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February 2009

Freescale Semiconductor KERS Experience Assists in the Race for Better Hybrid Electric Passenger Car Technology

An electronic control system for Formula One cars that Freescale Semiconductor is developing in collaboration with McLaren Electronic Systems puts Freescale in the forefront of hybrid electric vehicle technology development.

“Racing improves the breed,” is a saying first applied to horses.  It was carried over to automobiles, but in recent years it has hardly seemed to apply.  Open wheel racing cars have had little or no resemblance to passenger cars and even “stock” cars have been little more than racing chassis with lightweight bodies wrapped around them.  In 2009, however, Formula One cars will add a system that really may improve passenger cars.

In 2009 Formula One rules will allow cars to use a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), which will use regenerative braking to store mechanical energy in a flywheel or electrical energy in a battery or supercapacitor.  The driver can press a button on the steering wheel to use the stored energy to add a 60kW (80.5 horsepower) burst of power for passing or defending his position.  So far, most of the teams have chosen the electrical option, using a battery and an electric motor/generator.

System(s)-on-a-Chip: A Market Perspective

Semico Research, in conjunction with Advance Tech Marketing, announced today a new series of reports that offers unique information, market data, and insights as the semiconductor industry continues to transition to System-on-Chip (SoC) style methodologies for chip development.

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Semico Summit Examines ‘Formula for Success’ in Tough Times

Phoenix, Arizona February 5, 2009 - Semico Research has announced that it will host its 12th annual Semico Summit meeting for high-technology executives on March 8 – 10, 2009. The annual event will take place at the Camelback Inn – Marriott Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

MOST Cooperation Multiplexes Automotive Infotainment Systems

 The wiring harness for in-vehicle entertainment is becoming increasingly complex.  Only a few years ago the only electronic entertainment device in a car was the radio.  Today, an infotainment system may include an FM radio, a satellite receiver, a CD or DVD player, an amplifier, multiple speakers, a telephone, a navigation unit, an MP3 input and one or more displays.  Tomorrow, a vehicle may contain all of the above plus a wireless connection to the internet.  The wiring for an FM/AM radio with two speakers in the dash was simple.  The wiring for a modern infotainment system is not.  What to do?

Hybrid Vehicle Electronic Control: Keeping the Current Going

Hybrid electric vehicles’ potential sales growth is obvious. The 2008 to 2013 CAGR for both hybrid electric vehicles unit shipments and control system semiconductors’ revenue is more than 30%. This study provides details. It provides descriptions of alternate hybrid electric vehicle systems, serial and parallel. In twelve tables and four charts on sixteen pages it provides five-year forecasts for automotive shipments and hybrid electric control systems as well as five-year semiconductor forecasts for BOMs, unit shipments, revenues and ASPs.

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Drive-by-Wire Throttle: Look Ma, No Cable

Semiconductor revenue from automotive drive-by-wire throttle applications will increase more than four and a half times from 2008 through 2013. The number of passenger cars with ETC (Electronic Throttle Control) will increase from one million in 2008 to six and a half million in 2013. This growth is certain because ETC provides overwhelming benefits. It continuously modulates the throttle opening in response to engine control and road condition inputs to provide smoother, more responsive, more powerful engine operation with better fuel economy.

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