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In "Motivic Homotopy Theory" on page 153 it is stated that there exists a canonical Hurewicz map relating the motivic stable homotopy category with the category $\operatorname{DM}_\_^{eff}(k)$. Unfortunatly, I was not able to find a definition of such a map and every attempt to define one myself ended in vain.

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There's a free-forgetful adjunction between $SH_s(k)$ and $DM^{eff}(k)$, where $SH_s(k)$ is the category of $S^1$-spectra (as opposed to $\mathbb{P}^1$-spectra). The right adjoint simply takes a sheaf of chain complexes with transfers in $DM^{eff}(k)$ to its underlying sheaf of spectra (i.e. view chain complexes as spectra, and forget transfers).

You can then upgrade this adjunction to an adjunction between $SH(k)$ (= $SH_s(k)$ with $\Sigma^\infty\mathbb{G}_m$ inverted) and $DM(k)$ (= $DM^{eff}(k)$ with $\mathbb{Z}(1)[1]$ inverted). This works because the left adjoint above is symmetric monoidal and sends $\Sigma^\infty\mathbb{G}_m$ to $\mathbb{Z}(1)[1]$. The motivic Hurewicz map is the unit of this adjunction.

To get a functor $DM^{eff}\to SH$ you would first map $DM^{eff}$ to $DM$ (this is an embedding if $k$ is perfect), and then use the right adjoint $DM\to SH$.

For detailed constructions with model categories see section 2.2 in Modules over motivic cohomology by Röndigs and Østvær.

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Thanks a lot! I am not quite sure if I got how the right adjoint works. Is the structure of the spectra induced by the map $C\to\Sigma\Omega C\to\Sigma C[-1]$? – Felix Wellen Feb 6 '13 at 23:32
No, it goes as follows. An unbounded chain complex is an infinite delooping of a connective chain complex. A connective chain complex is the same thing as a simplicial abelian group (Dold-Kan). So if you forget the abelian group structure, you get an infinite delooping of a simplicial set, i.e., a spectrum. This is called the stable Dold-Kan correspondence, see e.g.… – Marc Hoyois Feb 7 '13 at 3:58
Thanks again! After some thought, I think I got it. – Felix Wellen Feb 12 '13 at 14:00

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