AutoEMC Newsletter No. 8: December 2004


The newsletter is a text only e-mail newsletter with hyperlinks to stories or items of interest noted in brief within the following text. If you have any items for inclusion or ideas on how to improve this service please send them by return e-mail. This end-of-year issue is a bumper edition and indicative of the newsletters' growth over the last 2 years.


Please keep the information coming to the usual address;



Automotive and EMC Conferences


Automotive EMC 2005

The call for papers concludes on 17th December, so if you have an idea for a paper please get this in to the conference organiser as soon as possible.  Synopsis reviews will be conducted during early January and notification of acceptance (or otherwise) issued on 21st January 2005.  The conference organisers have expressed thanks to those authors who have already submitted a synopsis.


Automotive EMC 2004 Conference

The organisers review of the Automotive EMC Conference is available on the site.  Also included is the results from the questionnaire responses provided by the delegates at the conference (see link at end of organisers review).

Unfortunately a "promised" review by one of the delegates review was not supplied on-time, if this becomes available we will post in the next newsletter.


A short review of the EMC UK 2004 exhibition and conference has been provided to the AutoEMC newsletter and may be of interest to those who were unable to attend this inaugural event.


EMC Zurich 2005

The regular biennial Zurich conference is being run between 14th and 18th February 2005.  There is a half day session on Automotive EMC (session 6) on the Tuesday.  We would welcome any readers feedback on how this conference goes for either a review article in our next Newsletter or simply a comment piece.


The Car of the Future

This evening seminar was held as the Prestige Lecture at the University of Hertfordshire in early November.  A short review has kindly been provided by one of the attendees.


Electrical & Electronic Directives Show

A repeat of the UK 2004 Southern Electrical & Electronic Directives Show (SEEDS) is planned for March, along with a Northern event (NEEDS) and Scottish event (ScotEEDS).


Revised EMC Directive
An "Info Day" is being held in Brussels on 3rd February 2005, limited to 200 attendees, on the future generic EMC directive will replace the current 89/336/EEC within three years.  Limited places so book early.


Vehicle Safety 2004

This 2-day conference is being held at the IMechE's London premises between 14th and 15th December.  More details via the link below;





Release of the EU Automotive EMC Directive

The Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union on 13th November 2004 released the replacement Automotive EMC Directive 2004/104/EC (directive dated as 14th October 2004).  There is a PDF copy available either from this site (via the Technical Papers and Standards pages) and from the Eurolex website.  The following text (taken from a UK Department of Transport, DfT, e-mail) summarises some of the main points regarding timing and provides the Eurolex link.


ISO Released Standards

The standards associated with the above EU directive were not available for part of this year via the ISO websites sales channel (we don't know why in some cases).  This situation has now been resolved and the 2004 releases of ISO 7637-2 and 2001 release of ISO 11452-2 are now both available for purchase via the ISO site (note; use the numeric part only for searches on the ISO site).


Daimler-Chrysler Specification

The EMC specification of Daimler-Chrysler (DCX) recently changed.  A view of their ESD test changes has kindly been provided by one of our North American subscribers.  It makes interesting reading on both the reasons for and the impact of the changes to component testing.


International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB)

This organisation and associated Task Force (IATF) was established in the US by Ford, General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler to implement and manage the ISO/TS 16949 quality system.  Their website contains information on the group and their approach.  For those outside of the US the documents on this groups interpretation of ISO/TS 16949:2002 are potentially useful for suppliers to these vehicle manufacturers.


IEC Updates

The IEC have recently updated the following EMC standards;

IEC 61000-4-6 Ed. 2.1 (2004-11)  Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-6: Testing and measurement techniques - Immunity to conducted disturbances, induced by radio-frequency fields

IEC 61000-1-5 Ed. 1.0 (2004-11) Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 1-5: General - High power electromagnetic (HPEM) effects on civil systems



EMC Test


Cape Engineering Joint Venture with KTL Laboratories

It appears that Cape Engineering are still expanding their EMC test business, after acquiring EMC Projects earlier in the year they have now formed a joint initiative with KTL Laboratories to further expand their EMC, environmental and compliance test services.  Part of this deal is the acquisition by KTL of TRL Compliance Services, providing further consolidation in the UK EMC and compliance test market.


3C Test Stand

3C Test Ltd had the most impressive stand at the recent EMC UK 2004 exhibition, featuring a Jaguar Formula 1 Racing Car (Jaguar Formula 1 recently being purchased by Red Bull).  They were so pleased with the response at the exhibition that they have issued the following press release and photograph.


German EMC Test Services

With the recent surge of interest we have received from Germany we have been able to increase our entries in the EMC Test Services lists by almost 40 companies in the Automotive and General EMC Test Service pages.





MISRA-C New Guidelines

Version 2 of the "Guidelines for the Use of the C Language in Vehicle Based Software" was released on 13th October.  This press release from Hitex UK gives some details on the changes implemented;


Linux in the Car

After my previous diatribe about use of MS Windows CE in vehicle applications (see Newsletter 7), this period I find an article on Linux and its use in embedded automotive systems.  Certainly there is no great need for an automotive OS to be significantly different from any other OS, but the main worry I have with Linux is not stability as it was with MS Windows CE, but the ability of it to be truly real-time for safety critical automotive applications.  That said many applications, such as telematics and HVAC for example, do not need any true real-time capability.


Distracted Drivers: Fixes Failed

Hands-free cellular phones are not safer according to a report in the Detroit News Auto Insider.  So what design fixes will help because, lets face it, people will not give up their mobile phones on-the-move.


New Automotive Electronics On-Line Design Journal

CMP have produced a new on-line title aimed at the Automotive Electronics designer.  It primarily covers the US marketplace but is a useful addition to the on-line technical information available to the industry, regardless of geographic location.


New UK Based Automotive Electronics Magazine

Soon to be published in the UK is a new trade journal dedicated exclusively to Automotive Electronics.  The publishers are looking for subscribers eligible to receive the journal free, if you believe you would meet their requirements please get in touch (contact details in the associated press release below).


Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Improves Safety by 56%

Also known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) amongst other names.  ESP/ESC has been studied in the US by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and proven to have a significant impact on safety as described in a recent press release from the ESC Coalition (ESCC).


New Lighting Methods Move In-Cab

New lighting methods for exterior illumination have been appearing with regularity in the last few years, now the innovations are also moving to the interior.  The new Aston-Martin DB9 is using an Organic LED (OLED) technology for its latest instrument cluster supplied by Yazaki.





Website Development   

This year the website saw some major revisions.  Not only did we have a complete revamp at the start of the year, but also halfway through the year due to an off-line problem that prompted a rebuild to reduce the number of non-attributable hits.  The rebuild has reduced the non-attributable hits to under 10% from 20% previously (this last 10% is due to direct access via newsletter links and robot web crawlers that may be unavoidable).  We have also worked on reducing the number of failed page requests (due to deleted or renamed pages) from 5% to below 1% of hits.


A major improvement this year has seen a re-indexing of all relevant website sections to allow direct access and book-marking of specific topic pages, hence if you only ever visit our papers section but have to keep going via the home page, now you can access any page directly and still retain the banner link if wishing to jump to other site services.


Technical Access;   

Commercial Access


Website Statistics

The website statistics to the end of November 2004 are available (these will be updated in early January to cover the whole of 2004).  The site has seen phenomenal success this year, exceeding 100,000 hits on 27th October 2004, and we would like to that all our visitors and newsletter subscribers for their part in this success.  Further details on the actual statistics are available via the link below;



Best wishes for the forthcoming holidays to all our subscribers and we look forward to a continued success of the Automotive EMC Network into 2005.





Old issues of the newsletter are available on the website for those who are new subscribers or non-subscribing readers.


If you have any relevant news you would like to add to the next newsletter please send contributions to:





To be removed from this mailing list reply with UNSUBSCRIBE or REMOVE in the subject field.



The Team 2004 2004                                                           TOP OF PAGE                                                                 HOME