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…

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,…

Cactus Semi Updates Medical Eval Board

Chandler, Ariz. — Cactus Semiconductor has updated its microprocessor evaluation board for its application-specific standard product (ASSP) medical chip to deliver better manufacturability and a lower profile. The update includes new microcontroller (MCU) unit packaging for easier manufacturability, and new inductors for a lower profile. The EB1CSI021 evaluation board targets battery-powered neurostimulation medical applications. The low-power, 8-bit…

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…

TI Touts First Wireless Haptic Dev Kit

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects. The Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT), featuring Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app to control on-board LEDs…