Maxim Integrated Automotive Design Solutions: Choosing the Right Amplifier for an Active Antenna Design

April 19, 2016  by  

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Nazzareno (Reno) Rossetti is a seasoned Analog and Power Management professional, a published author and holds several patents in this field. He holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Kishore Racherla is a business manager for Maxim Integrated’s Automotive RF product line. He has over 10 years of industry experience and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona state university.

The A6985F and A6986F, Two New Efficient Synchronous DC/DC Buck Converters for Automotive Applications

March 17, 2016  by  

By Domenico Attianese, DC-DC Converters Senior Application Engineer

Fulvio Ottavio Lissoni, DC-DC Converters Application Manager


The latest car generation includes more and more functionalities in body control, car infotainment / connectivity (including Advanced driver assistance systems — ADAS), and clusters. For example, onboard car multimedia is required to be compatible with everyday portable equipment and to play audio/video files from external storage media. Navigation and ADAS are options widely diffused in the automotive market.

Body control applications that are always connected to the battery require high efficiency in light load conditions to limit the overall current consumption, below 100 A typically, and so preserve the battery charge while the engine is off.

Managing real-time platforms for ADAS and automated driving

March 17, 2016  by  

By Dr. Kai Richter, Maurice Sebastian, Sean Whitty and Jonas Diemer of Symtavision (now part of Luxoft)
The move towards ADAS and automated driving marks a milestone in the history of the automotive industry, which possibly (some say most likely) will revolutionize passenger traffic worldwide. From a technical perspective, we are also seeing significant changes being caused by the arrival of new components and by totally new system and software architectures. As a consequence, new business models and new providers are beginning to emerge particularly in the areas of hardware/software and system integration.

Stepper Motor Control with Low System Costs and High Functionality

March 14, 2016  by  

Adriano de Rosa

Adriano de Rosa

By Adriano De Rosa, IC Architect, Micronas

In the field of small drives, stepper motors continue to be a widely-used and popular drive solution. Owing to their reasonable price, they are often a good economical alternative to servo-systems, e.g. with BLDC motors.

When it comes to selecting the control electronics for drives in the range smaller than 10 W, solutions offering the highest possible degree of integration are normally the preferred choice. As the legal regulations for lowering CO2 emissions are becoming ever more stringent and restrictive, OEMs in the automobile electronics sector place the focus more and more on factors such weight, geometry, energy efficiency and networking. These factors also play a major role in the selection of a drive system. Similar considerations are also made in the industrial sector with a view to Industry 4.0, for instance.

Automated Testing of Infotainment Systems

October 22, 2015  by  

Danlaw Incorporated


This white paper outlines how Danlaw’s Mx- SuiteTM IVI Test Software can be used to improve IVI system testing and reduce the challenges faced by IVI systems developers…

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Smartphone Ecosystem Begets Smarter Vehicles

October 21, 2015  by  

By Kevin Yee and Peter Lefkin, MIPI Alliance


Comparing advances in mobile technology and smart cars is like comparing apples and oranges, but automobiles – which have become smartphones on wheels – are becoming “smart cars,” made possible by the innovations in mobile technology. Technology used to advance smartphones – and tablets and other devices – is what is allowing the fast evolution of smarter cars, including audio, visual and tactile interfaces such as touchpads to deliver applications such as infotainment systems, assisted-driving systems, built-in GPS, satellite radio menus and even vehicle-to-vehicle communications…

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Press-Fit Technology Clear Choice for Automotive Applications

September 24, 2015  by  

By Scott Marceau, Molex Incorporated


Market demand is high for economical in-vehicle navigation, infotainment, electric and hybrid drivetrains. Advanced vehicle safety features are proliferating. Automotive manufacturers need cost-effective strategies for designing and assembling durable electrical and electronic systems. Increasingly, they are turning to press-fit technology to augment and replace solder joints…

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Accelerating Sensor Development with Rapid Prototyping and Model-Based Design

September 4, 2015  by  

By Martin Hein, Hella Fahrzeugkomponenten GmbH

Before automotive OEMs purchase a new sensor system, they want to see a real-time prototype of the sensor working in a vehicle environment so as to evaluate its performance and potentially modify its specifications. To meet this requirement, we use a custom rapid control prototyping platform and Model-Based Design to build real-time prototypes of new designs early in the development process. The real-time prototype (known at Hella as an A-sample) serves both as a proof of concept and as a living specification throughout development…

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MEMS Performs Under Pressure

September 1, 2015  by  

By Dubravka Bilic, Steven Elwell, Andrew McNeil
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are electronic systems that monitor air pressure inside pneumatic tires. TPMS senses and then transmits tire-pressure information via wireless communication. TPMS provides several benefits. It increases safety by reporting under-inflated tires that could compromise vehicle handling or cause the tire to fail unexpectedly. Consequently, TPMS is now part of the mandatory equipment for passenger cars in most developed countries. In this article we will describe challenges designing, testing, and verifying TPMS systems designed to measure the higher pressure found in truck tires…

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Semiconductor Technology Helps Break Down the Barriers to Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 24, 2015  by  

By Sravan Vanaparthy, Technical Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor

The anticipated penetration of the combustion engine powered passenger car market by vehicles with electrified powertrains – be they pure electric or hybrid – is not happening as quickly as perhaps many industry observers had anticipated just a few years ago. There are several reasons for this, not least that many automakers such as Ford and Volkswagen have been able to develop smaller capacity engines with direct gasoline injection and newer turbo technologies that develop the required power but with high efficiency, better economy and lower emissions. In addition, battery technology has still not made the giant step needed to enable the development of mass production electric vehicles that have a range between charges that sits comfortably with the car buying mass market segment and puts convenience on a par with combustion powered units…

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