AutoEMC Newsletter No. 9: March 2005


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Automotive and EMC Conferences


Automotive EMC 2005 Booking Forms Now Online

The programme for the 2005 conference is now completed and available on-line. The Automotive EMC Network feel that once again we have attracted a very high calibre of papers and there are both highly topical and wide ranging topics on offer this year. This conference itself is being held on 11th May 2005 at Nuremberg Messe, Germany and bookings are now being taken via the on-line booking forms.


March Training Bonanza

It appears that March is the month for training events and conferences. The number of events scheduled for March is rather large and we are unable to list all here, further details of other events not listed below and being run in March can be found via our Events Calendar.

Any relevant events for 2005 and/or 2006 not listed on our Events Calendar can be notified to us via the above page.


European Environmental Directives Shows

Last year inaugural EEDS show has spawned 3 regional UK shows for 2005; Southern (SEEDS), Northern (NEEDS) and Scotland (ScotEEDS) running on 22nd March, 5th April and 8th March respectively.


Practical Strategies for Implementing Real Time Passenger and Traffic Information Systems

14-17 March 2005, Hilton London Kensington, London


The IEE Conference on Automotive Electronics

15-16 March 2005, The IEE, Savoy Place, London


EMC for Functional Safety and Reliability

Organised by the IEE EMC and Functional Safety Professional Networks, on Thursday, 17 March 2005, Alveston House Hotel, Bristol, UK 


Road Pricing Solutions

1-day seminar on 13th April at the Technocentre, Coventry organised by the Royal Institute of Navigation, Land Navigation and Location Group. Covering aspects of road user charging and navigation systems that can assist in achieving solutions to road pricing issues.





SAE Standards Updated

The SAE Surface Vehicle EMC Standards Manual was republished last year, the Automotive EMC Network recently purchased a copy and have subsequently updated this section of our SAE Standards table. A total of 6 vehicle and 9 component standards have been revised, including a new part 24 that includes the use of a GTEM cell, possibly the first automotive standard to use the GTEM?


Updated EU 2 and 3 Wheel Vehicle Directives

While updating the SAE standards above we realised that the 2- and 3-wheel vehicle directives had been updated and these are now available via the Standards page.


Release of the EU Generic EMC Directive 2004/108/EC

While we were still excited about the release of the Automotive EMC directive 2004/104/EC in November we forgot to mention in our January or February bulletins that the generic EU EMC directive was also released in December 2004.


ISO Released Standards

CISPR 16-1-4 Ed. 1.0 (2005-02)

Corrigendum 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-4: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Ancillary equipment - Radiated disturbances{ed.1.0}b.pdf?file=cispr%2016-1-4-cor1%7Bed.1.0%7Db.pdf

CISPR 16-4-1 Ed. 1.1 (2005-02) Preview

Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-1: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Uncertainties in stardardized EMC tests



EMC Test


3C Test Ltd Gain Full Ford Approval

The UK based test service provider and VCA Technical Service are now fully approved to the new Ford EMC specification. See press release for further details;





Tire Pressure Sensor Turnkey Test System

Rohde & Schwarz (Munich, Germany) has introduced the R&S TS7810 RF system for testing automotive tire pressure sensors. The system consists of an R&S CompactTSVP Open Test Platform, R&S GTSL software, an R&S FSP3 spectrum analyzer, and an R&S TS7110 shielded RF test fixture. The system tests sensors that use on-off keying, amplitude-shift keying, or frequency-shift keying.


Automotive Entertainment Systems on the Up

According to Freedonia Automotive the market for Automotive Entertainment Systems is to exceed US$9.5 billion by 2008 in North America alone.


Information Overload

Human-machine interface design treads a fine line between utility and information overload according to a recent article in Automotive Design Line. How much "Infotainment" do you want in-car?





Website Sponsors

The Automotive EMC welcomes back its web page sponsors; Transparent Engineering (Technical Papers and Design Consultancy pages) and MIRA Ltd (Standards). We also welcome new sponsors; ETS-Lindgren (Links), EM Test Ltd (Equipment) and Intertek ETL Entela (Newsletter and Test Services). We have for the first time achieved full site sponsorship. Sponsorship covers the hosting cost of the Automotive EMC Network site only.


Website Growth

The growth of the site appears to be continuing unabated and we are already close to the number of hits we experienced for the first half of 2004, despite only being 2-months into 2005! Site hits for January and February exceeded 50,000. Almost each week since the start of 2005 we have been experiencing a new record daily hit rate and new subscribers. We'd like to thank all our subscribers and visitors for their part in the success of the site and hope we can continue to provide the service so many of you appear to appreciate. You are welcome to send feedback on any aspect of the site in reply to this e-mail or via our contact page.





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