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Automotive Electronics

January 2015
Electronic controller from TT electronics helps cool Audi vehicles

Electrically-driven 50-Watt water-pump controller

TT Electronics has revealed its role in helping Volkswagen-Audi Group (VAG) boost the fuel economy and reduce the emissions of its latest-generation Audi A3, A4, A6 and similar-sized models. Engineers at the company’s Salzburg technical centre created an electrically driven 50-Watt water-pump controller
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01/29/2015
ROHM Semiconductor has recently announced the development of a cell balancing IC that contributes to increased miniaturization, greater stability, and longer life for supercaps, or EDLCs (Electric Double Layer Capacitors), which are driving the adoption of energy regeneration applications in industrial equipment,
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01/29/2015
Allegro unveils multiple-output regulator For automotive LCD displays

Allegro’s A8603 AEC-Q100 qualified, multiple-output regulator

Allegro MicroSystems announced a new AEC-Q100 qualified, multiple-output regulator for powering automotive LCD displays. Allegro’s A8603 operates with fixed switching frequency that can be either programmed or synchronized with an external clock signal between 350 kHz and 2.25 MHz. This will minimize interference
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01/29/2015

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Transportation Power Electronics Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Transportation Power Electronics: Vehicles, Chargers, Components and Markets.” The session will take place on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2015, at the Charlotte
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01/28/2015
Cree releases four 650V SiC Schottky diodes

650V Cree Z-Rec SiC Schottky diodes

Cree, a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has expanded their extensive SiC Schottky diode portfolio with four new 650V devices. Developed in response to the power supply industry’s recent demand for components with a nominal voltage rating slightly higher than 600V, the new 650V Cree Z-Rec SiC
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01/28/2015
Altium, a leader in Electronic Design Automation, and Valydate, a leader in Schematic, Signal and Power Integrity analysis, announced a strategic partnership aimed at easing the time-consuming visual inspection and debugging process of electronic schematics with ValydateVERA, a powerful design analysis and verification
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01/28/2015
The oil price may stay low for many years due to oversupply. This will not affect the sales of electric road vehicles because their sales numbers decoupled from the oil price many years ago thanks to superior performance, subsidies and privileges such as no congestion charge. China must reduce local
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01/26/2015
The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS. Robust vehicle production growth, together with increased semiconductor content in cars charted a path of 10 percent growth year over year to reach $29B in 2014. IHS reports the fastest growing segments for
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01/26/2015
UQM Technologies patents innovative permanent-magnet electric motor design that allows the use of non rare-earth magnets

UQM's technology provides a viable option to existing rare-earth motor technology

UQM Technologies announced that it was granted a U.S. patent for its electric and hybrid electric vehicle motor design using non-rare earth magnets. The majority of electric and hybrid electric vehicles produced today use permanent magnet motors with rare-earth magnet materials. This new design provides a similar
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01/23/2015
Absopulse frequency converters deliver 300VA pure sine wave from universal PFC-input

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ FCP 300 series of rugged, industrial grade ac-ac frequency converters

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ FCP 300 series of rugged, industrial grade ac-ac frequency converters provide 300VA pure sine wave output voltage from a universal range PFC input (95V to 264Vac). They deliver 115Vac continuous at 60Hz or 400Hz, 230Vac continuous at 50Hz, or custom. The output is regulated to ±2% from
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01/20/2015
AVX introduces series of High-temp, low-leakage automotive varistors

CANATL Series automotive controlled-area-network varistors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced a series of high-temperature, low-leakage automotive varistors. Qualified to AEC-Q200, the new high-temperature, low-leakage CANATL Series automotive controlled-area-network varistors
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01/19/2015
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million. OPEN 2015 will support energy
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01/15/2015
Vishay Intertechnology's IHLP 2020 Inductors operate to +155°C

IHLP low-profile, high-current inductors in the 2020 case size

Vishay Intertechnology launched two new IHLP low-profile, high-current inductors in the 2020 case size with high operating temperatures to +155°C. Offering low profiles of 3 mm, the Vishay Dale IHLP-2020CZ-51 and automotive-grade IHLP-2020CZ-5A provide a wide range of inductance values from 0.22 µH to 15 µH. With
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01/15/2015
Obama Administration to lauch Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety

Three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest commonly used metals, advanced composites have the potential to revolutionize advanced manufacturing, transforming clean energy products from wind turbines to next-generation passenger vehicles that are made right here in America. These versatile composites
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01/14/2015
TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, now stocks Vishay’s new AY2 series of AEC-Q200-qualified, AC-line-rated ceramic disc safety capacitors designed to provide high reliability for Class X1 (440VAC) and Y2 (300VAC) automotive applications in
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01/14/2015
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will present its latest automotive solutions at the 7th International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo (CAR-ELE JAPAN). As automotive technologies and IT rapidly converge through cutting-edge technological
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01/13/2015
Machine-to-machine methods, (or M2M), intelligent embedded and/or smart fusion have been around in some form for many years. The Internet of Things (IoT) goes way beyond this capability and interconnects virtually unlimited numbers of smart objects and changes the way we interact with our environment. To help
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01/13/2015
Pulse Electronics introduces high-isolation switch mode transformer

Pulse's switch mode high-isolation transformer

Pulse Electronics, a leading provider of electronic components, introduced a series of high-isolation switch mode transformers that come in a standard SMT package. Pulse Electronics' PH9185 series provides a reinforced insulation power supply that's compatible with the MAXIM MAX253 to power RS-485/RS-232 transceivers.
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01/13/2015
Darren Hammel of Princeton Power on EV energy storage

Darren Hammel of Princeton Power

In this PSDcast Darren Hammel of Princeton Power talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in using electric vehicle (EV) battery systems as backup energy storage for the home and business. Princeton Power Systems has created bi-directional electric vehicle charging stations supporting
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01/13/2015
Allegro MicroSystems' latest 3A buck regulator offers low VIN dropout

A8590 buck regulator IC

Allegro MicroSystems announced a new buck regulator IC to add to its industry leading lineup of automotive regulators. Allegro’s A8590 has been designed to provide the power supply requirements of next generation car audio and infotainment systems. The A8590 provides all the control and protection circuitry
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01/12/2015
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials
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01/12/2015
Vishay's devices increase power density with SMF package

Vishay Intertechnology introduced six new rectifiers in the SMF (DO-219AB) eSMP package

Vishay Intertechnology introduced six new rectifiers in the compact, low-profile, surface-mount SMF (DO-219AB) eSMP package. Offering forward currents of 1 A and 2 A and low forward voltage drops and leakage currents, the AEC-Q101-qualified devices reduce power losses and improve efficiency in automotive applications. The
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01/09/2015
Cornell Dubilier unveils 125°C hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors

HZC Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors

Cornell Dubilier Electronics announced the release of type HZC Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Rated for 125 °C, type HZC combines the advantages of aluminum electrolytic and aluminum polymer technology. These hybrid capacitors have the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer
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01/09/2015
Linear's configurable buck converters deliver 8A from 2 to 4 independent outputs

LTC3371 highly-integrated general-purpose power management solution

Linear Technology announced the LTC3371, a highly-integrated general-purpose power management solution for systems requiring multiple low voltage power supplies. The device features four synchronous buck converters, each powered from independent 2.25V to 5.5V inputs, and each configurable to share up to four
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01/08/2015
Melexis' low-cost thermocouple interface IC empowers greener cars

The MLX90327 sensor interface IC

Increasing environmental concerns and ever more stringent legislation are driving the demand for more energy efficient vehicles. Increasing the operational effectiveness and decreasing the environmental impact of the powertrain necessitates higher working temperatures which must be strictly controlled and monitored
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01/08/2015
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its collaboration with STMicroelectronics on a novel electric vehicle car charger solution using Microsemi’s innovative PLC line driver. This is the first of several solutions
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01/08/2015
Indium to showcase their latest lead-free solder paste at APEX

Indium10.1 is a Pb-free halogen-containing solder paste

Indium Corporation will feature its new solder paste, Indium10.1, at IPC APEX Expo 2015 on Feb. 24 in San Diego, Calif. Indium10.1 is a Pb-free halogen-containing solder paste with the lowest levels of voiding for QFNs, BGAs, and pads with large ground planes. The oxidation-inhibiting properties of
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01/08/2015
Omron launches pre-charge relay for electric and hybrid vehicles

The Omron G9EJ-1

Omron Electronic Components Europe (OCB-EU) has launched a pre-charge relay aimed specifically at electric and hybrid vehicles and other heavy duty battery powered systems. The new Omron G9EJ-1 is specifically designed for use in pre-charge circuits used in electric vehicles and other battery systems to reduce
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01/07/2015
Johanna Underwood of Energy Vision on alternate fuels and energy

Johanna Underwood of Energy Vision

In this PSDcast, Johanna Underwood, President of Energy Vision, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about alternate energy and some of the efforts to create "green" fuels for both vehicles and energy generation. Energy Vision’s mission is to analyze and promote ways to make a swift transition
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01/07/2015
Cree releases 1200V MOSFET design kit

Cree MOSFET design kit

Cree, a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has introduced a new Cree MOSFET design kit that includes all of the components needed to evaluate Cree® MOSFET and Schottky diode performance in a configurable half bridge circuit. Quick and easy to assemble and use, the new design kit enables comparative
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01/06/2015
Advanced packaging for car systems address evolving requirements

Visit TE Connectivity at the Autosport International Engineering Show

Visit the TE Connectivity (TE) booth E440, Hall 9, at Autosport International Engineering Show in Birmingham, U.K., January 8-9, to see TE’s latest innovations in high-performance connector technology that withstand the harsh autosport environment. TE’s packaging for electronic control units (ECUs)
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01/05/2015

 



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