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…

Reliance on Compliance: Evolving Industry Standards

The variety of product labeling standards set forth, or under consideration, by organizations such as the Electronics Components Industry Association (ECIA), Electronics Components Association (ECA), Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JDEC), Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), now part of TechAmerica, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) present additional labeling challenges.…

Wearables to Drive Display Panel Growth

El Segundo, Calif. — Demand for wearable electronics, initially fueled by smartwatch computing, is forecast to drive rapid growth for display panels over the next several years. IHS Technology forecasts industry revenue will increase from a projected $300 million in 2014 to more than 80 percent annually for at least four more years as high resolution…

OmniVision Camera Chip Targets Portables

Santa Clara, Calif. — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has launched the OVM6211 CameraCubeChip, a complete global shutter camera solution in the industry’s smallest form factor. The OVM6211 enables a variety of applications in consumer devices, including key machine and computer vision capabilities such as gesture recognition, eye tracking and motion detection. The camera solution targets advanced applications…

Broadcom Claims First Navigation/Sensor Hub Chip

Irvine, Calif. – Broadcom Corporation has claimed the industry’s first low-power Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and sensor hub combo chip to deliver new always-on location applications for a variety of mobile devices. By integrating the GNSS chip and sensor hub into a single chip, the new BCM4773 device minimizes battery drain and adds a…

SAE Anti-Fake Rule Emphasizes the Channel

There are a number of problems associated with counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain, chief of which is the lack of agreement on a single standard for counterfeit prevention. However, the SAE, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, recently published an international standard that focuses…