Automotive & Transportation

May 2022
Meeting Power Management Enhanced Efficiency, Reliability and Safety Requirements

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Figure 1. General Block Diagram of a Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS)

­Power conversion, isolation and accurate current measurement along with overvoltage/overcurrent circuit protection are necessary elements in a power supply design. Not only are these component solutions needed to help enhance reliability, but they are also required for regulatory compliance to help increase safe
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05/31/2022

60 GHz Radar Sensor for Automotive Enables Highly Reliable In-Cabin Monitoring Systems
­With spring, temperatures are rising again to reach highs in summer. But rising temperatures also mean that it quickly becomes up to 70°C inside parked vehicles: A danger for animals and children left behind in the car. Equipped with the XENSIV 60 GHz automotive radar sensor (BGT60ATR24C) from Infineon Technologies AG
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05/25/2022
Renesas Announces Reopening of 300mm Wafer Fab for Automotive ICs

Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that it will conduct a 90-billion-yen worth investment in its Kofu Factory, located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. While the Factory was closed in October 2014, Renesas intends to reopen the fab in 2024 as a 300-mm wafer fab capable of manufacturing power se
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05/19/2022
Application Specific MOSFETs Modernize Airbag Design
Application specific ICs have been an important part of electronics for at least a few decades at this point. They are intended to provide the features necessary to implement the main components of a design at a low price point and known power budget for manufacturers who either don’t have the engineering talent
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05/17/2022
Expanded CoolSiC Portfolio Enables High-Power Density Solutions for 1500 VDC Applications
­The increasing demand for high-power density is pushing developers to adopt 1500 V DC link in their applications to increase the rated power-per-inverter and reduce system costs. However, 1500 V DC based systems also pose more challenges on the system design, such as fast switching at high DC
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05/13/2022
DHL and Volvo Trucks Kick-Off New Zero Emission Cooperation with Order for up to 44 Electric Trucks
­The intended order includes 40 electric trucks of the model Volvo FE and Volvo FL, to be used for package deliveries in urban transports. Electric trucks for longer routes are also part of the scope and DHL has decided to begin using Volvo trucks for regional hauling, starting with four Volvo FM Electric trucks in
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05/12/2022
Solid-State Relays Provide Industry-Leading Reliability
­Building on more than two decades of experience developing new isolation manufacturing technologies and integrated circuits (ICs) for high-voltage systems, Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a new portfolio of solid-state relays, including automotive-qualified isolated drivers and switches, that deliver industry-leading re
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Date:
05/12/2022
PSDcast – Will Autonomous Air Taxis Deploy Before Autonomous Cars?

Professor Naira Hovakimyan from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering department

­Because of the imperfection of the autonomous systems, but more importantly, the unpredictability of human drivers, fully self-driving vehicles have been slow to deploy in larger numbers. But what about an arena – the sky – with no pedestrians and no other vehicles aside from low-flying planes? Take all that un
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05/05/2022
Why did Tesla Give up on Battery Swapping?
­Battery swapping is a roundabout way to address “range anxiety” – a roundabout way that ignores technological progress. It focuses on the symptoms – rather than the cause – of an ailment that’s impeding the wider deployment of electric vehicles. And oddly enough, one of the leading innovators in the EV
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Date:
05/01/2022