NXP Shrinks Power Package for the Connected Car

May 23, 2016  by  

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Sets benchmark in package size with LFPAK33 MOSFET to power secure connections for automotive OEMs

 NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced the availability of its new line of automotive power MOSFETs housed in a compact, thermally enhanced Loss Free PAcKage (LFPAK).

The LFPAK33 is optimized for high-density automotive applications with a footprint more than 80 percent smaller than the most popular solution in use today. The significantly smaller low-resistance package was created in response to growing industry pressure to reduce the size of modules in the car while continuing to improve energy efficiency and reliability.

Mentor Graphics MicReD® 600A Tests EV/HEV Power Electronics Reliability During Power Cycling

May 23, 2016  by  

Mentor Graphics MicReD Power Tester 600AMentor Graphics introduced a MicReD® 600A that tests electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) power electronics reliability during power cycling. The MicReD Power Tester 600A allows engineers to test power electronics – such as insulated gate bipolar transistors, IGBTs, MOSFETs, transistors and chargers – for mission-critical thermal reliability and lifecycle performance.

The ever wider adoption of electric and hybrid cars has created a specific need for this solution, since thermal reliability issues can result in EV/HEV recalls.

Sierra Wireless Launches Fast Vehicle Network for First Responders, Field Services and Transit

May 20, 2016  by  

sierra wireless logoAirLink® MP70 Vehicle Router solves challenge of connecting multiple high-bandwidth in-vehicle applications with LTE Advanced, Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

Vishay Extends Voltage Range for 146 CTI and 160 CLA Series SMD Aluminum Capacitors

May 20, 2016  by  

vishay 5-20-16 26194799983_6d4d8d5d26_zVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has extended the voltage range for its Automotive Grade 146 CTI and 160 CLA series of surface-mount aluminum capacitors to 100 V and 80 V, respectively.

For high-temperature automotive and industrial applications, the Vishay BCcomponents devices provide low impedance, high ripple current, and long useful life.

146 CTI series capacitors are available in nine case sizes with operating temperatures to +125 °C, while the 160 CLA series is offered in six case sizes and provides high-temperature operation to +150 °C. The AEC-Q200-qualified devices feature low impedance down to 35 mΩ at 100 kHz for better filtering, a high rated ripple current to 1,750 mA, and long useful life to 6,000 h for high reliability.

STMicroelectronics Silicon-Carbide Power Devices Accelerate Automotive Electrification

May 16, 2016  by  

stmicro logoComplete set of devices allows full conversion of auto power modules to silicon carbide (SiC) for greater vehicle range, convenience, and reliability

Advanced 6-inch wafer capability and process to bring superior SiC offer to carmakers and automotive suppliers

AEC-Q101 qualification program to complete in early 2017, ready for new OEM product launches

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced advanced high-efficiency power semiconductors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EVs) with a timetable for qualification to the automotive quality standard AEC-Q101.

STMicroeletronics Microcontrollers Pave the Way to Smart Driving via More Secure and Connected Cars

May 11, 2016  by  

stmicro P3826A -- May 11 2016 -- SPC58 Automotive MCUs_IMAGENew MCUs bring high performance, ruggedness, and safety to Car Body and Security applications

Enable smarter, smaller, and lighter car gateways and body modules

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has launched a new family of automotive microcontrollers that heralds the advent of more secure and connected cars.

This new family of power-efficient and real-time-capable MCUs brings the world´s first Power Architecture™- based devices manufactured in state-of the-art 40nm Flash technology dedicated to Car Body and Security applications. It is composed of three product lines; SPC58 B-Line, SPC58 C-Line, and SPC58 G-Line, which offer from 512KB to 6MB of embedded Flash memory.

Infineon Power Modules for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Help Meet Space Constraints; Deliver Higher Power Density

May 10, 2016  by  

Infineon 5-10-16 HybridPACK_DSC_plainIn order to meet CO 2 regulations worldwide by 2020, a larger number of electric or hybrid vehicles (HEV) is essential. The targets amount to only 95 gram CO 2 per kilometer in Europe, 121 g/km in the US, 117 g/km in China and 105 g/km in Japan. When electrifying existing car platforms, space constraints are a significant challenge. As the inverter has to be placed in the typically cramped engine department, it has to be as small as possible. Inverter size is mainly defined by the power modules employed. Consequently, these have to become smaller while at the same time providing sufficient power to actuate the electric drivetrain. The size of a power module, on the other hand, is defined by the power consumption of the power chips used inside, and the ability to cool these chips to stay below a maximum junction temperature.

u-blox Dead Reckoning Supports High Rate Real Time Positioning and Versatile Design

May 9, 2016  by  

ublox 5-9-16 UB042(Fig1)u-blox announced the release of its fourth generation firmware for 3D Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) GNSS modules and chips. Already suited for first mount or aftermarket road vehicle applications, such as in-car navigation, infotainment systems, telematics units and fleet management, the upgraded GNSS receiver now offers real-time continuous navigation output with an update rate of 20 Hz, enabling low latency for applications such as interactive head-up displays.

As the new firmware includes Galileo, in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and SBAS, it also supports Galileo-based eCall, the European emergency call system, which will be required in new vehicles starting in 2018.

EnSilica Launches eSi-ECDSA Cryptographic IP for Standards-Compliant Car2x Communications

May 9, 2016  by  

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EnSilica launches eSi-ECDSA cryptographic IP for standards-compliant automotive Car2x communications

EnSilica has launched the eSi-ECDSA cryptographic IP designed to help meet the high security communication and latency requirements of automotive Car2Car and Car2Infrastructure (Car2x) applications that form part of today’s emerging Intelligent Transport Systems.

EnSilica’s eSi-ECDSA cryptographic IP is fully compliant with the IEEE 1609.2 and ETSI TS 103 97 standards. These standards define the security layers in the Car2x communication protocols where cryptographic algorithms are the primary tools used to safeguard against information security risks such as message confidentiality, integrity, availability and authenticity.

TI 65-V Micro-Power Buck Converters Feature Industry’s Lowest Quiescent Current

May 4, 2016  by  

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150-mA synchronous DC/DC regulators optimize light-load efficiency for factory automation and automotive applications

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced two 65-V, 150-mA synchronous DC/DC buck converters with what the company said is the industry’s lowest 10.5-uA quiescent current (IQ) for powering factory automation and automotive sensor applications requiring high efficiency.

The industrial-grade LM5165 and automotive-grade LM5165-Q1 micro-power step-down regulators feature a wide input voltage (VIN) range and dual control modes for optimizing efficiency and printed circuit board (PCB) area. By using the regulators together with TI’s WEBENCH® Power Design tool, engineers can get their factory and process automation designs to market faster. For more information, samples and an evaluation module, see www.ti.com/lm5165-pr.

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