TI Introduces 18-V Multi-Channel Synchronous Buck Converter with PMBus™ Digital Interface

March 30, 2015  by  

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Highly integrated DC/DC converter for space-constrained automotive and communication applications features up to 95-percent efficiency

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced a four-channel buck DC/DC converter with PMBus/I2C digital interface for applications in space-constrained equipment that experience high ambient operating temperature without cooling, such as small cell base stations, infotainment and solid state devices.

The TPS65400 dual- or quad-output configurable DC/DC converter integrates eight power MOSFETs and features industry-leading efficiency at up to 95-percent in the smallest footprint. For more information, samples and an evaluation module, visit www.ti.com/tps65400-pr.

Synopsys Launches High-Performance Embedded Vision Processor IP Cores

March 30, 2015  by  

synopsys logoDesignWare EV Processor Family Delivers Faster Object Detection with Significantly Lower Power Consumption

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced the first products in the DesignWare® EV Family of vision processors. The EV52 and EV54 vision processors are fully programmable and configurable vision processor IP cores that combine the flexibility of software solutions with the low cost and low power consumption of dedicated hardware.

The EV Processors implement a convolutional neural network (CNN) that can operate at more than 1000 GOPS/W, enabling fast and accurate detection of a wide range of objects such as faces, pedestrians and hand gestures at a fraction of the power consumption of competing vision solutions.

IAR Systems Shortens Build Times for ARM-Based Devices

March 27, 2015  by  

IARIAR Embedded Workbench for ARM Adds Device Support Plus Parallel Build and Integrated Static Code Analysis

IAR Systems has updated its development tools for ARM® with new device support as well as new functionality. Version 7.40 of IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM introduces support for ARM Cortex®-M7 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics and Atmel. In addition, the tools now feature parallel build for shorter build times, as well as an integration of IAR Systems’ new tool C-STAT® for powerful static code analysis.

The ARM Cortex-M7 processor is the most recent addition to the ARM Cortex-M family. It is focused on energy efficiency and high performance and is intended for use in a wide variety of applications including automotive.

Cypress Expands Traveo Automotive MCU Family

March 26, 2015  by  

cypress 3-26-15 Traveo Automotive MCUsNew Microcontrollers Bring Advanced Graphics to Compact Vehicles

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) has expanded its Traveo™ microcontroller (MCU) family with a new series said to provide automotive manufacturers with a cost-effective platform to deliver 2-D and 3-D graphics and advanced functionality for dashboards, head-up displays and HVAC systems in compact vehicles.

The S6J32BA and S6J32DA series build upon Spansion’s announcement of the Traveo 2-D graphics MCU S6J324C series and the 3-D graphics MCU S6J326C series for midsize cars in October 2014.

TI’s smart power switch replaces discrete components in powertrain and automotive body electronics

March 26, 2015  by  

TPS1H100Q1 PR graphicHigh-side switch provides highest current sense and accurate diagnostics without calibration

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced what it said is the industry’s first smart, high-side power switch with programmable current limit.

As automotive systems become more complex, the various loads within the system can each require different profiles during operation.

Using the TPS1H100-Q1, designers can drive various loads with advanced flexibility in powertrain, body electronics, safety and driver-information systems where reliability is paramount. For more information and to order samples, see www.ti.com/tps1h100-q1-pr.

Linear Technology 100V Micropower Voltage Monitors Provide 1.4% Measurement Accuracy for HV Designs

March 25, 2015  by  

linear 3-25-15 tn.jspLinear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2965 and LTC2966, 3.5V to 100V, single and dual channel voltage monitors that draw only 6µA of quiescent current.

Alternative voltage monitoring solutions typically call for a low power comparator, a high input voltage LDO to power the comparator and a high value resistive divider to level translate the monitored rail, all of which increase board space and power consumption, and decrease monitoring accuracy.

The LTC2965/LTC2966 avoid the major pitfalls of a discrete solution by integrating all components required to directly interface with high voltage rails in space-efficient 3mm x 3mm packages. Each device includes resistor-programmable threshold inputs to facilitate simple undervoltage, overvoltage or window monitoring of positive or negative rails to within ±1.4% accuracy over temperature.

Microchip MOST150 INICs Enable Smart Antenna Module Coaxial Connectivity

March 25, 2015  by  

8640011815_2d6876707d_zMOST150 Technology Coaxial Physical Layer Specification Suited for Automotive Smart-Antenna Data Traffic and Simultaneous Power Delivery

[NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the MOST® Cooperation released its MOST150 technology coaxial physical layer specification.

The new industry-standard specification enables Microchip to support smart antenna module connectivity to in-vehicle MOST150 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and infotainment networks, via its OS81118AF Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) with integrated coax transceiver.

The MOST150 coaxial physical layer is suited for smart-antenna telematics and other data traffic from AM/FM, DAB, SDARS, DVB-T, 3G/LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi® signals that increasingly need to connect with in-vehicle networks for high-bandwidth control, audio, video and Internet Protocol (IP) communication.

Silicon Labs Introduces Auto Radio System Portfolio

March 25, 2015  by  

silicon labs Si479xx-press-imageSilicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) introduced a portfolio of receivers/audio processors and multi-standard digital radio ICs designed to deliver best-in-class AM/FM and digital radio performance for the global car radio market.

According to the company, the Si479xx family of AM/FM receivers and digital radio tuners delivers a new benchmark for car radio reception performance with on-chip audio processing at the lowest system cost.

The new Si46xx family, which includes single-chip digital radio coprocessors and data receivers, provides an advanced digital radio audio decoding and data reception solution for analog and digital radio.

Microchip CAN Flexible Data-Rate Transceiver Family Meets and Exceeds Global Automotive Requirements

March 23, 2015  by  


Cost-competitive MCP2561/2FD Transceivers Withstand Harsh Conditions While Increasing Maximum Data-Rate Capability and Meeting Lower Power Budgets

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of CAN FD (Flexible Data-Rate) transceivers, the MCP2561/2FD.

As an interface between a CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus, these transceivers can serve both the CAN and CAN FD protocols. This product family not only helps automotive and industrial manufacturers with today’s CAN communication needs, but also provides a path for the newer CAN FD networks that are increasingly in demand.

To learn more about Microchip’s CAN transceivers visit http://www.microchip.com/CAN-Transceivers-032315a.

Wind River Updates Open Virtualization, Security, and Carrier Grade Add-Ons to Wind River Linux

March 23, 2015  by  

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Wind River® has updated its Open Virtualization, Security, and Carrier Grade profiles with the latest Linux kernel, toolchain, and user space from the Yocto Project 1.7 release.

The profiles, add-ons to Wind River Linux, provide developers with key capabilities to create safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems that will harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT). The profiles include features that seamlessly integrate with validation tools, documentation, and hardware support.

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