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Automotive Electronics

May 2015
Today’s power conversion and power management applications demand compact yet robust power switching circuitry that supports high-voltage, high-frequency operation with the minimum of losses from the smallest possible PCB area. By definition, the choice of MOSFET technology has a significant impact
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05/29/2015
Designing the future

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The first modern wave of rapid human development, also known as the first industrial revolution, began in the middle of the 18th century. The development of devices that could be used to magnify a human’s capabilities immediately changed the face of the planet, impacting everything from agriculture
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05/29/2015
Eaton's automotive-grade Coiltronics HCMA Series high-current power inductors enhances system reliability

Coiltronics HCMA Series high-current power inductors

Power management company Eaton announced the launch of its automotive grade Coiltronics HCMA Series of high-current power inductors to meet and exceed the Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC) Q200 Grade 3 standard with a maximum total temperature operation range from minus 55ºC to 125ºC. The inductors
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05/29/2015

System architects of embedded systems, networking, and datacom equipment are constantly being pushed to increase the data throughput and performance of their systems as well as add functionality and features. At the same time, pressure is being applied to decrease the system’s overall power consumption. For
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05/28/2015
Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces every component’s lifetime by 50%? That power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature failures and even completely fried parts in your system? Indeed, most agree that power-intensive applications need, and really must have,
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05/28/2015
We thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes or “don’ts” that occur during the design of efficient power systems – and how to avoid them. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences during Electrocube’s 50-plus years in
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05/28/2015
As power levels are increased and output voltages drop, it is common to have just a few turns in the windings of inductors and transformers. When this happens, standard round wires are usually not the best choice for building magnetic structures, and foil is often used. With a foil winding, the width of the
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05/28/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the North American market for light duty plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including detailed geographic forecasts of PEV sales by U.S. state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Canadian province, Canadian city, and selected U.S. utility service area. With
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05/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Omicron Lab explains their solution to measure loop gain in an automotive headlight  LED driver at PCIM 2015 for Power Systems Design. It is difficult
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05/26/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv beschreibt OMICRON Lab ihre Lösung für die Messung der Schleifenverstärkung eines Regelkreises in einem LED Automobil Scheinwerfer auf der PCIM
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05/26/2015
Mitsubishi Electric announced new J1-Series high-power semiconductor modules featuring compact 6-in-1 packages mainly for use in electric and hybrid vehicles. Power modules for automobiles must deliver higher reliability than industrial-use modules due to the extremely high standards for vehicle safety. Since
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05/26/2015
Qualcomm Technologies and Daimler announced a strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such
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05/26/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv spricht eine Gruppe von Studenten vom Projekt TechFak EcoCar, der Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg über deren selbstentwickeltes
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05/21/2015
ROHM claims first trench-type SiC MOSFET

SiC MOSFET featuring a trench structure

ROHM announced the first development and mass production of an SiC MOSFET that adopts the trench structure. Compared to existing planar-type SiC MOSFETs, ON resistance is reduced by 50% in the same chip size, making it possible to significantly decrease power loss in a variety of equipment, from industrial inverters
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05/21/2015
Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems on GaN's

Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast friend of the show Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the recent announcements and advancements that has the industry finally recognizing that GaN has "arrived" in the marketplace as a viable hi-performance cost-effective
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05/14/2015
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting electronic and magnetic components is exhibiting at PCIM Europe and Sensor & Test Show in Nuremberg/Germany from May 19th to the 21st in Nuremberg, Germany. PCIM Europe is an international leading meeting point for specialists
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05/14/2015
AVX introduces HV auto-grade radial-leaded MLCCs

SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitor

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitors. Qualified to AEC-Q200 and rated for 1,000VDC, the new SV Series capacitors are designed with C0G (NP0) Class I dielectric
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05/13/2015
Microchip’s dsPIC33EP “GS†family is optimized for digital power apps

dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33EP “GS” family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated non-linear, predictive
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05/13/2015
Molex, a manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions, announced the acquisition of certain assets of Soligie, a specialist in printed and flexible electronic solutions for applications in medical, military, industrial, lighting and consumer goods. Products range from sensor systems, medical wearables, LED
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05/12/2015
Linear's dual synchronous step-down DC/DC converter delivers  95% efficiency

The LT8616 high-efficiency dual synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8616, a 42V input capable, high-efficiency dual synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its dual-channel design delivers independent 2.5A and 1.5A continuous current to outputs as low as 0.8V. A dual channel synchronous rectification topology delivers up to 95%
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05/12/2015
Intersil's PowerNavigator GUI speeds digital power system design, validation, and monitoring

PowerNavigator version 5.2

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions today unveiled PowerNavigator version 5.2, a free, downloadable graphical user interface (GUI) that helps system designers quickly configure, validate and monitor their power supply architectures. The new features included
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05/11/2015
The Energy Institute (EI)'s annual awards competition is now open and the EI is calling for entries from all sectors of the global energy industry. These awards, run by the EI for over 15 years, celebrate the best of the energy sector, highlighting the invaluable contribution that the industry makes to society. Ian
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05/11/2015
Cornel Pazara of TI on power and the SIMPLE SWITCHER's 25th anniversary

Cornel Pazara of TI

In this PSDcast Cornel Pazara of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the evolution of power and the pressures on power design in areas from the Internet of Things to automotive systems. He also talks about TI's SIMPLE SWITCHER tech and how it has evolved and developed over the
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05/11/2015
Novel 3-D printed inverters can improve EV power and efficiency

3-D Printed Inverter

Plug-in electric vehicle technologies are on their way to being even lighter, more powerful and more efficient with the advent of power inverters created by 3-D printing and novel semiconductors. With $1.45 million in funding support from the EERE Vehicle Technologies Office in collaboration with
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05/08/2015
Cree, a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) based power products, will introduce its new 900V SiC MOSFETs at PCIM 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, which takes place May 19 to 21. At the show, Europe's leading meeting-point for specialists in power electronics and its applications in intelligent motion, renewable
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05/04/2015
A collaboration agreement between MIRA - a leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing - and Samsung Techwin - a leader in supply of security and energy solutions - is set to bring forward the development of custom battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid
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05/04/2015
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