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Automotive Electronics

October 2016
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Date:
10/31/2016
With fuel economy regulations tightening and autonomous-driving capability with connectivity proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automotive electrical system has reached its usable power limit. Furthermore, a vast increase in automotive electronic systems, coupled with related demands on power, has created
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10/30/2016
The quest for energy efficiency has focused attention on those components of the power electronics that can connect hundreds of volts and amps in inverters with exceptional efficiency. We are talking about modern power switches – IGBTs and SIC-FETs – and how the voltage supplied to the respective gate drivers
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Date:
10/30/2016

High-voltage IGBT-modules usually consist of two types of IC, an IGBT for the transistor and a diode for the freewheeling functionality. A device that combines both functions in a single die is known as a reverse conducting IGBT (RC-IGBT). These modules exhibit a lower thermal resistance when compared to an
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10/29/2016
Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) in chipscale surface-mount packages are widely used in electronics for consumer, medical, industrial, automotive, and other applications. Their combination of affordability, compatibility with high-volume assembly, high capacitance values within small dimensions, and high
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10/29/2016
Equipment designs increasingly utilize advanced MCU, DSP and FPGA devices to deliver the functionality and performance demanded of them. With this sophistication comes the challenge of providing the multiple power rails these devices require. The use of carefully chosen power modules can significantly ease this
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10/28/2016
Here we’ll look at how a rugged and flexible control can be rapidly implemented using an 8-bit microcontroller with analog blocks. For many custom power supplies, this provides an optimum combination of noise immunity, high performance, short development time, and digital flexibility. Analog
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Date:
10/28/2016
ROHM brings SiC to Formula E

ROHM brings SiC to Formula E

ROHM Semiconductor presented its cutting-edge silicon carbide (SiC) technology at the first race of the new 2016/2017 Formula E season in Hong Kong. At the start of season three, the leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer started sponsoring and officially partnering with the Venturi Formula E team. The
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Date:
10/28/2016
People don’t think about engineers much, and in general engineers are looked upon in a positive light. Unless something goes wrong with something. In the marketplace, engineering is usually the first direction people point fingers when problems occur in a product. Unsafe and/or malfunctioning products
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10/28/2016
Powerbox's intelligent charger targets automotive and industrial apps

ENA 200 Charger

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for 4 decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduced the Smart DC/DC ENA200-Charger to meet new market requirements for intelligent and flexible charging solutions for automotive and industrial demanding
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Date:
10/28/2016
AVX's latest multilayer organic low-pass filters claim best-in-class performance

LP Series MLO low pass filters

AVX, a leading manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of low profile, low pass filters with best-in-class performance. Based on AVX’s patented and proven multilayer organic (MLO®) high density interconnect technology, the new LP Series MLO low
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Date:
10/26/2016
Envision Solar to build EV ARC transportable solar-powered EV chargers for New York State

EV ARC solar charger

Envision Solar International, a leading renewable energy and EV charging product company, announced that New York State has issued a purchase order for the Company's EV ARC product. Envision Solar has previously delivered the EV ARC product to New York City, but this is the first purchase order from
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10/20/2016
Melexis unveils next-gen MEMS mid-range pressure sensors

MLX90819 sensor ICs

Melexis,  enabling future innovation through a philosophy of inspired engineering, continues to bring highly differentiated products to market through superior innovation, with the introduction of its MLX90819 sensor IC, targeted at measuring mid pressure (10-50bar) levels. Applying its proprietary micro-electro-mechanical
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10/20/2016
Allegro offers new package options for programmable two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches

A119x/A119x-F (A1190, A1192, and A1193) family of two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new package option for their A119x/A119x-F (A1190, A1192, and A1193) family of two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches, which can be trimmed by the user at end-of-line to optimise magnetic switch-point accuracy in the application. The A119x and A119x-F are produced
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Date:
10/18/2016
A key consideration for wireless sensor nodes that will populate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is battery lifetime. The sensor nodes, in many applications, will need to be installed in locations that are difficult to reach and, consequently, service. Because it is too costly and difficult to run power
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Date:
10/12/2016
Oftentimes, designers of digital cameras, mobile devices and other consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two series-stacked
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10/12/2016
Infineon to buy MEMS developer Innoluce

An Innoluce laser scanning module

As leading chip provider for driver assistance systems, Infineon continues its innovation path and has acquired 100 percent of Innoluce, a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Nijmegen. Based on the know-how of Innoluce, Infineon will develop chip components for high-performance lidar systems. Both
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Date:
10/12/2016
Recom's converters for rail and industrial apps now at Dangrove

RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW

The latest RECOM wide input-voltage range DC/DC converters are now available from Dengrove Electronic Components. The 1” x 1” 20-Watt RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW, and 2” x 1” 60-Watt RPA60-AW, deliver high power density and rugged performance with 1.6kV safety isolation and built-in short-circuit,
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Date:
10/11/2016
Having a good grasp of how measurement tools actually operate can provide valuable insight into how test methods can be improved. Setups can subsequently be made simpler and more effective, plus test performance parameters can be significantly raised. This is true for any sphere of technology that requires the
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Date:
10/11/2016
ROHM Semiconductor brings SiC tech into Formula E

Inverter for season three in Formula E car

ROHM Semiconductor presented its cutting-edge silicon carbide (SiC) technology at the first race of the new 2016/2017 Formula E season in Hong Kong. At the start of season three, the leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer started sponsoring and officially partnering with the Venturi Formula E team. The
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Date:
10/11/2016
Vishay’s hi-temp automotive-grade dual inductors now at TTI

Vishay’s automotive-grade IHLD dual inductors

Now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components, are Vishay’s automotive-grade IHLD dual inductors offering high temperature operation up to +155°C. The new low-profile and high-current devices save board space by combining two inductors in one 9.75mm by 9.14mm
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Date:
10/11/2016
LGA package technology can deliver important advantages for the high-performance Point-Of-Load converters needed to feed power-hungry, fast-reacting data centers and network infrastructure. As the power demands of high-performance Cloud and telecom computing systems continue to increase, converter modules that
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Date:
10/11/2016
Continuing the old story-telling tone which began the issue, I would like to point your attention to the centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” which describes a chain of events and their consequences from a small error snowballing into catastrophe. There are many lessons to draw from this, from the
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Date:
10/11/2016
Here we’ll explore the analytical transfer function for the tightly-coupled Sepic converter. It is shown that the control-to-output function is just second-order, not fourth-order like the conventional Sepic converter [1]. The coupling capacitor of the converter has no effect on the control, and it can be
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Date:
10/10/2016
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10/08/2016
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10/08/2016
The role of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is simple in concept: provide a temporary power bridge to support the load between the loss of the utility and the transfer to diesel generators. Even though the task is easy to define, the best way to achieve the goal is often clouded in obscurity as the benefits
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Date:
10/07/2016
Using EMC filters
EMC problems in frequency converters occur not only at the input, but also at the output. To ensure reliable elimination of any kind of interference at the output as well, companies like TDK, for example, offer a wide range of EPCOS filters and reactors. Frequency converters are used for regulating
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Date:
10/07/2016
Automated factories employ sensors and I/O modules to control their industrial processes. As they increase in sophistication and shrink in size, they are enabling the fourth industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0. A single module (see Figure 1) can have up to 64 channels, and a typical factory floor may
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Date:
10/07/2016
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, is changing the way manufacturing organizations think about production. The aim of Industry 4.0 is to make manufacturing more flexible and responsive to customer needs, providing the ability to make small batches that are tailored to individual customers. The
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Date:
10/04/2016

 



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