AutoEMC Newsletter No.16: December 2006
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Automotive and EMC Conferences
Hybrid Vehicle Conference 2006
12-13 December, Coventry, UK. The purpose of this event is to bring together Academia, Industry and Government to consider all of the issues associated with Hybrid Vehicles that will have to be addressed to ensure their future success.
Advanced Automotive Electronics 2007
Following on from the successful launch of AAE2006, the second Advanced Automotive Electronics 1-day technical conference and exhibition will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre on 31st January 2007. Last years event was attended by AutoEMC.net and a review of this is available via Newsletter 13, March 2006. In 2007 we will be presenting a paper on the new EU Automotive EMC Directive at the conference.
Further good news for Automotive EMC Newsletter subscribers wishing to attend the above conference is that the organisers have offered a discount to readers responding to the following article;
KGS TechnoFair 2006
A brief review of the KGS TechnoFairs held last month in Japan has been provided by two of the speakers. This is our first report of the automotive EMC community in Japan.
IEEE EMC Symposium
July 2007, Hawaiian Convention Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
for papers is still open until 15th December 2006. This is bound to be a
well subscribed event given the location and we feel the potential for a
deadline extension is remote.
Engineering Integrity Society Green Vehicle Conference
Still being organised for 2007, an open e-mail for suggestions has been sent to the Automotive EMC Network
For our events calendar we are now listing for 2007, please send in any relevant events you feel would be of interest.
Generic Automotive EMC Test Standard
A generic automotive EMC test standard was proposed at the Automotive EMC 2006 Conference, this was an attempt to find a "middle way" through the plethora of vehicle manufacturer standards. Although not 100% complete the Automotive EMC have decided to issue the specification in its current draft form to garner further input from the EMC test industry after we received a lot of requests for this from tier 1 suppliers. Further details are available via a ahort article by the specification author.
EU Commisision Directive on
Harmonisation of Short Range Radio Devices Radio Spectrum
These technologies are being
proposed for several vehicle uses, both vehicle-to-raodside systems (tolling and
information exchange) and vehicle-to-vehicle networks (active collision
avoidance and traffic information). Hence
this directive could be the basis for some future pan-European road tolling or
traffic management systems.
Portal for Sino-US Traders
ANSI and SAC the two primary standards bodies for the USA and China respectively have set-up an inter-trade standards portal. This is a potentially useful resource for those also in the EU or other states looking to do business with the two economic regions.
3C Test Ltd Grand Opening at Silverstone
A3C Test Ltd's move to Silverstone was marked with a very grand opening that the Automotive EMC Network were lucky enough to be invited to. A short report on the official opening, perfromed by ex-Formula 1 champion Damon Hill, has been posted.
US EMC Test Club
last months item about the UK EMC club scheme, we were contacted about a similar
scheme that has recently been resurrected in the USA.
York EMC Get NARTE Approval
NARTE has appointed York EMC Services Ltd, University of York, as the first NARTE Authorised Test Centre in the UK. NARTE are also working with York to develop an education programme to enable EMC engineers and technicians to successfully take the NARTE Certification examinations.
of EMC Laboratories in the United States
1990, the accreditation of EMC laboratories has become increasingly important in
many parts of the world. This article by
Werner Schaefer in Conformity describes the proces for the USA.
Technologies Signs Agreement to Acquire Acqiris, a Leading Provider of
High-Speed Digitizers and Analyzers
Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Acqiris SA today announced they have signed an
agreement for Agilent to acquire Acqiris SA, a privately held company that
provides high-speed digitizers and analyzers used in commercial, industrial and
government electronics markets. The transaction is subject to standard closing
conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.
13th November press release;
SÜD America Inc. Acquires EST Testing Solutions of Michigan
SÜD America, Inc., a global test and certification firm, has announced the
acquisition of EST Testing Solutions, an environmental and electromagnetic
compatibility (EMC) testing organization specializing in providing services to
the automotive and furniture industries. Maybe
they specialize in testing car seat? More information is available from the Interference
IC Makers Start to Recognise EMI
Maxim IC’s have page specifically
on EMI reduction IC’s, several other IC manufacturers have in the past
recognised the influence they can have on on emissions, but few address issues
of immunity other than ESD.
Automotive Environment Challenges Sensor Design
Regardless of the specific
application, most automotive sensor modules share a common high-level
architecture and a set of stringent requirements that make for a challenging
design under the high temperatures, noise, and vibration found in a car. Here
are some design hints to deal with these hurdles in this Automotive DesignLine
Adds Support For Automotive RTOS
Hills Software and LiveDevices have announced that the RTA-OSEK RTOS has been
integrated with the Multi integrated development environment (IDE).
Developers of automotive ECU software can now reduce their development
time, produce code with fewer bugs and lower their production cost with Green
Hills Software's industry-leading ECU development tools combined with RTA-OSEK.
Technetix Acquires EMR Suppression Nanotechnology
Albuquerque-based, Advanced Technetix has acquired patented electromagnetic radiation suppression technology from Anonize Corporation, a privately held Canadian firm that has ceased operations for lack of ongoing funding. Advanced Technetix will begin incorporating the technology into its existing products and planned consumer electronic accessories. Advanced Technetix also plans to sell these nanotechnology suppression powder compounds directly to cell phone manufacturers such as Nokia and Motorola as well as to other portable device manufacturers. Reported in Interference Technology.
debuts FlexRay on X5
data communications in modern microprocessor and software crammed cars goes
without saying. The FlexRay bus was developed to provide improved fault-tolerant
data communication in vehicles. Now BMW has put the first car on the road
equipped with the technology and plans to ramp up its use by 2008. In an
Automotive DesignLine exclusive feature you can find out how BMW and supplier
engineers integrated FlexRay seamlessly and economically into the new X5.
Automotive DesignLine article
Publication Will Serve Japan’s EMC Community
Publications and TÜV Ohtama, which operates a comprehensive test laboratory in
Kawasaki, Japan, have teamed to produce a new digital publication to serve EMC
professionals throughout Japan. Interference Technology Japan is slated to
launch in February 2007 with technical articles, product introductions,
standards updates, and industry news.
Our elimination of live e-mail links on our web pages announced in the
November bulletin has already reduced the amount of SPAM we receive by 60%. Again we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but hopefully it
will result in an improved service to those who are genuine AutoEMC.net e-mailers.
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