s best SNR performance. As a result, the OX01E10 performs better than the competition across challenging lighting conditions, eliminating unnatural halos from LEDs and providing better contrast on bright days.

  • ACEINNA Launches Ultra Reliable and Highly Accurate 1.3°/hr IMU Sensor 

    ACEINNA today announced high volume availability of the new ACEINNA IMU383ZA, which integrates triple-redundant, 3-axis MEMS accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. This miniature module is factory-calibrated over the -40C to +85C industrial temperature range, to provide consistent performance through extreme operating environments for a wide variety of applications including automotive ADAS, autonomous systems, drones, robotics, agricultural, construction, and other industrial machines.

    The IMU383ZA offers improved performance, in addition to a unique fault-tolerant sensor architecture for improved reliability. The IMU383ZA provides a standard SPI bus for cost-effective board-to-board communications. Other critical new features include advanced synchronization and a bootloader for field upgradeability.

    Measuring only 24mm x 37mm x 9.5mm, the ACEINNA IMU383ZA integrates a triple-redundant architecture, that, combined with the small, low-cost packaging, meet the challenging performance, reliability and cost requirements of the automotive market including the areas of Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Driving Taxis/Delivery Vehicles. ADAS Systems, Electronic Stability Control, Lane Keep Assist applications, etc. 

    “The recently developed ACEINNA IMU383ZA is an improved, pin-compatible version of our popular IMU381ZA,” explains Michael Murphy, Executive VP at ACEINNA. “It offers high performance (1.3 deg/hr, 0.08 deg/root-hr), and a triple-redundant sensor architecture for ultra-high reliability. 

    The IMU383ZA triple-redundant sensor architecture consists of three independent, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Gyros for excellent accuracy and reliability.  By embedding a triple-redundant sensor array, the IMU383ZA uses ACEINNA’s proprietary voting scheme to utilize only valid sensor data.  Any defective sensor output or errant dataset will be ignored or de-rated in importance.

  • Vishay Intertechnology High Voltage, Automotive Grade Aluminum Capacitors Increase Design Flexibility, Reliability

    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today introduced two new series of Automotive Grade, surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors that combine high voltages up to 450 V with operating temperatures up to +125 °C and useful life up to 6,000 hours for automotive and industrial applications.

    The high voltage range of Vishay BCcomponents 152 CME and 192 CTX series capacitors provides designers with greater design flexibility, while their high temperature capabilities and extended useful life increase reliability for demanding applications in harsh environments. As polarized aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a non-solid electrolyte, the AEC-Q200 qualified devices are suited for smoothing, filtering, and buffering in power supplies and portable chargers for electric vehicles and industrial equipment.

    The 152 CME and 192 CTX series offer capacitance values from 2.2 µF to 33 µF in seven case sizes ranging from 10 mm by 10 mm by 10 mm to 18 mm by 18 mm by 21 mm. The RoHS-compliant capacitors offer charge- and discharge-proof performance with no peak current limitation, allow for lead (Pb)-free reflow soldering in accordance with JEDEC J-STD-020, and offer vibration-proof performance in 4- and 6-pin versions.

  • Imagination Showcases Groundbreaking New Safety-Critical Driver

    Imagination Technologies new OpenGL® SC (Safety-Critical) 2.0 driver development for its automotive graphics processing units (GPUs) enables automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to benefit from GPU acceleration in safety-critical applications. Automotive applications such as digital dashboards, dials, clusters, cockpit domain controllers, surround-view displays, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) can now function with an added layer of protection.

     Jamie Broome, Senior Director Automotive Business, Imagination Technologies, says; “Safety is an increasingly important component in vehicles as they move towards greater autonomy. The creation of our new safety-critical driver recognizes the often-overlooked aspect of certifiable software. This safety-critical driver highlights Imagination’s continuous investment as a leader in the embedded automotive market.”

    The OpenGL SC driver has been developed in-house at Imagination, taking advantage of its extensive automotive experience and is based on its product development lifecycle aligned to ISO 26262:2018. It can be fully virtualized by leveraging Imagination’s HyperLane Technology enabling it to be used alongside standard non-safety critical OpenGL ES, Vulkan® and OpenCL™ drivers from Imagination. The combined solution provides access to the full range of automotive APIs.

    In addition, the safety-critical driver will support the advanced hardware safety and redundancy mechanisms present in upcoming safety-critical GPUs from Imagination. Imagination will be making further announcements on its roadmap for safety-critical GPUs in due course.

  • PHD Releases Series ESU -RB Electric Ball Screw Linear Actuators
    PHD has introduced the new Series ESU Electric Ball Screw Linear Actuator. The new design features a robust, enclosed design with a high capacity rail bearing system delivering exceptional moment and load capability. Available in three sizes, with travels lengths up to 1,000 mm and speeds to 3,200 mm/s these, along with the ESU-RT Belt-Driven actuators, can be combined to create virtually any system to meet your Cartesian robot needs.

    Other key features include: optional dual saddle version, proven magnetic band seal providing IP54 protection, and precision ball screw assembly providing superior performance. Your Motor, Your Way allows motor and controls flexibility or complete solutions are available with a Kollmorgen® motor installed by PHD. These capabilities establish the Series ESU actuators as the optimal solution for the most demanding automation applications.

  • IAR Systems and The Qt Company Collaborate to Streamline Development of UI Applications

    IAR Systems, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, and The Qt Company, a leading provider of tools for creating graphical user interfaces, have established a partnership to enable the companies’ joint customers to more easily create fluid graphical UI applications with high performance and ensured code quality.

    Rapidly growing areas within the embedded industry include connected vehicles, wearables, smart homes, industrial and healthcare devices. These devices share a need for smart user features and innovative user interfaces. In order to meet and exceed customers’ expectations for usability, application developers must be able to deliver an advanced, yet intuitive, user experience while ensuring their applications are of high performance and behave as intended. These demands can be met using IAR Systems’ and Qt’s tools.

    IAR Embedded Workbench is a complete C/C++ development toolchain for embedded applications. The toolchain offers leading code quality, outstanding optimizations for size and speed, as well as extensive debug functionality with a fully integrated debugger with simulator and hardware debugging support. Qt for MCUs offers a comprehensive UI toolkit leveraging Qt’s popular QML (Qt Modeling Language) technology and designer-developer tooling to provide a fast, iterative way to deliver smartphone-like graphical user interface on microcontrollers, where the frontend is defined in declarative QML and business logic implemented in C/C++.

    “IAR Systems and Qt already share many customers and we are excited to now announce this partnership,” says Anders Holmberg, General Manager Embedded Development Tools, IAR Systems. “We are working together leveraging our unique skills sets for the benefit of our existing as well as new joint customers. Through this partnership, we can help companies to boost their productivity and focus on innovation.”

    “Among our customers, we are seeing growing requests for streamlined application development,” says Petteri Holländer, SVP Product Management, The Qt Company. “With the introduction of Qt for MCUs, customers can now use Qt for almost any software project they’re working on, and by also offering an integration with IAR Embedded Workbench, we make it even easier to develop connected devices across a wide and diverse range of industries.”

    An integration of IAR Embedded Workbench and Qt for MCUs will be available mid-2020.

  • FUTEK QLA414 Nano Platform Force Sensor

    FUTEK has introduced its patent-pending QLA414 Nano platform, the smallest force-sensing solution of its kind. The 4mm x 5mm Nanosensor, which is roughly the size of a match head, opens new possibilities for industries such as advanced automation and robotic surgery, where sensor size is critical to support the requirements of next-generation applications. 

    The Nanosensor offering includes M1 threaded double-sided mounting provisions, 1000 Ohm full-bridge side load compensated instrumentation, laser-welded construction, non-active interconnect, and environmental protection. It allows for high accuracy tension and compression force measurement in 5lb and 10lb capacities with ultra-low deflection, and high natural frequency response.  Additionally, miniaturized sensors as small as 3mm x 4mm with measurement capabilities up to 50lb, are also available upon request for OEM applications, including IP67 and autoclavable solutions for the medical industry. 

    FUTEK Nanosensors feature a unique, patent-pending thru-hole design that allows for not only M1 thread mounting, but also slide or weld-on installation over the tube, wire, or shaft, making the Nano platform very modular in terms of integration options.

    The Nanosensor is a product of FUTEK’s commitment to continuous innovation and improvement.  It builds on the success of the company's original “miniature” sensor, the 16mm x 20mm FUTEK’s Jr S Beam Load Cell. 

  • EPOXIBOND™ EB-116– High Strength, Low Viscosity Epoxy   

    EpoxySet  presents the EPOXIBOND™ EB-116, High Strength Epoxy for bonding, encapsulating and sealing of electronics, sensors, optronics, deep sea devices and other sensitive components. Low toxicity makes it ideal for many medical device applications.  This tough structural epoxy is excellent for temperature cycling from -55°C to 110°C.  It offers vibration and impact resistance and does not cause component fractures even down to cryogenic temperatures. 

    EB-116 is a structural adhesive that bonds well to a variety of substrates including metals, ceramic, glass and many engineered plastics.  It offers excellent electrical insulation properties and can be cured at room temperature.

    The easy to use 1:1 mix ratio can be supplied in dual barrel cartridges as well as bulk containers.

  • Bunting-DuBois Provides Essential Custom Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies for Critical Medical Devices

    Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Bunting has remained operational to manufacture essential products. These products include magnetic separation and metal detection equipment for the food industry and plastics industry to keep essential goods such as food and medical plastics products safe and pure for the consumer. 

    Bunting-DuBois manufactures custom magnets and magnetic assemblies that are part of critical medical devices, including ventilators. Bunting’s products are in high demand right now, and its staff is working diligently to fulfill the orders of our customers.

    Many other vendors are struggling right now due to supply chain disruptions. Fortunately, Bunting-DuBois has not been negatively affected by these disruptions, as Bunting-DuBois has always made sure to structure a diverse supply chain that does not rely on any singular source.

    Specifically, their supply chain for compression bonded and injection molded magnets does not rely on China, which was the first country to be hit hard by COVID-19 disruptions. Our diverse supply chain provides us with raw materials for magnets that are then mixed, pressed, cured, painted, and assembled within our USA manufacturing plant. 

    The company’s manufacturing supply chain structure allows it to provide essential magnets and magnetic assemblies when so many other companies have been forced to a halt during COVID-19.

    Ventilators are particularly critical, in-demand products at this time. Magnets from Bunting-DuBois are used in rotors for blower motors that are a key part of a ventilator’s construction. These blower motors create the air that helps people breathe, and are key to the survival of patients battling COVID-19. 

Dan Carney is a Design News senior editor, covering automotive technology, engineering and design, especially emerging electric vehicle and autonomous technologies.

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