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Renesas looks to automotive and smart society to drive recovery July 20, 2012 Renesas looks to automotive and smart society to drive recovery Early in July 2012 Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp, the world's fifth-largest chipmaker, announced plans to reduce its workforce by 12 percent and shed half of its domestic plants within three years to be more competitive with overseas rivals. Can Europe help the company hit the road to recovery? Read more LED ambient lighting platform offers customization options for car designers July 19, 2012 LED ambient lighting platform offers customization options for car designers Ambient LED lighting is increasingly popular in the automotive industry. NXP Semiconductors meets this rising demand with the roll-out of a compact integrated solution for cost-efficient and flexible LED ambient lighting applications in vehicles. The UJA1018 is designed for LIN networks (Local Interconnect ... Read more Technology platform enables next-gen digital car radios July 19, 2012 Technology platform enables next-gen digital car radios With digital car radio systems already being state of the art in some geographies while in other regions AM is still the predominant technology, a common technology for a continent-spanning radio platform is overdue. STMicroelectronics now has introduced a digital radio chipset that enables simultaneous ... Read more Automotive-qualified 600-V Trench IGBT in D2Pak delivers high power density in Hybrid and EV applications July 19, 2012 Automotive-qualified 600-V Trench IGBT in D2Pak delivers high power density in Hybrid and EV applications International Rectifier has introduced a family of automotive-qualified 600 V IGBTs for electric and hybrid vehicle applications including air conditioner inverters, pumps and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heaters. Read more LDO regulators claim the industry's lowest dark current performance July 19, 2012 LDO regulators claim the industry's lowest dark current performance ROHM has developed the BD7xxL2EFJ-C series of high-voltage (50 V) LDO regulators for automotive applications featuring the industry’s lowest dark current (6 μA) – 80% lower than conventional LDO regulators – utilizing a proprietary circuit design, reducing power consumption. Read more Surge protection device certified to automotive preferred ISO pulse specs July 17, 2012 Surge protection device certified to automotive preferred ISO pulse specs STMicroelectronics offers what it claims to be the only surge protection devices certified to the automotive industry's preferred specifications. By saving the time needed for independent certification, these transient voltage suppressors (TVS) enable new products to reach the market more quickly and ... Read more CAN hub facilitates ECU live monitoring July 17, 2012 CAN hub facilitates ECU live monitoring Goepel electronic introduced the Hub4x CAN interface multiplexer hardware module. The device enables simultaneous information exchange with several units under test (UUTs), which historically resulted in considerable communication problems, due to message clashes or received messages not being traceable ... Read more Research project gets granular on entire power electronics value chain July 16, 2012 Research project gets granular on entire power electronics value chain Aiming at fields in LED lighting and electric drives including e-mobility, the research project ProPower takes on the factors that prevent further miniaturization of power electronics. In particular, it focuses on ways to avoid heat dissipation. Read more Intelligent CAN Module with Bluetooth interface July 16, 2012 Intelligent CAN Module with Bluetooth interface Ixxat has introduced the CANblue II, a CAN module that connects wirelessly to a PC via Bluetooth. It is designed for servicing and accessing CAN systems that are otherwise difficult to access. Depending on the space limitations, the maximum distance between the CANblue II and the PC/notebook can be up ... Read more Innovative Analog Solution for Automotive Toll Tag Systems July 16, 2012 Innovative Analog Solution for Automotive Toll Tag Systems Skyworks Solutions has introduced analog solutions for low-noise receivers being used in high-sensitivity radio frequency (RF) automotive highway tag applications, including toll tag transponder systems. Read more
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