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2010-04-29 Protection of automotive electronics from electrical hazards, guidelines for design and component selection
This application note aims to help electronic module designers with a protection design approach for selecting the most suitable devices for typical applications depending on the protection standard the electronic module has to meet.
2008-08-04 Automotive MCU slims down body electronics
Silicon Laboratories Inc. is touting its latest product as the industry's smallest automotive communications MCU.
2008-02-22 Altera zooms in on automotive electronics
Providing a platform for innovation in the automotive electronics market, Altera will begin shipping automotive-grade devices for selected members of its CPLD, FPGA and structured ASIC device families.
2007-06-15 60/40-type encoder targets automotive electronics
Panasonic Electronic Devices Co. Ltd delivers the new 60/40-type center space encoder with an outer diameter of 60mm and an inner diameter of 40mm as control devices used for automotive electronics applications.
2007-05-14 Designing high-performance automotive electronics
The current growth rate of body electronic systems is outpacing vehicle production by a factor of four to one.
2006-07-06 Motorola sells automotive electronics business for $1B
Motorola announced that it has completed the sale of its automotive electronics business to Continental AG for approximately $1 billion.
2006-07-04 Infineon touts performance in automotive electronics
Infineon announced the performance of its automotive electronics business, posting a sales growth of 11.9 percent in 2005.
2005-07-19 China will demand automotive electronics technology
Around the world, technology is becoming more pervasive in people's everyday lives.
2005-06-28 Motorola automotive electronics facility begins production in TEDA
Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) announced that phase I of Motorola's automotive electronics facility, a $60 million project invested by the company in TEDA, has recently commenced production.
2005-05-23 Automotive electronics: safety, security, and ... entertainment
Telematics services are struggling because consumers are hesitant to spend money to deal with a one-time security event, such as a breakdown or a theft.
2004-07-09 Infineon steers toward automotive electronics
Seeking to broaden its involvement in automotive electronics, chip maker Infineon Technologies AG is joining two important automotive technology groups, the FlexRay consortium and the Autosar group.
2001-10-01 Low drop voltage regulators for automotive electronics
This application note describes the characteristics and operation of linear voltage regulators with an I/O voltage drop below 2V.
2001-10-01 New levels of integration in automotive electronics
This application note describes the particular requirements of automotive electronics and some typical dedicated chips developed by STMicroelectronics.
2009-10-07 Automotive half-bridge driver self-oscillates
The automotive-qualified control IC features an integrated soft-start capacitor, small footprint.
2009-10-05 Automotive MCU tailored for ultrasonic sensors
The chip integrates the functional blocks, a DSP and MCU, cutting system cost and increasing mounting options.
2009-10-01 Tackle the challenges of automotive hands-free systems
Delivering high-quality hands-free speech communications in an automobile requires a thorough understanding of how to measure performance and of common causes of performance issues, and the application of the best available solutions to solve these performance problems.
2009-09-16 Wi-Fi products invade consumer electronics
In-Stat says over 1,000 Wi-Fi enabled products were launched in 2008, and even more will come in 2009.
2009-09-14 Automotive MCU packs 3.75MB flash memory
Renesas has announced a powertrain control MCU that integrates 3.75Mbyte flash memory and offers high-speed operation at 200MHz.
2009-09-07 MOSFET driver suits automotive apps
The AUIRS2016S high-voltage power MOSFET high-side driver features an internal Vs-to-GND recharge NMOS.
2009-09-02 PCBs tailored for medical electronics
Electronic Interconnect announces PCBs that are specialized for medical device electronic assemblies.
2009-08-31 Automotive slowdown drags navigation market
It has been a challenging time for the global automotive market with the lean sales extending to such related systems as OEM automotive navigation devices, according to IMS Research.
2009-08-27 Selecting HB LED drivers for automotive lighting applications
This application note provides an overview of HB LED driver selection criteria for automotive lighting applications.
2009-08-27 More firms want a slice of auto electronics market
IMS Research finds that a fierce battle is raging as suppliers fight for a piece of the action in the hybrid electric vehicles market.
2009-08-25 Taiwan to boost auto electronics market
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has disclosed plans to seek greater investment in its automotive electronics industry.
2009-08-20 GPS receiver tailored for automotive apps
Vincotech has extended its portfolio of GPS receiver modules by a variant specifically designed and manufactured to address requirements in the automotive industry.
2009-08-17 24-channel monitor tailored for automotive switches
Maxim Integrated Products introduced a 24-channel switch-contact monitor for automotive switches.
2009-08-11 More pico projectors to enter mobile electronics
Due to the capability to overcome screen-size limitations in mobile electronics devices, tiny pico projectors embedded into products such as smart phones are set for a staggering sixtyfold growth in shipments during the next four years.
2009-08-07 Wide-temp optical sensors geared for automotive apps
Vishay has extended the temperature range of its AEC-Q101-qualified TCPT1300X01 and TCUT1300X01 surface-mount transmissive optical sensors for the automotive market.
2009-08-04 Current, future trends in medical electronics
This article discusses in the detail the current and future trends to watch out for in the medical electronics field.
2009-07-31 Evaluating MEMS, ASIC chips for automotive apps
This article describes the technical challenges related to automotive electronics qualification and verification of a MEMS-based sensor and ASIC system.
2009-07-23 100V ceramic capacitors handle automotive apps
TDK Electronics has developed a new generation of 100V-rated ceramic chip capacitors that offers the high level of capacitance for mid-voltage applications in devices half the size of their predecessors.
2009-07-06 GE ventures into organic printed electronics
General Electric has announced it will commence volume production for flexible, paper-thin lighting panels next year.
2009-06-30 Researchers tout key to future electronics
Researchers say that phase transitions to implement memory and computing is the real fundamental distinction of future information technologies.
2009-06-29 Power MOSFETs zoom into automotive apps
NEC Electronics Europe has expanded its NP-Series of PowerMOSFETs. The two devices have a breakthrough voltage of 100V and complement the lineup of low-voltage PowerMOSFETs for automotive apps.
2009-06-18 Stickers offer way to stretchable electronics
A collaborative study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers and others suggests that ultra-thin, flexible but strong materials such as graphene are ideal candidates for stretchable electronic applications.
2009-06-15 Top 10 electronics blunders
Every once in awhile, electronics firms or individuals who work for them do something that makes everyone else in the industry scratch their heads and, perhaps, wince. These are actions and decisions that��while they may seem perfectly logical to those making the decisions��don't really add up in the minds of most people.
2009-06-11 New CCFL power supply expands automotive applications for backlit LCDs
New backlight inverter features pioneered by Microsemi are solving major problems in automotive LCD backlighting applications. The problems and their solutions, along with actual laboratory data, are presented in this application note.
2009-06-02 India CEO sees paradigm shift in automotive industry
The automotive crisis is calling for a paradigm shift in the industry, according to Ravi Pandit, CEO of India-based software and semiconductor technology company KPIT Cummins.
2009-05-22 Electronics counterfeiting goes online
The counterfeiting of electronics has long been a problem, but the downturn that has many searching for bargains could cost U.S. consumer electronics companies alone as much as $200 billion, according to one estimate.
2009-05-22 eTPU automotive function set (Set 2)
This application note complements AN3768SW describing the enhanced time processing unit (eTPU) automotive function set (set 2).
2009-05-21 FRAM state savers tailored for automotive apps
Ramtron International Corp. announced the FM1105-GA and FM1106-GA non-volatile state savers, based on ferroelectric RAM technology, have been qualified over the full automotive temperature range.
2009-05-19 Extending the input voltage range of PowerPath circuits for automotive and industrial applications
This application note presents solutions for circuits that must withstand large negative voltages, a reverse adapter input for example, and circuits that must withstand large positive inputs, such as automotive load-dump.
2009-05-12 Vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) reference design for automotive applications
This application note describes a vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) and some ideal applications for the technology. The reference design shows how to use a MAX15005 power-supply controller in a flyback topology to obtain multiple output voltages for a vacuum fluorescent display.
2009-05-11 Ultra-low quiescent-current linear regulator for automotive air bags
This application note presents a circuit using the MAX15006/MAX15007 linear regulators for reducing the quiescent current of automotive air-bag applications.
2009-05-08 8bit LCD MCUs suit industrial, automotive apps
Adding to its growing portfolio of microcontroller solutions for LCD-based applications, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the MC9S08LG32 MCU family for industrial applications.
2009-05-07 DC/DC converter cuts cost, space in automotive apps
Texas Instruments Inc. has released an automotive-qualified DC/DC step-down converter that offers a combination of high voltage up to 60V, a switching frequency up to 2MHz, and ultralow quiescent current of 65��A in a small, monolithic package.
2009-04-29 NEC Electronics, Renesas merge biz operations
NEC Electronics, Renesas Technology, NEC, Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric have agreed to enter into negotiations to integrate business operations at NEC Electronics and Renesas by April 1, 2010.
2009-04-29 ADI, Infineon develop automotive airbag safety system
Analog Devices Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG have agreed to collaborate on the advancement of next-generation automotive airbag systems.
2009-04-16 Automotive MCU handles low-amplitude signals
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line: the MAXQ7670 SoC, mixed-signal MCU for sensor applications. It is a highly sensitive, cost-effective automotive MCU for low-amplitude signals.
2009-04-13 Gartner: No electronics, IC recovery yet
Market research firm Gartner said that recent positive industry events are characteristic of a demand reset but do not mean that the electronics and semiconductor markets recovering. At least not yet.
2009-04-07 HD consumer electronics set for triple growth
As high definition (HD) becomes the ubiquitous video standard worldwide, global shipments of HD STBs, camcorders, DVD players and video-game consoles are expected to triple from 2008 to 2012, according to iSuppli Corp.
2009-04-01 Automotive industry bids 5V NOR flash goodbye
Some automotive subsystem suppliers are finding themselves in difficulties not only because orders are down due to the global credit crisis but also, in some cases, they are facing unexpected component obsolescence.
2009-04-01 5V NOR flash tailored for automotive, embedded apps
Numonyx B.V. has expanded its line of NOR flash memory to include the 5V Axcell M29F flash memory devices suited for both automotive and embedded customers.
2009-03-25 Numonyx revisits 5V automotive flash
Non-volatile memory supplier Numonyx BV has decided to re-enter the 5V part of the automotive flash memory business.
2009-03-25 Trends in high-performance power-supply design for automotive infotainment
This article provides a practical framework for selecting and optimizing power-supply architectures for automotive infotainment electronics.
2009-03-18 Samsung claims print electronics progress
Samsung and its university research partners claim to have overcome two of the last hurdles to large-scale printable electronics on plastic substrates: an n-type organic semiconductor material and a patterning method for separately fabricating nano- and microwire transistor channels.
2009-03-13 Automotive head unit gains traction
Several announcements recently target the same direction: The automotive head unit. There are reasons why this computer will be a highly competitive place.
2009-03-13 Thermal considerations for the ON Semiconductor family of discrete constant current regulators for driving LEDs in automotive applications
The purpose of this paper is to explore the temperature and power boundaries for devices in the SOD-123 and SOT-223 packages operating from typical currents of 20- to 30mA in automotive applications.
2009-03-03 China's car electronics swerves to the slow lane
China's automotive electronics revenue in 2008 expanded by 11.7 percent, down 23 percentage points from the growth rate in 2007, according to iSuppli Corp.
2009-02-26 Siano sets sight on China electronics
Mobile TV chip vendor Siano Mobile Silicon has opened offices in Shenzhen, the hub of China's design, development and manufacturing activities in consumer electronics.
2009-02-26 Japan electronics giants struggle to stay on top
Only a few years after emerging from a decade-long slump, Japan's economy is again weakening and its high-tech giants are scrambling to accelerate a much needed reorganization operations and reposition themselves for growth in a worsening global market.
2009-02-24 Power inductor fits automotive, industrial apps
TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a high-temperature power inductor designed specifically for automotive underhood environments.
2009-02-13 PMU mode operation for the MAX9979 pin-electronics IC
This application note describes the operation of four of the most popular operating modes (FVMI, FVMV, FIMI and FIMV) for the MAX9979's PMU by referencing the equivalent schematic for each mode.
2009-02-05 Top Japan electronics companies see red
Japan's electronics industry, a key driver for the country's economy ,is facing the biggest crisis since 2002��and possibly its biggest shock ever.
2009-02-04 Consumer, mobile electronics propel MEMS market
iSuppli Corp. has projected that global revenue from consumer and mobile electronics shipments of MEMS will rise to $2.6 billion in 2012, up from $1.1 billion in 2006.
2009-02-03 U.S. Army invests in flexible electronics R&D
The U.S. Army has committed to sponsor an additional five years of R&D at Arizona State University's (ASU) Flexible Display Center.
2009-01-27 Driving reliable automotive designs
For FPGAs to be part of an ultra-reliable design, designers must protect the valid FPGA configuration used for initialization and prevent SRAM corruption during device operation
2009-01-26 Dongfeng, Freescale to put up auto electronics lab in China
Dongfeng Motor Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. plan to establish a joint automotive electronics lab in China. The lab will be aimed at jointly developing silicon, software and system-level solutions to be used in next-generation Dongfeng Motor vehicles for the China and export markets.
2009-01-21 Digital multimeters aim at electronics, general industrial apps
Yokogawa Electric Corp. has rolled out the TY700 Series, a range of handheld digital multimeters that combine high accuracy, performance and reliability with a range of new functions for both electronics and general industrial applications.
2009-01-19 New opportunities abound in organic electronics
Organic electronics (OE) manufacturing has advanced to a stage where companies can now produce electronics devices in volume that can compete with products offered by the traditional semiconductor companies, according to a NanoMarkets LC report.
2009-01-14 Philips shapes intelligent consumer electronics
Peter Wierenga, CEO of Philips Research, shared the company's research philosophy, and explained that to grow in the highly competitive world of CE, it is important to combine new technologies with new products.
2009-01-08 Energy consumption in consumer electronics
As consumers buy more, it is even more imperative that the energy efficiency of these devices continues to improve.
2009-01-07 Automotive output controller handles up to 38V
Maxim Integrated Products has launched the MAX17019, a high-input-voltage, quad-output controller for automotive applications.
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