Toshiba Introduces a Brushless Motor Pre-Driver IC for Electric Power Steering

August 28, 2015  by  

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Toshiba’s TB9081FG – a brushless motor pre-driver IC for electric power steering systems

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) introduced the TB9081FG, a brushless motor pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety, for use in electric power steering systems (EPS).

Sample shipments will start on September 1st, 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in August, 2017.

Safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D[3], the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.”

Microchip Expands Industrial Ethernet Switch Portfolio

August 27, 2015  by  


19564838055_39d138918eMicrochip Technology Inc. announced the addition of the LAN9353, LAN9354 and LAN9355 Three-Port, 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switches to its portfolio of Ethernet solutions, which includes Ethernet switches, controllers, bridges and PHYs.

Featuring the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time-stamp Protocol (PTP) standard for clock accuracy in the sub-nanosecond range, these Ethernet switches offload both synchronization and communications processing from the host CPU.

There are advanced features such as Transparent Clocking, which improves system accuracy, Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE802.3az) and Wake On LAN. These switches enable the development of advanced hardware in the Industrial Ethernet market, including automation, motion-control, embedded, automotive, security/surveillance and telecommunications applications.

Allegro Microsystems Announces Full Bridge Gate Driver IC

August 26, 2015  by  

allegro 8-25-15 A5929-Product-ImageFor Use in Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) Applications; Includes Fault and Independent Enable Functions

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new full-bridge controller for use with N-channel external power MOSFETs that has been specifically designed for automotive applications.

Allegro’s A5929 has a unique charge pump regulator that provides full (>10 V) gate drive at battery voltages down to 7 V and allows the device to operate with reduced gate drive at battery voltages down to 5.5 V. A bootstrap capacitor is used to provide the above battery supply voltage required for N-channel MOSFETs.

Maxim Quad Deserializer Integrates Four ADAS Surround View Camera Streams

August 26, 2015  by  

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with fewer components and faster time to market.

One MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.

Maxim Integrated’s quad deserializer eliminates components, shortens design time and lowers cost for automotive camera applications.

Volkswagen offers New Levels of Connectivity with Suite of Infotainment Technologies

August 25, 2015  by  


Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced its MIB II infotainment system, which will be available later this year in most model year 2016 VW products.

The first models featuring the new infotainment system started landing in dealer showrooms in July.

In virtually every trim there are connectivity features available across the VW lineup. According to the company, this new technology will provide consumers access to information at their fingertips.

VW said it worked with tech industry giants to integrate the latest connectivity products and services in VW products.

Seiko Instruments Releases LDO Regulator with Reset Function in Smaller Package

August 25, 2015  by  

seiko 8-18-15 Image-EngSeiko Instruments Inc. (SII) announced the release of the S-19311 Series automotive high input 36V LDO regulator with reset function, adopting a newly developed compact package TO-252-5S with high heat dissipation.

The S-19311 can be connected directly to batteries, and the reset function allows for a reset signal to be sent when the LDO regulator voltage drops below a designated threshold.

NI PXI-Based Wireless Test System Optimized for Speed

August 25, 2015  by  

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NI (Nasdaq: NATI) released the Wireless Test System (WTS), a solution that the company said dramatically lowers the cost of high-volume wireless manufacturing test.

Although faced with the rising complexity of wireless test, companies can confidently reduce test costs and multiply throughput on the production floor with a system optimized for measurement speed and parallel test.

Xilinx Tapes-Out All Programmable Multiprocessor SoC Using TSMC’s 16nm FF+ for Embedded Vision, ADAS

August 24, 2015  by  

xilinx logoXilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) has taped out what it said is the industry’s first All Programmable Multi-Processor SoC (MPSoC) using TSMC’s 16FF+ process, targeting embedded vision, including ADAS and the path to autonomous vehicles, Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT), and 5G wireless systems.

The All Programmable Zynq® UltraScale+(TM) MPSoC enables the development of flexible, standards-based platforms by providing 5X system level performance/watt and any-to-any connectivity with the security and safety required for next generation systems.

As the first heterogeneous multi-processing SoC, the new device combines seven user programmable processors including a quad-core 64-bit ARM® Cortex(TM)-A53 Application Processing Unit, a dual-core 32-bit ARM® Cortex(TM)-R5 Real Time Processing Unit, and an ARM® Mali(TM)-400 Graphics Processing Unit.

Vishay BiSy Single- and Dual-Line ESD Protection Diodes Save Board Space in Automotive Applications

August 20, 2015  by  

Vishay Logo BlueBlack_72DPIOffered in Small SOT-323 Package, Devices Feature Capacitance Down to 10 pF for LIN-, CAN-, and FLEX-Bus Protection

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) released new bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) ESD protection diodes in the compact SOT-323 package. Measuring only 2.3 mm by 2.1 mm with a low 0.95 mm profile, the single-line VLIN26A1-03G and dual-line VCAN26A2-03G offer low capacitance and leakage current for the protection of automotive data lines against transient voltage signals.

ON Semiconductor Introduces Image Co-Processors for Next-Generation Automotive Cameras

August 19, 2015  by  

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Higher resolution, multiple interfaces, and new automotive-targeted features for 1080p and 720p automotive rear view and surround view cameras

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) introduced a series of image co-processors designed to work in conjunction with the company’s 2 megapixel (MP) and 1.2 MP image sensor devices.

The new AP020x series of co-processors enable a full range of complete solutions for automotive rear view and surround view cameras.

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