Understanding Capacitor Classifications
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(Negro Elkha / stock.adobe.com) Electronic systems are omnipresent in our society. We depend on them for everyday things like getting us to work or washing our clothes, as well as high-level endeavors like equipping the military or exploring the darkness of space. The overall reliability of any electronics-based system is determined by the reliability of every component used within it. Poor component reliability can lead to abnormal system behavior and, worse, failure. Your car failing on your daily commute is inconvenient compared to the consequences of a military vehicle failing in a confli ..read more
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Automotive Interface Design for Diverse Users
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1d ago
(Source: Syda Productions/ stock.adobe.com) Vehicles have evolved remarkably over the past two decades, continually offering new features and functions. The ongoing transformation has led to the development of the digitalized modern vehicle—an expansive software platform in its own right. These digitalized vehicles present a challenge for usability, as a product’s complexity often reduces its ease of use. More than ever, human-machine interface (HMI) designers seek consumer feedback to inform successful interface designs. Every element a consumer sees, touches, or hears when interacting with ..read more
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New Tech Tuesdays: Enhancing Li-ion Battery Pack Safety with Littelfuse TTape
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1w ago
New Tech Tuesdays Join Rudy Ramos for a weekly look at all things interesting, new, and noteworthy for design engineers. The Growing Appetite for Li-ion Batteries According to a 2023 Statista report, the worldwide demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is anticipated to swell nearly sevenfold from 2022 to 2030, reaching 4.7 terawatt-hours by 2030.[1] This surge can be largely attributed to the escalating popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), which predominantly use Li-ion battery technology. Furthermore, the demand for portable electronics, energy storage systems, battery-operated to ..read more
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The Power of SMT Coupled Inductors to Enhance Automotive Efficiency
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1M ago
(Source: metamorworks / stock.adobe.com) Global electric vehicle (EV) sales have rapidly increased in recent years,[1] with the exponential growth curve taking shape. Decarbonization regulations and product development are pushing EVs forward, though still with two familiar hurdles not yet fully cleared—cost and range. Fortunately, the two tie together through efficiency; the more efficient the power conversion becomes, the more cost design teams can get out of vehicles and the further it can drive in a single charge. Mass is one of the most direct influencers of electrical efficiency, as pow ..read more
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The Road to eMobility
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1M ago
The Road to eMobility: From EV Charging to Zero Emissions and More (Source: phonlamaiphoto / stock.adobe.com) Safe EV Charging via Circuit Protection Fast EV chargers aim to close the gap between the time required to charge an EV and the time required to fuel a combustion vehicle. Level 1 home chargers providing 1–2kW of power take 40–50 hours to charge a battery, but DC fast chargers produce up to 350kW of power and can charge a battery to 80 percent in about 20 minutes. Circuit protection must scale with voltage and power levels to keep users and equipment safe in fast charging applications ..read more
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Precise Motor Control for Brushless DC Motors
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1M ago
Microchip Technology MCP8021/2: Solving Precise Motor Control for Brushless DC Motors (Source: aicandy- stock.adobe.com) Introduction Market conditions require motors to be more compact, energy-efficient, and controllable. These trends drive the need to deliver precise motor control into a compact packaging envelope to fit the breadth of applications for DC motors. Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor Market and Trends The brushless DC (BLDC) motor market is around $17B and projects to grow steadily at a CAGR of 13 percent[1]. The market comprises three primary segments: consumer, automotive, and indust ..read more
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New Tech Tuesdays: Exploring the Importance of Timing in Electronics
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2M ago
New Tech Tuesdays Join Rudy Ramos for a weekly look at all things interesting, new, and noteworthy for design engineers. Timing in digital circuits refers to the sequence of events that happen or need to happen once power is applied to the circuit. Think of timing in a digital circuit as a traffic light at an intersection. Regardless of whether the intersection is busy, the traffic light’s operation helps guide traffic efficiently through the intersection and onto another intersection, where another traffic light will continue the sequence until the individual cars reach their destination. In ..read more
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Zonal Architectures for Future SDV Success
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2M ago
(Source: maylim - stock.adobe.com) As software-defined vehicles (SDVs) become more prevalent, zonal architectures are evolving. The modular architecture, dedicated to specific functionalities, has the potential to unlock the core benefits of SDVs—from enhanced efficiency to seamless scalability. Yet, while inherent challenges exist to implementing zonal architectures, future advancements will propel the architectures to the forefront of SDV development, creating safer, more efficient, and more personalized modes of transportation. Key Benefits of Zonal Architectures in SDVs Traditional vehicl ..read more
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Who’s Driving a Level 3 Vehicle?
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2M ago
(Source: AndSus / stock.adobe.com) Getting Up to Speed Following in the tire tracks of Honda’s 2021 launch of the Level 3-equipped Legend in Japan, Mercedes-Benz introduced SAE Level 3 autonomy to the US with the Drive Pilot option on the 2024 S-Class and EQS Sedan. These vehicles are not only at the cutting edge of automotive technology, but they also push the boundaries of regulatory frameworks with an unprecedented handoff of responsibility from the driver to the vehicle. As ADAS technology matures, so too must the legal and regulatory fields as we rethink the role of the driver. SAE Level ..read more
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40V MOSFET Delivers Efficiency Gains for Electric Vehicles
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4M ago
(Source: Diodes Incorporated) Right now, the automotive industry is going through a big transformation as it rapidly shifts from internal combustion engines to battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Governments around the world are passing ever-stricter environmental regulations and requiring lower emissions, with EVs providing the only way to hit these targets. This shift is creating new demands for power electronics in the automotive sector, including charging systems, engine management systems, converters, and motor drivers. Across all these applications, designers demand better efficien ..read more
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