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Carolyn Mathas
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Cars have become computers on wheels, with more and more automotive design being driven by electronics. Stay up to speed on automotive design with this site. Topics discussed include hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs), infotainment, safety systems, solid-state lighting, powertrain, x-by wire, Human Machine Interface (HMI), telematics/in-vehicle navigation, and more.

Freescale delivers greater flexibility in wireless charging ICs

Freescale unveiled wireless charging ICs that deliver unprecedented flexibility for automotive and consumer apps. Read More...

Automotive Video—The FPD-Link III--Do more with less

This article provides an overview of FPD-Link III, the advances that can be expected in the near future, and how to get even more out of the technology. Read More...

The promise of the connected car

A recent forum at the Churchill Club in the San Jose area discussed the Connected Car and the practical realization of the phrase. Read More...

Slideshow: How NASA drives automotive technology—Part I

From deep space to the automotive space, NASA technology greatly impacts automotive design and development, and has for decades. Read More...

The connected car and congested traffic

A recent road trip from the SF Bay Area to San Diego demonstrated how new automotive technologies can be tripped up by a simple traffic hiccup. Read More...

Visit to Clemson University's Automotive Electronics Laboratory

The lab targets four primary areas of research: automotive electronics, aerospace electronics, electromagnetic compatibility, and electromagnetic modeling. Read More...

Rear-view cameras make the standards list

Unlike most regulated technology that does not appear until the year it is required, rear-view cameras have now passed the 50% point on cars that have them available as either standard equipment or options. Read More...

Use Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) for low-cost liquid level measurement—Part II

In the previous article, the basics of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) were discussed. In this segment, we will discuss the application of TDR to liquid level sensing. Read More...

Reduce common-cause failures for robust redundancy

By replicating a component in a system, we tend to decrease the probability of failure occurrence in that system, but the effect of replication may be less than expected. Read More...

The state of automotive modular hardware

As new car models are introduced, the latest chips give vehicles the highest computing power and graphics performance available. This approach narrows the technology gap cycles of in-vehicle systems. Read More...

Autonomous vehicles: Are they ready for road challenges yet?

There are many ongoing developments in software and electronic controls that are very promising to autonomous vehicle safety and ultimate implementation. Let’s take a look at some of these efforts. Read More...

Use Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) for low-cost liquid level measurement—Part I

This three article series introduces the use of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) to liquid level-sensing: Article one covers theory, article two discusses the application of TDR to liquid level-sensing and three delivers a cost effective and implemented application of TDR to liquid level-sensing including schematics and board layout Read More...

Electric drive moves to two wheels

Just as Tesla brought style to the electric car market, the entry of electric vehicles from Zero and Harley Davidson promise to move the electric motorcycle market away from the traditional scooter look. Read More...

Automotive Update: Price Fixing to ‘Look Ma, No Hands’

From wrongdoing, acquisition, spinoffs, Linux, recalls to “look mom no hands,” there’s a lot going on in the industry. Here are just a few examples. Read More...

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LTC Design Note: 65V 500mA step-down converter fits automotive and industrial applications

This switcher is happy to drop a 60V input all the way down to 0.8V. Read More...

Inductively sense aircraft engine valve position

Aircraft engine designers are conservative by nature, but here's a way to improve performance anyway. Read More...

Design Notes: 42V 2.5A Synchronous Step-Down Regulator with 2.5μA Quiescent Current

This efficient solution allows for small inductors and high switching frequency. Read More...

Precision capacitance meter

There's an art to capacitance measurement. What do you think of this rendition? Read More...

Sense automobile high-side current with discrete components

Use this circuit to convert a current into a voltage for measurement. Read More...

Current monitor uses Hall sensor

Use a Hall-effect sensor to measure dc current in the range of 0 to 40A. Read More...

Simple circuit helps to protect a vehicle-reverse camera

Add a delay to prevent short power pulses as you shift through reverse. Read More...

Solar-powered sensor controls traffic

A traffic-sensor post measures vehicle location and speed at an intersection, providing an accurate, effective, inexpensive approach to monitoring traffic flow. Read More...

Power USB devices from a vehicle

Supply power to two USB devices from the cigarette lighter or other power source. Read More...

Automotive switching regulators get input-transient-voltage protection

A simple scheme protects switching regulators against 50V voltage transients in automotive applications. Read More...

Automotive link uses single wire

In the automotive industry, in which the goal is to produce cars with simpler, lighter wiring looms, any interface that uses just one wire instead of two offers a distinct advantage. The circuit in Figure 1 implements a bidirectional link using a single wire, with the car's chassis or ground conductor providing a negative return path. Read More...

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Multiband automotive tuner ICs deliver best-in-class radio performance

The Si4790x automotive receiver family scales from economical, single-tuner designs to premium, multi-tuner car radio systems. Read More...

Driver chip provides 7-channel drop-in Darlington replacement

This 7-channel, NMOS low-side driver replaces Darlington transistor arrays in high-voltage systems; the drop-in compatible relay driver reduces power, cost and board space. Read More...

Ultracap boasts 3400 farads, boosts transportation reliability

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has added to the company's K2 series of ultracapacitor cells with a 2.85-volt, 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell that increases the range of available specific power and stored energy in the industry-standard 60 mm cylindrical 'K2' form factor. Read More...

8-channel scope is tailor-made for power electronics measurement

With more channels, high-definition, and higher bandwidth, Teledyne LeCroy's HDO8000 oscilloscope is ideal for high-power three-phase power electronics systems analysis. Read More...

B+K Precision expands programmable power-supply line

B+K Precision has expanded its line of test-system power supplies by increasing voltage range and adding automotive tests. Read More...

Fully digital automotive class-D amp shrinks head unit BOM

The STMicroelectronics FDA2100LV automotive power amplifier with full digital architecture helps minimize noise issues and reduce BOM by up to 50% for vehicle head units and sound boosters. Read More...

Intelligent battery sensor for automotive and industrial

Today’s trends in the battery market include complex battery algorithms, higher communication data rates with the CAN bus, better safety for Li-Ion batteries and increased mission-critical dependence on energy availability. Read More...

High-voltage/high-current connector meets commercial EV challenges

Capable of handling up to 1000 V and 250 A per contact, the connectors withstand even the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles. Read More...

Rectangular, low profile LED opens up design options

The Synios E4014 LED from Osram Opto Semiconductor features a rectangular and low profile shape so that, with the design, light is easily injected into light guides and uniformly distributed. Read More...

Automotive gate drivers offer ultra-low propagation delay

For applications in vehicles with 48V and 400V supply voltages such as hybrid and electric drives, Texas Instruments has developed the UCC275xx-Q1 product family of AEC-Q100-qualified single- and dual-channel gate drivers. Read More...

Automotive battery sensor packs MCU and CAN controller

Aimed at both conventional and emerging battery chemistries for automotive and industrial applications, the MM9Z1J638 battery sensor from Freescale Semiconductor combines three measurement channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, LIN 2.2 protocol and physical interface, and CAN protocol controller in a 48-pin QFN package. Read More...

IPEmotion software gets CAN traffic analyzer, improved visualization

Automotive measurement technology provider Ipetronik has introduced version 2014 R1 of its popular IPEmotion data acquisition software. Read More...

ARM Cortex A9 MCU development board runs Linux

Silica has launched a new ArchiTech development board that offers a low cost streamlined platform for Linux based designs. Read More...

Safety glass comes to automotive display screens

With display screens in cars growing bigger and bigger, the risk of injury through sharp splinters resulting from an accident is rising sharply. Read More...

Handheld device performs CAN bus diagnostics

The PCAN-Diag is a handheld device for the diagnostics of CAN busses on OSI layers 1 and 2. Read More...

Audio power amp sounds EV warning

Toshiba Electronics is offering a single-chip amplifier to support safety designs that add the sound of a conventional internal combustion engine to electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Read More...

Ada comes to ARM Linux

Ada support is now available on embedded ARM processors running Linux for safety critical code development. Read More...

Key management system secures car software updates

Security expert company Escrypt has developed a key management system that secures software updates for automotive control units. Read More...

It's an oscilloscope and...

Tektronix MDO3000 is an oscilloscope and as many as five other instruments. Now if it only had a power supply. Read More...

Get eight 12-bit channels over USB 3

Pico Technology's PicoScope 4824 provides eight 12-bit analog inputs and a waveform generator onto a PC-based package that runs over USB 3.0. Read More...

Step-down controller provides 7.5-V buck-boost bias voltage

Operating from a supply of 2.5 V to 60 V, Linear Technology’s LT3840 synchronous step-down DC/DC controller generates a 7.5-V bias voltage for MOSFET gate drive regardless of whether the input voltage is above, below, or equal to 7.5 V. Read More...

3D ADR chip shows 3D vehicle movement without GNSS signals

The UBX-M8030-Kx-DR chip integrates 3D ADR technology (3D Automotive Dead Reckoning). Read More...

Mission-critical RTOS available for Renesas MCUs

The Wittenstein High Integrity Systems real-time operating system for mission-critical systems is now available for Renesas RX631/RX63N microcontrollers. Read More...

Automotive-rated Micro SD cards offer 100x data retention

Swissbit AG's S-40 and S-40u Series SD and Micro SD memory cards are the first SD and Micro SD cards on the market to feature autonomous data refresh with no intervention required by the host or application. Read More...

Automotive TVS diodes boost power dissipation

With its 600-W peak pulse power dissipation rating, the TPSMB series of transient voltage suppression (TVS) diodes from Littelfuse provides secondary protection of sensitive automotive electronics from transients induced by load dump and other transient voltage events. Read More...

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Teardown: Heads-up thermal imaging camera

Wow, thermal imaging in the car. Read More...

Teardown: Airbag controller

Check out this airbag controller teardown, courtesy of Dave Jones from the EEVblog. Read More...

Teardown: OBD-II Bluetooth adapter

Peer inside an unbelievably low-cost OBD-II to Bluetooth "dongle." Read More...

Teardown: High-voltage Li-ion battery stack management - the drive for safe power

At the heart of the Chevrolet Volt, a sophisticated Li-ion battery stack management system ensures the safety and reliability of a multi-cell Li-ion battery stack capable of delivering power on demand to the Chevy Volt drive system. Read More...

Teardown reveals Chevy Volt's electronic secrets

Beyond battery chemistry and electric propulsion and control, the Chevy Volt enhanced-range electric vehicle builds in flexibility, ruggedness, and diagnostics—with attention to quality construction. Read More...

Bulldog Security RS82B remote-vehicle-starter system

Microprocessor-controlled relays let you start your car 100 yards away. Read More...

The Tesla Roadster: Sporty and electric

Prying Eyes: A modern electric sports car presents a unique design challenge. Read More...

The 24V, 300W, BLDC Kollmorgen motor integrated controller

A motor mixes mechanical and electrical beauty with questionable thermal design. Read More...

Under the hood of hybrid vehicles

Energy- and emission-efficient automobiles are increasingly relying on both combustion engines and electric motors for power. Read More...

Hybrids mark the end of the stinky city bus

Prying Eyes looks inside a hybrid gas-electric bus powered by 288 ultracapacitors. Read More...

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Automotive Video—The FPD-Link III--Do more with less

This article provides an overview of FPD-Link III, the advances that can be expected in the near future, and how to get even more out of the technology. Read More...

Slideshow: How NASA drives automotive technology—Part I

From deep space to the automotive space, NASA technology greatly impacts automotive design and development, and has for decades. Read More...

Use Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) for low-cost liquid level measurement—Part II

In the previous article, the basics of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) were discussed. In this segment, we will discuss the application of TDR to liquid level sensing. Read More...

Reduce common-cause failures for robust redundancy

By replicating a component in a system, we tend to decrease the probability of failure occurrence in that system, but the effect of replication may be less than expected. Read More...

Autonomous vehicles: Are they ready for road challenges yet?

There are many ongoing developments in software and electronic controls that are very promising to autonomous vehicle safety and ultimate implementation. Let’s take a look at some of these efforts. Read More...

Use Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) for low-cost liquid level measurement—Part I

This three article series introduces the use of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) to liquid level-sensing: Article one covers theory, article two discusses the application of TDR to liquid level-sensing and three delivers a cost effective and implemented application of TDR to liquid level-sensing including schematics and board layout Read More...

Electric vehicle infrastructure-based chargers made easy

Range anxiety is seen as one of the largest barriers to achieving consumer confidence in electric vehicles. Available charging stations will help relieve anxiety, but the need for “pay-to-charge” stations will increase, as will the need for more technology and communications in these systems. Read More...

BAW gyroscope sensors transform inertial MEMS apps

BAW technology is being used to develop a new class of solid-state MEMS gyroscopes that not only meet power, size, cost, and high volume production requirements exceedingly well, but also add higher performance to the mix. Read More...

Automotive electronics: A future road to be well-traveled

Many design ideas abound for the automobile of the near future to enhance our driving and entertainment experience beyond Henry Ford’s wildest dreams. Read More...

Peeking “Under the Hood” of series hybrid vehicles

In many applications, series hybrid vehicles are more reliable and fuel efficient than parallel designs. Read More...

Radio reception, audio recovery and playback in automotive applications

This paper succinctly proposes a design solution on which multiple radio formats can be supported just by changing the software. Read More...

Product How-to: Testing today’s electric and hybrid electric vehicles

To meet the challenge of producing quality electric vehicles, automotive manufacturers and suppliers are going to need test equipment that is both powerful and programmable. Read More...

TI adds BLE MCU, vision kit, engine and libraries

Although eight years ago, when the TI effort in ADAS began, the going seemed slow, now clearly, technology adoption is now firmly in the fast lane. Read More...

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The promise of the connected car

A recent forum at the Churchill Club in the San Jose area discussed the Connected Car and the practical realization of the phrase. Read More...

The connected car and congested traffic

A recent road trip from the SF Bay Area to San Diego demonstrated how new automotive technologies can be tripped up by a simple traffic hiccup. Read More...

Visit to Clemson University's Automotive Electronics Laboratory

The lab targets four primary areas of research: automotive electronics, aerospace electronics, electromagnetic compatibility, and electromagnetic modeling. Read More...

The state of automotive modular hardware

As new car models are introduced, the latest chips give vehicles the highest computing power and graphics performance available. This approach narrows the technology gap cycles of in-vehicle systems. Read More...

Electric drive moves to two wheels

Just as Tesla brought style to the electric car market, the entry of electric vehicles from Zero and Harley Davidson promise to move the electric motorcycle market away from the traditional scooter look. Read More...

Automotive Update: Price Fixing to ‘Look Ma, No Hands’

From wrongdoing, acquisition, spinoffs, Linux, recalls to “look mom no hands,” there’s a lot going on in the industry. Here are just a few examples. Read More...

Auto design gets help from old and new tools

Automotive design is one of the first new sectors added to the traditionally semiconductor EDA dominated DAC show, and is a major thrust into the "it's all about the system" mentality. Read More...

Auto parts supply chain gets complicated

Recent activity by the DOJ has third-party/aftermarket parts dealers as well as the major automotive OEMs looking closely not only at the functions of new parts and their adherence to specifications, but also the partnering/association affiliations of the suppliers and all the people in their supply chain. Read More...

Act fast to harness and optimize MEMS performance in portables

Starting to use MEMS technology in portable applications including wearables, healthcare, gaming or automotive? If so, tune in on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00 pm ET to catch Optimizing MEMS Performance in Portable Applications. Read More...

Driving revenues: Autonomous cars

Fully autonomous cars are definitely in the pipe, and the technology is closer than you may think. Read More...

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