STMicroelectronics Safety-Documentation Package for STM8A Automotive MCUs Aids ISO 26262 Certification

August 4, 2015  by  

STMicro N3713S -- Aug 3 2015 -- STM8A Safety Documentation_IMAGESTMicroelectronics has published a safety manual and FMEDA (Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis) document that helps to streamline ISO 26262 functional-safety certification up to ASIL-B for systems containing the company’s STM8AF automotive microcontrollers.

With features including CAN and LIN drivers, and touch-sense/LCD-control capability, ST’s AEC-Q100- qualified STM8AF series is a popular and economical choice for body and infotainment applications such as seat adjusters, instrumentation, and lighting controllers.

Mentor Graphics Announces Flowmaster with Enhanced Multi-Arm Tank Component and 1D Pipe Stress Links

July 23, 2015  by  

flowmaster-aufmacher-smMentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the newest version of the Flowmaster® 1D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software product for fast and accurate thermo-fluid systems design. The new Flowmaster solution features several key new and enhanced functionalities including an improved multi-arm tank component, and integration with complementary 1D pipe stress products such as CAESAR II and CAEPIPE for pipe fluid-force predictions. Overall product enhancements to usability and increases in physical modeling capabilities provide unparalleled accuracy and ease-of-use to the automotive, aerospace, power generation and gas turbine markets.

The enhanced usability and physical modeling capabilities in version 7.9.4 of the Flowmaster product include:

Advanced WEBENCH® Tools for Expert Power-supply Designers

July 21, 2015  by  

New tools from Texas Instruments put more power at your fingertips

WEBENCH Advanced Tools Press PhotoTexas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) unveiled a series of advanced tools in WEBENCH® Power Designer that provide experienced engineers extensive design control, analysis and trouble-shooting capability to create complex power-supply designs. From control-loop compensation to simulation export, WEBENCH Power Designer now puts cutting-edge tools in the hands of expert design engineers to create power supplies for industrial, automotive and communications equipment. For more information or to start a design, visit

New MapleSim Release Makes Design Exploration and Validation Easier

October 23, 2014  by  

MapleSim7CoreImageMaplesoft announced a new release of its system-level modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim™.

The new release, MapleSim 7, makes it substantially easier to explore and validate designs, create and manage libraries of custom components, and use MapleSim models within the engineering toolchain.

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Microchip Updates MPLAB® Device Blocks for Simulink®

January 28, 2014  by  


Microchip Technology Inc. announced Version 3.30 of its MPLAB® Device Blocks for Simulink®, which the company said make it easy to develop complex designs using Microchip’s dsPIC30 and dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). 

The software provides a set of user interfaces to MathWorks’ Simulink graphical environment for simulation and model-based design, where code for the application is generated, compiled and loaded onto a target dsPIC® DSC in a single step.

Updates to this version include multi-rate and interrupt-capable device blocks and a Free edition for up to seven I/O ports that eliminates the compile wait time found on prior Free editions.  Existing users can upgrade to the new PRO edition for free.

Altium Releases Vault Server 1.2 and Team Configuration Center

December 4, 2013  by  


Altium Limited has released Altium Vault Server Version 1.2 and a new product, Team Configuration Center (TC2).

Hosted on an organization’s own network infrastructure, the Altium Vault manages native electronic design data, including its revision history, life-cycle state and supply chain information. The new release adds the ability to migrate data from one vault to another, and enhanced support for connecting to corporate enterprise systems, such as ERP and PLM.  

Linear Technology Isolated Monolithic Flyback Regulator Delivers up to 15W

November 13, 2013  by  


Targeting automotive applications among others, Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters.

By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.

The LT8302 operates over a 2.8V to 42V input voltage range, has a 3.6A/65V power switch and delivers up to 15 Watts of output power.

The LT8302 operates in boundary mode, which is a variable frequency current-mode control switching scheme, typically resulting in +/-5% regulation over the full line, load and temperature range. Boundary mode enables the use of a smaller transformer compared to equivalent continuous conduction-mode designs.

dSPACE adds simulation models for pneumatic brake and air suspension systems

October 30, 2013  by  


Beginning in early 2014, dSPACE will offer simulation models for pneumatic brake and air suspension systems.

The ASM Pneumatics model library, which will become part of the dSPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) product family, enables realistic brake simulation for commercial vehicles, and comfort functions for passenger vehicles.

ASM Pneumatics is ideal for developing and testing electronic brake systems (EBS), air suspension electronic control units (ECUs), level control ECUs, etc. ASM Pneumatics adds a complete realistic pneumatics system to the models for passenger vehicles (ASM Vehicle Dynamics), trucks (ASM Truck) and trailers (ASM Trailer).

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Vishay Thin Film Chip Resistor Offers Operating Temperature Range > 155 °C

October 30, 2013  by  


AEC-Q200-Qualified Device Features Low Absolute TCR of ± 25 ppm/°C and Tolerances to ± 0.1 % in 0603 Case Size

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new precision automotive thin film chip resistor featuring high-temperature operation to +155 °C with 100 % power, derated linearly to 0 mW power at +250 °C.

Providing a nearly 100 °C extension in operating temperature range over traditional thin film chip resistors, the AEC-Q200-qualified PATT offers an absolute TCR as low as ± 25 ppm/°C and laser-trimmed tolerances down to ± 0.1 %.

Agilent Adds High-Power Supplies

September 4, 2013  by  


Agilent APS

Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced two high-power system power-supply families that extend Agilent’s range of power supplies into the high-power market.

The Advanced Power System (APS) family offers 1- and 2-kW power supplies for ATE applications.

The N8900 Series provides programmable, 5-, 10- and 15-kW power supplies with autoranging outputs for basic ATE applications.

The APS power supplies with VersaPower architecture offer specifications for fast operation, advanced measurements to accurately capture power profiles and integrated features to reduce automated test system development time and support costs.

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