Automotive

November 2021
PSDcast – Reducing Emissions (and Range Anxiety) Through Electrification

Martin Schulz, Global Principal, Application Engineering, Littelfuse, Inc.

Littelfuse just released a white paper called “Reducing Emissions Through Electrification: "A Path to Sustainable Energy Consumption in the Transportation Sector,” and since it’s relevant to both our December issue, which deals with transportation, and our January issue, which deals with EVs and the ch
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11/29/2021

The Race to Automotive Electrification: What it Takes to Win

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Figure 1: By 2030, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) will account for 45% of all xEVs

For years, automakers have been continuously challenged with the need for more power. In the early days, cars were powered with a six-volt battery right up to the mid 1950s when automotive systems evolved to a 12V power source to meet the perpetual need for more power. Not only did automakers have to anticipate ne
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11/22/2021
Battery Management System Enables Battery Hot Swapping
Sensata Technologies announced the availability of its new i-BMS battery management system (BMS) for electrified applications up to 60V. The new i-BMS Battery Management System from Sensata’s Lithium Balance product brand, acquired by Sensata earlier in the year, is a cell chemistry agnostic, compact,
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11/19/2021
SemiQ Announces Launch of 1200V 80mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET
SemiQ announced the launch of its 2nd Generation Silicon Carbide power switch, a 1200V 80mΩ SiC MOSFET, expanding its portfolio of SiC power devices. This MOSFET complements the company’s existing SiC rectifiers at 650V, 1200V and 1700V. SemiQ has engineered this MOSFET to provide the best trade-off of co
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11/18/2021
Common Mode Choke Series for DC Power Line Applications
Bourns, Inc., announced its new automotive grade, AEC-Q200 compliant SRF7035A Common Mode Choke Series designed to support high voltage and current in DC power line applications. There are five impedance ratings with voltages up to 80 VDC and current up to 5 A. This gives designers additional fl
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11/15/2021
Infineon Joins FiRa Consortium as Contributor Member
FiRa is an organization that is dedicated to developing and disseminating ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities in a wide range of applications. UWB devices are designed to accurately and securely determine the position of other devices. Infineon says it will make use
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11/09/2021
Pasadena Water and Power's new EV Charging Depot Opens
To support the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the City of Pasadena recently opened its new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot, providing 26 fast chargers to the public. The new depot includes fast-charging stations owned by the City and by Tesla. Global design firm Stantec assisted wi
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11/08/2021
PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

The former president and CEO of UnitedSiC, and Qorvo’s new general manager of Power Device Solutions, Dr. Chris Dries.

Two of the leading players in our industry just made a bombshell announcement – Qorvo, a leading provider of RF solutions, acquired United Silicon Carbide, a leading manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors.
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11/05/2021
Qorvo® Acquires United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a Leading Provider of Silicon Carbide Power Semiconductors
November 4, 2021– Qorvo® (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has announced that it has acquired Princeton, New Jersey-based United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a leading manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors. The acquisition of United Silicon
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11/04/2021
Stackpole Releases Automotive-Grade Chip Resistors
Electronics that require high reliability are no longer confined to military, aerospace, medical, or automotive market sectors. Many types of electronic end products now demand the higher reliability provided by automotive grade resistors. Automotive grade resistors offer increased reliability without the high
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11/04/2021
First Industrial Temperature Grade DDR5, DDR4 Registered Clock Drivers
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the industry’s first industrial temperature DDR5 (5RCD0148H) and DDR4 (4RCD0232K) registered clock drivers (RCDs). The new devices are targeted at demanding applications such as edge computing, automotive vehicles, industry 4.0, and 5G applications. The new indus
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11/04/2021
AEC-Q101 Qualified Gen 5 600 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast Rectifiers
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 10 new AEC-Q101 qualified FRED Pt Gen 5 600 V Hyperfast and Ultrafast rectifiers for automotive applications. Offering the best reverse recovery performance for devices in their class, the 15 A, 30 A, 60 A, and 75 A Vishay Semiconductors rectifiers are designed to increase th
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11/04/2021
High Efficiency Schottky Barrier Diodes for Automotive Applications
ROHM Semiconductor announced its expanded portfolio of Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) with 24 new compact, high efficiency models (12 RBR series and 12 RBQ series). These devices – 178 in total – are ideal for protection and rectification circuits in automotive, industrial equipment, an
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11/04/2021
Electrification Solutions for Megawatt Charging of Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
Sensata Technologies announced its new High Voltage Junction Box solutions provide safe and reliable protection and power distribution for high power charging of commercial electric vehicles. The solutions include DC Charging Boxes that support megawatt charging of medium and heavy-duty electric tr
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11/04/2021
Dual-Channel, 42 V, 4 A Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 with 6.2 μA Quiescent Current

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Figure 1. 7.5 V/4 A and 3.3 V/4 A outputs feature fast transient response

The LT8650S42 V, dual-channel, 4 A synchronous Silent Switcher 2 regulator features a wide input voltage range of 3 V to 42 V, ideal for automotive, industrial, and other step-down applications. Its quiescent current is only 6.2µA with the outputs in regulation — a critical feature in automotive environments wh
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11/01/2021
Don't Sacrifice Performance for Environmental Concerns

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Figure 1: Block Diagram of Subway/Light rail Traction and Auxiliary Unit

High performance and higher efficiency are common trends in most technologies, but particularly in transportation applications where the potential for significant environmental impact on a global scale is high. Greener, cleaner ideals are taking the lead in defining new goals for how technology must balance pe
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11/01/2021
It's a Fair COP26
As we head to the end of the year, it is often time to look back and reflect on how things have changed. This month, and very close to where I live, leaders from around the world will be doing their own retrospective analysis on how they are progressing towards meeting the climate change goals they had previously se
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11/01/2021