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Automotive Electronics

December 2014
Here are the results of an output capacitor benchmark study used in a step-down DC/DC converter design, based on a well-used control IC (Maxim’s MAX 1537 [1]) with a 6-24V input voltage range and two separate voltage outputs of 3.3 and 5V. “Some 99 percent of so-called ‘design’ problems associated
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12/30/2014
There is no Moore’s Law for passive components like capacitors, but relentless development is delivering the kinds of devices engineers need to deliver cutting-edge new products for modern living. Capacitors have for many years enabled electronic designers to manage energy within circuits and fulfill basic
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12/30/2014
The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a growing problem, estimated to be five to seven percent of world trade. Among those well-known brands are consumer safety and critical electrical products, which can have threatening implications for workers and facilities. The cost
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12/30/2014

Defining consumer electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Excelsys

Once upon a time electronics went into neat precise product categories, making marketing people at electronics component companies happy. However the situation has become far more complex. Consumer electronics products are now finding their way into other applications, because frankly they are better, faster,
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12/30/2014
Up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting in general and its use in automotive applications in particular. For instance, BMW had worked on it for 20 years without bringing anything to market. The theoretical maximum attainable efficiency was known to be one half of that
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12/29/2014
Doug Bailey of Power Integrations on Power.com

Doug Bailey of Power Integrations

In this PSDcast Doug Bailey of Power Integrations talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's rebranding with the launch of www.power.com and the redesign of the company's logo. The changes are not only cosmetic; they reflect the significant growth, expansion, and strategy of the new Power
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12/24/2014
Coupling quantum dot light emitters with nanofibers for quantum internet applications

Research is ongoing to develop fiber in-line technology to integrate atomic sources of light into optical nanofibers

Professor Hakuta and his group at the Center for Photonic Innovations are addressing the following issues to develop fiber in-line technology to integrate atomic sources of light into optical nanofibers. Fabrication of high efficiency tapered glass nanofibers; development of reproducible methods for integrating
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12/24/2014
AVX claims smallest and thinnest fused undertab high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors available

F98-AS1 Series fused undertab high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging,
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12/23/2014
Super-slim rectifiers from STMicro save space, weight, and energy

SMBFlat automotive-qualified rectifier

The extremely low profile and light weight of STMicroelectronics’ latest automotive-qualified high-voltage ultrafast rectifiers support space-efficient vehicle electronics by helping miniaturize electronic control modules, power converters, and motor drives. The new rectifiers are packaged as SMBFlat devices
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12/23/2014
A complete failure can become a resounding success with slight adjustment. A failed disposable bra became a big earner for 3M when reconfigured into a face mask that has seen high demand during severe outbreaks of flu. This is called two degree marketing. It is now being applied to failed mainstream pure-electric
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12/22/2014
Renovo Coupe on display at NVIDIA booth at CES to highlight automotive innovation

The Renovo Coupe

Renovo Motors, makers of the first all-electric American supercar, announced their revolutionary Renovo Coupe will be featured at the NVIDIA Booth (#30307) at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 6-9, 2015. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Renovo unveiled the Coupe at the 2014 Pebble Beach
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12/22/2014
Alan Grau of Icon Labs on device security

Alan Grau of Icon Labs

In this PSDcast Alan Grau, President and CEO of Icon Labs, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the issues of security in cloud-enabled embedded systems and devices. Icon Labs provides unique and specialized security software for IoT devices and embedded systems. These products are modular security
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12/17/2014
Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology on automotive embedded systems

Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology

In this PSDcast Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about automotive electronics and the challenges facing design engineers creating the next generation of embedded infotainment, performance, and engine management embedded systems. In a sensitive subsystem, any
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12/16/2014
Mouser launches motor control app site

Mouser Motor Control Applications site

Mouser Electronics announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser’s applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components available from Mouser Electronics for building motor control
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12/16/2014
Chad Hall of Ioxus on electric vehicle power storage

Chad Hall of Ioxus

In this PSDcast Chad Hall of Ioxus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the energy storage and delivery issues in electric vehicles, especially those in heavy-use applications like trucks and buses. Ioxus' large-cell ultracapacitors and modules provide large energy storage systems which significantly
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12/15/2014
The semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and United Microelectronics (UMC), a leading semiconductor foundry, announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications. Prior to this expanded partnership, the foundry had been producing Infineon’s
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12/15/2014
Anton Roth of IsabellenhÃtte on the electronic design industry

Anton Roth of Isabellenhütte

In this PSDcast Anton Roth of Isabellenhütte talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design at electronica 2014. The conversatoin covers industry trends and technologies in applications such as automotive, smart home and grid, and the opportunities in those spaces. He also talks about the company's new distribution
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12/11/2014
Anton Roth von IsabellenhÃtte Ãber das elektronische Design industry

Anton Roth von Isabellenhütte

In diesem PSDcast Anton Roth von Isabellenhütte spricht mit Alix Paultre der Power Systems Design auf der electronica 2014 zu den Electronic Design Industrie. Positive Indikatoren sind u.a. die Automobilindustrie, industrielle anwendungen, und dem Internet der Dinge.
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12/10/2014
Registration for the

Race to Zero competition

Registration closes December 15, 2014, for the 2015 DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition! Don’t miss the chance to showcase your university team’s skill and commitment to designing market-ready zero energy homes. New this year, Carl Franklin Homes in Dallas, Texas, will build one or more
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12/10/2014
Vishay Intertechnology introduced its latest Trench IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) platform featuring Punch Through (PT) and Field Stop (FS) technologies. Designed to increase efficiency in motor drives, UPS, solar inverters, and welding machine inverters, the Vishay Semiconductors devices, provided
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12/10/2014
Linear's latest synchronous step-down silent switcher delivers 95% efficiency

LT8640, a 5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8640, a 5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique Silent Switcher™ architecture, combined with spread spectrum frequency modulation, reduces EMI/EMC emissions by more than 25dB even with switching frequencies in excess of 2MHz, enabling it to
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12/10/2014
Heard of structural electronics?

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it. Strange - there are over 37 million items on Google. Two years ago, IEEE published,"3D Printing for Rapid Prototyping of Structural Electronics". Drayson revealed the "structural
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12/10/2014
California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

In California about 5 out of every 1,000 registered vehicles are PEVs

In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have increased in recent years, but still represent
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12/10/2014
GreenPeak Technologies, an industry-leading Smart Home semi-conductor/system company, announced that they will be demonstrating an exciting array of impressive Real Life Smart Home applications at the January 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sands Expo, “The Heart of the Smart Home”, in booth
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12/10/2014
In diesem Episode von PSDtv Infineon erläutert die neuesten e-elektro-Lkw-Technologie Halbleitertechnologie für Power Systems Design auf der electronica 2014. Bergbau Fahrzeuge
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12/09/2014
IDTechEx is launching Electric Vehicles: Everything will Change, showcasing emerging disruptive electric vehicle (EV) technologies. This event will showcase the advances made and planned by researchers and vehicle makers for land, water and air vehicles. This year we showcase the big new move to integration
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12/09/2014
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has introduced a new low profile version of its SP-Cap range of speciality conductive polymer aluminium capacitors. Measuring just 0.9mm above the PCB, the devices (LR & SR series) are rated from 2V up to 6.3V with capacitance values of 68 to 220μF. Capacitance
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12/05/2014
TE Connectivity offers fiber optic solutions for racecar EMI issues

TE Connectivity has brought fiber optic solutions to the cutting edge of connectivity for autosports

With the new high-current electrical systems on engines in Formula 1 and Le Mans cars, many teams have struggled with electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues. By understanding the relationship between 2014 engines and how they run higher current to the battery packs, TE Connectivity has brought fiber optic
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12/04/2014
IR introduces rugged automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs for hybrid and electric vehicles

AUIRGP66524D0 and AUIRGF66524D0 automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the introduction of the AUIRGP66524D0 and AUIRGF66524D0 automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs optimized for small auxiliary motor drive applications including air conditioning compressors for electric and hybrid vehicles.   Leveraging
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12/04/2014
In diesem Episode von PSDtv Fairchild zeigt einen neuartigen Motion-Control- Lösung für Power Systems Design auf der electronica 2014. In this video Fairchild demonstrates
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12/03/2014
PFC (power-factor correction) circuit designers have used average current-mode control for decades (figure 1). Various analog PFC-control chips based on this control algorithm are available in the commercial market.
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12/03/2014
The Qt Company has announced that six leading designers and suppliers of embedded chipsets have joined the Qt Partner Program. The program aims to create value for the whole Qt ecosystem with members integrating technologies with Qt so that users benefit from a seamless, integrated experience. The
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12/02/2014
High-current OEM charger from Ideal Power addresses demand for extended load times

31FC2512-BHF battery charger

Power conversion specialists Ideal Power announce the availability of their latest 25 amp 31FC2512-BHF High Current OEM Battery Charger developed for applications which require longer autonomy times from battery packs. Colin Marchington, Director of Ideal Power, comments, “The majority of commonly available
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12/02/2014
Mouser empowers â€Next Great Thing’ with development tools center

Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com

Mouser Electronics announced the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows developers to select from a variety of development tools for products such as microcontrollers, analog and digital ICs, LED lighting, optoelectronics, wireless, and more. The
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12/02/2014
Analog Devices introduced the AD9528 JESD204B clock and SYSREF generator defined to support the clock requirements for long-term evolution (LTE) and multicarrier GSM base station designs, defense electronics systems, RF test instrumentation, and other emerging wideband RF GSPS data acquisition signal chains.
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12/02/2014
Wind River, a leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, announced its achievement as the continued real-time operating system (RTOS) and embedded Linux market leader according to the latest findings from VDC Research. VDC’s study of the Embedded/Real-Time Operating Systems segment covers
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12/02/2014
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that the FAW Group is the first Chinese automaker to join the MOST Cooperation. Microchip is also a leading provider of the technology behind MOST infotainment systems, and supplies the network
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12/02/2014
In this episode of PSDtv On Semiconductor describes their latest GaN devices and their partnership with Transphorm, as well as their latest entry into advanced semiconductor packaging
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12/01/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Freescale Semiconductor describes Farnell's latest evaluation board at electronica 2014 for Power Systems Design. The board has a wealth of I/O connectivity
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12/01/2014
Some 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020, according to recent research from industry analyst Gartner. Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists,
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12/01/2014

 



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