Automotive

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High-Temperature, Automotive-Grade Polymer Chip Capacitors
AVX Corporation released the new TCO Series high-temperature, automotive-grade polymer chip capacitors, which are rated for operating temperatures up to 150°C at category voltage and meet AEC-Q200 Stress Test Qualification for Passive Components requirements, which ensure stable performance at 85°C, 85
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09/16/2021

Integrated 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver Maximizes Battery Life
The TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate driver integrates all three bottom shunt amplifiers to provide a complete motor drive solution with 30-percent improved power efficiency, while simplifying design by reducing component count by half when compared to similar solutions.   The TMC6140-LA is optimized for performan
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09/16/2021
Gate Driver Improves EconoDUAL IGBT Module Performance by 20%
The new drivers improve the performance of multiple parallel EconoDUAL modules by 20%, allowing users to eliminate one of every six modules from power inverters and converter stacks. In addition to saving the cost of the driver and module, this reduces control complexity and costs related to modules, wiring, hardware,
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09/16/2021
Surface-mount package approved for automotive application
The test was passed by a leading Tier 1 supplier. Initially, it will be used in an engine control unit.   BLR provides a means of evaluating the robustness and reliability of semiconductor packages. The rigorous testing procedure is especially relevant in automotive applications, where safety and r
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09/16/2021
MagI³C-FDSM-36-V family extended with 12 V output voltage
The power module in a SIP-3 package represents a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements for the real-world voltage transients of a 24 V industrial power architecture. The new module operates from 16 to 36 VIN and generates a fixed output voltage of 12 V with current up to 1 A.   The FDSM
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09/16/2021
Rectangular modular connector series is EN4165 compliant
The range is optimised for PCB and panel connection in harsh-environment, weight and space-constrained aerospace applications. Fully sealed and offering EMI protection, OPTIMUS connectors are also resistant to high vibration and shock, making them suitable for multiple further applications, including military vehicle
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09/16/2021
Rutronik adds Infineon StrongIRFET 2 Power MOSFETs
They are suitable for both low and high switching frequencies. This new technology offers 40 percent improved RDS(on) and over 50 percent lower gate charge (Qg) compared to previous StrongIRFET™ devices. The higher power efficiency thus generated ensures improved overall system performance. The Infineon StrongI
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09/16/2021
GaN Gate Driver Boosts Speed, Flexibility, and Integration
The output is closely matched between high-side and low-side outputs, to handle high-frequency switching of GaN enhancement-mode FETs.   Also suitable for driving N-channel silicon MOSFETs at up to 20V, the STDRIVEG600 allows the flexibility to apply up to 6V gate-source voltage (VGS) on GaN devices to e
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09/16/2021
Precision-Adjustable Current Limit Power Switch
Streamlining power system design and assuring ongoing reliability, this automotive-compliant device provides a controlled and protected power path. It is rated to handle continuous load currents of up to 1.5A. Key applications include protection of vehicle USB ports and ECU supply rails, and infotainment and telem
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09/16/2021
IQRB-2 rubidium oscillator handbook available now summarising key test data
The handbook summarises tests undertaken: from temperature stability and short-term stability to supply pushing and more.   The IQRB-2 fills the gap between the IQRB-1 and the IQRB-3; the IQRB-1 delivers a superb price performance ratio, whereas the IQRB-3 offers an exceptional phase noise performa
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09/16/2021
Infineon and Panasonic accelerate GaN technology development
Gen2 offers higher efficiency and power density levels. The outstanding performance and reliability combined with the capability of 8-inch GaN-on-Si wafer production mark Infineon’s strategic outreach to the growing demand for GaN power semiconductors. In accordance with market requirements, Gen2 will be developed
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09/16/2021
Infineon 22 kW industrial motor drive reference design
The reference design is a general purpose motor drive which features a nominal power of 22 kW and can be operated directly on a 380 to 480 V three-phase grid. The design can be fully re-used for customization and allows customers to evaluate Infineon’s products under real operating conditions. It is suitable
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09/16/2021
Infineon enhances 1200 V EconoDUAL 3 portfolio with IGBT7
With the broad range of current classes from 300 A up to 900 A, the portfolio offers inverter designers a high degree of flexibility while also providing increased power density and performance. In addition to solar and drive applications, the portfolio is also tailored for commercial, construction and agricultural ve
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09/16/2021
Buy a Fluke thermal imager, get a free Fluke lens
The lenses provide greater flexibility across the range of applications for thermal imaging cameras by delivering increased accuracy and precise image quality. All lenses are interchangeable and compatible with Fluke’s range of thermal imaging cameras.   Thermal imaging applications Thermal im
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09/16/2021
Packaging design avoids known flip-chip mounting challenges
The new resistor features a standoff construction that offers an improvement over regular flip chip technology.   The FRFS0402 is ideally suited for use in telecommunication network equipment (including 5G, downhole data center, or fiber optics), medical equipment (including pace makers or hearing-
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09/16/2021
Essential Guide to Designing EV Charging Systems
Against the background of a growing electric vehicle market, Versinetic provides an overview of the steps required to develop a smart EV charging system and network.   As the space for another off-the-shelf white box charger is limited, and charging systems are a significant investment, an innovativ
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09/16/2021
Versatile DDP/MDP1200 Series 1.2kW, Multi-purpose AC-DC PSU
Their clever design purposefully integrates high performance, versatility, interoperability and regulatory compliance to fulfil evermore demanding worldwide applications.   The built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) supports the PMBus open standard power management protocol, which enables diagnosti
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09/16/2021
Integrated Reference Design For Automotive Camera Systems
Renesas Electronics Corporation and OmniVision Technologies, Inc., introduced an integrated reference design for a High Definition automotive camera system. The new design features Renesas’ recently introduced Automotive HD Link (AHL) technology that transmits high-definition video over low-cost cabl
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09/15/2021
GaN Systems Signs Semiconductor Capacity Agreement with BMW

Jim Witham, CEO & Co-Founder, GaN Systems

GaN Systems announced the signing of a comprehensive Capacity Agreement with BMW Group for GaN Systems’ high-performance, automotive-grade GaN power transistors, which increase the efficiency and power density of critical applications in electric vehicles. GaN power semiconductors are a key ing
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09/13/2021
Battery Management Systems For Auto, Industrial Applications
Sensata Technologies announced it will debut new Battery Management Systems (BMS) at the upcoming Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan from September 14th to 16th in booth #2617.  In addition, Sensata will highlight its sensing and control solutions that help make energy systems
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09/13/2021
High-Voltage Thick Film Chip Resistors Save Board Space
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of AEC-Q200 qualified thick film chip resistors with operating voltages up to 3 kV in the 2010 and 2512 case sizes.  With their high operating voltages, devices in the Vishay Draloric RCV-AT e3 series can be used in place of standard
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09/12/2021
Powerbox (PRBX) Sweden relocates and expands R&D in Stockholm

From its inception PRBX has grown to become a leading innovator in power solutions for industrial, medical, transportation and defense application.

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies, and for more than four decades a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, announces it has consolidated its Swedish operations to a new facility located at Hägersten, South of Stockholm. Originally established at Gnesta
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09/11/2021
ROHM, Geely Automobile Group Partner up on SiC Power Devices
Global semiconductor manufacturer ROHM, together with Geely Automobile Group Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, have entered into a strategic partnership to develop advanced technologies in the automotive field. The companies have been collaborating on a variety of automotive applications since 2018, when they first agreed to a technical exchange. This partnership will further promote cooperation and accelerate innovation for automotive applications. Geely is working to extend the cruising range of electric vehicles while reducing battery costs and shortening charge t
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09/08/2021
Renesas Shows Dialog Synergies with 39 Winning Combinations
The Japanese company took that opportunity to host a press conference to explain the reasons for the acquisition further and to launch 39 of the company’s Winning Combinations to demonstrate how the Dialog portfolio meshes with Renasas products to allow Rensas to compete in new areas and applications. The fi
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09/06/2021
Volvo Takes Largest Order of Electric Trucks in North America
Performance Team – A Maersk Company, a warehousing and distribution company, has placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks—the largest commercial order of the North American zero-tailpipe emission model to date. The VNR Electric model from Volvo Trucks North America is the first zero-tailpipe emissio
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09/02/2021
Rectifier Technologies Introduces PACQ Flex’ion for Industrial Battery Charging
Australian power conversion technology specialist Rectifier Technologies (ASX: RFT) announces successful integration with SAFT FLEX’ION™ Lithium-ion batteries for industrial battery charging. Lithium batteries are all the rage now especially since the rise of electric vehicles. The power density of these
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09/01/2021
Integration is What You Need

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Figure 1. WBG and silicon power switch Infineon brands positioning

Introduction Today’s switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) are smaller, more efficient, and lower-cost than ever. The key to their performance is the power switch technologies at their heart – but how should designers choose the right material for this and find the best component to meet their needs? While silicon is the most widely-known constituent of semiconductors, a new group of wide bandgap (WBG) materials is increasingly finding its way into applications. One example is gallium nitride (
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09/01/2021
How was Tesla so Successful During the Global Pandemic?
Tesla doesn’t always play by the same rules as normal automakers, and nowhere was that more evident than the global pandemic. At this point, we all know the score – in 2020, the world shut down, with factories closed and entire industries on standby. And what does no one do when they’re afraid to leave
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09/01/2021
IMU-Based Navigation Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles

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Figure 1. There are a wide variety of sensors and sensor types that can be used to capture and combine data to provide highly accurate navigation for autonomous vehicles

Sensing technologies for autonomous vehicles include perception sensors like Lidar, cameras, radar, and Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), car to car communications, up-to-date maps delivered to the cars, as well as GNSS/GPS based navigation systems which utilize location information from satellites. In addition, rea
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Date:
09/01/2021