May 15, 2015 by John Day
Most battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) manufacturers in Europe and the United States (US) have been adopting onboard chargers with a power output between 3 to 3.7 kilowatts (kW). Now, according to Frost & Sullivan, EV manufacturers are moving towards onboard chargers with a power output greater than 6.6 kW to reduce charging time.
Not So Fast
While high-end PHEVs are contributing to this trend, lower-end models in this segment are still using 3.7 kW onboard chargers. Consequently, onboard chargers with power ratings between 3 to 3.7 kW are expected to remain dominant, accounting for 62 percent of sales even in 2020.
May 5, 2015 by John Day
TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its FASTON terminal solution made with an F-spring contact that offers improved retention, insertion, and contact-stability benefits compared with other solutions on the market.
The terminal’s ergonomic features can help manufacturers provide safe and efficient assembly, which in turn results in end-product reliability and customer satisfaction. The F-spring contact FASTON terminal is suitable for automotive among other applications that require long-life interconnections.
TE’s F-spring product offers a low insertion force (LIF) of less than 35N maximum, due to its leaf-spring rolls, flared lead-in, and milled surface. Located on the top and bottom surface, the leaf-spring rolls help provide high normal force in the contact areas and LIF during tab insertion. They also exhibit optimum wiping action during contact engagement.
Vishay PLTT Precision High-Temperature Thin Film Chip Resistor Now Available in Automotive-Qualified 0603 Case
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) announced that its PLTT precision high-temperature thin film chip resistor is now available in an AEC-Q200 automotive-qualified 0603 case size.
Providing a greater than 100 °C extension over conventional chip resistors, the Vishay Dale Thin Film PLTT 0603 features a wide operating temperature range from -55 °C to +230 °C, a low absolute TCR down to ± 5 ppm/°C, and laser-trimmed tolerances down to ± 0.02 %.
As a standard feature for the new Ford Explorer Platinum edition, this marks the first time high-end Sony home audio technology has been used in a vehicle. Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technologies bring realistic concert-quality sound to the new Explorer.
“Explorer is about pushing boundaries,” says Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager, “and authentic high-end home theater sound isn’t just for the living room anymore. The new Platinum series gives customers everything – including a sound system that will knock your socks off.”
Wrightspeed Inc., a manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, announced the Fulcrum, a turbine generator. The firm said that using a proprietary set of advancements, the Fulcrum’s simple but innovative design represents a breakthrough that challenges today’s piston engines and leaves existing turbine generators wanting.
Powerful like a jet and clean like a windmill, the 80kW Fulcrum turbine generator sets a new standard as Wrightspeed continues to evolve electric vehicle propulsion.
Each component of every Wrightspeed powertrain is engineered from the ground up to systematically deliver ideal performance and with the Fulcrum, Wrightspeed now owns 100% of the Intellectual Property of its powertrain products.
May 2, 2015 by John Day
Symtavision has launched SymTA/S 3.7, improving timing design and verification for automotive Ethernet and multicore systems. The company also released TraceAnalyzer 3.7 which is fully integrated with SymTA/S 3.7.
SymTA/S 3.7 introduces new Ethernet timing design and verification features including the modeling and analysis of dynamic data chains and data dependent dynamic Ethernet frame packing as well as faster system distribution analysis compared to previous versions.
SymTA/S 3.7 also incorporates new general modeling and timing analysis features – Gantt-Filter, APIs and improved AUTOSAR 4.x multicore import.
Cameras installed in various locations around a vehicle exterior, in combination with cost-effective, powerful and energy-efficient processors, deliver numerous convenience and protection benefits.
By Brian Dipert
Embedded Vision Alliance
Strategic Applications Manager, Automotive Business Unit
Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
Director, Global Automotive Practice
Automotive ADAS Marketing and Business Development Manager
Vice President, Marketing
and Dan Isaacs
Director, Embedded Processing Platform Marketing
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), which last fall introduced what it called the “world’s smallest” tire pressure monitoring device for passenger cars (FXTH87), has introduced the wireless FXTH8715 family, combining small size and high pressure accuracy for trucks and other large vehicles. The Freescale TPMS will be included in a module recently introduce by Advanced PressurePro.
The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs.
April 27, 2015 by John Day
Supporting the trend from relay to more robust semiconductor solutions, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) rolls out its HITFET™+ family of protected low-side switches.
Infineon said its HITFET+ family (High Integrated Temperature protected MOSFET) offers a compelling feature-set with its diagnosis function, digital status feedback and short-circuit robustness, and – not available until today – controlled slew rate adjustment for easily balancing switching losses and EMC compliance.
April 22, 2015 by John Day
The scalable DSP targets applications requiring merged controller plus DSP computation, ultra-low energy and a small footprint. It can be designed into systems on chips (SoCs) for wearable activity monitoring, indoor navigation, context-aware sensor fusion, secure local wireless connectivity, face trigger, voice trigger and voice recognition.
Optional Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) optimizations are included for wireless protocols including Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread and Zigbee using IEEE 802.15.4, SmartGrid 802.15.4g, Wi-Fi 802.11n and 802.11ah, 2G and LTE Category 0 release 12 and 13, and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).