Automotive

June 2021
High Power 0402 Anti-Surge Pulse Power Resistors
KOA Speer Electronics is adding a high power 0402 size to their SG73P series of anti-surge, pulse precision thick film chip resistors. The SG73P1EW has a power rating of 0.25 watt with a TCR as low as ±100ppm/°C. This represents a 100% increase in power compared to the existing SG73P 0402 package. The
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06/30/2021
Design Software Enhances Ability to Accelerate FPGA Designs
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced availability of the latest version of its popular software design tool for use with low power Lattice FPGAs, Lattice Radiant 3.0. The tool supports higher density devices like the new Lattice CertusPro-NX family – the latest fa
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06/24/2021
Stray-Field Robust Position Sensors w/ Decoupling Capacitors
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas 3D HAL sensor portfolio with the Hall-sensor family HAC 39xy*, which features integrated capacitors for stray-field robust position detection in automotive and industrial applications. The TO92UF package was designed explicitly for PCB-less applications, combining both a ch
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06/17/2021
EVCS, LA Fitness Install EV Fast Chargers at Fitness Centers
EVCS has announced a collaboration with Fitness International, LLC, a leading health club operator in the United States, to install fast charging stations at fitness centers throughout Southern California.   EVCS, founded in 2018, owns and operates the largest network of fast charging stations
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06/17/2021
First Automotive Window Voltage Monitor with Built-In Self-Test
Designers working to achieve automotive functional safety in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can now reduce solution size and complexity with the MAX16137 single-window voltage monitor with built-in self-test (BIST) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. This window monitor IC delivers robust pr
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06/14/2021
Automotive-Compliant LED Driver for Rear Lighting Designs
Diodes Incorporated has expanded its portfolio of devices supporting automotive exterior illumination with the introduction of the AL5873Q three-channel linear LED driver targeted at simplifying rear lamp cluster designs. Rated for 125°C ambient temperature operation, this automotive-compliant, AEC-Q100 Grade
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06/10/2021
Littelfuse to Host Webinar on Reducing Emissions Through Electrification
Littelfuse, Inc. invites electrical engineers to join a webinar on heavy-duty vehicle electrification, Reducing Emissions Through Electrification. Fewer than 10 percent of the vehicles used today are heavy-duty vehicles, yet they contribute more than 25 percent of the emissions caused in traffic. Eliminating these emissions by electrifying this class of vehicles is a
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06/09/2021
AEC-Q200-Compliant Inductors for In-Vehicle PoC Systems
To foster innovation within the automotive market, Murata has announced the availability of its LQW21FT_0H series. These are the world’s smallest inductors with broadband impedance for in-vehicle power-over-coax (PoC) circuit of SerDes-based interfacing. The product line is AEC-Q200 compliant an
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06/09/2021
Service Robotics Advanced: Part 2 of  3 Editorial Series Sponsored by Infineon; Ensuring the Safe Operation of MOSFETs in Bidirectional Protection Power Switch (BDPS) Applications

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Figure 1. BDPS configurations

Introduction The global market for battery-powered applications is rapidly growing, including power tools, consumer robotics, light electric vehicles, and many others. The evolution of switched-mode power supply (SMPS) topologies enables designers to ensure safe charging and discharging of the equipment’s battery using bidirectional converters through
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06/08/2021
Service Robotics Advanced: Part 1 of 3 Editorial Series Sponsored by Infineon; Leveraging the Benefits of GaN to Improve Motor System Efficiency and Power Density in Robotics Applications

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Figure 1. Schematic of the CoolGaN™ 100 V-based motor drive

Introduction Robotics is an interdisciplinary field with a strong focus on integration and system optimization. Applications include service robots, collaborative as well as industrial robots, autonomous drones, and automated guided vehicles. An optimized design of the motors and drives in these robotic applications is key for a successful end-product. In a conventional, silicon-based (Si) d
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06/08/2021
Silicon Carbide MOSFET Module Solutions for Charging EVs
ON Semiconductor driving energy efficient innovations, announces a pair of 1200 V full silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET 2-PACK modules further enhancing their range of products suitable for the challenging electric vehicle (EV) market. As sales of EV continue to grow, infrastructure must be rolled-out to meet the ne
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06/07/2021
UnitedSiC announces six new D2PAK-7L SiC FETs
Available in 30, 40, 80 and 150mΩ versions, these latest SiC FETs represent another step forward in accelerating migration to SiC across applications such as server and telecom power supplies, industrial battery chargers and power supplies, EV on-board chargers and DC-DC converters.   The D2PAK-7
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06/04/2021
Rugged Nicomatic EMM Series rectangular connectors
The connectors reduce space and weight in the most extreme environments, including defence, space, motorsport, civil aviation, UAVs and robotics. The 1.27mm pitch EMM interconnects effect a 40% space reduction over their parent CMM Series and a 20% space saving when compared to standard Micro D connectors. A recen
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06/04/2021
Würth Elektronik presents new common mode chokes
The THT-mountable WE-FCLP for common-mode and differential-mode suppression, and the SMT data line and low-voltage common mode choke WE-CMDC. Both are available from stock without a minimum order quantity.   The WE-FCLP has a compact design with a maximum height of 14.5 mm, yet achieves an inductance up to 100 m
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06/04/2021
3DMAG magnetic position sensor for next-generation ADAS
3DMAG sensors combine Allegro’s proven planar and vertical Hall-effect technologies to measure magnetic field components along three axes (X, Y, Z), enabling true 3D sensing capabilities with a wide magnetic dynamic range without saturation.   Continued advancements in advanced driver assistance systems (A
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06/04/2021
3637 Size Added To CSSK Four Terminal Current Sense Resistors
High efficiency current sensing is commonly done using low resistance value resistors. However, as resistance values are reduced, the measurement error due to lead resistance becomes significant. For applications requiring high efficiency with the best possible temperature accuracy, four terminal metal element curr
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06/04/2021
Regulator Delivers Tight Accuracy for Supercapacitor Backup
System architects seeking backup power using supercapacitor or other energy sources can now deliver the best combination of highest efficiency and smallest size with the Continua MAX38889 2.5V-to-5.5V, 3A reversible buck/boost regulator from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The latest addition to Maxim’s Con
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06/04/2021
Low RDS(on) 40 V MOSFETs deliver highest power density
The MOSFETs are intended for automotive (BUK7S0R5-40H) and industrial (PSMNR55-40SSH) applications.   These devices are the lowest RDS(on) 40 V parts that Nexperia has ever produced and more importantly, they deliver power densities more than 50X greater than traditional D2PAK devices. More, the n
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06/04/2021
8V Gate Withstand Voltage for 150V GaN HEMT
The technology is optimized for power supply circuits in industrial and communication equipment.   In recent years, due to the rising demand for server systems in response to the growing number of IoT devices, improving power conversion efficiency and reducing size have become important social issu
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06/04/2021
Ultra low IQ power management IC for nRF52/nRF53 Series SoCs
The nPM1100 combines a USB compatible input regulator with overvoltage protection, 400mA battery charger and 150mA DC/DC step-down (“buck”) voltage regulator in a 2.075 x 2.075mm wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP). The PMIC ensures reliable power supply and stable operation for Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 S
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06/04/2021
Power Management Focus for Mouser Campaign
The series’ second episode, available on the Mouser website, Alexa, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify, explores power management and the potential behind wide bandgap technology.   Each month, the series brings a closer look to industry-changing technologies shaping modern society, and
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06/04/2021
Farnell adds Inksmith experiential learning tools
The Climate Action Kit’s project-based learning experiences are designed to teach students how to apply technology to solve real world problems through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Every project provides a unique hands-on opportunity for cross-curricular learning, with
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06/04/2021
Renesas Expands Portfolio of World’s Smallest Photocouplers
Measuring a mere 2.5mm x 2.1mm in an LSSO5 package, the world’s smallest optical isolated IGBT drivers and intelligent power module (IPM) driver reduce PCB mounting areas by up to 35 percent compared with other devices on the market.   “Industrial equipment and green energy system manufacturers a
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06/04/2021
2W-Rated Surface Mount DC-DC Converters with Bipolar Outputs
Comprising 9 different models, the lightweight units in the MGJ2 series each have a 2 W power rating and are supplied in compact, low-profile form factor modules with 19.49 mm x 14.99 mm x 4.39 mm dimensions. They are intended to accompany the IGBT and SiC-based MOSFET high-voltage gate drivers used in industr
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06/04/2021
High Temperature, Power DC-Link Film Capacitor
The C4AK series joins the C4AU (harsh environment) and C4AQ-P (125°C) family of power DC-Link film capacitors. These series offer higher capacitance density, DC voltage, and DC ripple current capabilities with an extended operational lifetime at high temperatures in harsh environments. Ideal for use in automoti
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06/04/2021
Mersen relaunches Enlight Energy Cap capacitor series
Since the relaunch, these products feature a new foil structure with much higher rated currents and an optimized price-performance ratio. That makes them the ideal solution for use in frequency converters and DC links in wind energy or photovoltaic technology. “These industries have huge potential”, explains Herw
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06/04/2021
New Würth Elektronik RJ45-10G-LAN transformers
Three tab-down models join the existing Ethernet connectors with integrated transformer in tab-up design. These models have the recess for the connector tab on the underside. All four new RJ45 integrated transformer connectors feature an extremely low-profile package. One of the models is especially suitable for par
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06/04/2021
APEC 2021: Infineon solutions from silicon to wide bandgap
With a device portfolio that spans silicon and wide bandgap (WBG) devices, engineers look to Infineon for solutions that balance performance, efficiency, reliability and cost. Infineon’s power solutions set the pace for innovations that make life easier, safer and greener.   Products, demonstrat
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06/04/2021
Enefit VOLT acquired the nationwide charging station network from the government of Estonia. The network was operated using out-of-date EV charging management software from 2013. The chargers weren’t networked and weren’t compatible with industry standards; they frequently failed, and the driver charging exper
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06/04/2021
Dual Power Rail I2C Bus GPIO Expanders Improve System Design
Diodes Incorporated has announced 16-bit PI4IOE5V6416Q and 34-bit PI4IOE5V6534Q bidirectional voltage-level translation general-purpose I/O (GPIO) expanders for automotive applications. Representing an industry first for the automotive industry, the automotive-compliant, AEC-Q100 Grade 2 qua
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06/02/2021
TE Connectivity Sensor Solutions Guide on TTI.com
TTI, Inc., is pleased to present the new TE Connectivity’s Sensor Solutions Guide. Whether you are working on the newest technology in digital and home healthcare, heavy industrial or harsh environments, or on the newest electric vehicles, the solution guide will help you navigate through TE Connectivity’s to
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06/02/2021
60 V Input Monolithic Converter Powers Critical Circuits Without Supercaps

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Figure 1. The 5 V output converter (U1) provides hold-up power for protected load on the 3.3 V output (U2). Note that the pin MODE/SYNC of U1 is left floating, allowing the LTC3649 to enter boost mode

The LTC3649 is a monolithic step-down regulator capable of operating from an input voltage range of 3.1 V to 60 V, and efficiently producing a single resistor-programmable output voltage at up to 4 A of output current. These features alone make it a compelling industrial or automotive supply for output voltages fr
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06/01/2021
£300m Investment in UK Electric Infrastructure
The UK’s electric vehicle sector has been given a major boost as the energy regulator Ofgem announced a £300m investment in electric infrastructure. The investment is part of a potential award of £40bn by the UK government to upgrade the UK’s electricity distribution network in preparation for a zero carbon fu
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06/01/2021
How Far Does Tesla Need to Protect us from Ourselves?
The hoopla over the latest Tesla autopilot crash took a strange turn (imagine that), again calling into question who’s responsible in what can only be described as user error. For those late to the party – in April, a Tesla Model S (equipped with autopilot) left the road at high speed and hit a drainage
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06/01/2021
VCSELs in Vehicle Monitoring Applications

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Figure 1: 3D time-of-flight QVGA

Time-of-flight (ToF) sensors are being increasingly used for a variety of in-cabin automotive monitoring applications, including monitoring the gaze direction and head position of the driver. A ToF device is a sensor that detects wavelengths of light. Light waves are modulated at high frequencies—in the lower to
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06/01/2021
Illuminating the Future of Vehicle Headlights

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Figure 1: Headlight FOV with only a base light module

Recently, there has been a big push in the automotive lighting industry to improve both vehicle headlight functionality and driver visibility, which has led to the development futuristic headlight technologies such as adaptive driving beam (ADB) and high-resolution headlights. Adaptive beam headlights Drivers use headlights t
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06/01/2021
Enabling System Upgrades with SiC Technology using Industry-Standard Baseplate-Less Packaging

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Wolfspeed, a Cree company, has introduced the Wolfspeed WolfPACKTM family of power modules, which feature silicon carbide (SiC) devices in a well-known power module package. The modules are built on the years of research and optimization Wolfspeed has dedicated to its SiC material and devices.  Along with critical
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06/01/2021
PSDcast – Bringing Inductive Wireless Charging to Larger Devices

Igor Spinella with Eggtronic.

Eggtronic’s new E2Watt could bring inductive wireless charging to white goods, larger appliances, and even cars.
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06/01/2021