Continental, celebrating a decade of making a breakthrough in double-clutch transmission

Automatic transmission and a sporty driving style were once terms you would not necessarily link. But we are now celebrating the tenth anniversary of the wide-scale launch of a technology that dispelled this apparent contradiction: the double clutch transmission (DCT).

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Increasing numbers of motorists, particularly in Europe and China, are thrilling to the combination of fun-filled driving and a fully automatic transmission – while using five percent less fuel than with a manual transmission. It is hardly surprising that the DCT is one of the most significant innovations in the transmission sector. Continental is one of the pioneers of this technology, says a company statement.
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“We’ve been involved in double-clutch control since the end of the 1990s. From the outset, we have used our expertise in managing stepped automatic and continuously variable transmissions. This meant that in 2003, we were able to make a crucial contribution to a breakthrough in this transmission technology,” explains Rudolf Stark, head of the Transmission business unit.
Milestone
Continental’s expertise is used in almost every DCT on the market. In 2013 the international automotive supplier produced approximately 14 million control units worldwide, over two million of them coming from the pioneering plant in Nuremberg alone. Continental set milestones for this technology right from the very start: firstly with a control unit fully integrated into the transmission for the world’s first six-speed wet double-clutch transmission, the Volkswagen DQ250, and from 2007 on with the control unit for the first dry version of a gearbox of this type with seven speeds.
Only a year later, in an electro-mechanically actuated Getrag DCT, Continental presented a mechatronics module combining for the first time the transmission control unit and two brushless DC gearshift motors. The unit also contained sensors that record the position of the gear actuators. This made the gearshift processes even quicker and more accurate. A further advantage of this high level of functional integration was a significant reduction in the module’s weight and development cost.
Vital importance
In actual fact, the systematics and construction of a double-clutch transmission date back some 70 years. At its heart is a geartrain divided into two sub-transmissions. One is responsible for the even-numbered gears and the other for the odd-numbered ones. Each sub-transmission is connected to the engine flywheel via its own clutch. The clutch that lies in the flow of force of the gear that has been selected is engaged, while the other one remains disengaged.
Generally two multi-disk clutches, coated with transmission fluid, are used for the “wet” double clutch transmission. The fluid cools the clutch and also lubricates the wheel set. Conversely, “dry” DCTs operate with two dry-running friction-disk clutches. These are chiefly used solely in combination with engines with up to approximately 250 Nm torque. This is because without cooling fluid, it is difficult to dissipate the heat given off at higher levels of performance when the vehicle is shifting gear and pulling away.
With the one clutch disengaging in the same measure as the other one engages, it is possible to shift gears without any interruption in traction. The transmission control unit is crucially important in this process. Depending on what the driver’s performance requirement is, the control unit selects the right gear stage at lightning speed and manages the clutches and corresponding gearshift actuator so that the gear change is carried out promptly yet comfortably. This requires electronics that are not just high-performance but also heavy-duty. They must, after all, ensure that the gearshift processes perform with consistent uniformly throughout the service life of the vehicle.
Investments
Continental has succeeded in meeting such demanding requirements on a sustained basis. The control unit and its fully automated production process were developed at Continental’s main plant for transmission control in Nuremberg. Up to 100 different semiconductor components are used per module – in addition to many other sensor and mechatronic components. These components are positioned on a gold surface and connected by means of gold wires. One wire is three times thinner than a human hair. As it is not possible to process such fine structures manually, Continental employs bonders that carry out more than 100 work steps per second. The plants in Romania, Mexico, China, and Korea making up the global production network all use exactly the same manufacturing process.
Continental has once again stepped up advanced development of control unit technology, putting a new test and development center into operation in Nuremberg at the beginning of last year. The new facilities make it possible not only to test the functioning of the control electronics but also to test how they interact with the hydraulic or electro-mechanical actuator. This enables even more precise fine tuning of the system.
Ideal for use in hybrid drives
Until now mainly passenger cars were fitted with a double-clutch transmission. Such transmissions are, however, increasingly being installed in commercial vehicles and agricultural implements as well. It has even made inroads into two-wheeled vehicles. The DCT is an ideal teammate for an electrified drive system: Thanks to the system design with two sub-transmissions, it is possible not merely to position the electric motor between the engine and transmission; it can also be connected to one or both wheel sets with a switchable coupling. With this versatility, a further chapter in the success story of this innovative transmission type is sure to be written.
With provisional sales of around € 33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has more than 177,000 employees in 46 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of around € 7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately € 6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of about € 19.5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.

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LG India project a turnover of Rs 2,500 crore with 28% market share in AC segment in 2014

LG Electronics (LG India), leading consumer durable brand, yesteday launched its latest range of air conditionners, with a stylish design line and supreme package of air conditioning solution for 2014.
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According to a company statement, the new range of ACs has been developed based on LG’s unique Indian Insights Programme, introducing first of its kind features including Himalaya Cooling, Monsoon Comfort and a technology that keeps mosquitos at bay. With its new technologies a five star rated air conditioner will have energy savings up to 53 percent, noted the statement.
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While speaking at the launch, Saurabh Baisakhia, Business Head (Air Conditioners), LG India said: With this new and improved range, we are fulfilling our promise to bring forward our India Insight range for the upcoming summer season which will improve the functionality of the air conditioner around the year. Addressing the growing demand for energy efficiency, LG has stepped up, by introducing air conditioners with higher energy efficiency levels as compared to other air conditioners of similar star rating. With a strong product portfolio and a recognised after-sales service network, we aim to continue with our product and technology leadership in the AC segment. We project a turnover of Rs 2500 crore with 28 percent of the market share, by the end of this year”.

Himalaya Cool Technology

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The Himalaya cool technology provides instant cooling to user by focusing on cooling the living space through smart airflow and two times faster vertical air swing. It can be activated by a one touch key on the remote controller. Using this technology the room is cooled up to 28 percent faster and saves energy up to 28 percent.
Mosquito repellent technology
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The AC range has one of the most unique features that allow users to repel the mosquitoes away, without use of any chemical. Ultrasonic waves are utilised to repel the mosquitoes away. These ultrasonic waves are beyond the audible range of humans and only impact the sensing of mosquitoes. Mosquito away technology can be activated using a one touch key on the remote controller.
Monsoon comfort Technology
The Monsoon Comfort technology provides the right cooling during high humidity and monsoon season. As compared to the normal dehumidification mode in other air conditioners, the monsoon comfort technology prevents overcooling and saves energy up to 36.4 percent. The same is achieved through right balance between room temperature, body temperature, air movement and air flow. Monsoon comfort can be activated using single key on the remote controller. All the three technologies are tested and certified by reputed institutes.

4-D Cooling
4-D cooling helps to cool every corner of the room by circulating the cool air in all 4 directions (Up-Down, Left-Right)

Deep Sleep Mode
The AC automatically adjusts the room temperature during the night for maximum user comfort and energy savings. The indoor unit fan and compressor operates automatically to maintain optimum room temperature and provide comfortable sleep.

Air purification
LG’s unique Plasmaster Ioniser sterilizes the air up to 99.9 percent from bacteria and other harmful substances. The comprehensive auto cleaning function prevents formation of bacteria and moulding on the heat exchanger, providing a fresh, pleasant and comfortable environment. In addition, these air conditioners also come with very good quality dual protection filter and 3M micro protection filter which is able to block dust particles as small as 0.3µm.

Inverter V range
The Inverter V new ranges is equipped with the unique BLDC compressor technology and skew fan design which gives it the world’s lowest noise level of 19db. The LG Inverter V compressor is faster and more powerful than a conventional AC. The compressor speed adjusts automatically to provide variable tonnage and controls temperature in the room, thus maintaining desired temperature levels at all times.
The advanced LG Inverter V technology is highly energy efficient and saves up to 66% energy. For LG, customer delight and satisfaction are crucial factors in determining its growth trajectory and competitive edge. Such insights have prompted the company to streamline its customer service too. LG has the largest service network in the country with 950+ SVC Centres, 7000+ Engineers covering 300+ towns to ensure speedy response time and installation by professionally trained service engineers. LG has also launched the AC Solution Plazas, one-stop shops for all domestic and commercial air-conditioning needs. With a current set-up of 55 such Plazas, LG Plans to have 20 more such one-stop shops across India by the end of this year.
The new range of LG Air conditioner has 90 new RAC models. LG AC’s uses a very powerful rotary compressor which can run even when the temp goes up to 54 degree and does not trip, best suited for the Indian consumers. The new range is designed to be installation friendly. Inverter V ACs is available in Hot n Cold and Cooling only series in 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 ton in the price range of Rs 43,000 to Rs 75,000. Split ACs is available in L-Terminator, L Energia, L-Vogue plus, L- Stella Plus, L Maxima plus, L-Aura plus and L-Nova Plus series in the capacities of 0.75 to two tonnes in the price range of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000
Window ACs are available in L-Crescent plus, L-Gratis plus and L-Bliss plus series in the capacities of 0.75 to 2 ton. Keeping in view the customer trend new look and five star-models have been introduced. These ACs are available in the price range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000. Hot n Cold Split AC’s is available in capacity of 1.0-2.0 tonnes in the price range of Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000.
* “Tested in a controlled laboratory setting; results may vary in actual use. Long term effect not tested and mosquitoes may become resistant. This product is one of the ways to manage mosquitoes and not intended to replace other protective device against mosquitoes. Refer to lg.com/in for test conditions.”
LG Electronics India Private Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics, South Korea was established in January 1997 in in the country. LG India is one of the most formidable brands in consumer electronics, home appliances, IT hardware and mobile communications space. In India for a decade, LG has earned a premium brand positioning and is the acknowledged trendsetter for the industry.
Manufacturing plants
LGEIL’s manufacturing unit at Greater Noida is one of the most eco-friendly units among all LG manufacturing plants in the world. The second Greenfield facility is located at Ranjangaon near Pune has the capacity to manufacture GSM Phones, Colour Televisions, Air Conditioners, LCD / LED TVs, washing machine, refrigerators and Optical Disc Drives.

Cadyce expands its solutions product portfolio

‘Cadyce’ a leading networking and lifestyle brand, has expanded its solutions product portfolio with the introduction of new PoE switches and Fiber media converters.  Cadyce is more focused on ‘Solutions integration’ and ‘Systems integration’. Cadyce’s is committed to offer reliable, compact and cost-efficient products to the market. It’s a smart and easy choice for public sector and government IT professionals looking to modernize their networks, a company note said. Cadyce understands the customer’s requirements and the unique IT challenges faced by the customers on day to day basis. Taking this into consideration Cadyce has launched two new models in each product category i.e.  PoE Switches and Fiber media converters.
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Cadyce’s  PoE  products are specially designed for IP surveillance, VoIP phone, access point and other PoE requirements. With PoE people can enjoy the flexibility in deployment options, especially where a power outlet is not  conveniently  available, according to a company statement.
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Cadyce CA-PS451 :: 5 Port 10/100Mbps Switch with 4 PoE Ports (65 Watt support)
The Cadyce’s CA-PS541 delivers enterprise-class features in a compact form. It has total 5 ports of 10/100Base with 4 Ports PSE/ PoE function. It is an IEEE-802.3af compliant switch with 65 watt power output. Due to its rugged housing, compact design and Power over Ethernet (PoE), the switch can be easily deployed  in all work  environments  or  remote  locations.

·         Cadyce CA-PS800 :: 8 Port 10/100Mbps PoE Switch (120 Watt Support)

The Cadyce’s CA-PS800 is equipped with 8X 10/100BASE-T Ethernet ports with IEEE 802.3af PoE standard. It supports total power output of 120 watts (8 PoE ports full load) to ensure ample power supply for a variety of IP Cameras and other PoE powered devices.
Fiber Media Converters
Cadyce CA-SFC10 :: 10/100Base-TX to 100Base-FX Single-Mode SC-Type Fiber ConverteCadyce’s CA-SFC10 is a Single Mode SC-Type fiber converter supporting distance up to 10 KM. It has 1 x 10/100Base-TX (RJ-45) port and 1 x 100Base-FX fiber port (SC-Type). It is an IEEE 802.3u standard compliant product with Automatic identification of MDI/MDI-X cross line. The CA-SFC10 can  operate on Full duplex mode or half duplex mode. The total memory bandwidth is 1.4Gbps.
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Cadyce CA-GSFC20 :: 10/100/1000Base-TX to 1000Base-FX Gigabit Single-Mode Fiber Converter.
Cadyce’s CA-GSFC20 is a Single Mode SC-Type fiber converter supporting distance up to 20 KM. It has 10/100/1000Base-TX RJ-45 port and 1 x 1000Base-FX fiber port (SC-Type). It is an IEEE 802.3z (10/100/1000 (TX/FX)) compliant products with Automatic identification of MDI/MDI-X cross line. The CA-SFC10 can operate on full duplex mode or half duplex mode. The total memory bandwidth is 1.4Gbps. Cadyce is a leading networking and lifestyle brand having a global presence. Cadyce lets you connect and communicate by the development and delivery of high value, innovative products for industries and companies of all sizes. Today, the innovative range of Cadyce products is a result of rigorous research, design, innovation, testing and state of the art manufacturing.

Transcend launches 800x CompactFlash cards

Transcend Information, Inc.Transcend, a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, announced the launch of its Premium Series 800x CompactFlash cards, according to a company statement. A worthy addition to Transcend’s expanding line of CompactFlash memory cards, the 800X CF cards feature incredibly fast transfer rates for capturing professional-quality images and Full HD 1080p video. Equally impressive are the huge 64 GB to 256 GB capacity options on offer, which enable photographers to store many more high-resolution images and enjoy extended recording sessions.
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Professional photographers faced with the challenges of a difficult assignment must be able to depend on a high quality card that can deliver the speed and capacity necessary to complete the job. With this in mind, Transcend’s new 800x CompactFlash cards boast outstanding transfer rates of up to 120 MB/s read and 60 MB/s write and extra large storage capacity of up to 256 GB. When used with advanced camcorders and DSLR cameras, these cards come in particularly handy during continuous burst mode shooting and Full HD and 3D video recording. Back at the studio, the 120 MB/s read speed of Transcend’s 800x CF cards ensures less time spent transferring card content to the computer and more time spent on photo retouching and video editing.
The latest 800x CF cards join Transcend’s popular memory card lineup which includes the award-winning 1000x CompactFlash cards. Featuring staggering transfer speeds of up to 160 MB/s, Transcend’s Ultimate Series 1000x CompactFlash cards represent Transcend’s highest performance professional card solution. The 1000x CF cards are the ideal upgrade for professional photographers and videographers looking for faster card read and write speed to complement their cutting-edge digital camera equipment.
Transcend’s Ultimate and Premium Series CompactFlash cards have been optimized to capture smooth Full HD footage with full support for the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-20). VPG-20 guarantees enhanced video recording at a minimum write speed of 20MB/s without dropping frames. Moreover, the 1000x and 800x CF cards assure robust, long-life durability and guaranteed performance thanks to their top quality toggle mode MLC NAND Flash memory chips and built-in BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) technology with read-retry, which detects and corrects errors during data transfer.
Backed by Transcend’s renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty, Transcend’s 800x CompactFlash cards are now available in 64GB (Rs 11,090), 128GB (Rs 21,650) and 256 GB (Rs 43,300).  Transcend is a globally recognized leader in the manufacture of storage, multimedia and industrial products. Established in Taiwan in 1988, Transcend offers a full line of standard and proprietary memory modules, flash cards, USB flash drives, portable hard drives, solid-state drives, digital music players, card readers, multimedia products and industrial products. Transcend has established offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong. As a customer-focused company, Transcend has the ability to quickly respond to the market’s changing needs. For more information, please visit transcend-info.com.

Transcend launches JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives for On-The-Go Storage

Transcend Information Inc, a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, has announced the launch of JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives, according to a company statement. The JetFlash 380 USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) Flash Drive is designed to transform the way Android users carry, transfer and exchange personal digital content. Virtually unnoticeable when plugged into a USB port, the stylish JetFlash 510 flash drive offers a space-friendly way for users to benefit from portable storage without adding bulk to their mobile device and even enjoy a personal playlist while driving.JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives for On-The-Go Storage.
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JetFlash 380 USB 2.0 OTG Flash Drive – Think of it like a mini HDD for Android devices
Besides a standard USB interface found on regular flash drives, the dual access JetFlash 380 also features a micro USB connection for Android devices that support USB On-The-Go. This allows users to move or copy files to and from their device’s memory card via a steady USB connection that is faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile internet 3G/4G. Combining two interfaces into one compact high-capacity flash drive, the JetFlash 380 focuses on the portable storage needs of mobile device users and eliminates dependence on computers, cables and adapters.
Transcend Elite App – Download from Google Play for free
Developed exclusively for use on the latest smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system (version 4.0 and higher), the Transcend Elite App helps users manage data and increase productivity. With the Transcend Elite App, users can easily explore files on the JetFlash 380 and quickly backup photos, videos, documents, and other important content stored on their Android device.
JetFlash 510 USB 2.0 Flash Drive – Peeks out just 9mm from a USB port
Transcend’s Luxury Series JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drive takes full advantage of its tiny metallic design, fitting unobtrusively into a USB port. Simply plug the drive into an Ultrabook or notebook and it will act as extra space to backup, store and carry personal documents, photos, movies and music. Additionally, thanks to its ultra-small form factor, the drive will not protrude from the dashboard or block access to the controls when used in a compatible car stereo.
COB (Chip On Board) Manufacturing – Compact and rugged design
Using a special COB (Chip On Board) manufacturing technique, the JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 are produced at a much smaller size and lighter weight than ordinary flash drives. Despite their petite appearance, the use of innovative COB engineering makes the JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 completely resistant to dust and water. Offered in a choice of eye-catching silver or gold metallic designs, the JetFlash 380 is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities for a suggested retail price of Rs 560,  920  and 1,570 respectively. The JetFlash 510, also available in silver or gold, comes with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities for a suggested retail price from Rs 680, 1,090 and 1,890 respectively. Both are backed by Transcend’s renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.
Transcend is a globally recognised leader in the manufacture of storage, multimedia and industrial products. Established in Taiwan in 1988, Transcend offers a full line of standard and proprietary memory modules, flash cards, USB flash drives, portable hard drives, solid-state drives, digital music players, card readers, multimedia products and industrial products. Transcend has established offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong. As a customer-focused company, Transcend has the ability to quickly respond to the market’s changing needs. For more information, visit transcend-info.com

JLR, Intel to develop next gen in-vehicle technologies

Jaguar Land Rover is now partnering with Intel in enhancing research and product development on future vehicle infotainment technologies. The calliance is also establishing a new Technology R&D Centre in Portland, Oregon.
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A statement issued by JLR, the new research centre on the West Coast will help ead the development of future vehicle infotainment systems. This centre will also be responsible for collaborative work with a number of technology partners. The location of the centre has been chosen for its proximity to the technology industry hubs in Silicon Valley and Seattle, where Jaguar Land Rover has been developing collaborative alliances with the world’s leading IT businesses and creative and technical talent.
Collaboration
Jaguar Land Rover, the British premium car manufacturer and part of Indian firm Tata Motors and Intel have already commenced work on multiple levels across engineering, research and marketing as Jaguar Land Rover progresses its ambitions to deliver the best in-car infotainment experience. A number of factors including close proximity of Jaguar Land Rover’s new research facility to Intel Labs is enabling a collaborative relationship on research projects.  Multiple programmes are underway to explore and develop next-generation digital vehicle prototypes with in-vehicle cockpit experiences that connect car, device and cloud.  The insights gained from the research programmes, along with alignment on engineering efforts is expected to hasten the development on new innovative in-vehicle experiences, noted the statement.
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, said: “Our aim is to innovate and develop the ultimate user experience for our customers and by taking a collaborative approach with both technology start-ups and large organisations such as Intel, we will push the boundaries of future infotainment technology. Working with Intel will help both partners define and develop platforms and systems appropriate for premium global brands like Jaguar and Land Rover. This will ultimately develop unique and innovative technologies that will continue to drive the appeal of our products. Our research and the partnerships we are developing in the US will help us ensure our new products remain innovative and globally competitive”.
Elliot Garbus, vice president and general manager, Automotive Solutions Division, Intel Corporation, said: “Consumers expect their in-vehicle experiences to be an integrated part of their digitally connected lifestyle. For, this requires enhanced levels of connectivity and intelligence in the car.  As part of our work with Jaguar Land Rover, we are exploring innovative ways to inform, entertain and assist drivers and passengers in a safe way; speeding development of unique experiences from the car to the cloud.  Our goal is to accelerate opportunities for new types of in-vehicle services and applications in the Internet of Things”.
Portland Centre
Creating the new technology centre in Portland and the collaborative partnerships it supports will accelerate the creation of the next generation of in-car technologies, features and software for future Jaguar and Land Rover models. The Portland facility will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first dedicated software R&D operation and will lead the optimisation for automotive applications of a range of new advanced technologies that are currently being developed on the West Coast.
The new ‘Open Software Technology Centre’ in Portland, which will open in 2014, will complement the established Jaguar Land Rover infotainment team based at the company’s product creation facility in Gaydon, UK. It will employ a team of around 30 infotainment specialists, including 16 highly experienced software engineers. Facilities will include a multimedia creative suite, innovation spaces, development laboratory and a six-bay vehicle workshop.
Going forward, the Portland technology centre will also complement the long-term research projects that will be undertaken by the Jaguar Land Rover R&D team at the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) at the University of Warwick when it opens in 2016. These research projects include electrification, smart and connected cars and Human Machine Interface.

Investments
Jaguar Land Rover will invest circa £ 2.75 billion in its products and facilities in the financial year to March 2014. Jaguar Land Rover will invest £ 50 million in a purpose built, £ 100 million ‘National Automotive Innovation Campus’ (NAIC) at WMG. This new 30,000 square meters facility will create a state-of-the-art Technology, Innovation and Education centre for Jaguar Land Rover and its key innovation partners to drive forward on all of the above technology themes and new ones as they emerge.
Future plans
Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for sustainable growth and profitability. In 2012, Jaguar Land Rover sold 357,773 vehicles, up 30 percent. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest exporters by value (£ 11 billion in FY 2011-2012) and generates an estimated 85 percent of its revenue from exports.
In the twelve months to March 31, 2013 Jaguar Land Rover generated profit before tax of £ 1.675 billion with revenues of £ 15.8 billion.  Jaguar Land Rover has two engineering test facilities in the US. The first one is a hot weather test facility in Phoenix, Arizona and the second one is a cold weather test facility in International Falls, Minnesota. Meanwhile, its partner, Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation in the US and other parts of the world.

Portronics launch all in one device Superbox in India

Portronics, a renowned leader in innovative, digital and portable products, unveiled another path breaking all-in-one device – the Superbox. Committed to improving the ease of use and portability of electronic devices, Portronics has forever presented extremely convenient gadgets that are not only portable but very user friendly, according to a company statement.
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The Superbox, truly incorporates this very essence of Portronics. The Superbox is a palm sized device but has the capability of being your speaker, your Mp3 player, your audio recorder and even your power bank, all-in-one! It is a one stop product for all your needs; in a size that is extremely portable and friendly. The Superbox is small in size but big on delivery – the high performance gadget comes packed with an 8 GB card and Stereo Earphones that are bundled along with it!
The features list of the Superbox is manifold; it can be a powerful speaker or can become your powerhouse for songs or audio recording by simply inserting in the micro SD card. Want to record more songs, or transfer some onto your computer? Simply do it by attaching the USB cable directly to it and then to your computer!
The Superbox is also a Digital Voice Recorder with powerful built-in stereo microphones which eliminates the need for an external microphone. It boosts the quality of your recordings and provides rich and clear playback. The device supports hefty control buttons for ease of use. It also allows capacity extension of up to 32 GB to accommodate your range of recordings.
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The biggest surprise of the Superbox is that is also acts as your Power Bank, with a removable battery of 2000 mAh. Change it to the charge mode and use it to charge your mobile, anywhere, anytime! Now if all that was not enough, the Superbox also backs you by being a moveable mini hard disk for storing files and audio file! Could you ask for more? The Superbox is a must have for all, with the kind of features it presents, its high performance and the vast uses such a small device supports.
Pricing and Availability:
The product is available in the market.

Price: Rs 2,499.
Portronics India, deals in innovative, portable and digital devices that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprises and individuals. With a PAN India presence, Portronics is committed to deliver its products anywhere in India. The sole provider of superior portable Digital innovative solutions serving both the Retail and the Enterprise segments, Portronics aims to fulfill the need of every customer by providing innovative and elegant digital solutions, outstanding customer service, increased flexibility, and greater value and thus optimizing system functionality and improving operation efficiency. For more information, visit portronics.com.

Continental sets standards in development of vehicle keys for 20 years

Twenty years ago, Siemens Automotive, a predecessor of the automotive business of the international automotive supplier Continental, commenced volume production of the first remote access key for passenger cars. Today, Continental remains one of the leading developers in the market for technologies for remote-controlled vehicle access systems, says a company statement.

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“We have set quite a number of standards in the last two decades of vehicle key development,” summarises Andreas Wolf, head of the Continental Interior division’s Body & Security business unit, the past developments. “For instance, Continental has accelerated the personalization of vehicle keys. Today, drivers can store personal preferences such as the position of the seat or steering wheel or their favorite radio station, which are set automatically during the unlocking process.” At an organizational level, Continental is present with development and application capacities in all important world markets thanks to its global positioning. With around 20 million electronic car keys produced each year, the company has a great deal of experience in this segment.
Setting trends in design and function
Continental is setting the latest trends thanks to the company’s technology leadership. One of the most striking trends will be the further optical and haptic “refinement” of remote access keys. In addition to plastic, examples include surfaces made of stainless steel, brushed aluminum, glass, leather, and ceramics. The miniaturization of the components is a further aim. A current showpiece is a key card with a thickness of only 3.4 mm, which Continental developed in 2012 for the luxury class sedan of the Korean automotive manufacturer Kia. In this remote-control card that can easily fit in the wallet, the electronics – including the passive access control system (Passive Start and Entry, PASE) – are cast in plastic for a tight fit and high resistance to breakage. In other markets, however, conspicuous keys of a certain size and with an eye-catching appearance are more in demand.
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The range of functions is set to increase in the opinion of the key experts in Regensburg. For example, a function to open the car automatically will also be available as standard in the near future: By closely monitoring the position of the key in the vehicle’s environment, the system can activate personalized vehicle functions from a distance of up to six meters– such as the seat setting, exterior lights, or opening the trunk lid when the driver approaches the rear of the vehicle. Vehicle Keys will soon support also Near Field Communication (NFC). This interface, which Continental has already developed for volume production, allows data to be transmitted from the vehicle or smartphone/tablet to the remote access key. This opens the door to lots of new applications, such as easily transmitting a route calculated on a PC to the car’s navigation device, reading out data saved in the remote access key to a smartphone/tablet via NFC, or using the smartphone as an additional “vehicle key.” For this, the digital key is stored in the cell phone. This is an affordable option for rental car or car-pooling fleets as it is no longer necessary to hand over the keys in person. Innovations for biometric start systems, in which cameras and sensors record certain features of a person and compare them with the data of the authorized drivers, stretch even further into the future.

From keyless unlocking to remote status query

These high-tech fitments and design forms of the remote access key are a big step forward compared with its origins in 1993. Back then, the remote function was still only an accessory in a conventional key with fixed bit. The remote process was intended primarily to facilitate access to the vehicle and avoid annoying circumstances such as dirt from the key bit and iced-up door locks. Continental soon began to expand the remote technology to gradually include new functions. A function was added for opening individual doors in a targeted manner and for activating interior and exterior lights, and immobilizers were integrated. A large number of personalization options were also included. At the same time, the remote access key became a designer object as the range of functions increased.

A further Continental milestone was the introduction of PASE, the passive access control system, in 1999. In this technology, the key communicates independently with the vehicle as soon as it is in the vicinity of the vehicle. If the key is authorized, the vehicle can be unlocked and the engine can be started via a start button. Andreas Wolf: “Following the introduction of the first passive access control system in 1999, Continental has been one of the leading suppliers in this area.”
A further step forward was Continental’s first bidirectional key in 2006. Drivers could now see specific vehicle statuses, for example if the vehicle is really locked, using indicator lamps on the remote access key. Today, the successor systems allow drivers to query the status of relevant vehicle and climate functions at a distance of up to 300 m. Continental intends to increase this range for status queries to 1,000 m in the near future.
Andreas Wolf finds a broad systems approach to be particularly important: “Keys consist not only of electronics, but also mechanics, software, and cryptology. In the vehicle, the system is completed by the receiver, multiple antennae for detecting the key in the passenger compartment, and the electronic control unit. We offer all of this from a single source and ensure smooth integration into the on-board electrical system, including handling different radio frequencies and safeguarding the system against sources of interference.”
With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has more than 177,000 employees in 46 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19.5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.

LG Electronics introduces slew of lifestyle products as special festival offers for Diwali

LG Electronics, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances is all set to delight customers with exciting offers on its latest products this Diwali season. The offer, a kick-off of the festive season, is valid till November 3, 2013.

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With the clear-cut objective of maximizing customer satisfaction and heighten the competitive edge of the flagship products, LG Electronics has announced its mega consumer offers during this festive season. Focus on premium imagery building, prompt customer service, high quality displays and enhancing relationship with trade partners will also be the important areas, says a company statement.
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LG takes the market by storm with thrilling offers like 3D Blu Ray Home Theatre with selected high end televisions (70LA860, 65LA9700 and 55LA9700), free LED TV 24 and -22 inch , with the purchase of designated high end television models and an assured Magic Motion Remote with the purchase of selected smart TV models. LG also has a special offer for customers buying from LG Brand Shops- customer can get get five percent Cash back on SBI credit Card (if customer is buying through SBI card) , LED installation in 7 hours , 30 percent discount on the annual maintenance cost and 6 month free insurance.

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Sanjeev Aggarwal, Sales Head, LG Electronics India said: “The festive season is the most important season for us and the launch of our exciting new offers is an endeavour to renew and strengthen relationship with our customers. LG is committed towards consumers and the mega Diwali bonanza aims to offer the benefits of LG products, customized to meet the ever evolving customer needs and changing lifestyle”.

With the clear-cut objective of maximising customer satisfaction and heighten the competitive edge of the flagship products, the focus on premium imagery building, prompt customer service, high quality displays and enhancing relationship with trade partners will continue to be important areas for the company. “LG is expecting an approximate growth of 20 percent this festive season over last year. The festival season will further strengthen our leadership position,” Aggarwal added.
New Launches during festive season

* LG 55- & 65-INCH 4K ULTRA HD TV for Ultimate Home Entertainment

LG’s 55 and 65-inch ULTRA HD TVs deliver an incredible 8.3 million pixels per frame, enabling them to achieve a superior screen resolution. Its incredible picture quality has received the certificate of validation from Intertek and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), two of the most respected product testing and certification bodies in the world. LG ULTRA HD Engine up-scales any video format into crisp, near-ULTRA HD picture quality. Optimized with the company’s proprietary Super Resolution algorithm, 1000 MCI, the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine maximizes image clarity, improves sharpness and eliminates any blurring caused by the up-scaling process.
* LG G2
LG G2 has breakthroughs in almost every aspect of the phone. It changes the norm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, thereby making it the first mobile phone completely devoid of the side buttons. Its other remarkable features include studio-like sound quality, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. The phone has a unique privacy feature that sets two pattern locks thereby, allowing limited interface for guest users. Not only this, unlocking the phone has never been this easy, knock on the display twice. This everyday and most used features too has been given a twist to make it convenient for customers.
* New range of Microwave Ovens
LG launched three new 32 litre convection models with attractive patterns and unique India specific features like:
1. Pasteurise Milk: Provides healthy and more hygienic milk for your kids’ best growth. There will not be any spill-overs of milk and will make boiling and storage simple, convenient and much easier than ever before
2. Indian Bread Basket: Prepare the exotic Indian breads like Appam, Naan and Missi Roti at home from a wide variety of recipes in the Indian Bread Basket
3. 201 Auto Cook Menus: Get wide variety of healthy recipes with the press of one button. This can make you an expert chef with 201 Auto Cook Menus
4. Diet FryTM: Relish deep fried recipes like Samosa, Gujias, Aloo chips etc. with a fraction of oil in the LG Microwave Oven
The new range of LG 32L Convection Microwave Ovens includes MC3287FMPG (MRP Rs. 20790), MC3287AMPG (MRP Rs. 20290) and MC3287AMG (Rs 19290). LG has introduced this nationwide consumer promotion as part of its concerted efforts to reward the existing consumers and trade partners for their support and loyalty shown to LG.
LG Electronics India, a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics, South Korea was established in January 1997 in India. It is one of the most formidable brands in consumer electronics, home appliances, IT hardware and mobile communications space. In India for a decade, LG has earned a premium brand positioning and is the acknowledged trendsetter for the industry.

LGEIL’s manufacturing unit at Greater Noida is one of the most eco-friendly units among all LG manufacturing plants in the world. The second Greenfield facility is located at Ranjangaon; Pune has the capacity to manufacture LED TV’s, Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, and Monitors .

Rajeev Chopra nominated Global Head of Philips Consumer Luminarie Business Group

The Philips Board of Management announced the appointment of Rajeev Chopra, current CEO and Managing Director of Philips India, as Global Head of the Philips Consumer Luminaire Business Group. Chopra will be relocating to Brussels.

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Philips also announced A Krishnakumar, current President and Head of Philips Healthcare Business,as Managing Director and CEO of Philips Electronics India Limited with effect from December 2013. Krishnakumar will continue to head the Healthcare business until his successor has been appointed.

“I am indeed quite excited to take on this new role and work with the Philips India team to ensure that we continue to build business in India and retain the brand value of Philips of being an innovative company that cares,” Krishnakumar pointed out. Commenting on his new role, Chopra said he was looking forward to leading the Consumer Luminaire business for Philips.
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Krishna kumar joined Philips in June 2010 as President and Business Head of Philips Healthcare. He has double masters from leading institutes – IIM Ahmedabad and Kellogg School of Management. His experience spans across India, USA, Japan and China in leadership positions at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, HSBC Investment Banking, Microland and more recently at Johnson & Johnson’s Healthcare division.

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of 24.8 billion euros and employs an estimated 115,000 persons with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare.