Automotive & Transportation

February 2022
Molex Squba 3.60mm Pre-Crimped Leads in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., a leading specialty distributor of electronic components, announces the availability of Off-the-Shelf (OTS) Squba 3.60mm Pre-Crimped Leads from stock at TTI. Molex and TTI have now added the Squba 3.60mm product to our range of OTS Pre-Crimped Leads. As their name suggests, these products are in st
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02/28/2022
Infineon Invests Over €2 Billion in New Frontend Fab
There was a time where the trend in the semiconductor industry was to move to a fabless strategy. Why bother with the expense of a fab and gaining the expertise in-house to take care of complex manufacturing, when you could easily subcontract to a specialist who’d make your chips cheaply and with higher yields t
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02/22/2022
Infineon's CoolSiC Power Module Reduces Energy Consumption of Streetcars by 10%
The global trend to gradually eliminate the use of fossil fuels has challenging consequences for numerous industries, including transportation. The transition toward green mobility, for example, entails a reduction in short-haul flights and travel by car, which in turn will encourage the growth of rail transportation. Go
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02/14/2022
Home EV Charging Spend to Exceed $16 Billion Globally by 2026
A new study from Juniper Research has found that spend on EV charging at home will exceed $16 billion globally in 2026; up from $3.4 billion in 2021. This rapid growth in excess of 390% over the next 5 years is being driven by the lower cost and convenience of home charging for EVs, rather than using co
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02/14/2022
Gowanda Electronics Introduces Chip Inductors for Power & RF Applications
Gowanda Electronics announces the introduction of its first ceramic core chip inductor series for power applications – SMP0603. This new power series is ideal for use in test & measurement, industrial control and automotive sectors. These high performance chip inductors can also be utilized in RF ap
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02/11/2022
The Largest GaN Start-up in the World
The above title was ostensibly a throwaway remark by Peter Rogerson, the Senior Director of Marketing at Innoscience for North America and Europe on a call last week, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed appropriate. While not many start-ups have the backing of industry giants such as Arm and SK Hyn
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02/08/2022
Programmable Electronic Loads Offer Cooling and Operating-Mode Options

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The proliferation of renewable-energy applications is driving an increasing need to test batteries, fuel cells, solar panels, and other devices that produce renewable DC power. An electronic load—typically programmable and designed to draw various and specified amounts of power from a source—is the ideal inst
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02/06/2022
High Voltage LTC3892 Family of Controllers Reduces DC-to-DC Converter Cost and Size

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Figure 1. Electrical schematic of LTC3892 in a dual output dc-to-dc converter where VOUT1 is 5 V at 8 A and VOUT2 is 12 V at 5 A

LTC3892 is a versatile controller, widely used in automotive and industrial applications. The main advantages of this controller are the ability to reduce power losses by adjusting the gate voltage of switching MOSFETs and extremely low quiescent current—3.6 μA at shutdown. This is a high voltage family of co
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02/04/2022
Achieving Low-Latency Active Noise Cancellation in Automotive Settings

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Figure 1: A series of Molex RNC sensors daisy-chained together

Driven by rising customer expectations, over the last decade there has been a significant shift of priorities within vehicle design. A far greater proportion of automotive engineers’ focus is now placed on enhancing the driving experience, to make the time that people spend in their cars as enjoyable as possible. Th
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02/04/2022
Powering Automotive Electronics

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Figure 1. Automobile instrument cluster and centre console. (Source: Shutterstock / BoJack)

Providing power rails for automobile instrument clusters and radio head units presents many conflicting design challenges. These include finding a highly efficient switching regulator with low quiescent current (IQ) that can generate a low output voltage directly from the vehicle battery, while still maintaining l
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02/04/2022
Taking the Speed Bumps Out of the ISO 26262 Functional Safety Certification Process

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Figure 1: Certified Functional Safety Resources and Development Ecosystem

Stringent International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 26262 functional safety specifications ensure that the increasingly complex and sophisticated automotive applications operate safely. However, developing compliant designs and achieving certification can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Th
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02/04/2022
30W DC/DC Converter for Railway and Industrial Applications
RCD30W series is a 30W high-performance DC/DC converter designed for ruggedized railway and industrial applications. It expands P-Duke’s railway converter range of 10W to 30W in a 1”x1” compact package. The series has 4:1 input voltage ranges of 9-36V, 18-75V, and 36-160V, which perfectly fits the supply vol
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02/03/2022
It’s All About Voltage Ratings

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Figure 1: Voltage distributes equally across inductor turns

Yes, voltage ratings for inductors. The popularity of molded composite core inductors has placed new emphasis on voltage ratings to ensure safe and reliable inductor operation. Molded-core inductors place the core material in direct contact with the windings, changing the way inductor windings are insulated. New circuit
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02/02/2022
An Innovative MEMS Solution for the Timing Industry's Supply Chain Disruption
SiTime Corporation introduced the SiTime XCalibur active resonator. This innovative new product category solves supply chain constraints using programmable semiconductors to deliver a drop-in replacement for quartz crystal resonators. Additionally, XCalibur provides higher performance and reliability while re
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02/01/2022
TDK Extends HVC Offerings with Addition of new Compact, High-Voltage Contactors
TDK Corporation has extended its range of bipolar DC high-voltage contactors to include the new HVC43 (B88269X3**0C011) series. These products complete the existing range by offering continuous currents from 150 A DC to 250 A DC and operating voltages of up to 1000 V DC. The contactors are available in 12 V or
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02/01/2022
1,700V Switcher ICs Allow 1000V EV Designs
There is an ongoing trend in electric vehicle (EV) design to move to a higher voltage operation. Most of the initial tranche of EVs had a battery voltage of 400V for cars and 600V for heavier vehicles, but manufacturers are now making the transition to 800V and in some cases even higher voltages. Even the manufa
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Date:
02/01/2022
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