Ford Says Auto Start-Stop Will Be Standard on 2017 EcoBoost-Equipped F-150 Lineup

January 22, 2016  by  

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Ford said it will deploy Auto Start-Stop technology across the entire lineup of EcoBoost®-equipped 2017 F-150 pickups.

The 2016 F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard with Auto Start-Stop. That offering continues for 2017, with the addition of the technology as standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines including the all-new high-output version for F-150 Raptor.

Ford said that at the rate EcoBoost is growing, fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop could represent more than 60 percent of the truck lineup – giving F-150 the highest number of Ford nameplates offering standard Auto Start-Stop technology.

Allegro Automotive Integrated Buck LED Driver Includes Internally Generated PWM Dimming Capability

January 21, 2016  by  

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new single-IC switching regulators that provide constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs. Allegro’s A6214 and A6216 devices integrate a high-side N-channel DMOS switch for DC-to-DC step-down (buck) conversion. A true average current is output using a cycle-by-cycle, controlled on-time method.

Combined with automotive-grade quality and feature-rich functionality, a host of safety and robust protection features makes the A6214 and A6216 devices ideal for automotive lighting applications where high quality and reliability are highly desired and essential.

Connected Car Growth: Meeting Expansion with Standards Development

January 18, 2016  by  

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By Bruce Kraemer, President, IEEE Standards Association

Innovations underway in Intelligent Transportation Systems, coupled with the revolutionary connectivity being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), has begun to weave cars in new and exciting ways into the fabric of our daily lives, and standardization is playing a key role.

Much like with the advent of smartphones, which opened the door to explosive applications development, the connected car is enabling a multitude of new services and solutions associated with navigation, telematics and infotainment. This includes such things as full smart phone and wearable device integration within the vehicle, connected digital dashboards, monitoring applications for teen drivers, detailed, real-time navigation assistance, and much more.

dSPACE SYNECT 2.0 Improves Handling of High Amounts of Data During Testing and Development

January 13, 2016  by  

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dSPACE data management software improves integration in IT infrastructures and processes; provides  more convenient management of tests, variants, models, signals and parameters

With SYNECT 2.0, dSPACE introduced a new version of its data management software for model-based development and ECU testing. Wiith state-of-the-art server technology and further improved usability, SYNECT now supports developers of embedded systems and software even better in the management of data generated during their development and test processes.

Coilcraft Transformers Sense Current up to 20 Amps

January 12, 2016  by  

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Coilcraft announced its CST7030 Series of surface mount current sense transformers, which measure just 5.2 X 7.0 mm (with a max height of 3.0 mm) and sense up to 20 Amps of current at frequencies between 10 kHz and 1 MHz. Typical applications include load current measurement and control in switching power supplies and overload/short-circuit protection.

The devices are also qualified to AEC-Q200 Grade 1 (-40°C to +125°C) standards, making them ideal for conventional vehicle and xEV (EV, HEV, FCEV) applications such as current measurement in traction motors and battery management systems. They are also well suited for use in 48V vehicle systems.