November 2006 Newsletter
Car Makers Speak About Electronics Standards
Convergence 2006 panelists from six major car manufacturers indicate which standards--including LIN, Autosar, FlexRay, Java, iPod, USB and MOST--will find high volume production in five to seven years.

Electronics Penetration Has Leveled
The average annual growth rate of automotive electronics has slowed to approximately 7%. For an average vehicle, electronics account for 20% to 25% of total costs.

Preh GmbH, The Company Profile
Preh, a leading manufacturer of driver controls and switches, makes Audi's multifunction controller, the MMI.

Hella Demos Automatic Parking
Hella's automatic parking system uses just one ultrasonic sensor on each side of the vehicle.

Semiconductor Industry Ripe for Major Consolidation
Private equity investments in Freescale and Philips Semiconductor suggest more consolidation is on the way.

Sellers Beware: LBOs Can Hurt
Leveraged buyout firms have recently purchased TRW, Freescale, Philips Semiconductor and the Sensors & Controls Division of Texas Instruments--loading the acquired companies with debt.

Lexus LS 460 Employs 46-Volt EPS
Electric power steering on the Lexus luxury vehicle is powered by a 46-volt electric motor.



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