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Automotive Complexity Sparks Shift in Design Tools

The growing complexity of automotive electronics and wiring is prompting automakers to augment geometric models with functional tools. By Terry Costlow Modeling and Simulation Tools Automakers are relying more on electronic technologies to differentiate products and add safety systems that pave the way to autonomous driving. The resulting increase in complexity is prompting OEMs to Read More >>

Automakers Try to Get More From Each Drop of Fuel

Internal combustion engines continue to fuel the market, pushing connector designers to improve reliability for components destined for harsh under-hood environments. By Terry Costlow Many factors are changing the types of connectors used in the auto industry, but for the foreseeable future, products made for powertrains are going to remain fairly immune to major changes. Read More >>

No Drivers, Lots of Connectors – Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles will need as many as 30 sensors, creating volumes of data. In-vehicle infotainment systems will further increase demand for high-speed networks. Self-driving cars are already on the roads. GM, Ford, Tesla Motors, Toyota, Volvo, Nissan, and other automakers are testing driverless cars and say they plan to release autonomous models within the next Read More >>

Customization is Coming to Vehicle Interiors

Buyers can choose displays, lights, and infotainment elements, and use connectors to position them in the vehicles of the future. As consumers increasingly view cars as an extension of their home and workspaces, features that increase infotainment and productivity are becoming more important requirements. As a result, vehicle interiors are going to change a lot Read More >>

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Connector Supplier’s market-focused coverage offers insights into a world of applications that are made possible by connectors. In 2017, our coverage of the connector industry showcased connector, sensor, and cable assembly products in action. We found connectors in virtually every industry, from healthcare to agriculture to transportation. As connectors empower the Internet of Things (IoT), Read More >>

Connectivity on the Go: Smarter Cities

The Smarter Cities initiative makes connectivity part of the transportation infrastructure. For car commuters, drive time is a period of lost productivity. For those who use mass transit, however, those hours can become part of the workday, enabling employees to flex their schedules, check into meetings from offsite, and communicate with colleagues. All they need Read More >>

It’s all About Data! Automotive Sensors

A network of sensors is constantly gathering information about performance, vehicle health, and other metrics in today’s high-performance autos. Paul Webb, Global Product Manager for Autosport, TE Connectivity On the road and on the racetrack, just knowing how fast you’re traveling is no longer enough. Your car generates a lot of data while on the Read More >>

Cars Drive Growth for Data Center Connectors

Connectivity and autonomy in next-generation autos is creating lots of data that will be sent to data centers, fostering a new market for connector makers. The explosion of electronics in vehicles continues to drive solid growth in the market for connectors. Typically, we think of these as harsh-environment connectors that can meet the rigorous demands Read More >>

Selecting an Automotive Connector Supplier

Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Connector Supplier for Automotive Applications Burt Fisher, Applications Engineer, Advanced Interconnections Corp. 1. The Company – What’s Under the Hood Automotive design engineers rely on their suppliers’ specialization and expertise to keep pace with the increasingly demanding interconnect requirements needed to support data-driven systems in connected vehicles. So, Read More >>

Automotive electronics

The Challenges of Engineering Interconnectivity for the Connected Automobile

Today’s cars feature advanced safety, infotainment, navigation, and diagnostics capabilities. Tomorrow’s cars will require exponentially more electronics. Thomas Scannell, Automotive Lead, Amphenol ICC     The Connected Automobile As automobiles continue to evolve, designers are leaving yesterday’s basic vehicle technology behind, embracing today’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and preparing for tomorrow’s completely autonomous vehicle, Read More >>

Derating Wire Harnesses Can Achieve Weight, Space, and Heat Goals

Designers can use derating to capture the advantages of lighter-weight wires without sacrificing performance. By Michael Traskos, EWIS Designated Engineering Representative (DER) and President, Lectromec   By derating wire harnesses, designers can expand their options to choose materials that can perform in a greater range of applications and environments. The temperature rating of a wire Read More >>

Automotive electronics

Connector Makers Adapt to a Changing Automotive Market

Networking, safety, infotainment, and electric powertrains are driving a changing automotive market for connector manufacturers.   Automakers are adding safety systems, enhancing infotainment technology, and revamping powertrains to boost mileage and decrease emissions. All these changes are altering the landscape for connector makers, who must develop a range of options that all meet a primary Read More >>