Automotive

June 2019
Touchscreen Controllers Increase Signal-to-Noise Ratio
CHANDLER, Ariz. — To address electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) challenges faced by developers of automotive touchscreens, three new maXTouch touchscreen controllers and optimization services are now available from Microchip
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06/27/2019
LIDAR Offerings to Accelerate Future of Autonomous Driving
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced a collaboration with First Sensor AG to develop products aimed at speeding the launch of autonomous sensing technology serving unmanned automotive, aerial and underwater vehicles in transportation, smart agriculture, industrial manufacturing and other industries.
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06/26/2019
Transphorm Strengthens 900 V GaN Portfolio with Second FET
GOLETA, Calif.— Transphorm Inc. introduced its second 900 V FET, the Gen III TP90H050WS, enhancing the industry’s only 900 V GaN product line. These devices now enable three-phase industrial systems and
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06/25/2019

Ultra-Compact Earthquake Detection Sensor Module
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of an ultra-compact high accuracy seismic detection sensor module, BP3901, which is ideal for applications requiring reliable earthquake detection, such as automatic doors, unmanned transport vehicles, and smart meters. Functions
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06/25/2019
Diode Intended for CAN Bus and Automotive Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a new circuit protection diode to shield CAN Bus and other automotive subsystem designs from electrostatic discharge and other electrical fast transient damage. The ESD protection level is rated at > 25 kilovolts. The PESD2402 is designed to protect two signal data
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06/25/2019
Data Aggregation Platform for Automotive Industry
Fremont, California – Excelfore announces the eDatX platform for big-data-driven AI (Artificial Intelligence) learning in fields of error detection, predictive analytics, and advanced algorithm development. The eDatX platform seamlessly integrate with eSync Compliant automotive
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06/25/2019
Accelerate Time-to-Market for High-Power Designs w/ new SMU
The demand for more efficient high voltage semiconductors in 5G, automotive, alternative energy and other applications is leading researchers toward new materials including SiC (Silicon Carbide) and GaN (Gallium Nitride). These wide bandgap semiconductors pose increasingly complex test challenges in research
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06/20/2019
Power Supply Monitoring IC with Self-Diagnostic Function
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a power supply monitoring IC, the BD39040MUF-C, with BIST (Built-In Self Test) that supports functional safety. This IC is ideal for automotive application power supply systems requiring fail-safe measures such as electric power
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06/20/2019
UnitedSiC Adds 4-lead Kelvin Device to UF3C FET Series
Princeton, New Jersey: UnitedSiC has further expanded its UF3C FAST series product offering by introducing an additional 1200V high-performance SiC FET device in a TO-247-4L 4-leaded Kelvin Sense discrete package option. The UF3C120150K4S (
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06/20/2019
TMR-Based Sensor for High-Current Coreless Applications
TDK Corporation is expanding its Micronas magnetic sensor portfolio with the CUR 423x sensors developed for current measurements in automotive and industrial applications. The new sensors, marketed under the trademark curSENS, are the first Micronas branded products based on the TDK TMR technology. This technology
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06/18/2019
Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kits
Philadelphia, PA — AgileSwitch, LLC introduces the ASDAK (Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kit) for power electronics engineers working with new SiC MOSFET modules.  Applications for the kit including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units in trains, buses and trolleys,
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06/17/2019
3W Ultra-thin Isolated Regulated Output DC/DC Converters
The new series URB/VRB-J(M)D/T-3W provides 4:1 and 2:1 ultra wide input range, features 1500VDC isolation voltage, and delivers efficiencies up to 83%. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition to meeting EN62368
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06/17/2019
Development Kits Unlock Full Potential of SiC MOSFET Modules
Philadelphia, PA — AgileSwitch, LLC, introduces the ASDAK (Augmented Switching Accelerated Development Kit) for power electronics engineers working with new SiC MOSFET modules.  Applications for the kit including heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units in trains, buses and trolleys, EV charging
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06/13/2019
Rectifiers Increase Power Density, Improve Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its offering of FRED Pt Ultrafast recovery rectifiers with eight new 100 V and 200 V devices in the eSMP series SMP (DO-220AA) package, including the industry's first
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06/12/2019
Electric Vehicles Would be a Breath of Fresh air for Houston

Cornell researchers say replacing at least 35 percent of Houston's gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040 will reduce pollution and improve air quality by 50 percent.

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report. The report, released in April, ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone
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06/11/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 3
(See part 1 and part 2) SiC
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06/06/2019
10W reed relay suits high-PCB-density applications
Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W. 3V and 5V coils are available.   Fast operate
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06/06/2019
Now at Mouser: Maxim’s MAX77860 Switch-Mode Buck Charger
The MAX77860 is ideal for USB Type-C charging for single-cell (1S) lithium-ion or lithium-polymer applications, portable medical equipment, portable industrial equipment, and mobile point-of-sale devices, as well as smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
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06/06/2019
New angled locking cable for IEC C14 Power Connectors
The newest connector in the IL13 family sets a benchmark in space limited locking situations. Due to its angled construction the connector can be beneficially used with devices standing next to a wall or in
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06/06/2019
Powerbox announces 105 models of DC/DC converters featuring 2xMOPP medical approvals
The PMM15, PMM20 and PMM30 are certified to the 3rd Edition of the IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1 medical safety standard and rated for the highest levels of patient protection - 2xMOPP. With a clearance and creepage distance of 8mm, a typical leakage current of 2µA
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06/06/2019
Encapsulated sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters
The modules are housed in the industry-standard sixteenth-brick form factor (35.3 x 25 x 10.4mm / 1.39 x 0.984 x 0.41 in), with sealed and encapsulated packaging. This ensures their reliability when exposed to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh environmental
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06/06/2019
Rad-Hard 16-Channel Current Driver with Integrated Decoder
The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC. The device allows satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and cut solution footprint by 50 percent for their medium Earth
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06/06/2019
HARTING and HIROSE push infrastructure for Single Pair Ethernet
To make the new connection technology for Single Pair Ethernet a success, the technology partnership is pursuing the systematic expansion of SPE to achieve an end-to-end, complete infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of a portfolio of connectors, sockets,
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06/06/2019
Challenging Times
There is a bit of a dark cloud over the industry at the moment. It may not be too surprising since we are in one of the longest periods of sustained growth since the last downturn in 2008, meaning a market correction is probably relatively close. There have been a lot of indicators, including from market analyst
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06/06/2019
PSDcast â€

Infineon’s Stephan Zizala

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an electric vehicle partnership between Infineon and Volkswagen, specifically the latter’s “FAST” supplier
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06/06/2019
X-ray of Batteries Reveals why They Still Aren't Good Enough

In-depth computational models of commercial lithium-ion battery electrodes specifically reveal where damage happens with use.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Electric cars rely on the same lithium-ion battery technology that's in smartphones, laptops and virtually everything electronic. But the technology has been extremely slow to improve. While electric cars can more than handle the average American's daily commute, the average
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06/03/2019