Microchip DSC Targets Harsh Environments

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33 “EV” family provides 5-V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, which is suited for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive (including sensors, user interface, fuel pumps, cooling fans and water pumps), appliance (including…

ST IGBTs Increase Energy Efficiency

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has introduced its new M-Series of 1200-V IGBTs that feature advanced trench-gate field-stop technology. The new design is said to save more energy and increase reliability in applications such as solar inverters, welding equipment, uninterruptible power supplies, and industrial motor drives. With highly optimized conduction and turn-off characteristics, as well as low…

China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…

Automotive Electronics Offers Big Growth Potential

There is big demand for high-reliability parts in automotive electronics sectors. The global market for automotive electronics is forecast to hit $204.6 billion in 2014, and reach $314.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent between 2012 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. The OEM…

Spansion Expands Traveo MCU Line

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Spansion Inc. has expanded its Traveo microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at human machine interfaces (HMI) in automotive dashboards. Spansion is integrating its HyperBus interface with its ARM Cortex-R5-based embedded Traveo MCU for the first time, enabling seamless connections with HyperBus memories, including Spansion HyperFlash memory, to simplify design and provide faster performance in…

Altera Debuts Nine New PowerSoC Devices

San Jose, Calif. — Altera Corporation has announced nine new Altera Enpirion power system-on-chip (PowerSoC) devices that fully comply with the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC-Q100) qualification standard temperature grade 2, a critical stress test qualification for automotive integrated circuits (ICs).  The Altera Enpirion PowerSoCs offer up to 96 percent peak efficiency and can be used in…

Toshiba Automotive Chip Targets Multimedia Connectivity

San Jose, Calif. — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its automotive line with an automotive infotainment companion chip that supports high-resolution multimedia (audio, video) and camera connectivity for next-generation applications in the connected car.  The TC358791XBG automotive companion chip supports the latest automotive Gigabit Ethernet AVB standard for a wide range of applications, such…

OmniVision Releases New HDR Sensors

Santa Clara, Calif. — OmniVision Technologies Inc. has released the newest additions to its portfolio of OmniHDR automotive high dynamic range (HDR) sensor family – the 1.3-megapixel OV10642 and the WVGA OV10625. Both the OV10642 and the OV10625 deliver high sensitivity and HDR performance in their respective market segments, said OmniVision. The sensors also use…

ROHM Optimizes Automotive System Power Supplies for MCUs

Santa Clara, Calif. — ROHM Semiconductor has developed system power supplies optimized for high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs) in a variety of automotive systems, such as electronic power steering, fuel injection, and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). To ensure compatibility with start-stop systems, the BD39001EKV-C uses a proprietary boost-buck automatic switching…

Vishay Offers Space-Saving Rectifiers

Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced 27 new 4 A to 10 A FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the compact, low-profile SMPC (TO-277A) eSMP series package. The AEC-Q101-qualified rectifiers feature extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, and reduce switching losses and over-dissipation in automotive and…