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Automotive Electronics

June 2017
MLCCs Bring Enhanced Performance, Stability and Predictability to Automotive Applications

KEMET's U2J dielectric now has automotive qualification.

KEMET has announced the extension of its U2J dielectric for automotive grade applications. With AEC-Q200 automotive qualification, the U2J surface mount (SMD) platform offers more than twice the capacitance available in C0G/NP0. It also offers superior temperature performance over X7R, X8R and X5R,
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06/30/2017
Step-Down Switching Regulator Delivers 93% Efficiency at 2MHz & Ultralow EMI/EMC Emissions
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LT8609S, a 2A (3A Peak), 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its unique Silent Switcher 2 architecture uses two internal input capacitors as well as internal BST and INTVCC
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06/29/2017
Nickel-PTFE-Nanodiamond Coatings Feature Improved Abrasive Wear Properties

New generation Carbodeon NanoDiamond coatings can reduce sliding parts wear by as much as 85 percent

Helsinki, Finland:  Nanodiamond material specialist Carbodeon of Finland has worked with metal finishing specialist CCT Plating of Germany, to develop a new electroless nickel, PTFE and nanodiamond composite coating. Electroless nickel-PTFE (EN-PTFE) coatings provide excellent
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06/29/2017

Robust 3D Transponder Coils With High Sensitivity for Automotive
TDK Corporation presents a new series of 3D transponder coils with a high sensitivity level for passive entry passive start (PEPS) and other access systems. Measuring just 11.5 mm x 12.5 mm x 3.6 mm, the B82453C*A* series features six types of 3D transponder coils that offer sensitivity levels from 45 mV/µT
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06/29/2017
Industry’s Lowest Power Zero-Drift Op Amp Consumes only 1.3ÎA

Micropower Zero-Drift Op Amp Achieves 5µV Max VOS at 2µA Max IS

MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA – Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LTC2063 zero-drift op amp which draws just 1.3μA typ (2μA max) on a 1.8V supply. This micropower amplifier maintains uncompromised precision: maximum input offset voltage is 5μV at 25°C, maximum drift is 0.06μV/°C from
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06/29/2017
 The Transportation Connected Sensor

Kevin Parmenter, PSD Contributor

With more electronics in the vehicles than ever before, we’re seeing the industry move from a basic set of electronics applications, with some automation for safety and road assistance, to high and full automation and complete comfort driving. To make this work, the transportation industry is capitalizing
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06/28/2017
How to Program Slew Rate?

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Figure 1: Typical battery voltage profile for “cold crank”

Slew rate is defined as rate of change of voltage or current in a period of time.  It is a frequently used term in operational amplifier specifications, but it also applicable when discussing programmable power supplies. When performing repetitive production testing on say a vehicle engine management
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06/28/2017
Synchronous High-Power Buck LED Controller Enables Efficient Automotive Exterior Lighting

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Figure 1. Advanced LED Lighting System

With their support for unique headlamp designs and their energy efficiency, high-power LEDs are becoming common components for automotive exterior lighting designs. Their brightness and precision control also have positive implications for safety. Taking a look at the electronics that support the LEDs, it’s
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06/28/2017
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Table 1. Supercapacitor Comparison vs. Capacitors & Batteries

Electronic systems must continue to remain operational, regardless of its external operating conditions. Said another way, any glitch in its power supply, whether momentary or seconds or even minutes, must be taken into account during its design process. The most common way of dealing with such circumstances
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06/28/2017
Powering the Modern Vehicle: Designing for the Digital-First Driver

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Figure 2. C&K’s Clicker integrates several functions within a single surface, independent of bulky keys or switches, delivering a smooth, consistent haptic feel for the driver.

When we look at today’s automobiles, they’re beginning to look more like computers than vehicles. From a sea of headlines about autonomous, self-driving vehicles to the ‘smartphone-ization’ of the cockpit, it’s clear that the digitization of cars – particularly within the interior – is upon us
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06/28/2017
Engine Downsizing Mandates Next Generation Temperature Sensor Technology

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The latest updates to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) directive are set to have far-reaching implications for the automotive industry. They mean that car manufacturers will need to make substantial improvements to fuel economy across their entire range of models – with 40 mpg being dictated by 2017
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06/28/2017
Rugged RS485 Transceiver Meets IEC Level 4 ESD Standard
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC2862A, an enhanced version of the widely accepted LTC2862 ±60V tolerant RS485/RS422 transceiver that released several years ago. Both of these half-duplex transceivers eliminate field
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06/28/2017
Who Pays the Piper When A.I. Causes Traffic Deaths?
2016 was the most deadly year for motorists in nearly a decade, and human error causes up to 90% of accidents, making self-driving cars seemingly inevitable. This raises a host of questions, not the least of which is ‘what happens when autonomous vehicles cause traffic deaths?’ Who’s at fault? It’s
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06/28/2017
To paraphrase the irascible Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park, we’ve been so preoccupied with whether we could add HUDs (heads-up displays) that we never stopped to think if we should. If you’ve been to CES in the past five years, you can’t possibly miss them – they’re
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06/28/2017
Streamlining Power Management in Audio Infotainment Systems

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Figure 1. Supplying a large number of voltage rails using discrete voltage regulators increases both component count and solution size.

As modern life increasingly depends on being always connected – to work colleagues, social contacts, family, smart home appliances – people’s desires for seamless connectivity are driving changes in car infotainment systems. Demand for new and better in-car equipment that suits today’s digital lifestyles,
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06/28/2017
Mouser and PRECI-DIP sign global distribution agreement
Mouser Electronics, Inc. has signed a global distribution agreement with PRECI-DIP, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, precision-machined interconnect products. The PRECI-DIP product line available from Mouser Electronics includes a rich variety of headers, sockets, and spring-loaded connectors
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06/27/2017
Mouser congratulates Ho-Pin Tung on historic win at Le Mans
Mouser Electronics, Inc. congratulates Ho-Pin Tung, who became the first Chinese driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Tung, driving the
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06/27/2017
Hall sensor developed for industrial and automotive applications
Munich, Germany – Development kits for sensors from Infineon are significantly reducing design effort – and thereby development time and system costs. For reliable and fast measurement of speed, Infineon Technologies AG is offering the
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06/26/2017
Automotive surface mount load dump TVS helps to overcome transient surges in vehicles
Now available in Europe through TTI, Inc. are SLD8S Series Automotive SMT Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes from Littelfuse offering a choice of 7000W (10/1000μs) or 2200W (load dump) peak pulse power dissipation ratings in a surface mount SMTO-263 package. The high peak pulse power dissipation ratings
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06/26/2017
Santa Clara event parking includes electric vehicle charging stations
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Heading to an event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi's Stadium, or California's Great America theme park and running low on your electric vehicle (EV) charge? There are no worries in Santa Clara as the city has one of the largest public multi-standard EV charging facilities in
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06/23/2017
Power IC manufacturing technology designed for automotive applications
Munich, Germany – Car makers want in-vehicle electronic systems to provide a large number of energy-efficient functions in as little space as possible. Infineon Technologies AG supports this trend with its new power IC manufacturing technology
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06/22/2017
SAN JOSE, California – Elektrobit (EB) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a collaboration to deliver a powerful new development platform that integrates the NXP BlueBox Automated Drive Development Platform and Elektrobit’s EB robinos software framework for highly automated driving systems.
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06/21/2017
New Traco Power - DC/DC Converter Series

TDN Series: 1-5 Watt DC/DC converters in most compact cubical package

These fully regulated
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06/20/2017
World's Smallest Common-Mode Choke for Automotive Ethernet
TDK Corporation presents the ACT1210L common-mode choke – the world's smallest of its type for automotive Ethernet applications. Its dimensions are just 3.2 mm x 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm, making it just half the size of the existing ACT45L choke which measures in at 4.5 mm x 3.2 mm x 2.8 mm. Series production of the
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06/20/2017
DC/DC Converter Delivers 93% Efficiency at 2MHz from a 2mm x 2mm DFN Package
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LT8607, a 750mA, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 93% efficiency while switching at 2MHz, enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as
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06/19/2017
In accordance with an EU directive, conventional automotive diesel is supplemented with seven percent biodiesel. This proportion is set to rise to ten percent by 2020. However, this presents a significant technical challenge: biodiesel vaporises at higher temperatures, which can lead to problems with electronic
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06/19/2017
Mouser-Sponsored Vaillante Rebellion Shifts into High Gear for Le Mans
Coming off strong showings at Belgium’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 6, the Mouser Electronics-sponsored Vaillante Rebellion racing team is excitedly preparing for the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, set for June 17–18. The Vaillante Rebellion No. 31 car, piloted by Nick Prost, Bruno Senna and Julien Canal,
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06/15/2017
Time-of-Flight Chipset and Development Kit Enables Future-Proof Design of 3D Vision Solutions
Tessenderlo, Belgium - Melexis announces a new Time-of-Flight (ToF) chipset and development kit that enables simple, modular and future proof design of 3D vision solutions. Previously available only as part of a development system, the chipset is now available to designers everywhere. The
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06/15/2017
KEMET, a leading supplier of electronic components, has introduced the industry’s first COTS grade polymer electrolytic capacitor with a 1,000-hour life test option. The new option, also known as the “Biased Humidity Test,” provides capacitors qualified at 85 degrees Celsius with 85% relative humidity
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06/15/2017
Clean Energy Stored in Electric Vehicles to Power Buildings

The long-term battery aging test was set up at WMG's Energy Innovation Centre.

Energy stored in electric vehicles can be used to power large buildings, thanks to ground-breaking research from WMG, University of Warwick Researchers discover that by intelligently managing vehicle-to-grid technology, energy from idle vehicle batteries can be pumped back into the grid
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06/14/2017
MEMS Accelerometer and Inclinometer Delivers Exceptional Stability, Reliability and Low Noise
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the SCA3300-D01 three-axis accelerometer and inclinometer from Murata. The surface-mount MEMS sensor provides user-selectable measurement range and extensive self-diagnostics features. The Murata SCA3300-D01 three-axis accelerometer and inclinometer, available
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06/14/2017
Angle sensors:TMR angle sensor with digital output

TMR angle sensor TAD2141 with digital output

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06/13/2017
DC/DC Converter Delivers 92% Efficiency at 2MHz & Operates from 3.0V to 42V Inputs
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LT8606, a 350mA, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 92% efficiency while switching at 2MHz, enabling designers to
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06/13/2017
MLCCs Ideal for Automobile use at Maximum Usage Temperature of 200°C
Murata’s RHS series of lead type multilayer ceramic capacitors for automobile use at maximum usage temperature of 200°C is now in stock in Europe at TTI, Inc. The products have been developed for use in equipment located in severe temperature environments such as the engine compartment of an automobile. The
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06/13/2017
Angle Sensor Offers a Guaranteed Accuracy of Â0.2°
World's highest accuracy of angle error* of just ±0.05° Guaranteed accuracy of angle error** of ±0.2°over lifetime to meet the performance requirements for automotive applications Low calibration
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06/13/2017
Low Noise Buck-Boost Charge Pump Saves Space and Reduces EMI
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices, Inc. announces the LTC3246, a compact, low noise buck-boost charge pump with integrated watchdog timer capable of up to 500mA of output current. The LTC3246 uses multimode switched capacitor conversion to maintain regulation over a wide 2.7V to 38V input voltage
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06/12/2017
FPGA Enables Energy-Efficient Embedded Vision Systems at the Edge
PORTLAND, OR and SHANGHAI, CHINA – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the implementation of its ECP5 FPGA into embedded vision applications for smart surveillance and automotive applications at the Edge. Reinforcing Lattice’s commitment to the industrial and automotive markets,
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06/12/2017
Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator Extends 48V Direct-to-Point of Load Product Family
Vicor’s new PI3526-00-LGIZ is the latest addition to the Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator portfolio supporting a 48V (30-60Vin) input. The PI352x is a higher current offering compared to Vicor’s existing PI354x portfolio, enabling scalable power options for 48V Direct to Point of Load (PoL) applications. The
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06/08/2017
N-Channel MOSFET Driver Provides 100% Duty Cycle Capability
MILPITAS, CA & NORWOOD, MA - June 7, 2017 - Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC7000/-1, a high speed, high side N-channel MOSFET driver that operates up to a 150V supply voltage. Its internal charge pump fully enhances an external N-channel MOSFET
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06/07/2017
Keeping the Hydrogen Coming

A high-resolution electron microscope image (right) of the platinum electrocatalytic layer coated with molybdenum. The platinum catalyzes the hydrogen-evolution reaction (left) in acidic medium from protons in the electrolyte while the molybdenum layer inhibits water-forming reactions.

A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst that can efficiently split water in acidic electrolytes has been developed by researchers at KAUST and could help with efficient production of hydrogen. When burned, hydrogen is converted into water and heat to make an entirely clean power source. Thus, in the quest
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06/06/2017
New Millimeter-Wave Technology Could Make Future Vehicles Much Safer

Millimeter-wave radars covering several tens of meters could be on cars, bikes, and smartphones. This might create a lot of new applications including games.

Higashihiroshima and Yokohama, Japan, June 5, 2017--Hiroshima University and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (MIFS) today announced the development of a low-power millimeter-wave amplifier that feeds on 0.5 V power supply and covers the frequency range from 80 GHz to 106 GHz. It was fabricated using MIFS's
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06/05/2017
  It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Ally Winning as European Editor, PSD.
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06/03/2017
Norwood, Mass. - Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is pleased to announce its new line of tube-to-fin, liquid-to-air heat exchangers, one of an array of liquid cooling products that ATS offers.
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06/02/2017

 



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