How Distribution Can Capitalize on the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, and the market opportunities are mind-boggling: 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The value of the IoT devices and services market will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The benefits to users are infinite. Is this the “killer app” the high-tech market has been waiting for? The…

Automotive Electronics Prompt New Supply Chain Challenges

The continued growth in the number of components used by automotive manufacturers has spotlighted new opportunities for component distributors. There are many positives to the increased penetration of electronics in automobiles including improved safety, better fuel efficiency, navigation and infotainment. While consumers, semiconductor manufacturers and automotive OEMs stand to benefit from these advancements, these opportunities also…

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…

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…