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,…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

ZF to Acquire TRW Automotive

Friedrichshafen, Germany and Livonia, Mich. — * Combined Company With Pro Forma Sales of More Than EUR 30 Billion and 138,000 Employees * Complementary Portfolio of Acknowledged Products and Technologies Benefitting from Megatrends Such as Fuel Efficiency, Increased Safety Requirements and Autonomous Driving * Balanced Regional and Customer Portfolio in Both Volume and Premium Segments * All Cash…

Micromem Taps Flextronics to Build Lab-on-a-Chip

Toronto, Canada — Micromem Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “Micromem”) (CSE:MRM) (OTCBB:MMTIF) through its wholly owned subsidiary Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc. (MAST), announces they have contracted with Flextronics International Ltd. (“Flextronics”) http://www.flextronics.com/), a Tier 1 automotive end-to-end supply chain solutions provider. Under the terms of the agreement Flextronics will be granted worldwide exclusivity to manufacture and…

Vishay MC AT Resistors Meet AEC-Q200 Qualification

Malvern, Pa. — To meet the growing demand for AEC-Q200-qualified parts, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that its MC AT professional series of automotive thin film chip resistors is now AEC-Q200-qualified over its entire resistance range from 1 Ω to 1 MΩ. Designed to deliver stability under harsh environmental conditions in automotive and industrial applications,…

Vishay Combines Proximity, Ambient Light Sensing

Malvern, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. offers a new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an industry-high operating temperature range to +105 °C. The VCNL4020X01 combines an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, an ambient light detector, a signal processing IC, and a 16-bit ADC in one small 4.8…

Component Suppliers Lag in Automotive Supply Chain

Electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked last among the six automotive segments – exterior, powertrain, interior, electrical, body and chassis – reviewed in PwC’s North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain study. While electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked first in gross profit margins, which suggests low raw material component costs, low-cost labor and lower-than-average total landed costs, said PwC,…