AutoEMC Newsletter No. 2: August 2003
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This issue is earlier than planned due to the number of items that had been sent to the AutoEMC.net newsletter for inclusion and recent progress with the Automotive EMC Conference. Please keep your news items coming and if (as has happened over the last few months) we get a large number ofinteresting pieces we will publish early.
Automotive EMC 2003 Conference:
The conference "Call for Papers" was fully answered and the provisional agenda is now available for those who are considering attending and wanting to know what topics will be covered.
As can be seen from the agenda, the conference is going to provide a high level of papers from a wealth of automotive EMC experience, encompassing a diverse range of Automotive EMC topics within this niche field. A good number of interested parties have registered with the organisers and havealready been sent booking forms. Booking forms are now also available on-line;
Significant interest has been shown in a table-top exhibition to accompany the event with over 75% of the spaces taken within the week the announcement was made (to selected subscribers only). There are a few tables left at this relatively small exhibition so please register your interest if you wish to exhibit. Details and booking forms are available at;
An events calendar has been set-up to list other Automotive and EMC events for site visitors, this includes links to other sites with events diaries.If you are organising or know of a relevant event not listed please get in touch.
A short review of the recent UK&RI IEEE EMC Society Automotive EMC half day seminar at MIRA is available.
The AutoEMC.net team would be interested to receive a written report on the forthcoming IEEE EMC symposium in Boston in August this year. If you are going to this conference and would be willing to write up a piece for thisnewsletter please get in touch by return e-mail.
As there are only 5 papers with an apparent Automotive EMC bias, the review does not have to be from the perspective of the Automotive EMC as our previous Istanbul review, but can be more generic.
A report discussing the changes that were made to CISPR-25 in 2002 has been postponed until the next issue as the AutoEMC.net site had a significant number of enquiries for OEM specifications. These enquires have been compiled into a discussion document on the problems of obtaining OEM specifications and a rallying call to OEM's to let the AutoEMC.net site host their EMC specifications.
We would like feedback from subscribers on this topic as it is an issue that appears to generate a lot of problems to suppliers and designers as well as EMC test services.
Automotive EMC Test Facilities:
Radio Frequency Investigations (RFI) have been recently approved by Ford as a test house for their EMC standard ES-XW7T-1A278-AB. RFI have provided an short piece on what this might mean for suppliers to any of Fords marques;
The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are providing a 1-day antennacalibration course that may be of interest to test houses. If attending ask about 1m calibrations for Automotive EMC.
The test pages have been updated with more Automotive facilities, especially outside of the UK where the list was relatively complete thanks to the VCA's listings. The US and Japan have been updated and a few more continentalEuropean facilities have been added to the listings.
Automotive Design Consultancies
It is still a tough year in the design consultancy market. There has been a slow down in vehicle production globally, hence new vehicle development programmes are running slow or on hold in many OEM and Tier 1 suppliers. The most notable hot topic in the deign field appears to be tire pressure sensing following US governmental lobbying. Both Motorola and Siemens VDO have announced products at recent SAE events;
Is it a good time to consider training programmes? Recently the AutoEMC.net team have been made aware of 2 UK based courses aimed specifically at Automotive Electrical/Electronic design and EMC.
MIRA are holding a 1-day course on EMC on 12th August
The IEE are planning a 5-day course on Automotive Electronics in late November;
The same institution are also holding a 1-day colloquia on "Developing Commercial In-Vehicle Information Services and Systems" on Tuesday, 9 September 2003
A review of the recent York EMC 2003 conference has been posted for those who were unable to attend but have an interest in general EMC as well as the Automotive side
Only 1 automotive paper was presented at this 1-day conference and this is now available via the papers section of the AutoEMC website (see below). Some of the Automotive EMC papers from previous York EMC conferences have been kindly provided by their authors.
The papers section is proving to be one of the most visited pages on the AutoEMC.net website. The IEEE papers listed in May have all been downloaded more than 200 times (per paper) since the last newsletter. If you have any automotive EMC or automotive electrical design papers or articles, those previously published as well as unpublished works, that you own copyright of, if you want them to get to a wider audience the AutoEMC.net site is proving to be a popular site for this type of technical information (often difficult to otherwise obtain). All we require is the paper in either WORD or PDF format with your permission in an accompanying e-mail. Send papers and permission by reply to this newsletter or to email@example.com.
Milmega provide a downloadable Windows RF calculator free-of-charge that hasrecently been updated.
Old issues of the newsletter (all 1 of them) are now available on the website for those who are new subscribers (over 200 since the first newsletter).
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