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Automotive Electronics

March 2015
Sagar Jethani of element14 on design inspiration

Sagar Jethani of element14

In this PSDcast Sagar Jethani, Head of Content at element14, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the changing nature of design and the explosion in tools and technologies that enable and inspire it. A very good example can be found in the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, the first major new version of
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03/31/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Linear Technology demonstrates their Linduino One Isolated Arduino-Compatible Demonstration Board at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. Linduino is
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03/30/2015
TDK's 2500W bidirectional DC/DC converter serves energy storage and recycling apps

EZA2500 bi-directional DC-DC converters

TDK announced the introduction of TDK-Lambda’s EZA2500-32048 bi-directional converter, suitable for energy storage systems with rechargeable batteries. This 2500W digitally controlled, compact 1U power supply can automatically change conversion direction from high voltage dc sources, powered by solar or wind,
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03/30/2015

Microchip's MOST150 INICs empower automotive smart-antenna modules

OS81118AF Intelligent Network Interface Controller

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced that the MOST Cooperation released its MOST150 technology coaxial physical layer specification. This new industry-standard specification enables Microchip to support smart antenna module
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03/27/2015
TI’s smart power switch replaces discrete components in powertrain and automotive body electronics
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first smart, high-side power switch with programmable current limit. As automotive systems become more complex, the various loads within the system can each require different profiles during operation. Using the TPS1H100-Q1, designers can drive various loads with
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03/27/2015
Cypress Semiconductor announced the expansion of its Traveo microcontroller (MCU) family with a new series that provides automotive manufacturers with a cost-effective platform to deliver 2-D and 3-D graphics and advanced functionality for dashboards, head-up displays and HVAC systems in compact vehicles. The
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03/27/2015
Cree, a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wafers and devices, is exhibiting at, chairing, and sponsoring this year’s IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON) — the leading conference for addressing developments in microwave and RF wireless technologies
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03/27/2015
Molex Imperium high power connector system for hybrid-electric and commercial vehicles now at TTI

Molex Imperium High Voltage/High Current Connector System

TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, announces that it is now stocking the new Molex Imperium High Voltage/High Current Connector System in Europe. Optimised for challenging conditions experienced in products such as hybrid-electric vehicles
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03/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Teledyne LeCroy demonstrates their MDA810 1 GHz, 8 Ch, 12-bit, 2.5 GS/s, 50 Mpts/Ch Motor Drive Analyzer for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The
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03/26/2015
In recent years, LED suppliers have been building large portfolios of high-voltage (HV) LEDs.  This high voltage-low current LED provides the ability to optimize the power conversion from the AC power line to simultaneously increase the overall efficacy and simplify the drive circuitry.  With HV-LEDs
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03/23/2015
LEDs: from emerging technology to a commodity at the speed of light.

Kevin Parmenter, Contributing Editor

In my career I have seen few things go from emerging to a sea change as fast as the LED lighting market. LED lighting has gone from emerging technology to mainstream commodity very rapidly, and there are yet few standards. Every application usually needs something different, as every customer wants something
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03/21/2015
In this episode of PSDtv International Rectifier+Infineon describe their latest enhancement-GaN-based power converter solution at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. GaN switch
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03/20/2015
Qspeed 150V diodes from Power Integrations offer switching speed and softness

Qspeed 150 V diodes

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced a new family of Qspeed 150 V diodes. The fastest silicon diodes in the world, Qspeed LQA150 series devices also feature excellent softness for low EMI. Based on the company’s Qspeed merged-PIN
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03/20/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Alex Lidow of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) explains the various wireless-power demonstrations and other technologies for Power Systems Design at
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03/19/2015
Linear's software devkit for SmartMesh IP accelerates development of wireless sensor Industrial IoT

SmartMesh IPTM

Linear Technology’s SmartMesh IPTM wireless sensor networking products now provide the ability to program industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications directly on the embedded ARM Cortex-M3, running Micrium’s µC/OS-II real-time operating system. Users no longer need a separate processor for sensor interface
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03/19/2015
Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, has announced a multi-year alliance with LG Chem, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, to supply Ideal Power’s patented power conversion systems (PCS) alongside LG Chem’s industry-leading battery solutions.
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03/19/2015
The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the
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03/19/2015
Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

Technologies of existing and planned autonomous vehicles by type of function

Autonomous vehicles are successful here and now but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places. As the new IDTechEx report "Autonomous Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2015-2035"
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03/19/2015
TI launches first 80-V half-bridge GaN FET module

LMG5200 GaN FET power stage

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 80-V, 10-A integrated gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) power-stage prototype, which consists of a high-frequency driver and two GaN FETs in a half-bridge configuration – all in an easy-to-design quad flat no-leads (QFN) package. The
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03/18/2015
Vishay's PowerPAK 8x8L 200A package offers space- and power-saving alternative to D2PAK and DPAK

Vishay Intertechnology's new 8 mm by 8 mm by 1.8 mm PowerPAK 8x8L package

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new 8 mm by 8 mm by 1.8 mm PowerPAK 8x8L package designed to provide a high-current, space- and power-saving alternative to D2PAK and DPAK devices commonly used in automotive applications. The Vishay Siliconix SQJQ402E 40 V TrenchFET power MOSFET is the industry's first AEC-Q101-qualified
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03/17/2015
GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power semiconductors now with topside cooling

GaN Systems announced topside cooling technology

GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, announced topside cooling technology in its wide range of high-power enhancement-mode devices. Topside cooling enables engineers to use conventional, well-understood PCB cooling techniques when incorporating GaN Systems’ market-leading
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03/17/2015
Fairchild’s extended-temperature mid-voltage 175°C MOSFETs offer exceptional power density

Fairchild's extended temperature (ET) mid-voltage MOSFETs

Fairchild, a leading global supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, is enabling manufacturers to improve the reliability and performance of their products with its expanded line of extended temperature (ET) mid-voltage MOSFETs, which can operate at 175° C. The higher operating temperatures
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03/17/2015
Infineon Technologies announced the expansion of its Gallium Nitride (GaN)-on-Silicon technology and product portfolio at APEC 2015. The company now offers both enhancement mode and cascode configuration GaN-based platforms optimized for high performance applications requiring superior levels of energy efficiency
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03/17/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Vishay explains how their current-sense resistors are used in the China Racing Formula e car they are sponsoring at this year's FIA Formula e races
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03/16/2015
TI introduces 4-switch buck-boost controller and digital power tool

Digital Power BoosterPack

Texas Instruments announced that it has simplified digital power control design with the new, low-cost Digital Power BoosterPack. The BoosterPack is a plug-in daughter card for the C2000 Piccolo TMS320F28069M LaunchPad development kit that makes it easy to understand digital power development using the real-time
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03/16/2015
element14, an electronic design community with more than 300,000 members, launched an ambitious new design challenge, “Sci Fi Your Pi.” Sponsored by Pi Trading, creator of the Raspberry Pi and an element14 partner, the global initiative challenges engineers and enthusiasts to use the Raspberry Pi 2 to design
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03/16/2015
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, and power conversion specialist Transphorm, building on their previously announced partnership to bring gallium nitride (GaN) based power solutions to market, today announced the introduction of the co-branded NTP8G202N (TPH3202PS) and NTP8G206N (TPH3206PS)
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03/16/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design takes an in-depth look at a Formula e car and talks to the race team at the Miami Formula e races about the workings
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03/14/2015
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing some of its latest advances in power management technology at APEC including a new LLC current-mode power supply for computers and LED TVs, significant developments in GaN, and a sensor-less motor driver controller.   Current-Mode
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03/11/2015
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced its first applications-based catalog, the new High Temperature Solutions catalog, which provides engineers with detailed information about the various passive component solutions that AVX specifically designs, manufactures,
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03/10/2015
Linear's latest synchronous buck-boost DC/DC offers dual-input PowerPath control

The LTC3118 dual input synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC3118, a dual input, wide voltage range synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter with an intelligent, integrated low loss PowerPath control. Its unique power switch architecture provides high efficiency operation from either input source to a programmable output voltage above,
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03/10/2015
Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception that things are moving much more slowly than is actually the case, with the exception of a few aspects
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03/09/2015
Altera is demonstrating its portfolio of FPGA and power solutions at the Applied Power Electronics Conference, (APEC) being held at the Charlotte Convention Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina, from March 15 to 19. System designers can use field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and SoCs coupled with Altera
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03/09/2015
AVX releases interactive guide to medium- & high-power film capacitors

AVX product selector guide

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new interactive product selector guide for its medium and high power film capacitors, which are well-known for their self-healing technology and safe, reliable, long lifetime performance. Organized by function and featuring
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03/09/2015
AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, is exhibiting at the annual Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exhibition (APEC), which will take place in Charlotte, NC, March 15–19, 2015. Eight of AVX’s top engineers and technical product managers will be
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03/06/2015
Cree's LED arrays slash system costs up to 60%

XLamp CXA2 LED

Cree introduced a new addition to its CXA LED array family, CXA2 LED arrays, delivering up to 33 percent higher efficacy in the same form factors. Utilizing elements of the Cree SC5 Technology Platform, this improvement in lumen density enables better performance and radically reduces system size and cost. The
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03/06/2015
Power management company Eaton unveiled the PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors with large format, high capacity cells to provide a wide operating range and one of the industry’s highest power densities compared to most products in the market. For kilowatt- and megawatt-size systems, the XL60 series is designed
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03/06/2015
Infiniti offers top engineering students a motorsport career opportunity of a lifetime

Infiniti Motor Company announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy

University engineering students from across the United States now have the chance to land the career opportunity of a lifetime at the world’s pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One, as Infiniti Motor Company announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. Now in its second
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03/05/2015
Linear's high-voltage micropower wake-up timer with pushbutton control offers configurable wake times for power-conscious apps

The LTC2956 wake-up timer

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2956, a wake-up timer with pushbutton control that manages 1.5V to 36V system power. Using microcontrollers or real-time clocks to track timing overcomplicates many designs. Electronic devices used to perform routine tasks, such as monitoring human body temperature, monitoring
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03/03/2015
The Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel
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03/03/2015
Eaton PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors offer long life storage for transportation, lighting, industrial, and grid apps

XL60 Series supercapacitors

Power management company Eaton unveiled the PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors with large format, high capacity cells to provide a wide operating range and one of the industry’s highest power densities compared to most products in the market. For kilowatt- and megawatt-size systems, the XL60 series is designed
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03/03/2015
Amphenol's Rhino 38999 high-power connectors for military and harsh environments now at Astute Electronics

Rhino 38999 connector

Amphenol’s Rhino 38999 high-power connectors are now available from Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services. Capable of carrying up to 1000A, these rugged interconnects combine the benefits of field-proven MIL-DTL-38999 Series III circular connectors with low
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03/03/2015
Alexander Damisch of Wind River on managing the IoT

Alexander Damisch of Wind River

In this PSDcast Alexander Damisch, Director of Industrial Solutions at Wind River, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the difference between the hype and the reality. The IoT is really about interconnected intelligent systems, and proper systems-level management
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03/03/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon demonstrates their latest advanced motor control IC for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2015. the 7x7-mm device targets motion control
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03/03/2015

 



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