AutoEMC Newsletter No.27: February 2010
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and EMC Conferences
Analysis & Testing Exhibition
by the Engineering Integrity Society, on Tuesday 23 February 2010, Jimmy Brown
Centre, Silverstone Race Track.
year it’s Düsseldorf’s turn from 9th to 11th March,
at Düsseldorf Congress - CCD Stadthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
Conference on Advanced Automotive Electronics Technology
Electronica and Productronia China, from 16-18th March at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), PRC.
Asia Pacific EMC Symposium
April, 2010, Beijing, China
Auto EMC Regulations
May 2010, University of York, York, England
are running this course for newcomers to EMC on 25 February 2010 at their Cobham
Technical Centre, Leatherhead, UK.
submission deadline for this event passed on 10 January, so in case we forget
the next deadline it might be worth tagging?
After all it’s in Florida in July, need a tan, then here’s your
Edition of CISPR 16 part 1-1
first 16 pages (mainly index and some definitions) is available in PDF to
review, for more you’ll have to buy the whole thing from the IEC, available
new IEC 61000-4-4-Amendment 1 outlines electromagnetic compatibility testing and
measurement techniques for electrical fast transient/burst immunity. Again
available for a fee via the IEC website.
EMC Directive - which standards?
is a question that has arisen on the Interference Technology forum site.
I’m sure some of our readers can help with this?
Chamber for EMC Testing
reverberation chamber provides the most realistic simulation/equivalency for
electronics functioning within a cavity.
Probes Gas Pedals' Link to EMI
not? Toyota do have one of the most
stringent EMC standards, although exceptionally difficult to obtain and hence
sometime not always up to date with all suppliers.
Also once “in” with Toyota sometimes these things can be missed.
Personally we doubt this is an EMC issue and believe it is more a
mechanical problem, but then we would say that!
Conditions for Passive Components
2 article from TTI’s on-line market analysis show that the passive market is
suffering the same way the general IC market is. Although allocation does
not yet seem to be rearing its ugly head (for passives at least), longer lead
times and potential shortages of capacitors in particular could become a
significant issue for the EMC of new designs going into any recovery that might
appear in the coming year.
Challenges of the Connected Car
EE Times article may completely miss the point, why would you want all the world
in your car, is there no safe haven these days from connectivity? Surely once it
is onto your mobile phone then this is the primary portal to any/all other
interconnected systems, hence a connection to the car need only be
vehicle-to-phone, but wait, that already exists in Bluetooth? After all
you can’t be expected to read while driving, so an audio feed is much better
and Bluetooth is easily able to handle this data without modification, hence the
translation can remain on the mobile phone where updating and replacement are
easy and (relatively speaking) low cost.
Ford redefines 'the driving experience'
then Ford jump on the connected bandwagon at the Consumer Electronics Show?
How about some customer focus. As
one responder puts it; “Where’s the autopilot?”
If you really don’t want to drive, but want to talk, browse and do
other things, simply take public transport or a taxi?
It’s probably cheaper as well as safer.
Recall Highlights Lapses in Addressing Auto Safety
we couldn’t miss an opportunity to mention the big Toyota story of the start
of the decade (again). If this can
happen to the largest car maker, how on earth have the rest of them been getting
by? Is this an issue that could
become endemic with shared platforms and common components?
Or is the issue somewhat “overblown” by the media?
Whatever the case it has certainly brought the auto industry and the
electronics and software content of cars to the fore in the public perception,
unfortunately for the wrong reasons.
Million Test Miles for Plug-in Vehicle
this really, finally, be the decade of the electric car?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Advanced Vehicle Testing
Activity (AVTA) at Idaho National Laboratory, has completed 1 million miles of
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) testing.
and TTTech Automotive join forces for Electronic Control Units
AutoSAR and module experience these two UK companies are offering optimised
rapid development for ECU’s.
IC market to grow 13.5% in 2010, says Gartner
growth has to be a good thing, but who out there believes this will happen in
2010? What will lead times extending
to over 26 weeks, investments at an all time low and talk of allocations in the
semiconductor industries, how is this growth going to be fuelled?
Cars of Holland Buy Saab
Spyker may be the most open about their offer, press from GM suggests they may
not have been the only name in the frame. Although Koenigsegg Group AB
pulled out (this would have maintained the Swedish brand wholly in Sweden), who
else might have the finances in the current economic climate is near impossible
to guess. In what has been a tough 2009 from everyone in the Auto
Industry, GM more than most it would seem, but Saab employees and loyal fans may
be the biggest losers of the New Year (let’s hope not).
Compliance Magazine Goes Digital
some point in the last 12 months the magazine In Compliance went digital and as
such is available free to all in its digital format.
Technology Introduce Environmental Test & Design
a adjunct to the usual EMC, this new journal covers all those other
environmental tests (HASS, HALT, acoustics, eco-design etc.) that are likely to
be allied to the automotive and EMC arena, Although
neither exclusive to the automotive world or to these interested in EMC, it is
good to see new developments in the media world, especially after the demise of
Conformity last year.
of hope in Detroit
matter where you are in the globe, any signs of hope in Detroit should signal
better times everywhere for the auto industry
for the space between the last 2 issues, we’ve been suffering some loss of
contributors and the usual mis-firing of IT that seems to occur around the start
of the year. Welcome back to all our
regular subscriber and lets hope 2010 is a better year.
We notice a significant fall in readership over 2009, losing some 15% of
the e-mail subscribers over the year. We
hope all those left have a successful 2010.
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