TI Unveils LED Matrix Manager for Adaptive Headlights

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first fully integrated high-brightness LED matrix manager IC for adaptive automotive headlight systems. The TPS92661-Q1 is a compact solution that is said to reduce board space by 73 percent and control up to 96 high-brightness LEDs in headlamps. A single TPS92661-Q1 replaces bulky discrete circuits, including multiple transistors,…

KEMET Extends Aximax Capacitor Line

Greenville, S.C. — KEMET Corporation has expanded its line of Aximax High Temperature Axial Capacitors, based on KEMET’s surface-mount X8L and X8R dielectric platforms. The new axial form factor now enables these technologies to be extended into high vibration environments, said KEMET. Typical applications include decoupling, bypass and filtering in extreme environments such as down-hole oil exploration,…

TDK Transformers Target Automotive Electronics

TDK Corporation has introduced two new EPCOS SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics. The devices are designed for use in emerging 48-V automotive power systems as well as for all xEV applications, where the components can be used to measure the currents of the electric drives. The B78417A2185A003 device is based on an EP7…

IP&E Suppliers Target Military Markets

Over the past month, there has been an uptick in military-related partnerships, services, and products in the interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) industry. It may be due to MILCOM 2014 (Military Communications Conference) held earlier this month, but in any case, electronic component manufacturers and distributors are putting a lot more focus on the military…

Eaton Makes a Big Play in Automotive Electronics

Pleasanton, Calif. – Eaton’s Electronics Division has launched a multi-tiered initiative that focuses on enhancing the safety of automotive electronics, and meeting increased demand for high-reliability magnetics, supercapacitors, and circuit protection products. Key features of the initiative include a new online portal for faster component selection, safety-certified products, manufacturing advances, and increased production capacity. The…

IP&E Trends: Longer Deliveries for Aluminum Electrolytic Caps, Relays

The good news for buyers is that lead times and pricing trends remain stable for most interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. However, purchasers should keep a close eye on lead times for surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors and electromechanical relays. Production capacity at…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

Top Procurement Teams Deliver Twice the Cost Reductions

Chicago, Ill. —While strategies to control costs vary across industries, achieving cost reductions is always a concern for procurement and supply chain executives. A new study from A.T. Kearney indicates that leading company procurement organizations are at the forefront of these reductions, delivering twice the cost reduction compared to other companies through excellence in managing…

New Electronic Components Tout Power and Space Savings

Here’s a look at some of the newest electronic components aimed at the portable, mobile and wearable markets – all expected to have good solid growth over the next several years. For example, ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018.…