Automotive & Transportation

January 2023
4JET Presents new Solution for Tire Uniformity Correction with Laser Technology

Touchless laser removal in the bead

­The 4JET Group (Alsdorf, Germany) presents another innovation for laser-based processing of tires at TIRE Expo Hannover: The new LUC systems enable digital, precise and touchless post-processing of tire beads to improve uniformity. The new process optimizes tire performance and replaces mechanical reworking wi
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Date:
01/31/2023
Don’t Overlook These Keys to Optimized Converter Performance

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Figure 1: Typical Isat and Irms Ratings

­Inductors function as circuit elements by reaction to current flow in the windings. Inductors are fundamentally current-driven devices, and anyone who has designed a dc-dc converter knows power inductor datasheets are covered with Irms and Isat current ratings. Picking a power inductor is all about current ratin
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Date:
01/31/2023
Bourns Expands High Power Thick Film Chip Resistor Line with Four New AEC-Q200 Compliant Series

Bourns® Model CRM-Q, CRS-Q, CMP-Q
and CHP-Q AEC-Q200 compliant high power thick film resistor series

­Bourns, Inc., expanded its industry-leading line of high power thick film resistors with four new AEC-Q200 compliant product series. The new Bourns® Model CRM-Q, CRS-Q, CMP-Q and CHP-Q Series are automotive grade and feature high rated power and superior pulse load surge ca
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Date:
01/30/2023
LiDAR Technology Could Improve Safety Features in Vehicles

Dr. Scott Budge and his graduate students conduct LiDAR tests in the Center for Advanced Imaging LiDAR, commonly known as CAIL.

­As of 2022, 17 car manufacturers have announced plans to use or are currently using LiDAR sensors across 21 different models. However, there are a few things that need to be solved before this technology can be used widespread. LiDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, is the use of light photons t
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Date:
01/27/2023
Isolated DC-DC Converters for xEVs Reduce Application Size and Minimize Noise Design Countermeasures

Isolated DC-DC Converters for xEVs Reduce Application Size and Minimize Noise Design Countermeasures

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the BD7Fx05EFJ-C isolated flyback DC-DC converter (BD7F105EFJ-C, BD7F205EFJ-C) optimized for gate drive power supplies in xEV applications, such as electric compressors and PTC heaters.  In recent years, xEVs such as hybrid and electric vehicles have beco
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Date:
01/26/2023
Renesas Introduces New Gate Driver IC for IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs Driving EV Inverters

Renesas Introduces New Gate Driver IC for IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs Driving EV Inverters

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new gate driver IC that is designed to drive high-voltage power devices such as IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) and SiC (Silicon Carbide) MOSFETs for electric vehicle (EV) inverters.  Gate driver ICs are essential components to EV inverters, providing
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Date:
01/26/2023
Annapolis Transit Electrifies Their Fleet with Purchase of Two BYD K7M Buses

Annapolis Transit Electrifies Their Fleet with Purchase of Two BYD K7M Buses

The City of Annapolis announced the purchase of two BYD (Build Your Dreams) battery-electric K7M transit buses, which will be the first in its transit fleet. Annapolis, known for its historic district and scenic streets, will soon welcome BYD buses to the community. The BYD K7M seats up to 22 passengers and inclu
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Date:
01/26/2023
PSDcast – Wolfspeed's Silicon Carbide Agreement with Jaguar

Wolfspeed's Ty McNutt

­Britain’s Jaguar is aiming to become an electric-first company and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2039. And to do so, they’ve partnered up with our old friends at Wolfspeed for access to silicon carbide.
Date:
01/25/2023
160 V 3-Phase Gate Driver IC Integrates Power Management Unit, Current Sense Amplifier, and Overcurrent Protection

160 V 3-Phase Gate Driver IC Integrates Power Management Unit, Current Sense Amplifier, and Overcurrent Protection

­The MOTIX family for automotive and industrial motor control applications from Infineon Technologies AG offers a broad product portfolio with various levels of integration. To further expand its offering, Infineon introduces the MOTIX 3-phase gate driver IC 6ED2742S01Q. The 160 V silicon-on-insulator (SOI) ga
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Date:
01/18/2023
Cornell Dubilier Responds to Needs of Next-Gen EV Charger Designers with Custom Capacitors

Cornell Dubilier Responds to Needs of Next-Gen EV Charger Designers with Custom Capacitors

­In response to the rapidly growing demand for higher-performance DC link capacitors for EV chargers, Cornell Dubilier Electronics (CDE) has expanded its standard-product offerings with devices issued through franchise distributor New Yorker Electronics. While the inverter circuitry at the heart of EV charging st
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Date:
01/18/2023
Vishay Intertechnology Launches New Gen 7 Platform of 1200 V FRED Pt Hyperfast Rectifiers With Two Devices in SMA (DO-214AC) Package

Vishay Intertechnology Launches New Gen 7 Platform of 1200 V FRED Pt Hyperfast Rectifiers With Two Devices in SMA (DO-214AC) Package

­Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the first two devices in its new Gen 7 platform of 1200 V FRED Pt Hyperfast rectifiers. Offered in the SMA (DO-214AC) package, the 1 A rectifiers offer the best trade-off between reverse recovery charge (Qrr) and forward voltage drop for devices in their class. Optimized fo
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Date:
01/17/2023
Automotive Intelligent Power Device Enables Safe and Flexible Power Distribution in Next-Generation E/E Architectures

Automotive Intelligent Power Device Enables Safe and Flexible Power Distribution in Next-Generation E/E Architectures

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new automotive Intelligent Power Device (IPD) that will safely and flexibly control power distribution within vehicles, addressing the requirements of next-generation E/E (electrical/electronic) architectures. The new RAJ2810024H12HPD is available in the small TO-252-7 pack
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Date:
01/17/2023
FTDI Chip FT4232HA USB-to-UART/MPSSE IC Provides High-Speed USB Support to Target Designs

FTDI Chip FT4232HA USB-to-UART/MPSSE IC Provides High-Speed USB Support to Target Designs

Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the FT4232HA high-speed USB-to-UART/MPSSE IC from FTDI Chip. The FT4232HA is an automotive-qualified USB 2.0-to-UART converter that seamlessly provides high-speed USB support to target designs. Featuring four independent configurable interfaces, the FT4
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Date:
01/16/2023
New Charging Technology Enables Range of 400 km After 15 Minutes Charging Time

New Charging Technology Enables Range of 400 km After 15 Minutes Charging Time

­As part of the research project "Direct Superfast charging for the Electric vehicle", the participating cooperation partners developed a new charging technology and a vehicle prototype to store the energy required for a real 400 km range in just 15 minutes. The aim of the research project "Dir
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Date:
01/12/2023
Computers that Power Self-Driving Cars Could be a Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

Computers that Power Self-Driving Cars Could be a Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

­In the future, the energy needed to run the powerful computers on board a global fleet of autonomous vehicles could generate as many greenhouse gas emissions as all the data centers in the world today. That is one key finding of a new study from MIT researchers that explored the potential energy consumpti
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Date:
01/12/2023
Tevva set for Mass Production After Receiving Whole Vehicle Type Approval

Tevva set for Mass Production After Receiving Whole Vehicle Type Approval

­British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has hit another major milestone after securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5 tonne (t) battery-electric truck. It means that Tevva can start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe and represents the key regulatory st
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Date:
01/11/2023
Richtek and EPC Collaborate to Create Small 140 Watt Fast-charging Solution

Richtek and EPC Collaborate to Create Small 140 Watt Fast-charging Solution

­EPC & Richtek announces the availability of a 4-switches bidirectional buck-boost controller reference design board that converts an input voltage of 12 V - 24 V to a regulated 5 V - 20 V output voltage and delivers up to 5 A continuous current and 6.5 A maximum current. The combination of the new Richtek RT
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Date:
01/11/2023
Automotive-Grade Devices Run Cooler in Surface-Mount ACEPACK SMIT Package

STPOWER automotive-grade devices from STMicroelectronics run cooler in surface-mount ACEPACK SMIT package

­STMicroelectronics has introduced five power-semiconductor bridges in popular configurations, housed in ST’s advanced ACEPACK SMIT package that eases assembly and enhances power density over conventional TO-style packages. Engineers can choose from two STPOWER 650V MOSFET half bridges, a 600V ul
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Date:
01/09/2023
Connected Vehicles to Surpass 367 Million Globally by 2027, as 5G Unlocks Data-heavy Use Cases

Connected Vehicles to Surpass 367 Million Globally by 2027, as 5G Unlocks Data-heavy Use Cases

­A new Juniper Research study found that the number of connected vehicles in service will reach 367 million globally in 2027, from 192 million in 2023. This growth of 91% will be driven by the advancement of both ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and increasing the capabilities of in-vehicle in
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Date:
01/09/2023
Small RADAR Solution Enhances Vehicle Safety

Matthias Feulner, Senior Director ADAS at NXP Semiconductors

  There are many other advancements happening in vehicles in parallel with the move to electrification. Consumers are demanding more features that enhance the vehicle’s safety and comfort, as well as providing greater infotainment options. Those features include monitoring the performance and environment of
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Date:
01/06/2023
NXP Introduces Advanced Automotive Radar One-Chip Family for Next-Gen ADAS and Autonomous Driving Systems

NXP Introduces Advanced Automotive Radar One-Chip Family for Next-Gen ADAS and Autonomous Driving Systems

­NXP Semiconductors announced a new industry-first 28nm RFCMOS radar one-chip IC family for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving systems. The new SAF85xx one-chip family combines NXP’s high performance radar sensing and processing technologies into a single device, offering tier ones and OEMs new flexibility in
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Date:
01/05/2023
Infineon, Green Hills Software to Deliver Comprehensive Automotive Safety and Security Solutions for the TRAVEO T2G MCU Families

The combination of Infineon’s TRAVEO T2G microcontrollers and Green Hills’ complete production-proven software solutions is tailored for a broad range of automotive applications such as electrification, body control modules, gateway and infotainment.

­Infineon Technologies AG and Green Hills Software will provide a complete ecosystem for the development and deployment of advanced safety applications for the automotive industry. This collaboration combines Infineon’s cutting-edge TRAVEO T2G Body and TRAVEO T2G Cluster microcontrollers (M
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Date:
01/05/2023
Mouser-Backed Formula E Team Kicks Off Season 9 in Mexico City

Mouser-Backed Formula E Team Kicks Off Season 9 in Mexico City

Mouser Electronics, Inc., cheers on the DS PENSKE Formula E team as they kick off Season 9 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City on January 14, 2023. With a race-ready surface and long corners, Mexico City is one of the fastest tracks on the calendar featuring a mix of long and fast straights an
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Date:
01/05/2023
TI Enables Automakers to Take Full Advantage of EV Range with the Industry's Most Accurate Battery Cell and Pack Monitors

TI Enables Automakers to Take Full Advantage of EV Range with the Industry's Most Accurate Battery Cell and Pack Monitors

­Texas Instruments (TI) introduced new automotive battery cell and pack monitors with the most accurate measurement capability available on the market, maximizing electric vehicle (EV) drive time and enabling safer operation. As EVs grow in popularity, advanced battery management systems (BMS) are helping o
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Date:
01/05/2023
WirelessCar Reaches 10 Million Connected Cars Worldwide

WirelessCar reaches 10 million connected cars worldwide

­WirelessCar announced a major milestone of reaching ten million connected cars in over 100 countries. Since its founding in 1999, WirelessCar has worked with many of the largest global automakers to develop, deliver and operate digital services worldwide.   Over the past twenty-plus years, Wi
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Date:
01/04/2023
Family of Applications Processors Delivers Safe, Secure and Scalable AI-enabled Edge Platforms

Family of Applications Processors Delivers Safe, Secure and Scalable AI-enabled Edge Platforms

­NXP Semiconductors announced the i.MX 95 family, the newest addition to its i.MX 9 series of applications processors. The new i.MX 95 family combines high-performance compute, immersive Arm® MaliTM-powered 3D graphics, an innovative new NXP accelerator for machine learning, and high-speed data processing. To
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Date:
01/04/2023
Wolfspeed Enables Higher-Voltage Batteries for EV Systems

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Figure 1: High-level view of an EV and several opportunities for Silicon Carbide technology

­Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology has transformed power management in many markets, especially power delivery systems in electric vehicles (EVs). SiC provides advantages in terms of efficiency, power density, size/weight, thermal management, and reliability. Advantages of Higher Battery Voltage Many areas of an
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Date:
01/04/2023
Silicon Carbide Family Solutions Deliver Industry-Leading Efficiency

Silicon Carbide Family Solutions Deliver Industry-Leading Efficiency

­onsemi introduced “EliteSiC” as the name of its silicon carbide (SiC) family. The company is set to showcase three new members of the family – the 1700 V EliteSiC MOSFET and two 1700 V avalanche-rated EliteSiC Schottky diodes. The new devices provide reliable, high-efficiency performance for energy in
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Date:
01/03/2023
Nichia and Infineon Launch Industry's First High-Definition Micro-LED Matrix Solution

The new 16,384 pixel µPLS micro-Pixelated Light Solution from Nichia and Infineon combines high-definition resolution with industry’s highest light output.

­Automotive LED lighting technology has developed rapidly in recent years as a means for vehicle manufacturers to enhance driving comfort and road safety. In this regard, matrix LED technology for adaptive driving beam has become an important headlight feature for selective road illumination. Three years ago
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Date:
01/03/2023
What is Actually Needed to Ensure Efficient Charging of EVs?

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Figure 1: Simplified block diagram of a bidirectional charger

­For BEVs (battery-electric vehicles), low power (kWh/km) is essential. Its calculation often not only includes the power from the battery but also the power required by the AC Wallbox to charge the battery. Charging losses in the onboard charger (OBC) therefore affect this figure directly. To ensure a low pow
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Date:
01/01/2023
Meeting the Demand for Higher Rated, Small-sized and More Reliable Power Modules

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Figure 1. Diagram and equivalent circuit of the 7th generation X-series RC-IGBT technology

­From electric vehicle onboard chargers (OBCs) and fast DC chargers to solar micro-inverters and larger industrial laser, welding, and automation use cases, there is a wide array of applications that rely on modern power conversion. One striking commonality between these applications is the continual push in ch
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Date:
01/01/2023
A Vehicle Revolution is the Industry's New Year Resolution

A Vehicle Revolution is the Industry's New Year Resolution

­The Chinese have a curse that says, “may you live in interesting times”. I’ve no idea if someone cursed the world, but the last couple of years have definitely been interesting times for all of us. Hopefully things start to settle down a little this year and both the world and its economies start get ba
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Date:
01/01/2023
An Electric Start to the Year

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­As we close the books on 2022 and look towards 2023, we’ll hopefully begin to put this economic recession behind us, along with the defining event of our time, COVID-19. And hey, maybe we can go a whole year without some major or minor catastrophe – a guy can hope, can’t he? By the time you read this
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Date:
01/01/2023
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