Automotive

May 2018
Paving The Way For Safer, Smaller Batteries And Fuel Cells

The researchers' new structure self-assembles into hairpin shapes, resulting in acid-lined channels that allow for efficient transport of protons across the electrolyte.

Fuel cells and batteries provide electricity by generating and coaxing positively charged ions from a positive to a negative terminal which frees negatively charged electrons to power cellphones, cars, satellites, or whatever else they are connected to. A critical part of these devices is the barrier between
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05/31/2018
Gate Driver Core Optimized for SiC MOSFET Modules
Philadelphia, PA—AgileSwitch, LLC introduces the ASC1 (AgileSwitch Software Configurable Core) SiC MOSFET gate driver core. A family of tested reference adapter boards will provide compatibility with most SiC MOSFET modules. Applications including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units
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05/31/2018
DC Product Offering Supports a Wide Range of Automotive Applications
DALLAS, TX -- Orion Fans has expanded its DC product offering to provide enhanced cooling solutions for automotive applications. Orion Fans' extensive DC fan and blower product line delivers efficient cooling solutions for automotive applications including air conditioning, air filtering,
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05/30/2018

Vishay Intertechnology Launches Its First Automotive-Grade Phototransistor Optocoupler
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched its first Automotive Grade phototransistor optocoupler, the VOMA617A. The new device combines a high-current transfer ratio (CTR) with a low forward current of 5 mA in the compact SOP-4 mini-flat package, which saves 30 % PCB space compared to the DIP-4
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05/30/2018
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Microsemi Corporation announced its extremely low inductance package dedicated to high current, low specific on-resistance (RDSon) Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET power modules. The
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05/29/2018
Rogers Corporation's Power Electronics Solutions Group to Introduce ROLINX CapLink Solutions at PCIM 2018
Eschenbach, Germany – Rogers Corporation’s Power Electronics Solutions (PES) group will be exhibiting at PCIM Europe and introducing ROLINX CapLink Solutions.   PCIM Europe (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion) is the international leading exhibition
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05/29/2018
Energy-efficient devices are important components for saving resources and protecting the environment. The more efficient the electronics, the longer the battery service life for mobile devices - and in large-scale industrial and server installations with thousands of loads, the energy requirement is markedly
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05/28/2018
Ceramic Capacitor Series Expands to Include Smaller Case Sizes and Increased Capacitance Values
KEMET has expanded its industry-leading X7R 250 volt multilayer ceramic capacitor series to include smaller case sizes and increased capacitance values. These compact surface mount technology footprints benefit designers in saving printed circuit board space while reaching capacitance values up to 0.47 microfarads
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05/25/2018
Smallest 20 Watt Medical DC-DC Converter with Wide 2:1 Input Range
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THM 20 family of medical 20 Watt DC/DC converters with a wide 2:1 input range in a 1.0 x 1.6 x 0.40” footprint. The THM 20 series are a reliable solution not only for medical equipment but also for demanding ITE applications such as transportation,
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05/25/2018
PSDcast - SiC MOSFETS for Automotive and Industrial Applications
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Microsemi’s Avi Kashyap about SiC MOSFETs and their use in automotive and industrial applications. For more, check out our previous episode on SiC MOSFETs here:
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05/24/2018
Silicon Breakthrough Could Make Key Microwave Technology Much Cheaper And Better
Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. "Until now, this was considered impossible," said C.R. Selvakumar, an
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05/24/2018
Maxim's Digital Class D Speaker Amplifiers Deliver the Highest Efficiency in a Compact, Cost-Effective Plug-and-Play Solution
With the MAX98357 and MAX98358 digital-input Class D audio power amplifiers by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM), designers can achieve highest efficiency in a compact, cost-efficient plug-and-play solution. Despite their ultra-small form factors, these
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05/23/2018
Gresham Power Electronics introduces a low profile 225 Watt Ultra High Density AC/DC ITE and Medical Power Supply
Gresham Power Electronics announces the introduction of its latest micro-footprint, Ultra High Density (UHD) 225W output power supply the OF(M)225. The OF(M)225 Series of open frame switching power supplies utilises a highly advanced circuit topology to deliver 225 Watts with fan cooling and 120 Watts
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05/23/2018
Powerbox announces four new series of extra-wide input DC/DC converters for railway and transportation industry
Powerbox announces the launch of four new series of extra-wide input voltage range, 8W to 20W board-mounted DC/DC converters for railway and transportation industry. With a 13:1 input voltage range of 12V to 160V, the MAD33 (8W), MAD32 (10W), MAE35 (15W) and MAF35 (20W) have been developed to provide systems
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05/23/2018
WÃrth Elektronik successfully completing research project of assistance system with adaptive human-machine interaction  .
To make physically strenuous works easier was one of the aims. To give to the craftspeople additional information about the upcoming works, was another aim. The „third arm“ for craftsmen makes both possible: Effective support of the craftsman on the one hand
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05/23/2018
RS Components now stocking new series of high-efficiency fans and controllers from ebm-papst
RS Components (RS) has announced the availability of new energy-efficient fan controllers together with the 4300N series of fans from ebm-papst, one of the world’s leading makers of high-efficiency fans and motor products.
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05/23/2018
Infineon prepares for long-term growth and invests â1.6 billion in new 300-millimeter chip factory in Austria
Infineon Technologies is to build a new factory for power semiconductors. The market and technology leader in this segment will thereby create the foundation for long-term, profitable growth. A fully automated chip factory for manufacturing 300-millimeter thin wafers
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05/23/2018
 Flex Power Modules announces new BGA packaging option for digital point-of-load DC/DC converters
Flex Power Modules today announced that its BMR466 and BMR461 digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC power modules are now available to customers with BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaging, as well as in their original compact LGA (Land Grid Array) package. Both modules target
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05/23/2018
Toshiba releases new three-phase brushless fan motor driver IC
Toshiba Electronics Europe (“Toshiba”) today announced the launch of the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The new device is intended for small fan applications in servers, home
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05/23/2018
RS Components (RS) is stocking the newly launched Lumileds Gen-4 Luxeon COB LEDs, enabling smaller, simpler luminaires to deliver bright and vibrant lighting. With pace-setting efficacy of up to 170lm/W,
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05/23/2018
TI’s LMZM3360x Power Modules, Now at Mouser, Integrate 36V Buck Converter and Power Circuitry in a Compact Package
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the LMZM33602 and LMZM33603 power modules from Texas Instruments (TI). These completely integrated 4 V–36 V power module solutions combine a step-down DC-to-DC converter with power MOSFETs, a shielded inductor, and passive components
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05/23/2018
PULS 240W and 480W DIN-Rail Power Supplies available with Internal Decoupling and Hot-Swap Connections
The CP10.241.R2 and CP20.241.R2 offer output power of 240W and 480W respectively and both feature hot-swap connectors ensuring no-break power in mission critical applications. Other standard features include universal AC input, active power factor correction (PFC),
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05/23/2018
Compact Synchronous Buck Converters Provide Industry's Lowest EMI Performance for Automotive Infotainment and ADAS Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Automotive designers can significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The compact converters, which offer the industry's lowest EMI performance for low-voltage point-of-load
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05/23/2018
30 kW Three-Phase Vienna PFC Reference Design Ideally Suited for Fast EV Charging and Industrial Applications
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.— Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its new scalable 30-kilowatt (kW), three-phase Vienna power factor correction (PFC) topology reference design featuring its Silicon Carbide (SiC) diodes and MOSFETS. Developed in collaboration with North Carolina State
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05/22/2018
Advanced Biofuels can be Produced Extremely Efficiently, Confirms Industrial Demonstration

The combustion boiler in the Chalmers Power Central was converted to a gasifier in 2007. Since then, more than 200 man-years of research have been devoted to gasification technology. The power central produces district heating and cooling that covers Chalmers University of Technologys' entire needs. The first boilers in the power central were built in 1947.

A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, who now, after ten years of energy research
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05/21/2018
2MHz Boost/SEPIC/Inverter Features 2A, 100V Power Switch & 9ÂμA IQ
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8361, a current mode, 2MHz multitopology DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 100V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 2.8V to 60V, and is suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion battery to multicell
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05/17/2018
LaFox, IL – Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced a new distribution agreement with Fuji Electric Corp of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. The agreement aligns with both companies’ commitment to providing unsurpassed value to customers. Richardson
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05/17/2018
Ultrasonic Dual-Head Welder Achieves High-Strength Welding of High Voltage Terminals Without Causing Fracturing
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania—Automotive component manufacturers now have a reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for assembling high-voltage terminals used for storage in electric and hybrid vehicles. Sonobond Ultrasonics’ Dual Head Spot Welder, equipped with special tooling,
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05/17/2018
European Cities Soon to be Ready for Autonomous Vehicles

This is the autonomous vehicle Navya Arma (model DL4) acquired by the Transports publics genevois (tpg) in August 2017.

Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. They should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and
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05/14/2018
No matter the technical innovation or application, all modern technologies have one thing in common; they rely on a reliable, small and high performance power supply to be able to function and meet their specification. As end products become more complex, the design parameters for the power supply become more
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05/11/2018
Energy Storage Capacitors Provide Long Life and High Moisture Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of ruggedized ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh, high humidity environments. Vishay BC components 225 EDLC-R ENYCAP capacitors are the industry's
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05/10/2018
156 W Isolated Qtr. Brick DC/DC Converter Designed for Passenger Wi-Fi
Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces the 0RQB-C2Q12LG, an industry standard footprint quarter brick DC/DC converter equipped to run from a railway and bus datacom-friendly 9-36 V input range, which produces 156
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05/08/2018
Portfolio of High-Voltage Contactors Extended for High Current Capabilities up to 500 A
TDK Corporation has extended its HVC series of high-voltage contactors with the new HVC300 and HVC500 types with current capabilities of 300 A and 500 A, respectively. The new contactors can switch high voltages of up to 900 V DC, while types for 1200 V DC are available on request. Their gas-filled
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05/08/2018
Europe Aims to Become a World-Class Commercializer of Fuel Cell Technology
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a five-year European consortium worth more than EUR 10 million, which is developing commercial applications from SOFC fuel cell technology. The aim is to implement the reliable production of low-emission electricity and heat, which will lead to significant
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05/07/2018
AEC-Q101-Qualified High Voltage Thyristors and Diodes Provide Wide Voltage and Current Ranges
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 37 new high voltage thyristors and diodes for automotive applications. Qualified to AEC-Q101, the Vishay Semiconductors devices offer repetitive voltages from 600 V to 1600 V and wide current ranges in three package options. The
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05/07/2018
TRACO POWER’s smallest 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converter
TRS 2 Series is a new series with the design purpose to improve the prevalent 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converters in terms of size, cost, efficiency and performance. The main intended uses for the TRS 2 Series are IT applications, industrial control systems and also measurement
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05/03/2018
BrainChip Studio to be Integrated as a Cognitive Engine within Veritone aiWARE
BrainChip announced that it has signed an agreement with Veritone to integrate its AI-powered BrainChip Studio with the Veritone aiWARE platform. aiWARE is an operating system for AI that integrates an ecosystem
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05/03/2018
Chemists Develop MRI-Like Technique to Detect What Ails Batteries

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries -- from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects -- without opening them up. Above is an illustration of measurement setup showing the cell and the holder with the detection medium (water in this case), and (d) showing both inserted within the magnet bore of an NMR magnet.

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries--from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects--without opening them up. "The use of alternative energy and electrically powered vehicles will further
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05/03/2018