AVX Releases New SMPS Capacitor Simulation Software

November 17, 2014 by  
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avx 11-17-14 AVV900 SpiCalci 9.0 Simulation Software PRFeaturing new products, enhanced parts selection & graphing tools, & broader compatibility, SpiCalci 9.0 calculates performance characteristics & parameters for AVX’s advanced multilayer ceramic SMPS capacitors
AVX Corporation has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors.

Featuring enhanced part selection and including nearly all of the new SMPS devices that AVX has introduced over the past two years, many of which are sole-sourced, SpiCalci 9.0 allows engineers to input raw data and generate output information and graphs that will help them choose which of AVX’s advanced multilayer ceramic (MLC) SMPS capacitors will best satisfy their application criteria.

Contactless Position Sensor from ams Provides Software-Compatible Replacement for Rotary Encoders

November 3, 2014 by  
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ams 11-3-14 _PP_AS5601_4cAS5601 is optimized for use in rotary knobs, and provides an innovative push-button function

The AS5601 contactless rotary position sensor from ams AG (SIX: AMS) gives designers a reliable replacement for conventional rotary encoders, while providing a software-compatible incremental quadrature output.

In devices or systems that use rotary knobs, the AS5601 and its paired magnet may replace a rotary encoder without any change to the host microcontroller or its application software.

Linear Technology 2A Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 93% Efficiency at 2MHz

October 27, 2014 by  
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42V, 2A, 2.2MHz Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Operates from 3.0V to 42V

Operates from 3.0V to 42V Inputs

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8609, a 2A, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator.

A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 93% efficiency while switching at 2MHz enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as AM radio, while providing a highly compact solution footprint.

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Linear Technology 36V Monolithic 1A Push-Pull DC/DC Transformer Driver with Programmable Duty Cycle Control

September 22, 2014 by  
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Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT3999, a monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver with two 1A current limited power switches.

The LT3999 operates over an input voltage range of 2.7V to 36V, is targeted for power levels up to 15W and can produce a wide range of output voltages. This makes it well suited for automotive and other applications.

The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio of the transformer sets the output voltage. Several off-the-shelf transformers shown in the data sheet simplify the design.

Amphenol to Acquire Casco Automotive Group

September 2, 2014 by  
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amphenolAmphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Casco Automotive Group (CASCO), a division of Cap-Con Automotive Technologies Ltd. (Cap-Con) for approximately $450 million.

Cap-Con is owned by a private investment fund managed by The Jordan Company II, L.P. and Cap-Con management. The sale is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close prior to year end.

Casco, headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a supplier of highly engineered data connectivity, power, charging and sensor products to the worldwide automotive market, with annual sales of approximately $220 million. Casco has facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs approximately 1,300 people worldwide.

Intertek Expands Automotive Engine Coolants Testing

July 9, 2014 by  
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Intertek has expanded its Antwerp, Belgium, laboratory with engine coolants quality testing capabilities. The ISO 17025 certified Antwerp laboratory has added a full range of engine coolants tests, in accordance to international standards. The new engine coolants lab supports local and regional customers.

“Testing engine coolant quality supports the automotive industry, and better protects engine and cooling systems from severe damage,” said Eric Ris, Country Manager for Intertek Benelux. “Deterioration or degradation of coolant quality can have a negative impact on the performance, safety and reliability of the engine and cooling systems. Engine Coolant Quality Monitoring programs can reduce maintenance and associated costs, increase component life, and increase operational availability and safety for automotive fleets and individuals.”

Shielded Power Inductor Handles Current up to 3.75 Amps

June 18, 2014 by  
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Tops of pencil erasers.

 Coilcraft’s XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors are said to combine excellent current handling,low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a package that measures just 1.9 X 2.0 mm.

Seiko Voltage Detector with SENSE Pin for Automotive Use

June 13, 2014 by  
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S-1910x Series improves reliability in voltage monitoring and CPU reset functions

Seiko Instruments Inc. announced the S-1910x series voltage detector with SENSE pin for automotive use that enhances reliability in voltage monitoring and CPU reset functions for safer system operation.

ON Semiconductor to Acquire Aptina Imaging

June 12, 2014 by  
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Acquisition expands ON Semiconductor’s image-sensor business

ON Semiconductor signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aptina Imaging, a leading provider of high-performance CMOS image sensors for automotive and industrial markets, which are key areas of strategic focus for ON Semiconductor.

Linear Technology 76V, 1A Buck Converter Needs Just 12µA Current

March 24, 2014 by  
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76V, 1A Buck Converter with Adjustable Output Current Limit

Linear Technology announces the LTC3637, a 76V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 1A of continuous output current.

It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 76V, making it suitable for automotive and other applications.

The LTC3637 utilizes a programmable peak current-mode design to optimize efficiency over a broad range of output currents. It delivers efficiencies as high as 90% and requires only 12µA of quiescent current, maximizing battery run time.

A user-programmable output current limit can set output current from 100mA to 1A as required by the application.

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