Automotive

October 2021
Powering Clustered AI Processors

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Figure 1: PRM™ and VTM™ are the building blocks of FPA. PRMs are selected based on the system input voltage range and power requirements; VTMs are selected based on the output voltage range and current requirements. The PRM can be mounted anywhere in the system where convenient; the VTM should be mounted as close to the processor core as possible

The recent introduction of new clustered AI ASIC processor based supercomputers are pushing the boundaries of power delivery networks to levels that were never imagined just a few years ago. With current levels approaching 100 kiloamps/ASIC cluster, innovation is needed across power system architectures, topologies, con
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10/27/2021

Through-Hole Inductors Deliver 156 A Saturation Current
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new Automotive Grade IHTH high current, high temperature through-hole inductors in the compact 1500 case size. For automotive applications, the Vishay Dale IHTH-1500MZ-5A (0.47 µH to 4.7 µH) delivers high saturation current of 156 A and very low typical DC
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10/25/2021
TVS Array for Circuit Protection in Common Computing Interfaces
ProTek Devices has introduced a steering diode / transient voltage suppressor array (TVS array) for circuit protection in common computing interfaces like HDMI and DVI, USB, SATA and PCIe, and more. It provides an ultra-low capacitance of 0.3pF, typical for I/O to ground. The new device part number is the PLR0
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10/25/2021
Functional Safety Packages Simplify Design of ASIL B and ASIL C Safety Applications
Safety is a primary concern in automotive applications to ensure reliable operation and end users’ wellbeing. Microchip Technology Inc. is offering newly certified functional safety packages to enable engineers to develop their products as per the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. Microchip is an
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10/21/2021
Lithium recycling technique reduces new battery cost
The vast majority of the current boom in portable electronics equipment relies on advancements in the lithium battery technology that provides the power. If these batteries are important to us now, in the near future, the introduction of more and more electric vehicles will drive demand to unprecedented levels. Howev
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10/19/2021
High-Voltage Chip Divider Reduces Component Counts
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the industry's first high-voltage chip divider to be offered in a ribbed molded package with compliant surface-mount leads. Designed to reduce component counts and improve TC tracking performance and ratio stability in automotive and industrial equipment, the Vishay Techno CDMM delivers a m
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10/18/2021
PSDcast – Using Capacitors to Improve the Efficiency of Energy Storage

KYOCERA AVX’s Ron Demcko

Today's topic is capacitors, or more specifically, their relation to energy storage which, in the age of electric vehicles and the monumental power requirements of the IoT, has become a universal concern.
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10/14/2021
Small Signal Schottky and Switching Diodes w/ DFN1006-2A Package
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new surface-mount small signal diodes in the ultra compact DFN1006-2A plastic package with wettable flanks. Designed to save space and improve thermal performance in automotive and industrial applications, the 40 V BAS40L Schottky and 100 V BAS16L switching di
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10/11/2021
PSDcast – The Future of Battery Energy Storage

CBI’s Senior Technical Director Manager, Matt Raiford

The Consortium for Battery Innovation just released their 2021 Technical Roadmap, and in their own words, “the opportunities for the global lead battery industry to provide sustainable, reliable and high-performing batteries to achieve global electrification and decarbonization targets are limitless.”
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10/08/2021
High-Precision Voltage Reference IC Provides Very-Low Drift
Extended-temperature-range voltage reference ICs for automotive and industrial applications require low drift, high reliability and high performance. Microchip Technology Inc. announced the release of a high-precision voltage reference (Vref) IC that meets these needs at a cost-effective price. The new MCP1502 is
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10/08/2021
Miniaturized, Highly Sensitive MEMS Pressure Sensor Element 
TDK Corporation presents the new C35 type pressure sensor element, designed to measure a range of 0 to 100 mbar. It combines high sensitivity with extremely low dimensions of just 2.05 x 2.05 x 1.2 mm, enabling compact pressure sensor designs.  The pressure sensor element with ordering code B58601E35
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10/07/2021
Engineer Awarded $5M to Build Quantum-Powered Navigation Tools

University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering Zheshen Zhang

Zheshen Zhang, a University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is leading a $5 million quantum technology project to advance navigation for autonomous vehicles and spacecraft, as well as measurement of otherworldly materials such as dark matter and gravitational waves. The National
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10/07/2021
onsemi Doubles Down on Intelligent Focus
2021 has been a tough year for the industry. It started off with most people predicting that the industry would return to normal during the course of the year. That hasn’t happened, and the automotive market – one that onsemi is especially focussed on – has been the worst affected of all. This has resulte
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10/07/2021
Automotive Gateway Solution Based on R-Car S4 SoCs and PMICs
Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled an innovative automotive gateway solution with R-Car S4 system on chips (SoCs) and power management ICs (PMICs) for next-generation vehicle computers, communication gateways, domain servers and application servers. Renesas' new solution meets the automotive industry's high
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10/06/2021
Illinois Tech Professor Joins National Program for STEM Faculty

Georgia Papavasiliou, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech)

Georgia Papavasiliou, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), has been named a fellow in the third cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to
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10/06/2021
Murata Announces Engineering Fund at Kennesaw State University

Dean Ian Ferguson with Kennesaw State University

Murata announced that it established the Futoshi “Fred” Chanoki Honorary Engineering Fund at Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET) at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Named after Murata Electronics North America’s first president, the funding will support the needs of
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10/05/2021
$18M Grant to Build National Semiconductor Fabrication Facility

Professor Alan Mantooth from the University of Arkansas

Engineering researchers led by Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth have received $17.87 million from the National Science Foundation to build and operate a national silicon carbide research and fabrication facility at the University of Arkansas. “The national impact of having a fabrication facility such a
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10/04/2021
Haptic Devices Add Positive Feedback to the Automotive Experience

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Figure 1. Haptic use within a car

Our five senses keep us alive: we instinctively draw back from things that are too hot or loud that cause pain. Our environment has defined how these reactions developed over time. Non-language communication that takes advantage of innate perception Our sense of balance and other innate mechanisms have
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10/01/2021
Chevy Bolt Recall is Sad Reminder of EVs' Achilles Heel
General Motors has finally begun production on a new batch of Chevy Bolts that don’t contain tainted LG batteries which led to at least a dozen fires and a full recall. And sadly, this whole sorry episode just gives easy ammo to EV critics. If electric vehicles have an especially problematic issue – other
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Date:
10/01/2021