Automotive

March 2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 1

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Anup Bhalla, Ph.D., Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

SiC applications began in the 2000s with the adoption of SiC JBS diodes into PFC applications. This was followed by the use of SiC diodes and FETs in the PV industry. But the recent surge in applications relating to EV On-board chargers and DC-DC converters is driving SiC growth. The nascent adoption in the
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03/31/2019
When Grounds are Separated

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How should you proceed with a switching regulator with an analog ground (AGND) and a power ground (PGND)? This is a question asked by many developers designing a switching power supply. Some developers are accustomed to dealing with a digital GND and an analog GND; however, their experience frequently fails
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03/31/2019
TTI Offers Vishay's TNPW and TNPU Series Thin Film Resistors
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., features the broadest and deepest inventory of Vishay’s TNPW High Stability and TNPU Ultra Precision Series Thin Film resistor products in the industry. Both the TNPW and TNPU thin film resistors are readily available from TTI and are ideal for
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03/29/2019

The Industry's Highest-Current GaN Power Transistors

The GaN Systems GS-065-150-1-D.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – GaN Systems announced the industry’s highest current  650 V GaN E-HEMTs with the addition of the 150 A, 650 V (GS-065-150-1-D) and the  80 A, 650 V (GS-065-080-1-D) to its line of GaN power transistors. In particular, the 150 A, 650 V transistor is unmatched on both current
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03/27/2019
SiC MOSFETs for Rapid-Growth Applications
ANAHEIM, CA – ON Semiconductor has introduced two new silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices. The industrial grade NTHL080N120SC1 and AEC-Q101 automotive grade NVHL080N120SC1 bring the enabling, wide-ranging performance benefits of wide band gap technology to important high growth end application
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03/26/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with one of the leading voices on lead battery innovation about the future of energy storage. Energy storage has become vitally important in recent years, and for more than 25 years,
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03/26/2019
Entry-Level linear Hall-Effect Sensor with SENT Output
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas linear Hall-effect sensor portfolio with the programmable HAL 1890 supporting the latest SENT protocol according to SAE J2716 Rev. 4. The HAL 1890 now comes with digital output signal supervision and is as small, robust, and cost-effective as the already
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03/26/2019
First AEC-Q200 Ceramic Disc Capacitors for Class X1/Y1
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of Automotive Grade AC line rated ceramic disc safety capacitors that are the industry's first such devices to offer AEC-Q200 qualification for Class X1 (760 VAC) / Y1 (500 VAC) applications in accordance with IEC 60384-14.4. For
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03/25/2019
Hirose Boosts Current Capacity of Low-Profile WTB Connector
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS — Hirose has expanded the current carrying capacity of it EnerBee power connector family. The DF60 Series wire-to-board connector now supports applications requiring current ratings up to 65A. Featuring a compact space-saving design, the DF60 Series power connector
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03/22/2019
Inductor Offers Operating Temperature to +155°C
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductors with a new device in the 2020 case size. The Vishay Dale IHLP-2020BZ-5A combines a high operating temperature to +155°C with a low profile of 2 mm to save space in
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03/21/2019
Frequency-Optimized Planar Transformers Rated up to 250W
Lake Forest, CA—Premier Magnetics announces its PM-PTxxx Series of frequency-optimized planar transformers. The new line, offering models with ratings to 250W, are designed for forward converter, full/half bridge and active clamp applications utilizing switching frequencies between 200 KHz and 700 KHz.  Proprietary
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03/21/2019
Bi-Directional Regenerative Supply Packs 30KW in 4U Chassis
San Diego, CA — Elektro-Automatik announces the EA-PSB 10000 30KW Programmable Bi-directional Power Supply. The 4U rack-mounted PSB 10000, engineered with advanced SiC power conversion devices switching at 150 kHz, boasts the industry’s best power density—requiring as little as half the rack space
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03/21/2019
UnitedSiC announces SiC JFET family for low power  AC-DC Flyback converters

SiC JFETs for Low Power AC/DC Flyback Converters

March 19, 2019, Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) Anaheim CA, and Princeton,New Jersey: UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced it has released a range of SiC JFET die suitable for co-packaging with a controller IC with built in low
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03/20/2019
The Industry's Largest Line of Automotive-Grade SiC MOSFETs
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM announced the addition of 10 new automotive-grade SiC MOSFETs. The introduction of the SCT3xxxxxHR series allows ROHM to offer the industry's largest lineup of AEC-Q101 qualified SiC MOSFETs that provide the high reliability necessary for automotive on board chargers and
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03/20/2019
Design Tools and Resources Shorten Design Times
Anaheim, Calif., Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC) – GaN Systems is displaying a wide breadth of innovative design tools including new reference designs from partners at APEC 2019. Visitors to GaN Systems Booth #553 will find the multitude of unique design resources that make GaN
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03/19/2019
650V SiC Schottky Diodes with Current Ratings from 6A to 40A
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced two additions to its expanding line of second-generation, 650V, AEC-Q101-qualified silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Diodes. Both series offer power electronics system designers a variety of performance advantages over traditional silicon-based devices, including
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03/19/2019
UnitedSiC announces strategic investment by Analog Devices

Chris Dries, President and CEO at UnitedSiC

March 18, 2019, Princeton, New Jersey and Norwood, Massachusetts: UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced a strategic investment and long-term supply agreement from Analog Devices, Inc.
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03/18/2019
Isolated ICs Ensure Precise Current and Voltage Measurements
ANAHEIM, Calif. (APEC) – Silicon Labs has introduced a family of isolated analog amplifiers, voltage sensors and delta-sigma modulator (DSM) devices designed to provide accurate current and voltage measurement with very low drift across temperature. Based on Silicon Labs’ robust, third-generation
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03/18/2019
APEC Brings Wide-Bandgap Devices into Focus
I don’t have to tell you, dear reader, how vital wide-bandgap semiconductors are to this industry. If you haven’t encountered them on your workbench or heard our PSDcast with PowerAmerica,
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03/12/2019
For the better part of this decade, power electronics technologists have been enabling new topologies with GaN (gallium nitride) transistors. Similarly, system innovators have been creating new levels of performance in electric and autonomous vehicles, industrial machines, televisions, laptop adapters, data
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03/12/2019
Qualifying SiC Devices to Industrial and Auto Standards

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Figure 1: RUIS test setup and waveforms for the current and the voltage during a UIS pulse.

A recent trend in the semiconductor market is the widespread adoption of silicon carbide (SiC) devices, including both Schottky barrier diodes (SBD) and power MOSFETs, for industrial and automotive applications. At the same time, the long-term reliability of these devices is a hot topic that should
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03/11/2019
Wide-Bandgap Technology Gathers Pace
It barely feels we are past the Christmas holidays and yet here we are looking forward to the start of the exhibition season. Even although it’s only March, my colleagues in the US are currently gearing up for the biggest show of the year in that region. APEC sets the tone for the whole year in the power industry
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03/11/2019
Hybridization: Prospects for the Near Future of Automobiles

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Figure 1: Block diagram of an electric vehicle controller

New vehicle models with electric motors are automobile manufacturers’ lighthouse projects, even more so against the background of current arguments about combustion engines or, more specifically, diesel engines. In close alignment with policy makers, manufacturers are offering premiums to tempt
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03/11/2019
Two Steps to High Voltages

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Figure 1. Boost topology for generating a high voltage from a low voltage

If a high voltage needs to be generated from a low voltage, a boost converter can be used. This represents one of the three elementary switching regulator topologies and requires only two switches, an inductor, and input and output capacitors. Besides the boost converter, the other basic topologies are the buck
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03/08/2019
Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and Packaging - it’s happening

Kevin Parmenter, Field Applications Manger, Taiwan Semiconductor

The promise of wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG) are higher switching frequency and higher operating temperatures perhaps smaller sizes, greater efficiencies and perhaps higher reliability, less size, less cooling – no fans for example, smaller heatsinks, smaller capacitors, less weight and overall better
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03/08/2019
ADC Family Enables High-Res Analog-to-Digital Conversion
CHANDLER, Ariz. — To address applications that demand higher-speed and higher-resolution analog-to-digital conversion, Microchip Technology Inc. announced 12 new Successive Approximation Register (SAR) Analog-to-Digital
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03/07/2019
AEC-Q101 Qualified MOSFETs Use 50% Less Space Over DPAK
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new -30 V and -40 V Automotive Grade p-channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs in the PowerPAK SO-8L package with gullwing leads for increased board-level reliability. Providing more than a 50 % reduction in mounting area compared to devices in
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03/07/2019
TTI Stocks Littelfuse Automotive TVS Diodes
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the Littelfuse TPSMB series AEC-Q101 qualified automotive TVS Diodes. The latest additions expand the series’ breakdown voltage range from 7.5V to 550V for unidirectional and 10V to 650V for bidirectional devices. These AEC-Q101 qualified TVS Diodes provide
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03/07/2019
Low-power, smallest-form-factor FPGA for 4K video
Microchip announces the new PolarFire FPGA imaging and video solution to address the challenges of developing complex computer algorithms which enable systems to capture and display information and high-resolution images. The PolarFire FPGA imaging and video solution
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03/06/2019
New SCALE-iDriver SiC-MOSFET Gate Driver
Power Integrations announced the SIC1182K SCALE-iDriver, a high-efficiency, single-channel SiC MOSFET gate driver that delivers the highest peak output gate current available without an external boost stage. Devices can be configured to support different gate-drive
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03/06/2019
VITA 62 compliant power supplies for MIL-COTS VPX applications
Vicor Power Systems new line of VITA 62 compliant power supplies are designed for 3U Open VPX systems and achieve high-efficiency and high-power density in a rugged, conduction-cooled chassis. The initial products operate from a nominal 28V or 270V DC input, with
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03/06/2019
RS Components adds Rexroth industrial frequency converters
RS Components has introduced an innovative frequency converter from Rexroth that delivers potential energy savings of up to 80% across industrial and automation applications. The EFC 5610 intelligent variable-frequency drive enables manufacturers and other industrial
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03/06/2019
BLE Wireless Multi-core MCUs set new standards
Dialog Semiconductor unveiled the SmartBond DA1469x family of Bluetooth low energy SoCs, its most advanced, feature-rich range of multi-core microcontroller units (MCUs) for wireless connectivity. The new product family which includes four variants, builds on the
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03/06/2019
Ultra-Low Power Technology applied to Energy Harvesting
e-peas has announced the introduction of a new power management IC specifically optimized for energy harvesting from thermal sources in wireless sensors application. Supplied in a space-saving 28-pin QFN package,
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03/06/2019
24 - 44 GHz Wideband Integrated Microwave 5G Transceiver
These ICs operate over a very wide frequency range with 50 Ω-match from 24 GHz up to 44 GHz, facilitating ease of design and reducing the costs of building a single platform that can cover all 5G mm Wave frequency bands including 28 GHz and 39 GHz. Additionally,
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03/06/2019
Power solution for high speed e-commerce hub conveyers
Powerbox announces the introduction of its ENI250A series designed to deliver peak power to motor start or/and high capacitive loads in factory automation applications. The three-phase ENI250A series is housed in an IP54 case, delivers a constant 250W and up to 480W
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03/06/2019
Industry’s first automotive USB 3.1 SmartHub supports Type-C
Microchip announces an automotive-qualified USB 3.1 Gen1 SmartHub IC, offering up to 10 times faster data rates over existing USB 2.0 solutions and reducing indexing times to improve the user experience in vehicles. To support the rising adoption of USB Type-C in
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03/06/2019
Industry’s smallest logic parts approved for automotive
Nexperia announced that over twenty logic types in the company’s space-saving leadless MicroPak packages are now AEC-Q100 qualified. These logic solutions are the smallest devices of their type suitable for
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03/06/2019
Han ES Press HMC connector range allows fast installation
The new Han ES Press HMC (High Mating Cycles) connector series from HARTING combines the facility to be installed quickly without tools with extremely robust construction that allows the devices to handle at least 10,000 mating cycles.
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03/06/2019
Tantalum Capacitors for Automotive & Industrial Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released a new series of miniature, surface-mount, J-lead tantalum capacitors that deliver high reliability and high volumetric efficiency in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications. The new F9H Series meets AEC-Q200 requirements, is compliant with RoHS2
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03/05/2019
Thick Film Chip Resistors Deliver Power to 1.5 W
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high voltage thick film chip resistors that offer high power ratings up to 1.5 W and working voltages to 3000 V in five compact case sizes ranging from 1206 to 2512. For increased design flexibility, the Vishay Techno CRHP
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03/05/2019
 Reenvision Inductor Operation to Optimize New Applications

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Figure 1: Core material performance curves

What do new applications need in order to take advantage of new devices like wide band-gap semiconductors? They need the best inductors. And what is the best inductor for your application?   Answering that requires proper characterization of the inductors, which is more than can be conveniently obtained
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Date:
03/01/2019