Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly appreciating the benefits of Brushless DC (BLDC) motor control as a response to the challenges of making their fleet meet legal fuel economy regulations. Brushless DC motor control typically increases efficiency 20 to 30 percent compared to equivalent speed controlled DC solutions.
International Rectifier today announced the introduction of the AUIRGDC0250, an automotive-qualified IGBT optimized for soft switching applications such as Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater applications used in electric and hybrid vehicles.
New cars and trucks sold in the United States are getting an average of 24 miles per gallon of gasoline, the highest ever, researchers at the University of Michigan said on Tuesday. The average fuel economy rating as shown by window stickers on new vehicles bought in March - including pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans and passenger cars - was 24.1 mpg...
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2960, a 2.5V to 36V, two input voltage monitor that draws only 850nA of quiescent current, offering extended battery life in battery-powered applications. The LTC2960 provides two adjustable monitoring inputs...
The MLX92221 and MLX92241 Hall Effect sensors from Melexis are designed to deliver the high levels of performance and robustness needed for the stringent automotive requirements of applications such as seat positioning systems...
Measuring stored energy in an electrochemical device, such as a battery, is complex and state-of-charge (SoC) readings on a fuel gauge provide only a rough estimate.Users often compare battery SoC with the fuel gauge of a vehicle.
C&K Components has developed a new component concept for complex automotive human machine interfaces (HMIs). Designated the CLK Series, the energy-free electromechanical device provides consistent, self-guided motion with uniform haptic feedback for automotive touch-sensing HMI applications.
The April 2012 issue goes into the power application area. Highlights include: “Battery fuel gauge: Factual or Fallacy,” “Are we there yet?”, and “Designing CO2 and alcohol-sensing applications.” Senior Technical Editor Jon Titus shares tips for helping engineers write well, while Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses design considerations for automotive applications.
The other day, I received a press release from a company that announced plans to apply its technology to the automotive space. The memo cited research from Strategic Analytics which predicts a 10 percent compound annual growth rate in the market for the next five years.
PTC today announced Yazaki North America, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, has selected PTC as the software systems platform for its electronic instrumentation.
Renesas Electronics leads OE Automotive Semiconductor Vendor Ranking in 2011; Freescale falls to fourth behind STMicroelectronicsMarch 19, 2012 7:25 am | News | Comments
According to the latest analysis by Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics was the leading supplier of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2011, ahead of Infineon Technologies.
u-blox, the Swiss positioning and wireless module and chip company, scored an industry first by providing advanced QZSS satellite positioning technology to Yupiteru, a Japanese manufacturer of telecommunications and car electronics for the Japanese market. Based on u-blox' QZSS-enabled LEA-6H satellite receiver module, the GWR73SD radar detector with
Today, feature-rich automobile electronic systems manage safety and control functions. Airbags, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSes), navigation and infotainment features are governed by burgeoning numbers of microcontrollers (MCUs).
Did you know that your hydraulic steering system wastes more energy than any other system in your car and is third highest in total vehicular energy losses (right behind wind resistance and road resistance)?
Amphenol Industrial Global Operations expanded its ePower connector series to include the IP67-rated ePower 200 for use in smaller scale electromechanical systems with a 200-A current limit as well as in power converters, motors for hybrid electric vehicles and
Winbond Electronics Corp. announced it is bringing its popular SpiFlash Serial Flash memory technology to the rapidly expanding automotive-electronics market.
Renesas Electronics introduced the new RH850 family of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive applications. The RH850 is based on 40 nanometer (nm) MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology...
The upcoming electronica China 2012 taking place from March 20-22 at the New International Expo Center in Shanghai will host many suppliers of advanced technology including Melexis. electronica China is the leading trade platform for
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed the APD Series transportation connectors specifically to overcome harsh environments commonly found in heavy transportation applications. Sealed to IP67/IP69K specifications (with
ON Semiconductor has announced two new low dropout (LDO) voltage regulator ICs. Building on the company’s market-leading power management portfolio for automotive applications, the new devices are ideal for use in audio and infotainment systems...
Honeywell introduced its RTY Series Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors that provide a variety of options (e.g., sensing range, pinout, voltage) to allow customers to customize the sensor configuration to meet their specific application needs, especially
Semtech Corporation launched the first device in a platform of high-frequency switchers. The SC220 is said to be the industry’s first buck regulator that enables designers to draw their own inductors directly on the PC board (PCB). This device offers
IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference Program Brings Together World Experts To Advance Electric Vehicle TechnologyFebruary 17, 2012 5:09 am | News | Comments
Advancing the adoption of electric vehicles and the power grid infrastructure needed to create more energy-efficient transportation systems will require developing and integrating diverse technologies, as well as adopting policies and standards needed to fully deploy these systems.
Holt Integrated Circuits announced independent validation of its CAN controller family at C&S group in Germany.
TDK-EPC, a group company of TDK Corporation, has published the EPCOS Application Guide 2012 â€“ Electronic Components for Automotive Convenience Applications.