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August 9, 2016  by  

John H. Day, founder of John Day’s Automotive Electronics–Insight for Engineers,
passed away July 31, 2016. With his passing, this website will close.

John wrote about electronics for more than 40 years, for newspapers, public relations
firms, and technical magazines such as Electronics News, EE Times, and Design
News. A graduate of both Northeastern University and Penn State University, he had
academic degrees in journalism, but he learned electronics as an officer in the US Army
Signal Corps, serving tours in the US, as well as in Vietnam.

dSPACE and BTC Cooperate on Safety-Critical Applications for Real-Time Validation

July 15, 2016  by  

 

  • Extension of classical test methods
  • Easier compliance with safety standards
  • Optimal integration and cross-platform use

dSPACE and BTC Embedded Systems now offer a solution that considerably improves test depth for the real-time validation of safety-critical applications. The combination of the new dSPACE Real-Time Testing (RTT) Observer Library and the tried-and-tested specification tool BTC EmbeddedSpecifier® makes it easier for testers to perform simulation-based formal verification. Formal verification is for example recommended by the ISO 26262 standard for testing the functional safety of road vehicles.

Technavio Reports Increased Demand for Infotainment Services Will Drive the Connected Car M2M Connections and Services Market in the US Until 2020

July 13, 2016  by  

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Technavio analysts forecast the connected car M2M connections and services market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 32.23% and 28.62% respectively, during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the connected car M2M connections and services market in the US for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the following:

  • Service revenue generated from OEMs and aftermarket equipment; for instance, the revenue includes the per year service revenue of Audi connect, not the device or module cost installed in the vehicle

STMicroelectronics Introduces Low Energy, Single-Chip Bluetooth Solution

July 12, 2016  by  

 

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STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has revealed its first Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless System-on-Chip (SoC). The BlueNRG-1 is optimized to satisfy high-volume opportunities in the fast-growing Bluetooth Low Energy market through the combination of superior energy efficiency and strong radio performance.

Bluetooth Low Energy technology is ideal for energy-constrained smart sensors and connected devices like wearables, retail beacons, keyless entry systems, smart remote controllers, asset trackers, and industrial and medical monitors. Shipments of IoT products that support Bluetooth Low Energy should increase 34% to 2021 (CAGR), reaching close to 1.4 billion units, according to ABI Research[1], aided by proliferation of Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones that provide a convenient user interface for interacting with Bluetooth Low Energy devices.

AEC-Q101 Qualified TVS Diodes from Littelfuse Protect Automotive Electronics from Voltage Transients

July 12, 2016  by  

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Well-suited for protecting automotive electronics and portable devices that require high reliability

Littelfuse, Inc., has introduced a new series of AEC-Q101 qualified Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes designed specifically to protect sensitive automotive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by load dump and other transient voltage events. TPSMF4L Series TVS Diodes offer 400W of peak pulse power dissipation in a compact, surface mount, flat-lead SOD-123FL plastic package with a height profile of just 0.98mm.

TPSMF4L Series TVS Diodes are best-suited for DC power protection and ESD protection in automotive electronics like electronic control units, sensors, entertainment systems, and body control modules (BCMs), and for portable devices that require high reliability such as hard drives, notebooks, VCC busses, POS terminals, SSDs, power supplies, monitors and other consumer applications.

Elektrobit Unveils EB robinos, a New Software Architecture for Automated Driving systems

July 12, 2016  by  

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Elektrobit (EB) announced EB robinos, the first comprehensive, hardware-agnostic software solution enabling carmakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers to develop and bring to market highly automated driving (HAD) systems.

EB robinos addresses the needs of every automaker and supplier that is racing toward the development of increasingly automated driving features and grappling with the complexity of advanced in-car systems. These advanced systems integrate both software and hardware elements including sensors and actuators, as well as components for fusion, control, and more. EB robinos provides a single, open platform that can help to accelerate HAD development and production. The end-to-end solution is ideal for cooperative efforts among multiple parties such as automakers, suppliers, software developers, and others.

Allegro MicroSystems Announces Three-Wire, True Zero-Speed, Surface Mount Magnetic Speed Sensor IC

July 12, 2016  by  

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Design Allows for Ease of Use for PCB Applications Over Typical SIP Based Packages

In response to market requests of a highly integrated speed sensor with advance algorithm PCB mounted systems, Allegro has released the A1667 in a surface mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications utilizing PCB mounting. This sensor is ideal for applications such as automotive transmissions and industrial equipment.

Microchip Launches Low Power PIC32 Family With Core Independent Peripherals

July 12, 2016  by  

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Microchip® Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).

The Microchip PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and PIC32MX families. The new family is the first PIC32 to feature core independent peripherals, designed to offload the CPU for lower power and lower system design. The PIC32MM devices are supported by the Microchip MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) to help simplify and accelerate designs.

Determining Failure in Electronics and Electronic Components: Considerations for Physical and Mechanical Testing

July 12, 2016  by  

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The reliability of electronic systems plays an increasingly important role in the success of many different types of businesses. Whether it is an electronics system in a vehicle, a personal electronic device or an electronic display on a piece of industrial equipment, it is critical that they all function properly. If potential problems are diagnosed and resolutions are determined before the product is in the hands of the business or the final consumer, then the integration of technology and the efficiency it can bring is much more effective.

Linear Technology Offers 2A, 2MHz, 28V Boost/SEPIC/Inverting DC/DC Converter with IQ = 6µA

July 12, 2016  by  

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2A, 28V Boost/SEPIC/Inverting DC/DC Converter

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT8335, a current mode, 2MHz step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 28V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 3V to 25V, suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.

The LT8335 can be configured as either a boost, SEPIC or an inverting converter. It utilizes a fixed 2MHz switching frequency, enabling designers to minimize external component sizes and avoid critical frequency bands, such as AM radio. Burst Mode® operation reduces quiescent current to only 6µA while keeping output ripple below 15mVP-P. The combination of a 3mm x 2mm DFN package and tiny externals ensures a very compact footprint while minimizing solution cost.

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