July 15, 2016 by John Day
- Extension of classical test methods
- Easier compliance with safety standards
- Optimal integration and cross-platform use
dSPACE and BTC Embedded Systems now offer a solution that considerably improves test depth for the real-time validation of safety-critical applications. The combination of the new dSPACE Real-Time Testing (RTT) Observer Library and the tried-and-tested specification tool BTC EmbeddedSpecifier® makes it easier for testers to perform simulation-based formal verification. Formal verification is for example recommended by the ISO 26262 standard for testing the functional safety of road vehicles.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has revealed its first Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless System-on-Chip (SoC). The BlueNRG-1 is optimized to satisfy high-volume opportunities in the fast-growing Bluetooth Low Energy market through the combination of superior energy efficiency and strong radio performance.
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is ideal for energy-constrained smart sensors and connected devices like wearables, retail beacons, keyless entry systems, smart remote controllers, asset trackers, and industrial and medical monitors. Shipments of IoT products that support Bluetooth Low Energy should increase 34% to 2021 (CAGR), reaching close to 1.4 billion units, according to ABI Research, aided by proliferation of Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones that provide a convenient user interface for interacting with Bluetooth Low Energy devices.
AEC-Q101 Qualified TVS Diodes from Littelfuse Protect Automotive Electronics from Voltage Transients
TPSMF4L Series TVS Diodes are best-suited for DC power protection and ESD protection in automotive electronics like electronic control units, sensors, entertainment systems, and body control modules (BCMs), and for portable devices that require high reliability such as hard drives, notebooks, VCC busses, POS terminals, SSDs, power supplies, monitors and other consumer applications.
Elektrobit (EB) announced EB robinos, the first comprehensive, hardware-agnostic software solution enabling carmakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers to develop and bring to market highly automated driving (HAD) systems.
EB robinos addresses the needs of every automaker and supplier that is racing toward the development of increasingly automated driving features and grappling with the complexity of advanced in-car systems. These advanced systems integrate both software and hardware elements including sensors and actuators, as well as components for fusion, control, and more. EB robinos provides a single, open platform that can help to accelerate HAD development and production. The end-to-end solution is ideal for cooperative efforts among multiple parties such as automakers, suppliers, software developers, and others.
Design Allows for Ease of Use for PCB Applications Over Typical SIP Based Packages
In response to market requests of a highly integrated speed sensor with advance algorithm PCB mounted systems, Allegro has released the A1667 in a surface mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications utilizing PCB mounting. This sensor is ideal for applications such as automotive transmissions and industrial equipment.
Microchip® Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).
The Microchip PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and PIC32MX families. The new family is the first PIC32 to feature core independent peripherals, designed to offload the CPU for lower power and lower system design. The PIC32MM devices are supported by the Microchip MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) to help simplify and accelerate designs.
Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT8335, a current mode, 2MHz step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 28V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 3V to 25V, suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.
The LT8335 can be configured as either a boost, SEPIC or an inverting converter. It utilizes a fixed 2MHz switching frequency, enabling designers to minimize external component sizes and avoid critical frequency bands, such as AM radio. Burst Mode® operation reduces quiescent current to only 6µA while keeping output ripple below 15mVP-P. The combination of a 3mm x 2mm DFN package and tiny externals ensures a very compact footprint while minimizing solution cost.
Automotive applications for TECAT’s WISER 4000 wireless torque measuring and monitoring system include monitoring strain in flex plates; measuring torque in pulleys, pistons, and all manner of shafts; and measuring temperature and vibration to predict failure in U-joints.
The WISER 4000 system is designed to simplify instrumentation verification for users while allowing them to check calibration of the system in the field. The WISER 4000 has been enhanced with two additional programmable analog outputs and higher-speed recording, and it is available with custom-built remote enclosures to protect the system’s remote unit and battery from damage due to debris.
Vishay Intertechnology Releases Industry’s First AEC-Q101-Qualified 12 V and 20 V MOSFETs in a Dual Asymmetric Package for Synchronous Buck Applications
To save space and power in high-efficiency synchronous buck converters for automotive applications, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced the industry’s first AEC-Q101-qualified 12 V and 20 V MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric power package. The Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET® devices each combine a high- and low-side MOSFET in the compact 5 mm by 6 mm PowerPAK® SO-8L dual asymmetric package, with low-side maximum on-resistance down to 3.3 mΩ.
Intersil’s 12-Cell Li-ion Battery Pack Monitor Safeguards Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Systems
June 29, 2016 by John Day
Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) announced the ISL78610 12-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack monitor. The device provides cell balancing and accurate voltage and temperature monitoring to safeguard Li-ion battery packs in hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electric vehicles.
System designers can use the ISL78610 as a standalone battery-pack monitor or as a redundant back-up device when combined with the high accuracy ISL78600 multi-cell battery manager. This powerful combination enables automobile manufacturers to achieve the higher ISO 26262 automotive safety integrity level (ASIL) D rating.