150V Low IQ Inverting Synchronous DC/DC Controller Uses a Single Inductor; Has Ground-Referenced Controls

May 25, 2016  by  

linear 2-25-16Linear Technology Corporation introduced the LTC3896, a high voltage inverting switching regulator controller that drives an all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stage.

Most low to medium power inverting DC/DC converters utilize a coupled inductor or transformer. However, the LTC3896 uses only a single inductor and converts a 4V to (150V – |VOUT–|) positive input voltage to a regulated negative output voltage from –60V to –0.8V at output currents up to 15 amps. Efficiencies are as high as 96%, ideal for transportation, industrial, telecom and power distribution applications.

Mentor Graphics MicReD® 600A Tests EV/HEV Power Electronics Reliability During Power Cycling

May 23, 2016  by  

Mentor Graphics MicReD Power Tester 600AMentor Graphics introduced a MicReD® 600A that tests electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) power electronics reliability during power cycling. The MicReD Power Tester 600A allows engineers to test power electronics – such as insulated gate bipolar transistors, IGBTs, MOSFETs, transistors and chargers – for mission-critical thermal reliability and lifecycle performance.

The ever wider adoption of electric and hybrid cars has created a specific need for this solution, since thermal reliability issues can result in EV/HEV recalls.

Sierra Wireless Launches Fast Vehicle Network for First Responders, Field Services and Transit

May 20, 2016  by  

sierra wireless logoAirLink® MP70 Vehicle Router solves challenge of connecting multiple high-bandwidth in-vehicle applications with LTE Advanced, Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

Automotive Security Threats and Recommendations

May 17, 2016  by  

Mike Borza synopsysMike Borza, member of the technical staff for Synopsys security IP, reviews key security issues that design teams must consider when developing IP for automotive applications.

Every aspect of the automobile is designed to be more connected, requiring subsystem and SoC designers to expand their scope of safety measures beyond the traditional steps taken to ensure physical safety. New connected cars offer hackers multiple opportunities to breach security, from body and panel subsystems to ECUs, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment platforms. Understanding the threats, system vulnerabilities and emerging standards will help designers to develop a continuous, appropriate response to the constantly evolving threat environment.

NXP Demonstrates Autonomous Vehicle Platform Using NXP Silicon at Each ADAS Node

May 16, 2016  by  

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