Category | Automotive Power

Semiconductor Advances for Lower-Cost EVs

Posted on 12 September 2014

      The world is getting ready to drive electric. Established car brands are adding new plug-in hybrids and full EVs to their ranges, and even supercar manufacturers are taking advantage of electric drive. Governments are also backing the move: a recent EU draft agreement proposes new national minimum targets for publicly accessible EV [...]

eCarTec 2013 Munich: Connecting Mobility Markets

Posted on 03 January 2014

      The fifth international trade fair for electric and hybrid mobility eCarTec 2013 which took place from 15th to 17th October, 2013 in Munich, showed that the the electric mobility industry has almost crossed the valley of tears. Despite a difficult start at the beginning of 2013, the organizers of the trade show [...]

Strong Competence in Materials Enables more Efficiency

Posted on 27 November 2013

      Small, smaller, smallest - that's the main message TDK Technologies has. The company is convinced that it has achieved another milestone regarding the on-going miniaturisation. In addition to the ultra-flattest multilayer varistors for ESD protection, TDK claims to have the world's smallest common-mode choke for automotive Ethernet and the smallest automotive-grade MLCCs [...]

Trade-offs When Selecting Automotive Dc/Dc Converters

Posted on 05 November 2013

      In automotive designs using dc/dc converters, strict conducted and radiated emissions have to be met. Emissions in the Radio LW, MW, SW and FM bands are more tightly controlled to avoid interfering with the vehicle’s radio reception, Figure 1. By Dan Tooth, Texas Instruments The most tightly controlled being the FM band, [...]

Designing-Out High-Power Automotive Relays

Posted on 07 August 2013

      The Last Frontier for Advanced Vehicle Electrification The electromechanical relay – at one time the power switch of choice for all automotive electrical systems – is progressively becoming replaced throughout the vehicle by lighter, smaller, more reliable and longer lasting semiconductor switches. Advanced fabrication processes such as BCDMOS, allowing power and logic [...]

Why Don't We Charge it on the Road?

Posted on 04 April 2013

      London cabbies try out wireless charging Incompatible plug systems are a major obstacle for electromobility, and now the country which used to be famous for hotel rooms with at least three different kinds of power plugs at the wall is getting rid of the problem by attacking its root. Qualcomm initiated the [...]

COOLiR2™ High Power Semiconductor Platform

Posted on 31 October 2012

      HEV and EV progress and success have been enabled The mass adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) depends on achieving cost, size and weight reduction and increased reliability of electric power train systems. By Hsueh-Rong Chang and Jack Marcinkowski, International Rectifier, El Segundo Further progress towards achieving the [...]

Solutions for On-Board Chargers

Posted on 30 August 2012

       All charged up EPCOS and TDK components perform key functions in the Finepower’s on-board chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles. They include inductors, transformers, capacitors and protective components. By Cem Som, Development Transformers, EPCOS   Finepower - an engineering specialist for power electronics - has developed a highly compact prototype of an [...]

Opportunities & Threats from Emerging Countries’ Automotive Solutions

Posted on 05 July 2012

      Major component and system suppliers are setting up advanced design centers for next-generation vehicles To understand the various different approaches taken by automotive manufacturers in various territories worldwide, it can be helpful to visualize a triangle in which each corner represents the three automotive values of “Quality”, “Cost” and “Technology/Innovation” (see figure [...]

Ethernet In Fast Forward

Posted on 03 July 2012

      Automotive Using Ethernet as Physical Layer Data Bus Ethernet has been officially be added to the list of automotive networks, such as CAN, LIN, FlexRay and MOST. But why did Ethernet make the list and for what specific automotive applications? Most important of all, can it really meet the challenges of Automotive? [...]