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The evolution of automotive electronics

May 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics, | Blogs | Comments

I grew up in the 1970s. Our family car was a Ford Pinto station wagon. Everything in it was manual – manual windows, manual steering. The only consumer electronics was the radio. Fast forward to today, cars have

Compact modules reduce component count, shrink PCB size up to 70 percent

May 17, 2012 2:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the PowIRaudio family of integrated power modules for high performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers. The new devices integrate a PWM controller and two digital audio power MOSFETs in a single package to offer a highly efficient, compact solution that reduces component count...

Liquid-level reed sensors ideal for industrial and home applications

May 17, 2012 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEDER electronic offers a complete line of liquid level reed sensors, ideal for use in laboratory fluid systems, automotive fluid sensing, aerospace and marine fuel level sensors, as well as a myriad of industrial uses, electrical equipment, and home appliances. MEDER recently launched a product training module on to help users make the best use of liquid level sensors.


Electric vehicle connector delivers faster charge time and improved reliability

May 10, 2012 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed the 2nd Generation J1772 electric vehicle connector. The EVC Series provides fast and reliable charging for all electric and hybrid vehicles, and is ITT ICS’ second product offering for this growth market. The EVC Series connector follows substantial developmental investments in electric vehicle charging solutions...

Laser bar series tout high efficiency at 200 Watts continuous optical output power

May 9, 2012 10:04 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors’ new laser bars offer extremely high efficiency of up to 65 percent at 200 Watts optical output power and can simplify the design of laser systems and reduce their cost, according to the company. The SPL BKxx-40WFT produces

Automotive varistor series delivers jump start & multiple-strike protection for communication systems

May 8, 2012 10:41 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed a miniature 0402 varistor specifically for FlexRay Communication BUS Systems used in automotive applications. The AEC-Q200 qualified Flexray Automotive Varistor Series automotive varistors combine ESD protection with EMI/RF filtering and insertion loss characteristics to protect against transients on high-speed data lines up to 10Mbps.

Development kit helps build personalized pulse networks

May 8, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq offers a development kit that allows automotive technicians and engineers to design their own pulse networks.  By using the FLX 5510 in conjunction with Teseq’s NSG 5500, automotive EMC laboratories can design their own pulses as well as

U.S., German auto companies agree on fast charging system

May 8, 2012 9:35 am | by Deepa Seetharaman, Reuters | News | Comments

Seven automakers, including General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, have agreed to adopt a fast-charging system that can charge electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in as little as 15 minutes. The group's goal is to make charging an electrified car as simple as filling a gas tank. Chrysler Group LLC is the latest automaker to join the consortium...


Google gets first self-driven car license in Nevada

May 8, 2012 9:27 am | by Mary Slosson, Reuters | News | Comments

Google's self-driven cars will soon be appearing on Nevada roads after the state's Department of Motor Vehicles approved on Monday the nation's first autonomous vehicle license. The move came after officials rode along on drives on highways, in Carson City neighborhoods and along the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Nevada DMV said in a statement.

Electronic pressure switch touts easy to program on-off set point

May 4, 2012 4:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduced its PSW14 Series of electronic pressure switches which can feature either a single switch with adjustable hysteresis or a dual switch with fixed hysteresis. This CE compliant product has an easy to program on/off set point and its

BLDC motor drivers serve automotive applications

May 4, 2012 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis announces today the next-generation IC Family for sensor-less and sensor based BLDC motor control for automotive applications. The new IC family follows the very successful MLX81200 core integration concept. This newest family of driver ICs combines voltage regulator, LIN -Transceiver, MCU, EEPROM, Flash, RAM, Power FET Pre-Driver...

600V IC intended for 3-phase inverterized motor-drive applications

May 4, 2012 9:48 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the automotive qualified AUIRS2334S 600V IC for 3-phase inverterized motor drive applications such as high-voltage compressors (HVAC) and fans. The AUIRS2334S features an advanced input filter to improve the input/output pulse symmetry of the signals processed by the device.

IP67-sealed tactile switch intended for smart meter and detection applications

May 2, 2012 1:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has designed a cost-effective, low-profile tactile switch for a wide range of price-sensitive applications, including smart meters, smoke/fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Designated the KSE Series, the momentary-action tactile switch combines rugged IP67-rated sealing, reliability and a long-operating life with a new optimized and economical design.


Automotive powertrain MCU helps simplify compliance with stringent safety standards

April 30, 2012 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced sampling of the multicore Qorivva MPC5746M microcontroller (MCU), designed to address the growing global demand for improved performance in automotive powertrain systems while meeting the latest safety and application security requirements. This 32-bit MCU is

High-capacitance MLCCs accommodate high temperatures up to 150°C

April 26, 2012 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation has expanded its portfolio of TDK X8R multilayer ceramic chip capacitors with new types that offer up to twice the capacitance of existing components with the same dimensions, according to the company. At the same time, they are able to

17-micron thermal sensor with standard serial link simplifies IR camera designs

April 24, 2012 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

ULIS announces today the launch of Pico384E, a new 17-micron pixel size thermal sensor with I2C, the standard Inter-Integrated Circuit link used in many of today’s electronic devices. I2C makes IR sensors compatible with the large-scale production processes used in visible cameras.

TVS diode modules for auto, wireless, ethernet, and industrial systems

April 23, 2012 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices announced the general availability of two new surface mount transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diode modules ideal for automotive, wireless base stations, Ethernet, industrial and other applications.

DC/DC controller ideal for driving high-brightness LEDs

April 17, 2012 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the LT3796, a 100V, high-side current sense DC/DC controller designed to regulate a constant-current or constant-voltage that is ideal for driving high brightness (HB) LEDs. Its 6V to 100V input voltage range supports a wide variety of applications...

The end of sensored BLDC control?

April 16, 2012 9:28 am | by Thomas Freitag, Melexis, | Articles | Comments

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.

Soft-switching IGBT serves hybrid and electric vehicle applications

April 12, 2012 1:54 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

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.

U.S. new car gas mileage up 20 percent since 2007: study

April 10, 2012 2:04 pm | News | Comments

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...

36V nano current voltage monitor targets multicell applications

April 9, 2012 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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...

Hall Effect sensing devices serve automotive applications

April 5, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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...

Does the battery fuel gauge lie?

April 5, 2012 5:53 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc.; | Articles | Comments

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.

Clickable switch provides uniform haptic feedback in touch-sensing HMIs

April 4, 2012 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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