Automotive

June 2018
60VOUT, Synchronous Boost LED Controller
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT3762, a 60V output, high efficiency, synchronous, boost LED driver controller with a programmable internal LED PWM signal generator and spread spectrum frequency modulation that yield low EMI noise. The versatile LT3762 includes a rail-to-rail current
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06/28/2018
Brighton: Advanced Material Development (AMD) has raised a total of £750,000 in funding, as the company launches its plan to exploit the commercial potential of applications for graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. The company will contribute £600,000 to fund several distinct research projects conducted by
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06/28/2018
How Smart Technology Gadgets Can Avoid Speed Limits

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered why there is a speed limit on how fast the properties of light can be changed with the help of specially designed materials. This new understanding can point the way forward for the next generation of consumer electronics, such as smart watches, screens and glasses.

Speed limits apply not only to traffic. There are limitations on the control of light as well, in optical switches for internet traffic, for example. Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology now understand why it is not possible to increase the speed beyond a certain limit - and know the circumstances
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06/28/2018

Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 Delivers 95% Efficiency
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8642S, a 10A, 18V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its Silent Switcher 2 architecture uses two internal input capacitors as well as internal BST and INTVCC capacitors to minimize the area of the
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06/20/2018
Non-Hydraulic Steering Module Test Simulator Effectively Detects the Root Causes of Airborne and Structure-Borne Noises
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. announced its non-hydraulic Steering Module Test Simulator (SMTS).   The SMTS is used by automotive, autonomous, construction and off-highway vehicle OEMs and their associated steering suppliers
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06/20/2018
Could This Material Enable Autonomous Vehicles to Come to Market Sooner?

Artist's rendering of light interacting with BaTiS3 crystals.

One of the leading challenges for autonomous vehicles is to ensure that they can detect and sense objects--even through dense fog. Compared to the current visible light-based cameras, infrared cameras can offer much better visibility through the fog, smoke or tiny particles that can scatter the visible light. Within
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06/19/2018
TDK Named a Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator

Shigenao Ishiguro, President and CEO of TDK Corporation, and Yoshiko Tanahashi, Director of Clarivate Analytics Japan

TDK Corporation announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators (http://top100innovators.clarivate.com/content/tdk) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business
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06/19/2018
NTC Thermistor Probe Assembly With Ring Lug Designed for Easy and Secure Li-Ion Battery Terminal Mounting
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm introduced a new NTC thermistor probe assembly for high-accuracy temperature sensing and measurement in Li-ion battery power applications. The device combines a specially designed ring lug for battery mounting with a high dielectric voltage rating of 4000 VAC. Ametherm's
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06/19/2018
ON Semiconductor Announces Industry Leading Ultra-High PSRR LDO Regulators for Demanding Applications
ON Semiconductor has announced a new range of ultra-low noise LDO regulators with the industry’s best power supply rejection ratio (PSRR), enabling better performance in noise sensitive analog designs. The new NCP16x series, along with the AEC-Q100 qualified NCV81x automotive variants, delivers improved performance
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06/18/2018
Automotive CoolSiC Schottky diodes: combining performance and robustness
At this year’s PCIM Europe trade fair in Nuremberg Infineon Technologies presents the first products of its automotive Silicon Carbide portfolio: the CoolSiC Schottky diode family is now ready for current and future on-board charger (OBC) applications in hybrid and electric vehicles. Infineon has designed
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06/18/2018
Double DPAK: first top-side cooled SMD solution for high power applications
Increasing complexity of end products is challenging the design parameters for high power supplies: these require higher power and more efficiency in an even smaller space. Semiconductor devices are essential to the operation and performance of modern switched mode
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06/18/2018
Analog Devices announced its latest generation of reinforced isolated power converters, setting a new benchmark for low component-level radiated emissions allowing systems to meet EN 55022/CISPR 22 Class B Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) standard requirements. The ADuM5020/6020 and ADuM5028/6028 series eliminate
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06/18/2018
Murata launches ultra-efficient DC-DC converters for high-reliability industrial and railway applications
Murata launches its latest encapsulated DC-DC converters, designed specifically for use in industrial and railway applications. The 150 Watt IRH series (https://power.murata.com/datasheet?/data/power/irh.pdf) from Murata Power Solutions provides market-leading power
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06/18/2018
KEMET Introduces 150 Degrees Celsius Automotive Qualified Polymer Electrolytic Capacitors
KEMET introduced its first 150°C Automotive KO-CAP capacitor. The T599 KO-CAP High Humidity/High Temperature Performance Polymer series delivers stability and endurance under harsh humidity and temperature conditions.
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06/18/2018
 Toshiba develops 4.5 kV press-pack IEGT with improved rupture resistance
Toshiba Electronics Europe will be providing details on its new packaging for its 4.5 kV class press-pack IEGT (PPI) devices at PCIM 2018 in Nürnberg. The new packaging has been developed to further improve the rupture resistance of the device, thereby reducing
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06/18/2018
Highest power density for 650V IGBT in surface mounting D2PAK
Infineon Technologies expands its product portfolio of the thin-wafer technology TRENCHSTOP™5 IGBT. The new product family is offering up to 40 A 650V IGBT, co-packed with a full rated 40 A diode in a surface mounting TO-263-3 also known as D2PAK. The new TRENCHSTOP
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06/18/2018
KEMET Expands Industry-Leading X7R 250 Volt Product Portfolio
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
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06/18/2018
Maxim’s Compact Synchronous Buck Converters Provide Industry’s Lowest EMI Performance for Automotive Infotainment and ADAS Applications
Automotive designers can significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The compact converters, which offer the industry’s lowest EMI performance
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06/18/2018
Infineon’s CIPOS Mini IPMs deliver higher efficiency in low power motor drives
Global energy efficiency standards often prohibit manufacturers from importing or selling products that do not meet these standards. In order to comply with specific minimum requirements, energy losses have to be reduced by using the latest technology. Infineon Technologies
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06/18/2018
Enhanced A2B Transceivers Deliver Unparalleled Flexibility for Emerging Applications
NORWOOD, Mass.-- Analog Devices, Inc. announced three enhanced Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) transceivers that deliver unprecedented capability to tailor system-level performance to even the most stringent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements. The new AD242x series offers configurable transmit
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06/18/2018
40V, 2.5A ÂμModule Regulator Comes in 6.25mm x 6.25mm BGA Package
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM8002, a step-down DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator with a 40V input voltage rating (42V abs max) and 2.5A of continuous (3.5A peak) output current, housed in a 6.25mm x 6.25mm x 2.22mm BGA package. The LTM8002 includes a switching regulator
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06/15/2018
New LFPAK56 MOSFETs from Nexperia feature improved creepage and clearance, meeting UL2595
Nexperia, today announced that two of its LFPAK56-packaged portfolio of MOSFETs are now available with improved creepage and clearance to meet UL2595 requirements for battery-powered equipment rated between 15 and 32 V. Devices are 100% compatible with the industry-standard
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06/13/2018
Miniaturised IGBT power interfaces with integrated electro-optic conversion
HARTING has developed a range of miniaturised power interfaces with integrated electro-optical conversion, enabling customers to save time and money by combining electrical connectivity and optical transmission in the same module.
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06/13/2018
IQD Signs new global distributor Digi-Key Electronics
IQD Frequency Products are pleased to announce that they have signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, one of the world’s leading distributors of electronic components. Through this agreement, Digi-Key will distribute IQD’s frequency
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06/13/2018
Compact Step Down Converter with Integrated Inductor and Capacitors
Würth Elektronik eiSos expands its product family of MagI³C power modules with the compact MagI³C VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module) in a LGA-16EP package. The module has an input voltage range of 4 to 18 V for converting voltages from the 5 V, 9
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06/13/2018
Tempel Changzhou Opens State-of-the-Art Automotive Focus Factory

Tempel Changzhou Automotive Focus Factory located in Changzhou, China.

CHICAGO, IL – Tempel Steel Co. has announced a new dedicated state-of-the-art facility on the Tempel Changzhou campus that specializes in high-technology, complex automotive laminations and motor cores. The approximately 30,000 square foot facility will be operational by Fall 2018. Facility
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06/13/2018
New high-performance oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz: innovative signal integrity, measurement speed and range of functions
Ultra fast acquisition rate of one million waveforms per second, realtime compensation of transmission losses (deembedding) between the signal source and oscilloscope, and silent operation even at full load – these are just some of the benefits of the high-performance
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06/13/2018
Magnetic Sensors: TMR angle sensor in a TO-6 package for PCB-less applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its portfolio of TMR angle sensors with the TAD2140 type in a TO-6 package for automotive and industrial applications. The new sensor provides an innovative system-in-package solution for PCB-less applications. It includes two full TMR
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06/13/2018
Rigol’s New High-performance Oscilloscope Family
Rigol Technologies EU GmbH introduces four new high-end oscilloscopes with a large 10,1“ touch-color display.   The MSO/DS7000 is a versatile
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06/13/2018
RS Components has announced it is working closely with Siemens to help customers with the phase out of the manufacturer’s SIRIUS 3SB3 22mm pushbutton range and the migration to Siemens’ SIRIUS ACT range of devices. 
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06/13/2018
Powerbox’s S-CAP BOOST technology delivers peak power and safety to industrial and medical applications
Powerbox announces the introduction of its supercapacitor boost technology, S-CAP BOOST, offering backup and peak power solutions to industrial and medical applications. Based on the latest supercapacitor technology combined with intelligent control and monitoring,
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06/13/2018
Gate-Driver ICs Now Available With AEC-Q100 Certification for Automotive Use
Power Integrations announced that two members of its SCALE-iDriver gate-driver IC family are now certified to AEC-Q100 Grade Level 1 for automotive use. The two parts, SID1132KQ and SID1182KQ, are suitable for driving 650 V, 750 V and 1200 V automotive IGBT and SiC-MOSFET modules, and are rated for peak currents
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06/13/2018
85V and 120V Industrial Lithium Battery Chargers Meet Market Demand for Electric Vehicles and Devices
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Delta-Q Technologies announced the release of four new high frequency lithium battery chargers in the ICL Series – the ICL1200 and ICL1500 in 85V and 120V. The ICL1200 and ICL1500 respectively provide 1200W and 1500W. The 85V models designed to optimally charge lithium battery
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06/12/2018
TMR Angle Sensor in a TO-6 Package Designed for PCB-Less Applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its portfolio of TMR angle sensors with the TAD2140 type in a TO-6 package for automotive and industrial applications. The new sensor provides an innovative system-in-package solution for PCB-less applications. It includes two full TMR bridges, a dedicated ASIC for signal conditioning
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06/12/2018
SiC Schottky Diodes Designed for Harsh Environments
With the release of the E-Series SiC Schottky diodes, Wolfspeed sets the standard for the rapidly growing field of on-board and off-board automotive applications and solar power inversion. This family of diodes is specifically designed to be robust and reliable in the harshest environments. As a result, the
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06/12/2018
Inertial Measurement Unit With 25g Accelerometers Designed for Highly Dynamic Applications
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- KVH Industries, Inc. announced that the 1775 IMU, its top-of-the-line fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU), is now available with either ±10g or ±25g accelerometers. The 1775 IMU with 25g accelerometers is designed for highly
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06/12/2018
Omron Automation Americas Announces FY17 Distributor of the Year Award Winners
Hoffman Estates, IL.  –  Industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced the 2017 fiscal year’s winners of the prestigious Distributor of the Year award at its FY18 Sales Conference during the week of May 21st. Over 650 persons representing Omron and its channel
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06/12/2018
AVX Joins the Electronics Representatives Association
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has joined the Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) as a manufacturer member. “AVX is proud to become a member of the ERA,” said Alex Schenkel, vice president of global sales, AVX. “The ERA is one of the most respected international trade organizations
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06/08/2018
Vermont Start-Up's Small Packets a Big Deal For Energy Industry

Energetic growth. The UVM spinoff company Packetized Energy is on a roll, adding staff, customers and business partners at an impressive clip. Surrounded by full and part-time staff in the company's new offices in Chace Mill are (left to right) faculty founders Mads Almassalkhi, Jeff Frolik and Paul Hines and new company CEO Scott Johnstone. The company's clever algorithms help utilities tap the potential of renewables like solar and wind.

It's been a whirlwind few months for Packetized Energy, the energy sector start-up spun off from a large Department of Energy project in 2016 by three University of Vermont electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Jeff Frolik and Mads Almassalkhi. Since late last year, the firm completed a pilot
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06/06/2018
Analogue Designers Get a New Lifetime Reliability Tool
In some ways digital designers have it easier than their analogue and mixed signal compatriots. They have many more tools at their disposal to verify and validate designs before they go to fabrication, which can bring a reasonable measure of assurance that they have their design right, as well as tools that
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06/05/2018
Battery Technology: Power to the People

Figure 1: TDK battery

As the roll out of billions of sensors and wireless nodes in the Internet of Things (IoT) progresses, more attention is being paid to the battery technology that powers them. At the same time developers of electric cars are also looking for better battery solutions. Regularly changing the batteries
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06/05/2018
The semiconductor industry continues to deliver greater levels of integration, therefore electronic products will continue to shrink in size but grow in performance. The user experience is constantly evolving as a result, and the physical size of a device no longer determines its impact. This paradigm is enabled
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06/05/2018
KYOTO, Japan and OTTAWA, Canada –  ROHM and GaN Systems announced their collaboration in the GaN (gallium nitride) Power Semiconductor business, with the goal of contributing to the continuing evolution of power electronics. This strategic partnership leverages GaN Systems’ industry leading
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06/04/2018
High-Current Planar Choke Inductor Delivers Same Performance as Wirewounds in Fraction of Space
MALVERN, Pa. — A new high-current planar choke inductor that offers the same performance as wirewound devices in a fraction of the space was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.. The new IPLA 32 measures just 31 mm by 43 mm by 22.2 mm but is rated for currents up to 110 A, allowing
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06/04/2018
Surge Protector Offers Ultra-Low Capacitance for Use in Automotive, Industrial, and More
ProTek Devices has introduced a new ultra-low-capacitance surge protection component for circuit protection in applications such as automotive infotainment systems, industrial cameras, Thunderbolt and more. The very low capacitance for the new PTB05-ULC is 0.15pF max (I/O to GND). Other
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06/04/2018