Freescale Introduces Highly Integrated, Dedicated Analog ICs for Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking Systems
October 6, 2015 by John Day
New ICs eliminate the need for a heat sink, paving the way for smaller, lighter and more cost-effective braking control systems for motorcycles and scooters
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the SB0400 and SB0401 which, according to the company, are the industry’s first highly integrated, dedicated circuits (ICs) specifically engineered for motorcycle and scooter applications.
By incorporating the 7 x 7 millimeter devices into their designs, manufacturers of electronic control units (ECUs) no longer have to rely on much larger ABS ICs developed for automobiles. Instead, they can realize dramatic savings in cost, weight and space with advanced analog parts designed specifically for motorcycles and scooters.
BorgWarner supplies Eco-Launch(TM) stop/start accumulator technology and multi-segment wet friction plates for the new 8-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission (8L45) from General Motors.
To enable the transmission’s stop/start functionality, BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch hydraulic accumulator and solenoid valve provide rapid, quiet and smooth engagements during engine restarts.
BorgWarner’s advanced friction plate technology reduces drag and enhances shift feel. Improving fuel economy up to five percent compared with similar 6-speed automatic transmissions, the 8L45 transmission will debut on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and will also drive the 2016 Cadillac CTS and ATS.
STMicroelectronics Launches Dedicated Telematics Processors to Make Vehicles Safer, Greener and Connected
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of application-specific processors for automotive telematics and connectivity applications. Telemaco2, the new family offers a set of scalable, small-footprint, automotive-grade, Linux-programmable microcontrollers that are dedicated to in-car systems that enhance safety, comfort and fuel efficiency.
Telemaco2-powered solutions address applications such as automatic calling of emergency services in the event of an accident, continuous car-to-cloud connectivity, remote car diagnostics and road-topology processing.
Renesas Electronics Delivers R-Car W2R 5.9 GHz Band Automotive Wireless Communication SoC for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2X)
October 1, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of semiconductor solutions, announced the R-Car W2R system-on-a-chip (SoC), the first member of the new Renesas R-Car Family of devices developed specifically for V2X applications. The new automotive wireless communication SoC is designed for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication in the 5.9-gigahertz (GHz) band.
The R-Car W2R uses Renesas’ radio frequency (RF) system design technology. It reduces out-of-band transmit emissions to less than –65 decibel-milliwatts (dBm) (Note 1), achieving the requirements of the European standards organization European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Micronas announced the extension of its direct-angle Hall-effect sensor family HAL 37xy with its dual-die variant HAR 37xy. It integrates two fully automotive-qualified silicon dies in a single SOIC8 package for high-precision direct-angle and linear position measurements for the most demanding automotive and industrial application
HAR 37xy sensors follow the trend of enabling true redundancy within a small package to support safety-critical automotive applications according to ISO 26262 rules.
Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company launched a high-side N-channel power MOSFET gate driver with built-in reverse battery protection functions for use in automotive applications such as idling stop systems. Mass production will start from September 30.
Idling stop systems, which turn off car engines while the car is stopping for traffic lights and traffic jams, are now commonly used in automotive systems as a means to improve fuel efficiency.
The new TPD7104AF gate driver and an N-channel power MOSFET forms a semiconductor relay for each power supply line to control the power supply between the batteries and the starter generator used in idling stop systems.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) expanded its IHLD series of low-profile, high-current dual inductors with a new device in the 3232 case size. Offering a high operating temperature range to +155 °C, the automotive-grade IHLD-3232HB-5A saves board space by combining two inductors in one 9.75 mm by 9.14 mm package.
The Vishay Dale inductor is optimized for automotive and commercial class D amplifier circuits, where the device reduces board space requirements and offers improved performance over multiple individual inductors. In addition, the IHLD-3232HB-5A is designed for excellent inductance stability over temperature and DC current, providing high-quality sound and low harmonic distortion due to linear saturation performance. The inductor pair is designed with very low coupling for minimal crosstalk between inductors.
September 25, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Rivet Radio announced a complete update to its signature mobile app on both iOS and Android. Rivet Radio reimagines the digital audio experience with personalized playlists consisting of news, features and podcasts.
The new Rivet app enables listeners to discover, curate and play relevant audio content.
“We’ve learned a lot from our users and their listening habits in version 2.0,” Vivek Sundararaman, vice president of Engineering & Operations, said. “With a clean design and focused ease of use, the new Rivet app customizes playlist around user preferences and location to help users discover and listen to the latest news, information and hyper-local content.”
September 25, 2015 by John Day
Eaton announced its TVS2 Supercharger, which the company said improves vehicle manufacturers’ ability to deliver an optimal single boosted application. The device can also be paired with other boosting technologies to deliver compound boosting solutions for improved engine performance. The announcement was made at the 20th Supercharging Conference in Dresden, Germany.
“This latest innovation within our boosting portfolio delivers on the key areas that our customers have the most interest in, including efficiency, weight reduction, improved engine performance and the ability to better package supercharger devices within existing and future architectures,” said Brian Contat, product director, Boosting, Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “With the demand for greater engine efficiency and power density, products such as TVS2 are needed to satisfy the requirements of these future powertrains.”
September 24, 2015 by John Day
Molex Incorporated introduces its ML-XT Sealed Connection System, a highly reliable, securely sealed solution that minimizes electrical failures in grueling commercial vehicle applications while delivering assembly cost savings to original equipment manufacturers and harness makers.
Rated IP68 and J2030 power-wash capable, the ML-XT system features a one-piece plug housing and seal design, which is permanently bonded using cutting-edge, two-shot LSR (liquid silicone rubber) molding technology. This ensures definitive and repeatable retention of the plug seal and prevents the seal from rolling during un-mating and mating to guarantee correct seal positioning. It also eliminates the risk of a lost or forgotten seal during installation and maintenance.