Microchip to Acquire Micrel

May 8, 2015 by  
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Microchip Technology and Micrel (NASDAQ: MCRL) announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Micrel for $14.00 per share.

The acquisition price represents a total equity value of about $839 million, and a total enterprise value of about $744 million.

“Micrel’s portfolio of Linear and Power Management products, LAN solutions and Timing and Communications products, as well as their strong position in the Industrial, Automotive and Communications markets, complement many of Microchip’s initiatives in these areas,” said Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi.

Converter or Controller: 11 Decision Points You Don’t Want to Miss!

April 16, 2015 by  
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By Ashish Khandelwal, Analog Design Lead and
Ankur Verma, Applications Engineer
Automotive Solutions, Texas Instruments


Ironically, more choices are not always good as this can lead to a wavering state. Similarly, selecting between a controller and converter is tough, especially when there are so many choices with which to design your application. However, just like any decision, the selection can be made easier if given a framework upon which to base this choice. Before going into depth with a step-by-step framework, first we need to understand what a converter or a controller means in the world of power electronics.

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Fairchild Accelerates Electric Vehicle Design with Auto Qualified SuperFET II MOSFETs & High Voltage Rectifiers

April 2, 2015 by  
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fairchild 4-1-15 Auto_SuperFET_II_MOSFETs_High_V_Rectifiers_FINAL_webreadyFairchild (NASDAQ: FCS) introduced new automotive qualified SuperFET® II MOSFET and High Voltage Rectifier product families, both of which enable cleaner and smarter vehicles overall and are ideal for increasing the power ratings of onboard chargers and DC-to-DC converters used in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

“A chief goal for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers is keeping on-board battery chargers and DC-DC converters as light and small as possible while increasing power levels,” said Fabio Necco, Director, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Segment at Fairchild.

IAR Systems Shortens Build Times for ARM-Based Devices

March 27, 2015 by  
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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.

QNX Hypervisor Enables Cost-Effective, Consolidated Embedded Systems

February 18, 2015 by  
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Enabling Critical and Non-Critical Applications to Run on a Single Hardware Platform.

QNX Software Systems announced the QNX® Hypervisor 1.0, a real-time Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters.

By using the QNX Hypervisor, embedded system developers can consolidate multiple operating systems onto a single compute platform or system-on-chip (SoC), thereby reducing the cost, size, weight, and power consumption of their products.

Vishay Intertechnology’s AEC-Q200-Qualified 25 W Thick Film Power Resistor Saves Space, Lowers Costs

February 18, 2015 by  
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16458599061_00876cf364_cVishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced an AEC-Q200-qualified, 25 W thick film power resistor in a compact surface-mount TO-252 style (DPAK) package.

For automotive, industrial, and military applications, the Vishay Sfernice DTO25 saves space compared with previous-generation solutions while providing high power dissipation of at least 3 W on the PCB and a wide range of resistance values.

The DTO25 is non-inductive and provides a resistance range from 0.016 Ω to 700 kΩ. Offering a compact 8.2 mm by 7.3 mm footprint with a low 2.8 mm profile, the thick film resistor can support more than 10 times more energy than competing components in the DPAK package — up to 5 kW+ for a 10-5 second pulse and 10 J for a 0.1 second pulse.

Linear Technology Introduces 140V, 400mA Step-Down Converter with Only 12µA Quiescent Current

February 5, 2015 by  
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140V, 400mA Buck Converter with Adjustable Output Current Limit

Linear Technology announces the LTC7138, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 400mA of continuous output current.

It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for a wide range of telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

The LTC7138 utilizes a programmable hysteretic mode design to optimize efficiency over a broad range of output currents. It utilizes an internal 1.8 Ohm power MOSFET for robust, high efficiency operation.

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America’s GX Alternator Debuts on Key 2015 North American Vehicle Launches

February 3, 2015 by  
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mitsubishi 2-3-15 GX_Alternator_(3)Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. (Mitsubishi Electric) introduced its GX alternator, which is featured on popular North American vehicles being launched for the 2015 model year. The alternator is designed to allow automakers to meet the trend toward ever-increasing electrification requirements.

“We’re very proud to introduce the GX series on these key 2015 launches,” said Mark Rakoski, executive director at Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America’s Northville, Michigan office. “The GX is a dependable, high-output alternator that meets the electrical and reliability needs of both current and future vehicles.”

Microchip Power MOSFET Drivers Feature Thermally Efficient, Small Packages For Improved Efficiency

January 28, 2015 by  
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16155636678_fea0373885_cMicrochip Technology announced the first power MOSFET drivers in a new product family–the MCP14A005X and MCP14A015X.

These drivers feature an entirely new driver architecture for high speed operation, the first in the MCP14A product line. Available in SOT-23 and 2 x 2 mm DFN packages, the new devices are among the smallest packaged MOSFET drivers on the market today.

The small packaging enables higher power densities and smaller solutions, while the design targets fast transitions and short delay times that allow for responsive circuit operation.

ARM Cortex-R5 Safety Document Set Demonstrates Compliance with Functional Safety Standards

January 22, 2015 by  
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Helping to Drive Adoption in Safety-Critical Automotive Applications

ARM has delivered a comprehensive safety document set for the ARM® Cortex®-R5 processor to drive its adoption in safety-critical applications.

The Cortex-R5 safety documentation is available now for licensing and adds to ARM’s support for applications where ARM-based SoCs (systems on chips) are increasingly used.

The company said that delivery of the safety document set “is a vital step toward the cost-effective deployment of more technically advanced systems” across multiple sectors including automotive, health and industrial, the largest of which is automotive.

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