Automotive

December 2020
Ultra compact 12 Watt DC/DC converters for industrial use
The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI off
. . . Read More
Date:
12/28/2020
First High-Speed EV Charging Hub Comes to Adirondack Park
New York State unveiled the first non-Tesla fast charger for electric vehicles (EV) in the Adirondack Park – providing a key link to the North Country and better accessibility to the park region for drivers including those traveling to and from Montreal. The four 175 kilowatt Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) in
. . . Read More
Date:
12/22/2020
40 V eGaN FET Ideal for High Power Density Solutions
The EPC2055, a 40 V, 3 milliohm eGaN FET, offers designers a device that is smaller, more efficient, and more reliable than currently available devices for high performance, space-constrained applications.   This device is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for perf
. . . Read More
Date:
12/22/2020
PSDcast – Predictions for 2021

GaN Systems' Director of Business Development, Julian Styles.

Since we’re always looking towards the future, we thought it’d be fun to try our hand at a few predictions for what we hope will be a far less catastrophic year. And to help with that, we’ve got our old friends at GaN Systems. GaN Systems
. . . Read More
Date:
12/21/2020
Two-Wire Hall Effect Switches with Self-Diagnostics
Diodes Incorporated has announced a family of automotive-compliant, two-wire unipolar (AH323xQ/4xQ) and latch (AH327xQ/8xQ) switch integrated circuits (ICs) that provide high sensitivity and high stability over wide operating voltage and temperature ranges. The ICs are for use in automotive proximity- and position-sensing appl
. . . Read More
Date:
12/18/2020
Leading Industry Smart Change

CITE 2021, Shenzhen Convention Center - April 9 - 11, 2021

The Organizing Committee of China Information Technology Expo held a press conference in Beijing, announcing that the 9th China electronic information Expo (“CITE 2021) will be held in Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center from April 9 to 11, 2021, and release the relevant preparations for the Expo to al
. . . Read More
Date:
12/15/2020
Purdue, West Point to Partner on Autonomous Race Car

Students and faculty from Purdue University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point are working together on a team entry for the Indy Autonomous Challenge. (Image provided)

The Indy Autonomous Challenge will bring together collegiate teams from around the world next October to run autonomous race cars around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed 2.5-mile oval. To get to the starting line, collegiate teams have been working since 2019 bringing together interested faculty and students, writing business plans and raising funds. The challenge, set for Oct. 21-23, is a series of events that has teams address topics such as artificial intelligence, sensors, data science and more i
. . . Read More
Date:
12/11/2020
PSDcast – Solving Range Anxiety with Charging Stations

Mark Henderson with EVBox

For your average driver to feel comfortable taking an EV for anything but a short commute, they have to know that the electric equivalent to a gas station is right around the corner – or wherever they might take a road trip. EVBox
Date:
12/11/2020
VDA Quick Connectors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Automotive fastening and assembly solutions provider ARaymond has announced a new generation of VDA Quick Connectors — building on its decade of experience designing and manufacturing quick connectors complying with the VDA standard. Used for heating and cooling lines, including thermal regulation of batter
. . . Read More
Date:
12/11/2020
USB Type-C Port Protector Offers Short Circuit Protection
Diodes Incorporated announced the automotive-compliant, AEC-Q100 qualified, and PPAP capable DPO2039DABQ 4-channel protection solution for USB Type-C ports. DPO2039DABQ is targeted for use in applications including automotive head units, rear seat entertainment units, and in-car charging. There has been incre
. . . Read More
Date:
12/10/2020
First 4-Quadrant Silicon PIN Photodiode in SMT Package
The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the industry's first 4-quadrant silicon PIN photodiode in a standard surface-mount package, qualified for automotive applications. Combining high photo sensitivity with low 0.1 % crosstalk and virtually no tolerance between its segments, the Vis
. . . Read More
Date:
12/09/2020
Extensive Range of High-Reliability External Antennas
AVX Corporation announces Ethertronics’ extensive range of high-performance, high-reliability external antennas designed to provide immediate, standardized solutions for a wide range of cross-market applications with challenging space, weight, and performance requirements. The nine antenna series offer a wide va
. . . Read More
Date:
12/07/2020
Automotive 40/60V MOSFETs are 100% Tested for Key Specs
Taiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of the TQM… Family of single and dual N-channel automotive grade power MOSFETs. Offered with drain-to-source breakdown voltage (BVDSS) of either 40V or 60V, all of the 14 parts in this AEC-Q101 family feature a maximum operating temperature (Tj) of 175° C. And
. . . Read More
Date:
12/04/2020
Permanent Magnetic Motors make Electric Vehicles Viable

Click image to enlarge

Figure 1: Autonomous Vehicle

The popularity of electric vehicles is rising in most key markets around the world, as environmentally-conscious consumers, prompted by increasing amounts of legislation, buy-in to the need for less polluting transport options in our towns and cities. This trend is also being driven by rapid improvements in the pe
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
Wireless EV Charging to Boost EV Adoption

Click image to enlarge

Figure 1: Using magnetic coupled resonant frequency techniques and impedance matching and compensation component for EV wireless charging. (Source: WiTricity)

The recently released Bloomberg Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 report highlights that new EV sales will continue to grow to an estimated 26 million vehicles by 2030. The increasing choice of available models, lower battery costs, and broader market adoption contribute to sales growth. The availability of a widespread EV
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
GaN Reliability Testing Beyond AEC for Automotive Lidar

Click image to enlarge

Figure 1: Illustration of how direct time-of-flight (DToF) and indirect time-of-flight (IToF) work

An automotive application using GaN power devices in high volume is lidar (light detection and ranging) for autonomous vehicles. Lidar technology provides information about a vehicle’s surroundings, thus requiring high accuracy and reliability to ensure safety and performance.  This article will discuss a
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
Optimizing Power Conversion in Rugged Environments

Click image to enlarge

Figure 1. More power in smaller packages is one of the goals of SWaP. Sample of Elma power solutions shown

Supplying power for today’s highly mobile, highly rugged embedded computing environments goes well beyond a mere power supply unit (PSU).  While an integrated PSU is key to system operation, dense electronics are demanding more power than can reasonably be supplied from just one power source. Because many embe
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
Goodbye to 2020
I don’t think many of us will be sad to see the back of the year, and hopefully 2021 is a much better year for everyone. It looks like several effective vaccines for COVID-19 will be available fairly soon and life can at least return to some kind of normality. 2021 certainly has some potential. Wide band
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
A Remote Automotive Showcase
One of the latest trade show casualties of COVID-19 was November’s Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo (rebranded as The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days). So instead of making the pilgrimage to the Motor City, we followed the lead of weddings, graduations, parties, and funer
. . . Read More
Date:
12/03/2020
Transportation Transformation: Rise of Connected Vehicles
Electrification used to move vehicles is a big part of the transportation market, but there is much more to it. Consider transportation outside of the U.S. where inexpensive energy is not as plentiful. Escalators – a form of transportation – are controlled electronically. Walk up to an escalator in Brazil, fo
. . . Read More
Date:
12/02/2020
Simple Power Backup Supply for a 3.3 V Rail

Click image to enlarge

Figure 1(a) and (b). Location of the blocking diode in the backup system schematic.

Data loss is a concern in telecom, industrial, and automotive applications where embedded systems require a dependable supply of power. Sudden power interruptions can corrupt data during read and write operations performed by hard drives and flash memory. Designers often use batteries, capacitors, and supercapacitors to
. . . Read More
Date:
12/02/2020
Electric Vehicle Traction Systems Require Nimble, High Power Test Systems

Figure 1. Electric vehicle power systems cover voltage ranges from 900VDC to 12VDC at power levels that exceed 100s of KW

In a previously published article on this subject, we noted, “The market demand for reduction in the use of fossil fuels is driving the inexorable move toward EVs. The complexity of testing the whole spectrum of electronic devices and systems within this new breed of vehicles is placing higher demands on test eq
. . . Read More
Date:
12/01/2020