Maxim Automotive SerDes Chipsets Work With Shielded Twisted Pair or Coax

April 9, 2014  by  


Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has introduced a family of Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) serializer/ deserializer (SerDes) chipsets that can be used either with shielded twisted pair (STP) or lighter and less costly coax cabling, thus offering flexibility for engineers designing high-resolution advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Current vehicle designs use STP cables to drive data to automotive infotainment displays; however, automakers are turning instead to coax cabling because it can lower cable cost and weight by up to 50%.

Freescale MCUs Target Instrument Clusters with High-End Graphics

April 9, 2014  by  


Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MAC57D5xx, a new family of ARM® Cortex®-based single-chip, triple-core microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive instrument clusters.

With more than 1.7x higher performance than any currently available automotive instrument cluster MCU, the new devices support complex graphics, including heads-up displays that previously required multiple components.

High-end automotive instrument clusters typically incorporate multiple external components, including a main processor, graphics unit, external SRAM, and dedicated circuitry to manage heads-up display warping and other sophisticated functionality. The cost and complexity of integrating these multiple parts previously restricted this functionality to the premium car segment.

Toshiba Constant Voltage Regulator Supports 1A or Higher With External Power Transistors

April 7, 2014  by  


Toshiba Corporation introduced the TB9005FNG, a 5-volt constant voltage regulator for automotive systems.

The TB9005FNG supports 1A or higher output current in combination with external power transistors. It can supply more than 2A output current when used with Toshiba’s TTB002 or TTA005 power transistors, thus allowing use in automotive applications that require high output current.

The TB9005FNG incorporates system reset functions for reset of microcontrollers when their voltage is lowered or clock signals are cut off, which contributes to improved safety for automotive systems.

Key Features


  • Part Number: TB9005FNG
  • Output Voltage:5.0V±0.15V

dSPACE Releases Motor Control Software Library for Electric Drive Control Systems

April 4, 2014  by  


dSPACE has released the XSG AC Motor Control (XSG = Xilinx System Generator) Library software for developing control systems for electric drives.

The library enables engineers to program Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) for use in control tasks with dSPACE MicroAutoBox II and SCALEXIO systems, as well as modular dSPACE hardware.

By moving control loops onto reconfigurable hardware, engineers for the first time can achieve execution speed of over 100 kHz and conveniently develop highly dynamic electric drive systems for applications demanding precise position and speed.