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  

avx 12-8-14 AVV882 F98-AS1 Series High CV Caps PRF98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a 0805 (2012 metric) S case, 0.9mm maximum height, and an internal thin film fuse to protect against short circuits.

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.

Some Neat Things About 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.