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Automotive Electronics

January 2017
Two leaders in the design and manufacturing of connectors for electronic products announced a Dual Source Alliance (DSA) agreement to each produce a new generation of high-speed input/output (I/O) and backplane connectors, and cable assemblies for data communications applications. Molex and
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01/31/2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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01/30/2017
U.S. auto-safety regulators have mandated that new vehicles must communicate with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology beginning in 2020, with the goal of increasing safety. Vehicles are expected to use the 5.9GHz safety spectrum, which was allocated by the Federal Government to
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01/30/2017

Traco releases THN 15WIR Series ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converters

THN 15WIR Series ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converter

The THN 15WIR series from Traco Electronic is a family of ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments. The converters have an increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibration and thermal shock. The approvals according to standards EN 50155
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01/30/2017
Picodeon is developing Lithium Ion Battery technology based on Pulsed Laser Deposition to deliver improved Energy Density, Power Density, reduced charging time, and higher safety performance. Picodeon, a leading Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technology company based in Ii, Finland announced its programme to
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01/30/2017
We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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01/28/2017
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is growing steadily as battery technologies improve and the driving range of such vehicles increases. Perhaps as important, EVs/HEVs offer a “green” alternative to traditional vehicles powered by internal-combustion gasoline engines. EVs
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01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
This year’s CES, the 50th, was a geek orgy of gadgets and their related services and infrastructures, each vying for attention in the hopes that it will be the “Next Big Thing”. The reality is that there probably won’t be any one new big shiny thing going forward, the big thing is that there
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01/28/2017
The exciting future of automotive electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The automotive industry is in a state of change, especially in the power & electronics of infotainment. Rental cars often have Bluetooth interfaces now, and I have often seen information like call logs, text messages, and other data from the previous driver.  I erase them as a courtesy to others and
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01/25/2017
Dialog Semi empowers next-generation connected cars

DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, announced the DA9210-A power management IC (PMIC). The DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter that supplies the high current
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01/24/2017
TDK expands automotive MLCC lineup for high-temp apps
TDK has expanded its CGA series of automotive-grade MLCCs for high-temperature applications: New MLCCs with X8L temperature characteristics have been introduced and the capacitance range of its existing X8R types has been extended. With the new types, TDK's lineup of X8L and X8R MLCCs features an unrivalled
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01/24/2017
An appropriate charging infrastructure is critical to support the rapidly growing electric vehicles market worldwide. As a leading semiconductor supplier for driver assistance systems and electric mobility Infineon supports the global standardization of charging infrastructure for hybrid and electric vehicles.
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01/24/2017
Intersil charger extends backup battery life of eCall systems

ISL78693 battery charger

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL78693, a 3.6V single-cell battery charger that extends the life of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries used in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78693 battery charger offers up
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01/20/2017
EPC kit uses GaN-driven laser diodes for LiDAR

EPC9126 100 V high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced the availability of the EPC9126, a 100 V high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board. In a LiDAR system, used for detecting objects in autonomous vehicle applications, speed and accuracy of detection is critical. As demonstrated by this board, the rapid
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01/19/2017
The Franklin-Thomas Company (FTC) and Carino Energy Renewables Limited (Carino) announced today that they would provide unique StarPower fast charging stations for electric vehicles. FTC's CEO Joe Shepard's recently patented split rotor generator powers the new CHAdeMO/Level 3 charging stations. The new charging
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01/17/2017
PSDcast - Giulio Corradi of Xilinx on advanced transportation systems

Dr. Giulio Corradi of Xilinx

In this PSDcast, Dr. Giulio Corradi, Senior System Architect ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) at Xilinx, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about transporation systems. Always an energy-driven industry, transportation is being transformed by the latest advances in EV systems, motors, IGBTs,
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01/16/2017
Wolfspeed introduces new SiC MOSFET for EV drivetrains

SiC 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET

Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced a 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET rated for 196 A of continuous drain current at a case temperature of 25°C. This device enables the reduction of EV drive-train inverter losses by 78 percent based on EPA combined city/highway
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01/10/2017
Infineon's latest drivers empower LED headlamp design

LITIX Power

LEDs in automotive front lighting enable energy savings, new light designs and applications such as matrix beam and laser high-beam. Supporting the progress in automotive lighting Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launched high-power LED drivers specifically designed for automotive front lights.
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01/10/2017
Vishay's tiny 1500W bi-directional SMT PAR transient voltage suppressors now at TT

Vishay TPC11CA to TPC36CA Surface Mount TVS

The industry’s first bi-directional 1500W surface-mount PAR transient voltage suppressors (TVS) in a low-profile eSMP® SMPC (TO-277A) package are now available in Europe at TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. Vishay TPCxxCA Series devices have a low profile of typically
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01/09/2017
The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is providing majority funding with up to $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up
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01/06/2017
Maxim claims first remote tuner solution to support worldwide automotive radio

MAX2175 RF to Bits tuner

Using the remote tuner solution from Maxim Integrated Products, designers can significantly simplify the head unit design of a vehicle and reduce cables. The MAX2175 RF to Bits tuner within the solution eliminates the need to rework the vehicle’s hardware to support worldwide radio standards, allowing updates
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01/05/2017
WiTricity working with GM on wireless EV charging

Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity

WiTricity, an industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced it is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. The companies are working together to test WiTricity’s Drive 11 park-and-charge system, designed for maximum
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Date:
01/03/2017
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