Flextronics Brings Innovation to Detroit

Detroit, Mich. — Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), is linking the high technology advances of Silicon Valley with the automotive industry in Detroit. At its newly established location adjacent to Detroit, Flextronics’ specialized automotive team is actively helping to further enable swift implementation of cutting edge smart, connected technologies and applications by collaborating with The Detroit Big Three and partnering with OEM…

Molex Contributes to Automotive Ethernet

Lisle, Ill. – Molex Incorporated announces its Mini50™ line of connection systems has been instrumental in setting the performance guidelines being established for Single Twisted Pair Ethernet (IEEE P802.3bw 100BASE-T1), slated to be launched in 2015 by automotive OEMs.  Automotive Ethernet will be one of the topics discussed at CES 2015, to be held Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, where…

Automotive Electronics Prompt New Supply Chain Challenges

The continued growth in the number of components used by automotive manufacturers has spotlighted new opportunities for component distributors. There are many positives to the increased penetration of electronics in automobiles including improved safety, better fuel efficiency, navigation and infotainment. While consumers, semiconductor manufacturers and automotive OEMs stand to benefit from these advancements, these opportunities also…

Infineon, UMC Sign Mfg Deal for Automotive Apps

Hsinchu, Taiwan — The semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications. Prior to this expanded partnership, the foundry had been producing Infineon’s logic chips for more…

Sensors: Biggest Growth Opportunity for Semiconductor Industry

Santa Clara, Calif. – Sensors are expected to provide the strongest sector growth opportunity for the semiconductor industry in 2015, according to the annual Global Semiconductor Industry Survey from KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. Sixty-one percent of survey respondents predict sensors will provide the biggest opportunity for growth next year. Other…

TI Hercules MCUs Certified to Safety Standards

Automotive and industrial systems are becoming more and more sophisticated, increasing the burden on OEMs to ensure the functional safety of their systems. To help customers mitigate this challenge, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced that its Hercules™ TMS570LS12x/11x and RM46x microcontrollers (MCUs) are certified by TÜV SÜD to meet the relevant requirements of…

Microchip DSC Targets Harsh Environments

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33 “EV” family provides 5-V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, which is suited for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive (including sensors, user interface, fuel pumps, cooling fans and water pumps), appliance (including…