Automotive & Transportation

October 2022
ICs for Automotive Multi-Displays Simplify Video Transmission

ICs for Automotive Multi-Displays Simplify Video Transmission

­ROHM Semiconductor announced new full-HD compatible (1980 x 1080 pixels) SerDes ICs (serializer: BU18TL82-M; deserializer: BU18RL82-M) optimized for multi-screen vehicle displays.   Unlike typical SerDes ICs that must be connected in pairs for each video transmission, ROHM’s new BU18R
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10/28/2022
Compact 300mA Automotive-Grade LDO Regulators for High Performance ADAS Sensors

ROHM’s New Compact 300mA Automotive-Grade LDO Regulators for High Performance ADAS Sensors

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the new BUxxJA3DG-C series of automotive-grade LDO regulator ICs (BU12JA3DG-C, BU15JA3DG-C, BU18JA3DG-C, BU25JA3DG-C, BU30JA3DG-C, BU33JA3DG-C). The devices are designed for automotive applications, such as sensors for ADAS (Advanced Driver As
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10/26/2022
Chinese Car Company NETA First to use Infineon's New-Generation BMS Solution

Chinese Car Company NETA First to use Infineon's New-Generation BMS Solution

­NETA Auto, a Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer, is the first to implement the new generation battery management system (BMS) solution from Infineon Technologies AG. Infineon's BMS solution will be used in the NETA vehicle series. It was developed together with the supporting supplier B&Z Technology, whi
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10/25/2022
Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

­Melexis’ new LIN pre-driver IC for relay DC motors offers a combination of high power, compactness, and attractive pricing. The MLX81160 is the latest addition to the company’s Gen3 family of compatible embedded motor drivers. Its 48 KB of memory (16 KB ROM for the included LIN protocol and 32 KB Flash fo
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10/20/2022
Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

­Driven by the same mission to decarbonise professional mobility, Renault Trucks has joined forces with Kleuster, a Lyon-based electric cargo bike manufacturer, to accelerate the production and distribution of the Freegônes e-cargo bikes. These cargo bikes will be assembled at the heart of Renault Trucks' Vé
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10/17/2022
AEC-Q100-Qualified IC Load Switches Offer Industry-Leading Low-Leakage Current for Automotive and Commercial-Grade Systems

AEC-Q100-Qualified IC Load Switches Offer Industry-Leading Low-Leakage Current for Automotive and Commercial-Grade Systems

­GLF Integrated Power, manufacturer of innovative ultra-low-power load switches, is pleased to introduce two new Automotive grade AEC-Q100IQSmart load switch ICs. The AEC-Q100 qualified GLF1111Q and GLF1200Q are rated for a wide temperature range (Grade 1 -40°C to +125°C). The GLF1111Q provides indus
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10/17/2022
Shedding Animated Light on Automotive LED Drivers

Shedding Animated Light on Automotive LED Drivers

­Melexis launches its next member of the MeLiBu family, the MLX81143 LED driver. It includes 21 LED drivers and improves the power management of the full system. The MLX81143 has an extremely wide dimming range allowing optimal brightness adjustment during night and day. The MeLiBu interface makes it possible to
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10/13/2022
Robust Capacitors with Low Self-Inductance and High Design Flexibility

Robust Capacitors with Low Self-Inductance and High Design Flexibility

­TDK Corporation presents the B3271*H* series, new EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications that feature high energy and power density. The capacitors are rated for voltages from 500 V DC to 1600 V DC, offer capacitance values from 0.47 µF to 170 µF and are suitable for a maximum operating temperature of
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10/13/2022
Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

­The energy crisis that has been building for a year has mostly affected the UK and European countries so far, but its impacts are starting to be felt in the US new GridBeyond paper says. In the UK, wholesale energy prices increased rapidly from the second half of 2021. As a net importer of energy, the UK is
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10/12/2022
Taiwan Semiconductor Offers New Source for Critical Automotive-Grade Low-Dropout Linear Regulators

Taiwan Semiconductor Offers New Source for Critical Automotive-Grade Low-Dropout Linear Regulators

­Taiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the TQL8xx Family of automotive-grade, low-dropout (LDO) regulators. These high-reliability, AEC-Q101 qualified LDOs offer manufacturers a reliable alternative source for the critically important linear regulators utilized in numerous battery-driven au
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10/10/2022
Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

­Volvo Trucks will deliver fully electric heavy-duty trucks to Amazon in Germany by year end. The 20 Volvo FH Electric are expected to drive more than one million road kilometres annually, fuelled with electricity instead of diesel. Heavy goods vehicles and other commercial vehicles make up around 36%
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10/06/2022
Next-Gen NFC Chip Eases Certification of Digital Car-Key Systems

Next-Gen NFC Chip Eases Certification of Digital Car-Key Systems

­STMicroelectronics has introduced the latest generation of its automotive-qualified NFC reader ICs for Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) digital-key applications, with enhanced features that increase performance and ease product certification. The ST25R3920B is used in car-door and cente
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10/04/2022
Rugged Ultra-Wide Input 30-75W DC-DC Quarter-Brick Converters Suit Industrial and Rail Applications

Rugged Ultra-Wide Input 30-75W DC-DC Quarter-Brick Converters Suit Industrial and Rail Applications

­TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the 30-75W TDK-Lambda brand PYQ series of DC-DC converters. The PYQ50 with 30-50W output power features a 12:1 ultra-wide input range of 14 to 160Vdc, and the PYQ75 with 75W an 8:1 input of 9-75Vdc. These board mount products are packaged in the industry-standard qu
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10/04/2022
SiTime Delivers Precision Timing Solution for Tesla Dojo AI Supercomputer

Nara Bharath, executive vice president of systems engineering at SiTime

SiTime Corporation announced that they are delivering precision timing solutions for the Tesla Dojo System, featured in Tesla’s AI Day 2022.  As mentioned in the AI day 2 presentation on Dojo Supercomputer, Dojo has been built with a no limits philosophy and Dojo’s system design lead, Bill Chan
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10/04/2022
Industry's First Automotive-Qualified MLVs With FLEXITERM Technology

Industry's First Automotive-Qualified MLVs With FLEXITERM Technology

­KYOCERA AVX has released the industry’s first automotive-qualified multilayer varistors (MLVs) equipped with the company’s patented FLEXITERM soft termination technology, which has been widely employed on a number of automotive-qualified multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for more than 15 ye
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10/04/2022
Dual-Channel, 42 V, 2 A, Monolithic, Synchronous, Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 Device with 6.2 µA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. Wide input range, dual-channel, 2 A step-down regulator with high efficiency and low EMI

­The LT8653S is a dual-channel, 2 A, synchronous step-down regulator with a 3 V-to-42 V input voltage range. Silent Switcher 2 technology enables the LT8653S to simultaneously operate at high frequency and high efficiency with exceptional EMI performance — meeting the demanding requirements of automotive, in
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10/01/2022
The EV that Nobody Needed

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­The incentives to get an electrical vehicle are pretty obvious. You help the environment by not using dirty fossil fuels and save money on cheaper running and maintenance costs, even as electricity prices rise, savings can be significant. The initial upfront costs of EVs are also dropping, and there are often go
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10/01/2022
Relays Race to Help Bridge the Gap in EV Charging Capacity

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Figure 1: layout of a typical Mode 4 charger

­Data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) highlights a huge asymmetry between demand for electric vehicles and the provision of reliable charging facilities. To meet CO2 targets, sales of electric vehicles will need to pick up massively in all EU countries. A recent study shows th
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10/01/2022
Driving Wide Bandgap Devices

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­In power electronics, semiconductor transistors with a wide bandgap, such as silicon carbide or gallium nitride, are becoming increasingly popular. Higher switching speeds promise higher efficiency and higher power densities. Two reference designs from Würth Elektronik show how an isolated 6 W auxiliary power suppl
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Date:
10/01/2022
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