Electronica 2014: IoT Is a Key Innovation Driver

Electronic component manufacturers and distributors are getting ready to converge at Electronica 2014, November 11-14, in Munich, Germany. One of the biggest topics of discussion at the show will be the Internet of Things (IoT) and its huge growth potential for the electronics industry ranging from networked medical devices to smart homes and connected vehicles.…

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…

Digi-Key & Mentor Graphics Roll Out New EDA Tools for Engineers

Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the availability of new professional-level EDA/CAD tools, starting at under $200. The jointly developed Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are available today exclusively from Digi-Key. The new Mentor Graphics software is part of the company’s recently expanded suite of design tools, also announced today. For the…

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…

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,…