Automotive

Current
The Versatile Inductor
By contrast, a device like a DC-DC controller IC has typically been used only for its originally intended purpose. Such a device might be adjustable or programmable for different frequencies, load ranges, or converter modes, but it is safe to say that it is usually used to control a dc-dc converter. Today,
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Date:
01/23/2020
Rectifiers Increase Power Density and Efficiency
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers with 16 new 2 A and 3 A devices in the eSMP series low profile SMP (DO-220AA) package. The Vishay General Semiconductor rectifiers feature a wide range of reverse voltages from 45 V to 200 V, while
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Date:
01/22/2020
Surface-Mount Fuses with 3.3A, 4A and 5A Options
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0ZCF Series of 2920 chip (package) size surface mount PPTC resettable fuses for automotive and ethernet applications. These AEC-Q compliant fuses have an operating range of 300mA – 5A, a max. current of 100A and a maximum voltage of 6-60 V DC, with an operating temperature
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Date:
01/21/2020

AI in the Data Center

Figure 1. Powering Artificial Intelligence

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Hung, a VP at Gartner, said that “almost everything Google is announcing these days is AI-related.” He said, “Google has a lead on artificial intelligence over many of its competitors, and it’s going to use that as a weapon to advance their products.” Although
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Date:
01/20/2020
Understanding the Basics of DC-DC Conversion

Figure 1: DC-DC converters can be isolated or non-isolated

When Allesandro Volta made a battery out of copper and zinc disks and brine-soaked cardboard, it was a novelty and the low power DC produced had few practical applications. As electricity became better understood and it was discovered that rotating magnets could induce AC current in wires, the world of power
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Date:
01/20/2020
3W ACDC Converter with Transient Output Power Up to 12W
In some applications where high transient communication or drive power is required, such as electrical control systems, automatic meter reading, anti-theft alarms, and access electric lock applications, large amounts of power are outputted in a short time at transmitting
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Date:
01/17/2020
Four-Terminal Current-Sense Resistors Offer High Accuracy
Current sensing for high efficiency can be done easily and economically using current sense resistors, however as resistance values are reduced, the measurement error due to lead resistance becomes more of a problem. For applications desiring high efficiency with the best possible temperature
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Date:
01/15/2020
Gate Drivers Achieve AEC-Q100 Automotive Qualification
Power Integrations announced the launch of its automotive-qualified SID1181KQ SCALE-iDriver gate driver for 750 V-rated IGBTs. The new part expands the company’s range of auto-qualified driver ICs, following the introduction of the 1200 V SID1182KQ driver IC. Compact, efficient and highly robust,
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Date:
01/15/2020
Optimizing Precision Cell Measurement Accuracy in Automotive Battery Management Systems

Figure 1. Simplified block diagram of the ISL78714 multi-cell Li-ion battery manager

BMS designers have learned how to optimize BMS measurements and achieve high performance in an electrically and environmentally hostile automotive setting. The designers focus is still on cell measurement requiring millivolt and milliamp accuracy, and time-synchronizing these voltage and current measurements
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Date:
01/11/2020
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection Announces Slow Blow SMD Fuses
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0680L Series of ceramic surface mount fuses with in-rush current withstand capability in a 2410 SMD package size. These slow blow fuses are designed for automotive and applications which require high DC voltage ratings and high DC interrupting ratings. Bel’s
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Date:
01/09/2020
Simplifying Power Supply Design for Auto Camera Systems
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the ISL78083, a highly integrated power management IC (PMIC) that simplifies power supply design for use in multiple HD camera modules, reducing development cycles, bill of materials (BOM) cost and supply chain risks. The automotive camera PMIC accepts direct-from-battery
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Date:
01/09/2020
Oscilloscopes, Ethernet Switch Meet Wideband Test Conditions
Test and measurement specialist Rohde & Schwarz and semiconductor manufacturer Marvell have demonstrated successful compliance tests and debugging for high-speed digital interfaces on the 88Q6113 multi-gigabit automotive switch platform. Developments in advanced driver-assistance systems are creating
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Date:
01/09/2020
DesignCore Development Kit Designed Around TI SoC Processor
D3 Engineering, a Texas Instruments platinum design partner, announced their DesignCore RVP-TDA4Vx Development Kit with rugged ECU. The DesignCore RVP-TDA4Vx Rugged ECU accelerates ADAS and autonomous system product design­­­ through production. The production-intent kit features TI’s TDA4VM SoC processor
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Date:
01/09/2020
Automotive Chip Bead Inductor with an Operating Temperature of up to 150°C
TAIYO YUDEN has announced today the mass-production of the AEC-Q200 (reliability qualification test standard for automotive passive components) qualified noise suppression component, power chip bead inductor FB Series Type T, FB TH1608 (1.6×0.8×0.8 mm).
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Date:
01/08/2020
TAIYO YUDEN’s All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Secondary Batteries
TAIYO YUDEN announced today the development of all-solid state lithium-ion secondary batteries (hereinafter referred to as “all-solid-state batteries”) in which various technologies including the process technology of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are
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Date:
01/08/2020
Coilcraft Introduces High-Voltage Molded Power Inductors
Coilcraft has expanded its market-proven XEL Family of high-performance, molded power inductors to include three new higher-voltage series: the XEL401xV, XEL4020V and XEL4030V. All three offer operating voltage ratings of 120 V, 50% higher than the standard versions. They also offer exceptionally low DC resistance
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Date:
01/07/2020
MEMS-Based

The CH-101

TDK Corporation announces the immediate availability to select OEMs of the Chirp CH-201 MEMS-based ultrasonic Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor with extended sensing range. This ToF sensor utilizes a tiny ultrasonic transducer chip that sends a pulse of ultrasound and then listens for echoes
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Date:
01/07/2020
Advanced Metal Etching Launches Aluminum Etching Services
Advanced Metal Etching is expanding its services to add aluminum etching to serve customers in these markets. One of the markets driving the aluminum increase is transportation, specifically automotive and aerospace. According to
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Date:
01/07/2020
Automotive Ethernet Switch for Time-Sensitive Networking
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced a multi-gigabit Ethernet switch designed to help automakers deliver the high-speed networks required for evolving connected vehicles. The NXP SJA1110 is the first automotive Ethernet switch with safety capabilities built in, offering integrated 100BASE-T1 PHYs, hardware-assisted
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Date:
01/06/2020
Mophie Debuts Powerstation Go Universal Battery at CES 2020
Mophie unveiled the powerstation go universal battery at CES 2020. The portable jump starter for any SUV or full-sized car additionally features two USB-A ports, an AC power outlet, and Qi wireless charging for mobile devices and laptops. Lightweight and portable, the powerstation go easily fits inside a bag
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Date:
01/06/2020