Behind the Wheel

  • One of the most obvious, tell-tale features differentiating today’s infotainment systems from those of the past is the addition of the Color LCD display. Going forward nearly 100 percent of true infotainment systems will have color LCD displays...
  • Automotive designs can sometimes be difficult to design, because there are so many different systems that must work together in one environment. The vehicle's exterior is where aerodynamics and appeal come together to provide performance and style...
  • With the increasing amount of electronics in today’s automobile, many new functions are being required for passengers. While in-seat television screens and side air bags make cars entertaining and safe, sometimes just a simple USB port is needed...
  • With improved road networks across the country, as well as summer vacations in full swing, many of us have been hitting the roads to get to our destinations. Even though it is fun to be on the long drives with the family, the drive comes with responsibility...
  • Do you have “dead battery anxiety”? Want to keep your battery topped off anytime it’s not in your hands? Are you tired of trying to keep track of all these charging cables for your ever growing list of devices? If your answer is yes...
  • What do SXSW 2015 and autonomous driving have in common? Autonomous technology is definitely a hot topic right now and excitement surrounding autonomous cars is continuing to grow. While most people are familiar with the idea of autonomous cars and some...
  • In Houston, we don’t experience long winters so cars don’t spend much time in the garage. Instead, we enjoy camping trips on the beach, outdoor activities, and BBQ or pool parties almost all year long. Even then there are four signs that summer...
  • Voltage Drop on Power Lines Output voltages of DC/DC converters or LDOs typically are precisely regulated at the location the feedback divider is connected. In case of longer connections to the load (for example, when it is not on the same PCB), the...
  • Shorting the time-to-market for OEMs developing infotainment systems continues to be a challenge. As the second and final blog post of my series with XS Embedded (XSe) (now part of Mentor Graphics), I would like to introduce another game changer to the...
  • Growing up as a young man in the US in the 1960’s, during the “Muscle Car” era, your car was not only a status symbol, but was an extension of your identity. It was all about curved body lines, highly polished exterior, great wheels...