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Automotive Electronics

November 2016
A digital hybrid energy-storage system

The thermal image of the demonstrator indicates a slight temperature increase for the active components when operating at peak load.

Rutronik has developed a revolutionary new hybrid energy storage system (HESS) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ). The combination of battery and ultracapacitor improves the peak current characteristics of the energy storage system, minimizes battery degradation significantly,
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11/30/2016
Microchip infotainment tech implemented in new Aston Martin DB11

MOST150 technology has been implemented in the new Aston Martin DB11

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that MOST150 technology has been implemented in the new Aston Martin DB11. Aston Martin Lagonda has been utilizing MOST technology for many years and has smoothly migrated from MOST25 to MOST150
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11/30/2016
With consumer paranoia about security at an all-time high, does automotive software development need to up its game in the quality stakes? The recent collaboration between automotive manufacturers and internet providers in the creation of the autonomous vehicle has sparked great consumer interest in the development
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11/29/2016

Enabling the car of the future

Maxim’s GMSL SerDes chipsets can be used to connect head-unit video data to rear-seat entertainment consoles.

As the auto industry continues pushing development of autonomous vehicles, cars are increasingly becoming sophisticated electronic systems on wheels. Take the Ford GT—with 10 million lines of code, this car surpasses the code volume of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by 3 million lines! Designing these
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11/29/2016
In the popular usage of the term, “electric vehicles” are those whose propulsion systems are under at least partial electric power. Long touted as environmentally beneficial, hybrid vehicles such as Toyota’s Prius and Chevrolet’s Volt have been rather successful in capturing market share initially. Relative
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11/29/2016
Glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries

The research team includes Timothy Cook, assistant professor of chemistry, and first author Anjula M. Kosswattaarachchi, a PhD student in chemistry

Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology? UB scientists think so. They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes. BODIPY
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11/29/2016
Transportation systems can have input voltage ranges up to 14V (single battery automotive), 28V (dual battery trucks, busses, airplanes), or higher, and require one or more low voltage rails for digital systems. As a result, designs of such systems need to know how they can step down from high input voltages
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11/29/2016
Driverless vehicles require sensors to be able to provide distance readings in relation to a vehicle ahead, behind or to the side to a central controller. Radar, laser, infrared and optical cameras, and ultrasound can all be used to gather data about other vehicles, the surroundings, and the road. Cameras are
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11/29/2016
First wireless battery management system unveiled

Wireless BMS concept car at electronica

Linear Technology, a leading provider of battery stack monitoring ICs for electric and hybrid/electric vehicles, demonstrated the first wireless automotive battery management system (BMS) concept car at the Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. This wireless BMS concept car, developed by Linear’s design partner
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11/29/2016
The LTM8055 is a buck-boost μModule® regulator with a 5V to 36V input range that can be easily paralleled to extend load current capability. Its 4-switch buck-boost topology features high efficiency while allowing the input voltage to be below, at or above the output—with smooth transitions between
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11/28/2016
While it is understandable to wail at the predicted demise of “real” cars at the hands (?) of autonomous vehicles (AV), and all the fun and enjoyment that fossil-fuel clutch-driven performance driving provides, the uproar is directed in interesting directions. There are many reasons to own a vehicle, and
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11/28/2016
ON Semi’s STK984-190-E BLDC Motor driver now at Mouser

STK984-190-E Power Integrated Module

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the STK984-190-E Power Integrated Module (PIM) from ON Semiconductor. Optimized for driving three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors in automotive applications,
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11/25/2016
The New York State Photonics Board of Officers today announced that Samtec, a global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, has become the latest member of AIM Photonics. Samtec will play a key role within the institute, providing expertise and leadership in prototyping and evaluating
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11/23/2016
Linear's 60V synchronous 4-switch buck-boost controller offers spread spectrum

LT8390 synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller

Linear Technology announced the LT8390, a synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller that can regulate output voltage, and input or output current from input voltages above, below and equal to the output voltage. Its 4V to 60V input voltage range and 0V to 60V output voltage range are ideal for voltage regulator,
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11/23/2016
Vehicle-to-everything market worth $2,815.5M USD by 2022

vehicle-to-infrastructure is expected to reach USD 2,815.5 Million by 2022

According to the new market research the report "Automotive Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Market by Offering (Hardware, Software), Type (V2V, V2I, V2P, V2G, V2H, and V2N), Connectivity Type (DSRC and Cellular), Vehicle Type (Passenger and Commercial), Application - Global Forecast to 2022", is expected
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11/22/2016
 Panasonic expands hybrid cap line with ZK Series

EEH-ZK series (Type V-ZK) Hybrid Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors

Hybrid Capacitors from Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe combine the advantages of electrolytic capacitors with those of solid Polymer capacitors, and have established themselves as reliant and across-the-board solutions in automotive and industrial applications alike. Hybrid technology offers
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11/22/2016
Allegro offers automotive constant-current PWM dimmable LED driver

Allegro’s A6217

Allegro MicroSystems introduced a new automotive, AEC-Q100 qualified single IC switching regulator that provides constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs. Allegro’s A6217 integrates a high-side N-channel DMOS switch for DC-to-DC step- down (buck) conversion. A true average current is output using a
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11/16/2016
Allegro's A6217 single IC switching regulator targets automotive systems

A6217 single IC switching regulator

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has introduced a new automotive, AEC-Q100 qualified single IC switching regulator that provides constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs. Allegro’s A6217 integrates a high-side N-channel DMOS switch for DC-to-DC step-down (buck) conversion. A true average current is output
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11/15/2016
Alex Lidow's predictions for 2017

Alex Lidow

In January of 2016 I made several predictions for the then-nascent year. Predictions were made for new markets such as wireless charging, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, and advances in medical diagnostics and internet access. Progress in these markets was made on all fronts, sometimes faster and sometimes
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11/15/2016
Samsung Electronics announced an $8 billion deal to buy Harman International Industries, marking a major push into the auto electronics market and the biggest overseas acquisition ever by a South Korean firm. The electronics giant previously shunned big acquisitions, and the latest deal underscores a strategic
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11/14/2016
Linear demos first wireless battery management in BMW i3 at electronica

Wireless BMS concept car at electronica

Linear Technology, the leading provider of battery stack monitoring ICs for electric and hybrid/electric vehicles, is demonstrating the industry’s first wireless automotive battery management system (BMS) concept car at the Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. This wireless BMS concept car, developed by Linear’s
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11/11/2016
The bus that powers itself and has no battery? You can buy that on Alibaba. It is made by Nanowinn Technologies of China and it only works in daylight using its state-of-the-art copper indium gallium diselenide solar panels and super-efficient traction motor. Call it a lizard electric vehicle, waking with the
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11/10/2016
AEM's automotive SMT fuses tout safety and reliability

AEC-Q200 qualified surface-mount fuses

AEM Components announced the availability of its new line of AEC-Q200 qualified surface-mount fuses designed specifically for reliable operation in high-stress automotive applications. The new wire-in-air AirMatrix (QA Series) and solid body SolidMatrix (QF Series) fuses are manufactured in AEM’s TS16949-certified
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11/09/2016
AgileSwitch to get patent for SiC module switching Tech

ATOFF (Augmented Turn-Off)) switching

AgileSwitch, innovator of intelligent IGBT and SiC MOSFET gate drivers, announced that it has “allowed patent claims” related to its proprietary ATOFF (Augmented Turn-Off)) switching technique. The firm expects the formal patent to be awarded within the next 60 to 90 days. AgileSwitch’s Augmented
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11/08/2016
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11/03/2016
GaN Systems to show latest developments at electronica 2016

GaN transistors can reduce the size of a 48 V, 12 kW motor drive by 5X and the weight by 3X

Power system companies continue adopting gallium nitride (GaN) transistors in place of silicon IGBTs and MOSFETs. By designing GaN into power systems and modules, customers have launched a stream of smaller, lighter and less costly electronic systems into the market. These products exhibit dramatic performance
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11/03/2016
Infineon's robust Gate driver IC 1EDN touts low power consumption

1EDN EiceDRIVER gate driver ICs

Infineon Technologies introduced the 1EDN EiceDRIVER family of 1-channel low-side gate driver IC is well suited to drive MOSFETs, IGBTs, as well asand GaN power devices. Its pin-out and packages are fully compatible to the industry standard which eases the drop-in replacement for existing designs. Applications
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11/03/2016
FTDI Chip spins off Bridgetek to address MCU, display spaces

FTDI Chip has established a new company called Bridgetek

In order to better serve the broadening range of markets it has developed products for, FTDI Chip has established a new distinct company - called Bridgetek. Presenting the embedded engineering sector with a well-defined and targeted operation, Bridgetek will drive the further commercialisation of some of
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11/02/2016
Heilind, a leading distributor of electronic components, announced it has rebranded its German operation and the MPS Group,acquired in April 2015, is now going to market under the Heilind banner as Heilind Electronics, with two divisions, Heilind Electronics and Heilind Electronics Mil/Aero. In the last 18 months
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11/02/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Jason Lee on supercapacitors

Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design

In this PSDcast Eaton's Jason Lee talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about supercapacitors and their expanding role in today's engineering systems. Eaton recently unveiled a family of 3V supercapacitors offering a 20% increase in power and one of the highest ESRs available.
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11/01/2016

 



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