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Motor Controller Family Targets High Temperature Environments
TDK Corporation has expanded its Micronas embedded motor controller portfolio to address higher temperature applications. The HVC 4222F and HVC 4422F were developed for operating smart actuators in applications with ambient temperature requirements up to 150 °C. HVC 4222F offers 32k flash memory while the HVC 44
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Date:
02/24/2021
Increased Operating Voltages for Thin Film Resistor Arrays
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that the company has enhanced its ACAS 0606 AT and ACAS 0612 AT precision Automotive Grade thin film chip resistor arrays with higher resistance ratios up to 1:100 and operating voltages up to 100 V. The Vishay Beyschlag devices provide designers with greater flexibility by
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Date:
02/22/2021
Motor Driver Enables MHEVs Requiring Functional Safety
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a highly integrated Grade 0 brushless DC (BLDC) motor driver for 48-V high-power motor control systems, such as traction inverters and starter generators in mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs). The DRV3255-Q1 can help designers shrink their motor system size by as much as 30
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Date:
02/22/2021
ON Semiconductor Announce New 650V Silicon Carbide MOSFETs
ON Semiconductor has announced a new range of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices for demanding applications where power density, efficiency and reliability are key considerations. By replacing existing silicon switching technologies with the new SiC devices, designers will achieve significantly better performance in
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Date:
02/17/2021
Amplifier Delivers High Accuracy and Energy-Efficiency
With the proliferation of automation and connectivity throughout the automotive and industrial markets, the need to accurately measure a dynamic current in the presence of high frequency noise often plagues modern vehicle and factory applications. In order to combat electrically noisy environments and address th
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Date:
02/16/2021
MLFA AEC Compliant MELFs With High Reliability
When designing high reliability applications, engineers are challenged to find a resistor that meets the electrical demands at a reasonable cost. If AEC compliance is required, the challenge is even greater. Stackpole offers engineers a solution for these applications with its MLFA Series. The MLFA is an A
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Date:
02/16/2021
NTC Thermistor with PEEK-insulated, Nickel-Iron Leads
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q200 qualified NTC thermistor with PEEK-insulated, nickel-iron (NiFe) leads and a low thermal gradient. Designed to withstand high temperatures up to +185 °C, the Vishay BCcomponents NTCLE350E4 delivers fast, high accuracy temperature measurement and sensing in
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Date:
02/15/2021
PSDcast – Formula E Gains World Championship Status

AVX’s Ron Demcko

Formula E is the world’s first and largest all-electric, single-seater racing series, and ahead of their 7th season, they’ve officially gained World Championship Status. This year also marks the third consecutive season that AVX has joined with Mouser Electronics and TTI in supporting the Dragon/Penske racing team...
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Date:
02/10/2021
50V, 400V, 500V Output Programmable Power Supplies for EVs
TDK Corporation announces the introduction of 50V, 400V and 500V output models to the TDK-Lambda GENESYS+ series of programmable DC power supplies. With output power levels of 5kW, 10kW and 15kW in 1U, 2U and 3U high 19” rack-mount packages, the new G50, G400, G500, GSP50, GSP400 and GSP500 models are fully co
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Date:
02/03/2021
Ultra-Thin Low ESL MLCCs for In-Vehicle ADAS Applications
Murata announced the ultra-thin LW reversed, low equivalent series inductor (ESL) multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) with a capacitance value of 1.0 µF ±20% for 4 Vdc-rated automotive applications. With a 0204 inch size (0.5 x 1.0 mm) footprint and maximum thickness of just 0.22 mm, the LLC152D70G105ME01 de
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Date:
02/02/2021
New Converters Deserve (and get) Better Inductors

Coilcraft inductor schematic

New inductors are introduced all the time. In such an established industry as ours, it is quite natural that many new products represent small, evolutionary improvements or solve unique problems.  Occasionally, however, major generational breakthroughs do come along that challenge designers into new way
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Date:
02/01/2021
Selecting Power Inductors

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When the power supply voltage is decreased, voltage fluctuations can become more dangerous, requiring a high-performance DC-DC converter in order to operate within safe parameters. DC-DC converters can help to address these requirements, and power inductors are crucial components that affect DC-DC converters’ pe
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Date:
02/01/2021
Mouser Partners w/ DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E Racing
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is delighted to once again partner with the DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E team as they kick off the series’ seventh season, and the first Formula E racing season as an FIA World Championship, with double-header races on Feb. 26 and 27. The third consecutive season-opener at Diriyah E-P
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Date:
02/01/2021
A Push-Pull Topology for DC-DC Converter 12 V EV Applications

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Figure 1. A push-pull converter helps to streamline an isolated power supply design in 12V EV applications.

DC-DC converters are employed in many high voltage applications such as ultra-capacitor energy banks, motor drives, high voltage battery systems and solar inverters. They’re one of the fundamental blocks of a power electronic design and are used to ‘condition’ voltage from one level to another – either to
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Date:
02/01/2021
Protecting Automotive Ethernet from ESD

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Figure 1: Arrangement of ESD suppression device within the 100BASE-T1 MDI interface, OPEN Alliance SIG (2019)

New trends in the automotive industry such as increased connectivity, electrification or autonomous driving are increasing the amount of data that must be transmitted around vehicles. This causes a corresponding increase in bandwidth requirements and existing protocols such as LIN, CAN-FD and FlexRay are no lo
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Date:
02/01/2021