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Automotive Electronics

September 2016
Torex continues to introduce innovative solutions using our proprietary CMOS processes, to deliver high performance Analog circuits with ever lower power consumption for today’s demanding applications. During electronica, Torex will be introducing our new range of high temperature products, qualified
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09/30/2016
PI's SCALE-2 plug-and-play gate drivers suit a range of IGBT modules

SCALE-2 Plug-and-Play Gate Drivers

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT and MOSFET driver technology for medium- and high-voltage inverter applications, introduced the 1SP0350V SCALETM-2 single-channel +15/-10 V plug-and- play gate driver. Optimally suited to high-reliability applications in the HVDC and railway industries, the 1SP0350 gate driver
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09/30/2016
IDTechEx Research has been closely following the ITO alternative market for the past five years. It forecasts that ITO alternative solutions will reach more than $250m by 2026. There is renewed interest here globally on conductive ink-based metal mesh films, as technology and application developments are making
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09/29/2016

Energy conservation and reduction in CO2-emissions are key factors in mitigating global warming and preserving our future environment. These positive trends are leading to wider usage of power semiconductors in energy conversion systems supplying the rapidly growing global energy demand. IGBT (Insulated Gate
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09/29/2016
Linear's automotive bidirectional synchronous buck/boost controller can increase available power

LTC3871 100V/30V bidirectional two phase synchronous buck or boost controller

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LTC3871, a 100V/30V bidirectional two phase synchronous buck or boost controller, ideal for 48V/12V automotive dual battery systems. Current 12V automotive systems are reaching their 3kW power limit due to the ever-increasing demand for more electrical devices. A newly
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09/29/2016
Allegro launches automotive multi-output power management IC with buck or buck/boost pre-regulator

Allegro’s A4413

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new power management IC that can be configured as a buck or buck-boost pre-regulator to efficiently convert automotive battery voltages into a tightly regulated intermediate voltage complete with control, diagnostics, and protections. The output of Allegro’s A4413
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09/29/2016
Vishay's dual-asymmetric-packaged MOSFETs for automotive now at Rutronik

12V SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET device

Distributor Rutronik presents the first AEC-Q101-qualified 12V and 20V MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric package from Vishay. The Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET devices are optimized for high-side and low-side synchronous buck applications. The 12V SQJ202EP and 20V SQJ200EP
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09/28/2016
Ohio State’s all-electric Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 sets new landspeed record

VBB-3 racing on the Salt Flats

After three years of battling difficult weather conditions at the Wendover, Utah, Bonneville Salt Flats track, The Ohio State University’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 student team and driver Roger Schroer rallied to push their electric streamline vehicle to a world record two-way average top speed of 341.4 miles
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09/27/2016
Eaton’s latest 3V supercaps deliver increased energy capacity

TV supercapacitors

Power management company Eaton announced its new TV supercapacitors with 3-volt (V) cells that help increase stored energy capacity and power by 20 percent compared to 2.7V cells. Working either in conjunction with or as standalone alternatives to batteries, TV supercapacitors help reduce maintenance requirements
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09/22/2016
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is committing to power all of its global operations completely by renewable energy by 2050. The Detroit automaker said its goal is to generate or source electrical power for 350 facilities in 59 countries with renewable wind, sun and landfill gas energy during the next three-plus
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09/20/2016
Fairchild launches SuperFET III MOSFET family

SuperFET III MOSFETs

Fairchild Semiconductor, now part of ON Semiconductor, introduced its SuperFET III family of 650V N-channel MOSFETs, the company’s new generation of MOSFETs that meet the higher power density, system efficiency and exceptional reliability requirements of the latest telecom, server, electric vehicle (EV) charger
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09/20/2016
Linear's latest monolithic synchronous step-up Silent Switcher LED driver dims smoothly

The LT3922 monolithic, synchronous, step-up DC/DC converter

The LT3922 is a monolithic, synchronous, step-up DC/DC converter with internal 40V, 2A power switches and an internal PWM generator. Its fixed frequency peak current mode control accurately regulates current within ±2% for a string of LEDs up to 34V. Its integrated PWM generator offers up to 128:1 dimming ratio.
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09/19/2016
The future of mobility comes to electronica 2016

More than 800 companies from the automotive-electronics industry will be showcasing, and in total there will be over 2800 exhibitors

In the future, mobility will be shaped by developments in automotive electronics: Smart lighting, autonomous driving and connected vehicles—to name just a few catchwords—are closely related to electronic components and software developed around the world now and in the future. electronica, the World's Leading
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09/16/2016
Once again this year, SPS IPC Drives provides their industry visitors with a comprehensive overview of individual components and complete solutions for electrical automation. Furthermore, it highlights the pioneering technologies of the future. Over 1,600 exhibitors, including all key players in the industry,
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09/14/2016
Ultra-high speed electric machines highlighted at CWIEME

Technology progress in high speed motor design has led to ever-increasing rotating speeds for electric machines

Gerald Masson, engineer at Moving Magnet Technologies, will assess the latest in design, applications—and challenges—for high speed motors at North America’s largest coil winding, electric motor and transformer event in October in Chicago. Technology progress in high speed motor design has led
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09/14/2016
Renesas Electronics Corp (6723.T) on Tuesday said it has agreed to buy U.S. chipmaker Intersil for $3.2 billion, an all-cash deal that bolsters the Japanese group's efforts to refocus the company around automotive chips. Slowing growth in computers and smartphones - the traditional mainstays of the chip industry
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09/13/2016
50A to 300A, Scalable ÂμModule Regulator Needs 60% Less Capacitance to Power Sub-28nm GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs & Processors

µModule® Regulator with Precision DC & Transient Voltage Accuracy for Advanced Digital Devices

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTM4650-1A and LTM4650-1B, dual 25A or single 50A µModule® (power module) regulators scalable to deliver 300A to high power, low voltage sub-28nm
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09/08/2016
Here we’ll show how Spice can be used to provide proximity loss results for magnetics windings. Proximity loss equations are solved for a set of frequencies, and a simulation circuit is generated which predicts the proper AC losses regardless of the current waveform. Inductor winding AC
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09/05/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to  be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their
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09/05/2016
In response to Google’s Little Box Challenge (LBC), our Virginia Tech team, the Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC), decided to design a power inverter. As shown below, our design significantly surpassed the LBC specifications. Our final design exhibited a power density of 61.2 W/in3,
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09/05/2016
Industrial automation systems are undergoing a revolution to reduce latency and down time. This directly translates to increased profits for factory operators and machine builders.  Dubbed Industry 4.0, this effort will add more intelligence across the factory floor from HMI panels and controllers to communication
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09/05/2016
Smaller, smarter, and more powerful are market trends for low-power switched-mode power supply (SMPS) applications. Smaller requires the SMPS to have a more compact form factor – and, thus higher power density. Smarter requires intelligent system-to-system/system-to-human communication to ensure the systems
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09/05/2016
Measuring the resistance of something is a great deal more complicated if that resistance is very small. With bigger resistances, measurements can be as simple as connecting two leads between a digital multi-meter (DMM) and the device under test (DUT) and reading the number. With small resistances, the multitude
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09/03/2016
Thermal behavior is important to determining the lifetime performance of electronic system design and the power supply is a critical element in determining that behavior. Heat has a number of effects on a system. The most problematic at a system level is one of long-term reliability. High operating temperatures
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09/03/2016
In the last few years GaN based devices, both discrete FET’s and MMIC’s, have been released and widely used in high power microwave amplifier systems.  These devices, available from several foundry sources, are typically fabricated on 100mm SiC wafers.  GaN on Si processes are also under consideration,
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09/03/2016
This software, in combination with Rigol oscilloscopes (series DS/MSO2000A, DS/MSO4000 or DS6000) allows customers to set up small test systems, which represent a reasonably priced alternative for measuring switching power supply parameters during the development phase. Switching power supplies are
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09/03/2016
The implementation of the “Smart Grid” is accelerating rapidly.  Once just a vision in eyes of power engineers and utilities, the Smart Grid is swiftly taking shape.  A major driver in realizing a truly smart electrical grid is the adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs).  Grid-connected
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09/03/2016
In the last part of this series, we saw that only one of the modulator gains found in the literature can be confirmed with measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that the discrepancies in all the models are easily resolved by proper sampling of the system. Different current-mode modulator
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09/03/2016
Automotive Infotainment is more than just fun and games

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

Automotive infotainment systems in passenger cars are projected to be a $35+ billion market by 2020, based on the fact that consumers are increasingly becoming connected, 24x7, as they access their data and content wherever they go. Travel and entertainment are merging due to consumers’ expectations and capabilities
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Date:
09/03/2016
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