Automotive & Transportation

December 2022
Power Modules Accelerate the Path to Long-Haul, Autonomous Trucking

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Figure 1: Kodiak Robotics integrates autonomous technology into commercial fleets using power modules.

­Commercial trucking is the backbone of the U.S. economy. That has never been more evident than in the past few years as Covid-19 supply chain disruptions gripped the country. At the same time, it’s becoming harder and harder to find people who want to drive trucks. The average American truck driver is abou
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12/31/2022
Mouser Electronics Announces Partnership with DS PENSKE for Formula E Season 9

Mouser Electronics Announces Partnership with DS PENSKE for Formula E Season 9

­Mouser Electronics, Inc., is proud to announce their support of the PENSKE AUTOSPORT group and the newly formed DS PENSKE Formula E team. For the upcoming ninth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the PENSKE AUTOSPORT group will be teaming up with the French automotive brand DS Automobiles. Mouser is partne
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12/26/2022
High-Compact Torque Vectoring EDU Delivers Double the Power in the Smallest Package

High-Compact Torque Vectoring EDU Delivers Double the Power in the Smallest Package

­The new EDU from the engineering partner and system supplier hofer powertrain reaches new levels of compactness and brings installation possibilities that were not possible before. It enables elegant integration, significantly saves space, and offers maximum flexibility in designing new EV drivetrains. The new High-
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12/16/2022
Autofleet Launches First Self-Serve Electrification Simulator

Autofleet Launches First Self-Serve Electrification Simulator to Accurately Plan the Transition to Electric Vehicles for Fleets and Charging Point Operators

­Autofleet has introduced a new, self-serve Fleet Planning Simulator that makes it quick and easy to accurately plan all aspects of the deployment of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and build-out of Charging Infrastructure. This includes considerations such as vehicle models and range, as well as charger placement, ty
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12/15/2022
Melexis Expands its Portfolio of High-Speed Inductive Resolver ICs

Melexis Expands its Portfolio of High-Speed Inductive Resolver ICs

­Melexis is expanding its range of automotive-qualified inductive resolvers for e-motor applications (power steering, traction motor, brake booster). The MLX90517 complements the MLX90510 by providing raw signals to enable off-chip compensation in the ECU. Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company,
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12/15/2022
Advanced Energy Introduces Rugged, High Reliability DC/DC Modules Optimized for Rail and Mass Transportation Applications

Advanced Energy Introduces Rugged, High Reliability DC/DC Modules Optimized for Rail and Mass Transportation Applications

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. introduced two rugged DC/ DC converters optimized for demanding railway and other mass transportation applications. The ERM100 and ERM150 series extend the company’s Artesyn™ product line with compact quarter-brick, fully encapsulated 100 W and 150 W options with efficiency lev
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12/14/2022
MathWorks Simulink Products now Support Infineon's Latest AURIX TC4x Family of Automotive Microcontrollers

MathWorks Simulink products now support Infineon’s latest AURIX TC4x family of automotive microcontrollers

­MathWorks and Infineon Technologies AG announced a hardware support package for the MathWorks Simulink products for Infineon’s latest AURIX TC4x family of automotive microcontrollers. Automotive engineers designing advanced electric vehicles, sensor fusion, and radar signal processing functions can use the ha
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12/12/2022
ROHM Delivers the Industry's Highest Rated Power Shunt Resistors in the 0508 Size

ROHM Delivers the Industry's Highest Rated Power Shunt Resistors in the 0508 Size

­ROHM Semiconductor announced they have developed the LTR10L series of wide terminal shunt resistors, optimized for a variety of applications in the automotive, industrial, and consumer sectors. ROHM has also strengthened their considerable lineup with two updated general-purpose MCR series sh
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Date:
12/09/2022
Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

Melexis Releases the Magnetic Position Sensor of the Future

­The new MLX90376 is an absolute magnetic position sensor IC, handling 360° rotary automotive applications with strong stray field immunity (SFI). Its dual-stacked die PCB-less version is unique to the market. The device supports system integration up to ASIL D level functional safety, offering state-of-the-art se
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12/08/2022
STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

STMicroelectronics Boosts EV Performance and Driving Range with new Silicon-Carbide Power Modules

­STMicroelectronics has released high-power modules for electric vehicles that boost performance and driving range. ST’s new silicon-carbide (SiC) power modules have been selected for Hyundai’s E-GMP electric-vehicle platform shared by KIA EV6 and several models. Five new SiC-MOSFET based pow
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12/07/2022
Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

Automotive Qualified GaN FETs for Vehicle Electronics and Advanced Autonomy from EPC

­Efficient Power Conversion Corporation expands the selection of automotive, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of 80 V, 6 mΩ EPC2204A that delivers 125 A pulsed current in a 2.5 mm x 1.5 mm footprint and the 80 V, 3.2 mΩ EPC2218A that delivers 231 A pulsed current is a 3.
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Date:
12/07/2022
Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia

­The shift to sustainable truck transport is happening in many parts of the world, including Australia, where sales of electric trucks are starting to pick up. The country is committed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of th
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Date:
12/07/2022
World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

World's First Centrally Processed 4D Imaging Radar Architecture for Autonomous Mobility Systems

­Ambarella, Inc. announced the world’s first centralized 4D imaging radar architecture, which allows both central processing of raw radar data and deep, low-level fusion with other sensor inputs—including cameras, lidar and ultrasonics. This breakthrough architecture provides greater environmental pe
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12/06/2022
ROHM and BASiC Semiconductor Form a Strategic Partnership

Weiwei He (right), General Manager of Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor Ltd. and Isao Matsumoto (left), President and CEO of ROHM Co., Ltd.

­ROHM Semiconductor and Shenzhen BASiC Semiconductor announced they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement on SiC power devices for automotive applications. A signing ceremony was held at ROHM’s headquarters in Kyoto to commemorate the occasion. Under this agreement, the two companies will leve
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12/02/2022
All Metal Current Sense Resistors – The Superior Current Sense Resistor Technology

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Figure 1a: All metal sense resistors with plated terminations

­With the rapid growth of electronic content, devices, and circuitry pervading so many market segments, the need for current sense resistors has exploded. Because of the wide range of end products and applications, there is an equally wide range of sense resistor requirements. While there are several viable te
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12/01/2022
Electrifying Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­With so much going around the world, the year has flown in. For a news junkie like myself, it has been fascinating, and often horrifying, watching everything unfold. As for the industry, it has been very mixed. The rate of innovation doesn’t seem to be slowing any, but the overall market conditions look as
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Date:
12/01/2022
Shoring Up the Transportation of the Future

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Well, we made it through another year without any cataclysmic disasters. You’d think that wouldn’t be a notable achievement, but in the era of COVID and the accompanying economic recession, sometimes just crossing the finish line is a remarkable feat. We’re about to put a somewhat forgettable year behi
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Date:
12/01/2022
The Promise of the EV Market

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­A rule in business holds that if a market is unperturbed by outside influences, three players will converge. Thus, the “Big Three” U.S. automakers – GM, Ford, Chrysler – dominated the automotive transportation market for most of the 20th century. Since then, many new brands have disrupted the market; pl
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Date:
12/01/2022
Meeting Rail Equipment Power Challenges

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Figure 1: Various rail nominal voltages, dips, and surges

­DC-DC converters used in onboard rail applications must meet challenging electrical supply and environmental specifications. The widespread adoption of the European Train Control System (ETCS) at the heart of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is setting new, more stringent requirements for po
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Date:
12/01/2022
Increasing Ruggedness in High-Current E-FUSE Smart Switches

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Figure 1. Block diagram of a smart automotive power distribution system

­The major trend in power distribution systems is the replacement of the centralized architecture, which distributes the electric power from the battery to the individual loading systems and includes a central relay and fuse box for overload protection. The new automotive systems are based on smart power distribution wi
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Date:
12/01/2022
4D Imaging Radar helps L2+ and Higher Vehicle Enablement

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Figure 1: Levels of ADAS and autonomous driving

­The adoption and evolution of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) are crucial to safer driving, avoiding accidents, and saving lives. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings and five-star safety ratings accelerate this shift, making automatic emergency braking, blind-spot de
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Date:
12/01/2022
Industrial and Automotive Filters Make the Grade with Advanced Materials Technology

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Figure 1. Electrifying major automotive systems boosts efficiency and economy

­Electrification is a major factor in moves towards smart industry and smart driving. The trend is bringing increasing numbers of high-powered electrical systems into close proximity with each other, such as arrays of industrial robots inside factories. In automotive markets, the latest vehicles are adding gr
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Date:
12/01/2022
The Micro-Mobility Business Model is Built on a Foundation of Sand

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Figure 1. Quicker charge times with ZapBatt lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries would mean e-bikes getting back on the road quicker, saving on related downtime costs

­The micro-mobility industry can be a legitimate answer to climate warnings, battery supply chain issues driving up the cost of EVs, and rising gas prices deterring people from car ownership and towards more economical alternatives. These significant challenges have driven e-bikes from niche to mainstream in the la
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Date:
12/01/2022
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