Johnson Controls’ Lithium-Ion Batteries Power Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 Hybrid Range Rover

December 18, 2014  by  

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Johnson Controls is supplying its advanced Lithium-ion batteries for the 2014 Hybrid Range Rover.

Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.

Hybrid batteries are a part of the company’s full-spectrum of energy storage solutions for vehicles to help automakers meet increasing regulations for fuel efficiency and emission reductions across their fleets.

“As the first company in the world to produce Lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles, we are excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover,” said Lisa Bahash, vice president and general manager of the Original Equipment Group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

Linear Technology Micropower 80V Input LDO in SOT-23 Package Now Available in – 55°C to +125°C MP Grade

December 15, 2014  by  

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Micropower 80V LDO in MP Grade

Linear Technology Corporation announces a new military MP grade version of the LT3014B, a high voltage, micropower, low dropout regulator capable of delivering 20mA output current.

The LT3014B operates with a continuous input voltage range of 3V to 80V and generates output voltages from 1.22V to 60V with a low dropout of 350mV, making it ideal for automotive, 48V telecom backup supplies and industrial control applications.

Ultralow quiescent current of 7µA (operating) and 1µA (in shutdown) make it an excellent choice for battery-powered memory “keep alive” systems that require optimal run time.

Melexis Adds Automotive-Qualified MEMS-Based Pressure Sensors for Direct & Oil-Filled Sensing Systems

December 12, 2014  by  

melexis 12-12-14 MLXPR39_HRESMelexis introduced two new pressure sensor products that combine high sensitivity and strong linearity.

Fully automotive qualified (exceeding AEC-Q100 requirements), the MLX90815 and MLX90816 are discrete micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices for measuring absolute pressure in demanding operational environments.

The MLX90815 is designed for optimal performance when determining pressures from 0 to 30 bar absolute, while the MLX90816 covers full scale pressures ranging from 30 bar to 50 bar absolute. Both have a maximum deviation in their linearity of just 0.2% FS. Typical sensitivity for the MLX90815 is 1.5mV/V/bar and for the MLX90816 it is 0.5mV/V/bar.

Bourns New Power Inductor Series Offers DC/DC Conversion Performance for Automotive Applications

December 10, 2014  by  

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New Series of Nine AEC-Q200 Qualified Non-shielded and Shielded Devices
Meet Requirements for Low Profile, Weight, High Current and Low Power

Bourns, Inc. announced the company’s new SMD Power Inductor Series that includes nine new devices designed for automotive applications.

Designated the Bourns® Models SDE0403A, SDE0604A, SDE0805A, SRF0703A, SRF0905A, SRF1280A, SRR0745A, SRR1210A and SRR6040A, the new series consists of non-shielded and shielded construction devices that are AEC-Q200 qualified.

The series features inductance values from 0.47 to 6500 μH, has a heating current range up to 17.9 A and offers profiles as low as 3.2 mm. These features make Bourns® power inductors suitable for a broad array of automotive applications that include driver assistant devices, information/entertainment systems and lighting.

AVX Releases Smallest, Thinnest Fused Undertab High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014  by  

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AVX Corporation has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations.

The F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short circuits, and well-established undertab termination technology that enables high volumetric efficiency and high PCB assembly density.

IR Introduces Automotive-Qualified 600V IGBTs for Air Conditioning Compressors in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

December 4, 2014  by  

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International Rectifier, IR (NYSE: IRF) introduced the AUIRGP66524D0 and AUIRGF66524D0 automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs optimized for small auxiliary motor drive applications including air conditioning compressors for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Leveraging IR’s COOLiRIGBT™ platform and co-packaged with a soft recovery diode, the 24A AUIRGP66524D0 and AUIRGF66524D0 feature low VCE(ON) to reduce power dissipation and maximum junction temperature of 175°C to achieve extremely high power density.

Available in a standard length lead TO-247 and long lead TO-247 package, the new devices also offer a minimum 6μs short circuit rating at 150°C. A square reverse bias safe operating area (SRBSOA) provides additional ruggedness.

ADAS and Infotainment in the 2015 Subaru Outback

December 3, 2014  by  

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The more I learn about automotive electronics, the more excited I am about what’s coming in cars. I had the opportunity to see a bit of the future that’s available now when I tested the 2015 Subaru Outback, specifically, a 3.6R Limited with a 256-hp, 3.6 liter BOXER six-cylinder engine.

Subaru describes the car as a “segment-defining” midsize crossover that rides on an all-new platform, the features of which include standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission); new standard Active Torque Vectoring, and electric power steering.

Vishay Intertechnology Epoxy-Coated Mini Sensors Offer Fast Temperature Sensing for Automotive Applications

December 1, 2014  by  

vishay 12-01-14 15535860537_a06cef3a92_cVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced a new series of epoxy-coated mini sensors optimized for automotive temperature probes.

Built on advanced NTC thermistor technology, AEC-Q200-qualified NTCLE213E3… sensors deliver fast response times lower than 5 s in air, thanks to a small body diameter of < 2.5 mm. They also offer a rugged design to withstand thermal shocks.

The devices will provide fast and accurate temperature sensing for automotive engine coolant temperature (ECT) and temperature manifold absolute pressure (TMAP) sensors, HVAC systems, and consumer, commercial, and industrial appliances.

Audi MIB-2 Platform Features NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC

November 21, 2014  by  

audi 11-21-14 CES140058_medium__midAt the 2014 Connected Car Expo (CCE) in Los Angeles, Audi detailed key aspects of the advances in the electronics technology appearing in two of its newest models for 2015.

Audi explained how its MIB-2 (Modular Infotainment Platform) electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the timeline to introduce newer and more powerful processors used for infotainment and driver assistance systems.

MIB-2 debuts in the 2016 A6 and A7 model lines, which made their North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Delphi and Ottomatika Partner for Automated Driving

November 21, 2014  by  

delphi 11-21-14 Delphi's_automated_driving_vehicle_DLSV_garage-300dpiDelphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) will partner with Ottomatika, Inc., a company started by Carnegie Mellon University, which provides advanced automated driving software, to jointly develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.

Delphi, the company that first introduced automotive radar systems, will integrate its active safety technologies with Ottomatika’s automated driving software. The combination of the two creates a technology platform that enables a vehicle to make human-like decisions when driving in the city or on the highway.

The platform is flexible and can be expanded and upgraded as the software is updated. It will also support vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communications.

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