Summer 2018 is quickly coming to a close as we turn our calendars to the month of August, and our team has been hard at work! We released the 2018A Raptor update, scheduled a webinar, improved control-software development on embedded modules with the BCM 48, created a customizable add-on for Raptor-Service, and have an exciting trade show on the horizon. Here are all the details.
Register for Our Webinar
Contact our team to register for the the 2018A Raptor webinar, which will be held on August 7, 2018. In this webinar, we’ll review the new features in the 2018A Raptor release for Raptor-Dev, Cal, CAN and Test. We’ll have a designated time for Q & A and will also give you a sneak peek of what you can expect from Raptor for the remainder of the year.
Develop with the BCM 48
Now, you can save money by developing control software on an embedded module that has four CAN, four LIN, and Ethernet channels. The BCM-5646-1404 (BCM 48 for short) features a freescale MPC 5646 microprocessor, ethernet supporting both TCP and UDP, LIN master and slave functions, and a wake-up on CAN and LIN. Learn more about the BCM 48 by visiting our product wiki.
If you use Raptor-Service, there’s now an even better way to make it more personal. Our latest add-on, the Raptor-Service Customizer, lets you brand the tool with custom colors and scripts that can be packaged and distributed to your customers. You can learn more about this latest add-on on our product wiki.
Save the date for the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Tech Showcase
New Eagle will be in Novi, Michigan on September 11-13, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showcase in booth 316 for the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo. Registration is free. Come see us there to talk the latest in electric vehicle control system innovation.
Raptor-Dev 2018a_1.0.12120 Release
· MathWorks 2018a Support
· CAN DBC Block User Interface / Parser upgrade
· ECM/GCM196 J1939 Library Support Added, Third-Party Calibration Tool Support updates
· ECM196 Engine, Diagnostics updates
· GCM70 12bit ADC support, CAN updates
· BCM48 Ethernet fixes for UDP, EEPROM update
· XCP Calibration robustness enhancements
· Resolved 70 issues, features, bug fixes from software.neweagle.net
· Numerous datasheet, help, and documentation updates.
Raptor-CAL 2018a_1.0.11391 Release
· Improvements to the Display Grid
· Resize the grid on the fly. Just right-click on the grid name and choose “Resize Grid”.
· Zoom in/out with the key combinations CTRL+”+” to zoom in and Ctrl+”-” to zoom out.
· Row and column headers can be frozen. No need to scroll to the beginning of the sheet to resize a column.
· Improved connect/disconnect functionality. Connecting or Disconnecting from the Signals Tree is smoother and more responsive.
· Connect to and view displays of multiple instances of the same firmware build. Great for modularized applications.
· Resolved 38 issues, features, bug fixes from software.neweagle.net
Raptor-Test 2018a_1.0.10373 Release
· Added support for new ECU targets
· Fixed LITE mode issue with MotoHawk targets
Raptor-CAN 2018a_1.0.10198 Release
· Added New PC Gateway Tool (CAN Reverse-Engineering Aid)
· Fix for sending and receiving IEEE754 floating point CAN DBC fields
· Added multi-select of signals in log analysis tool
· DBC loading robustness improvements
· Added multi-CAN bus monitoring capability
You can find the full release notes here.
If you need access to our software website or if you have any questions, please contact New Eagle at [email protected] .
We’ve updated our product versions for commonality:
X = Major release
Y = Minor release (e.g. service pack)
Z = Internal build number which aids in tracking product and resolving any issues in the field.
To design and calibrate OBD monitors, especially misfire, expensive and complicated development ECU hardware is typically used to collect data quickly enough to analyze each individual firing event, like the picture below.
This expensive development hardware is no longer a requirement thanks to Raptor and the ECM196, according to New Eagle Engineer, George Kelly. In Raptor, he set up a trigger to capture and store faster data in the ECU that would not be available over the slower CAN XCP link. Basically, all one has to do is trigger it once and it fills arrays in the ECU memory at a high speed, then you can read out those arrays more slowly over CAN XCP later.
Two pictures below are parts of the misfire detection using Raptor ECM196. Raptor is an Embedded Model-Based Development (eMBD) development tool for rapid development of production control systems. The ECM196 is an open automotive controller programmed with Raptor and exclusively available from New Eagle and its network partners.
After our trip to Stuttgart, Germany for the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo, it’s great to be back in our Ann Arbor nest!
In Stuttgart, we connected with many industry innovators and autonomous vehicle designers to discuss the future of control system creation and integration in autonomous vehicles. We were joined in our booth by our friends from Ann Arbor SPARK and our German partner, 3E-motion.
We shared about how Raptor, our efficient control system development platform, can be used to create reliable control systems for autonomous machines.
We also introduced our newest autonomous control solution—the Drive-By-Wire Kit. This kit is a Raptor-based solution that contains all the production hardware components and software tools needed to transform vehicles from OEMs to drive-by-wire machines.
While the Drive-By-Wire kit has been demonstrated on a Chrysler Pacifica, it can also be tailored for other vehicles. New Eagle’s ASIL-certified engineering expertise can help create and integrate custom control systems to carry emerging autonomous machines from prototype through production.
If you missed us in Germany, read more about it on Autonomous Vehicle Technology’s website, and save the date for our upcoming appearance at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Michigan! We’ll be exhibiting in booth 316 on September 11-13, 2018.
To learn more about New Eagle’s upcoming trade shows, product releases, or complete control solutions, contact our team or connect with us on social media.
Spring has sprung, and things are heating up here at New Eagle as we roll into warmer summer months at our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a new autonomous solution, office, and trade shows on the horizon, summer at New Eagle is looking bright!
Introducing the Pacifica Drive-By-Wire Kit
We’re excited to announce the release of a Raptor-based autonomous solution—the Chrysler Pacifica Drive-By-Wire (DBW) kit.
This kit is the complete hardware and software solution, giving you plug-and-play control of throttle, brake, steering and shifting on a production vehicle using production (rugged and safe) hardware.
We’re Going to Germany
Join us at the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo on June 5-7, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany! New Eagle will be exhibiting in booth AV1015 alongside Ann Arbor SPARK and our partner, 3E-motion. You can register to attend for free. We look forward to discussing our newest Raptor-based autonomous solution with you there!
The Nest is Growing
Our newest office location just outside of L.A., California is now open! In addition to expanding our offices, we’re also expanding our team. If you’re hoping to launch or further your career, consider a position at New Eagle. Our WBENC-certified, MichiganBusiness Award-winning workplace is driven by values, making it a great place to work, learn and grow. Explore open positions, or contact us for more information about career opportunities.
In Cedarville, Ohio, a group of university students is trying to get the Netherlands. But unlike many students who travel there for a boondoggle abroad, this group is going with a purpose: to compete in the 2018 international solar boat competition, Solar Sport One.
The Cedarville University Solar Boat Team has developed a unique, solar-powered boat that the team believes will prove sharp competition its rival, international entrants. Why? Unlike many other solar boats, the Cedarville solar boat has the ability to fly.
Featuring a dual-propeller system and a unique set of underwater wings called hydrofoils, Cedarville University’s boat can lift itself out of the water and reach higher cruising speeds.
“The hydrofoil system essentially makes the boat act like a plane, in that small wings mounted on struts below the keel allow the hull of the boat to ‘take off’ out of the water,” stated team member Elijah Thompson. “If the system is functioning as intended, we should see takeoff speeds of around 13.4 mph and be able to cruise between 22.4 mph and 33.6 mph.”
With New Eagle’s Raptor software tools, the Cedarville Solar Boat Team successfully developed the custom flight software needed to execute this unique task. Marrying this custom software with Senix ultrasonic height sensors, a Lord inertial measurement unit (IMU), Parker’s CM0711 control module, a VeeCAN 320 visual display and a CAN serial network that links components together, Cedarville’s team created an innovative electronic system that is as powerful as it is reliable.
“Raptor has enabled us to push forward with increasingly sophisticated electronics and control systems. We use Raptor primarily for programming the Parker controllers and VeeCAN display in the boat, which allow these components to interact via the CAN bus with each of the boat’s subsystems. It also provides an interface for the driver, and a log of critical signals and data,” remarked Andrew Nelson, the lead electronics engineer on the team. “New Eagle’s Raptor-CAN software helps us monitor CAN traffic and interpret the CAN data in our log files. We are grateful for New Eagle’s partnership and are excited for future developments in our controls using Raptor products.”
While the Cedarville team might have its eyes set on a win in the Netherlands, it remains dominant in its home country at the U.S. Solar Splash World Championships. Its key to success? A lightweight craft that uses Parker and VeeCAN products programmed with New Eagle’s Raptor software to marry two drivetrains–“sprint” and “endurance”–into a common system. In doing this, Cedarville’s team minimizes its craft’s weight, while maximizing its speed.
Though Cedarville’s team gets its kicks from competitions, its end-goal is to educate students through real-world projects that prepare them to enter the engineering and systems engineering industry.
“There’s no guarantee of winning or even doing well in competitions. The task is honestly that hard,” states Brown, “but the degree of design sophistication and manufacturing skill put into the boat and its system by the students, their advisors and their sponsors is truly amazing. We are all much richer for the things we’ve learned and the experience we’ve been through.”
New Eagle is proud to support educational programs that further the field of systems engineering, like the Cedarville University Solar Boat Team. You can check out other educational projects New Eagle has sponsored, like the Wisconsin Hybrid-Electric Team, Kiira Motor Company and Eva Hakansson, on the New Eagle blog.
We’ve pushed our clocks forward, poured an extra cup of coffee, and are soaring into spring (and the year’s second quarter!) here at New Eagle. Check out what we’ve been up to in the last few months!
Have you tried Raptor-Dev Lite?
Raptor-Dev Lite is our new free, trial-version of New Eagle’s Raptor-Dev. It’s the perfect way to try our Raptor-Dev software before you buy it. To get started with Raptor-Dev Lite, contact our team today.
Explore our updated video library
Whether you’re new to Raptor or a long-time user, our Raptor video tutorials are a great resource to help you get the most out of Raptor.
We suggest starting with our broad overview of Raptor-Dev, the software development tool in the Raptor control platform. After you’ve learned about Raptor-Dev, check out how you can use it to program a display.
You can request these videos by filling out this form and checking the ‘Raptor-Dev Demo’ and ‘Raptor Display Tutorial’ options from the list.
If you have any difficulties, contact our marketing team.
Were you at the Work Truck Show?
At the beginning of March, New Eagle visited Indianapolis for the 2018 Work Truck Show. We enjoyed sharing how our Raptor control platform can help developers of bi-fuel, electric, alternative-fuel and autonomous machines take control of their development process, from prototype to production.
While we were there, we reconnected with Lightning Systems, our partner in transforming the first Ford Transit Van into a zero-emission electric vehicle (pictured).
If you missed us at the Work Truck Show, though, that’s okay! You can check out our social media feeds to see what we were up to while we were there.
Spring into something new
If changing season’s inspiring you to spring into a new career, consider joining our team.
As an award-winning Michigan business and a Women’s Business Enterprise certified (WBENC) company, our nest is a great place to work, learn, and grow your career. You can browse open positions at New Eagle on our careers page.
From all of us at New Eagle, we hope you have a pleasant spring!
We have arrived at this year’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN! The booth is set up, our banner is waving, and we are ready to discuss how you can take control of your autonomous machines and EVs. Stop by booth #5658 and say hello, we’ll be here all day today and tomorrow until 5pm, and Friday from 9am – 12pm.
Be sure to follow us on social media throughout the next few days to see some of our favorite booths and follow Iggy the eagle on his tour of the Work Truck Show 2018! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Have some questions about hybrid machines? Want to know more about our product line? We’ll be available to discuss how Raptor can help you TAKE CONTROL of your hybrid machines, autonomous machines, and more! If you can’t make it to the show (or just want to do some light reading on the subject), check out some of our hybrid-related case studies such as the Series Hybrid Class 8 truck to learn more about New Eagle’s work on hybrid machines.
The Exihbition Hall is open March 7th through March 9th, Wednesday – Friday. The hours are as follows:
Thursday, March 8th from 10am – 5pm
Friday, March 9th from 9am – 12pm
Want to learn more about our Raptor platform? Our extensive video library has all the demos and tutorials you’ll need to take you in-depth into Raptor. Explore it now and see how Raptor helps you take control of your system, software and supply chain.
Not sure where to begin? Here three great featured videos to get you started with Raptor:
1. Check out the Raptor-Dev Getting Started Guide. This will give you a brief overview of the product.
2. Next, dive into this tutorial on programming a Raptor Display using Raptor-Dev.
3. Finally, learn how to program a Raptor controller with this short video tutorial.
Make sure you check out more great Raptor-Dev offerings in our web store.
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