Electronics and Semiconductors

Magneti Marelli to Exhibit High-tech Automotive Electronics, Lighting and Powertrain Solutions at CES 2018

26 December 2017

Source: Magneti Marelli Source: Magneti Marelli Magneti Marelli will display a wide range of smart, streamlined, high-tech and safe solutions during CES 2018, January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Market-ready technologies in electronics, automotive lighting and alternative powertrain are to be showcased at the company’s exhibition area in the Wynn Hotel.

Magneti Marelli's vehicle technology solutions focus on autonomous driving, advanced human-machine interface (HMI), connectivity and hybrid/electric mobility. New systems will enable vehicles to sense and connect with what's around them, display critical feedback to drivers and passengers and meet stringent environmental and safety requirements.

Building on its recent investment in solid-state LiDAR company LeddarTech, Magneti Marelli has integrated a camera, radar and LiDAR into advanced projector headlamps and tail lamps to produce the fully functional Smart Corner, which will be on display in a production vehicle. Experts from LeddarTech will be available in the booth to demonstrate their latest solid-state LiDAR technology, and the company is hosting the Leddar Ecosystem Pavilion at the show, located outside at Tech East, CP-23.

Smart Corner enables automotive designers to incorporate advanced lighting and sensor systems while enhancing styling aesthetics and world-class performance. It reduces weight, cost, and eliminates the need for separate packaging, wiring and connectors on the vehicle exterior.

Magneti Marelli's booth will feature a value-added selection of lighting modules, headlamps and tail lamps. The company is focusing its efforts on developing chip-mounted LED solutions to address the needs of all vehicle segments. Booth visitors can see everything from a small, scalable module providing increased functionality within tight space constraints, to a high-resolution, 84-pixel ADB module.

Laser and double projection headlamps will be on display, along with an all-LED tail lamp and an OLED tail lamp prototype.

Advanced HMI Displays

Magneti Marelli will feature a variety of displays, ranging from low-cost designs to a full door-to-door display with controlled content distribution. The company's Portal Showcase provides content for everyone in the vehicle, incorporates AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) technology, and a thin 1.5mm thick display bonded to a curved surface. Analog, hybrid and full digital instrument clusters will also be presented.

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication promotes safety

V2X technology can prevent 80 percent of all accidents for unimpaired drivers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, by alerting them to dangers that conventional onboard equipment cannot detect. Magneti Marelli's V2X solutions expertly integrate driver warnings within the HMI, displaying them in the instrument cluster or center stack.

Booth visitors will see how the company seamlessly integrates V2X into the HMI of a current production cluster, as well as proven use cases for vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-pedestrian, and vehicle-to-vehicle technology.

Alternative powertrain solutions for mild hybrid and electric driving

Proven in the harsh conditions of Formula One racing worldwide, the company's powertrain systems are adapted to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle market. One of the most novel outcomes, which will be on display at CES, is a mild hybrid 48-volt belt starter generator (BSG), an electric motor with integrated electronics that replaces a standard alternator. The BSG recuperates energy from braking, driving it back to power the internal combustion engine and electrical systems.

Coming in at 400 volts, Magneti Marelli's power inverter module supports medium range electric mode driving, up to 30 miles or more on a single charge. It is built to withstand harsh vehicle underhood requirements, such as high temperature and vibration, which is difficult to achieve with integrated power electronics all within a class-leading envelope.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com

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