Automotive Category

electric vehicle charging
No question: Electric mobility is still not at the status as it could be. Beside low range of current e-vehicles, for many people the insufficient charging infrastructure is one of the core reasons not to invest in an e-car yet. Fully understandable! Because what could be more annoying than being stranded on the motorway with an empty battery? But new technology and standards promise improvements. About one million e-cars are supposed to be underway on the streets until the year 2020 in Germany. Whereas the registration hybrid cars in 2016Read More
maxim integrated automotive led
Guest blog from Tamer Kira High-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LED) are making driving safer, reducing energy consumption and, as a side benefit, giving automotive designers more creative license in headlamp designs. LEDs can save 50-70% of the energy use that traditional lighting technologies consume, reducing carbon emissions in the process. They also last longer, boasting lifetimes of 50,000 hours or more. And, because they turn on and off faster than incandescent lamps, they’re ideal for applications like brake lights. From a design standpoint, though, working with HB LED technologiesRead More
TQonTour CAV
There’s only a couple of weeks left until the next Formula 1 season will be kicking off. The real fans can hardly wait any longer to hear the engines roar again. Last week we had the honour to use the holy rooms of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy for a special workshop. I was not about the latest developments of the new Ferrari race car. But the overall topic was automotive vehicles too – different kinds though. Together with our supplier partner Infineon Technologies, we organize the “TQ onRead More
automotive iot
Guest blog from Axel Schiller Some suggest that autonomous driving is the ultimate example of the implementation of the Internet of Things. An integral integration of internal and external sensors working together to create an evolutionary change in the way people use transportation. There are two additional layers of complication to designing for vehicles, one the impact of application failure can be significant and two vehicles have an extensive need for sensors, signal processing elements, and image recognition engines. As manufacturers continue to add more advanced sensors, high-resolution displays, on-vehicleRead More
Long gone are the days when commercial vehicles had a rather dusty image despite their good functionality. Rough edges and corners and bulky designs become more and more a thing of the past. And also the poor amenities are being replaced by more and more high-tech features. One can say, that they really arrived in the 21st century, which became obvious during the recent “IAA für Nutzfahrzeuge” in Hannover. About 2000 exhibitors from over 50 different countries this year showcased their developments to the visitors of the leading fair inRead More
Smart Agriculture
It’s the time of the year again when days are getting shorter and the sun is not so powerful anymore. High time for a special occupational group. Farmers are in their final throes harvesting their acres before they will be starting all over again tilling their fields for the next year. For sure there is still a massive amount of manual work needed for them, but high-tech has found its way into agriculture for quite some time already. Harvesting machines are getting more powerful, safer and more efficient. But alsoRead More
Tesla Charging
The strive for increased energy efficiency, lighter and smaller applications as well as optimised system cost has been determining developments in power electronics for years. Optimisation of silicon based solutions like MOSFETs and IGBTs in the high voltage range (above 600V) is close to reach its limits. Due to the increasing demand for HEV/EVs as well as compact solutions for solar inverters, industrial drives and high frequency power supplies semiconductor manufacturers need to find new ways to achieve the goal of better efficiency. Wide band gap (WBG) technologies like SiCRead More
Glen Albert Larson must have been ahead of his time when he had the idea for his world famous television series “Knight Rider” in the early 1980s. A lot of men’s hearts probably still beat faster when they remember the times when the black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am together with his partner Michael Knight KITT chased criminals. KITTs instrumentation in the interior flashing in red, yellow and green colours and its “voice modulator” will remain unforgettable for everyone who watched the series on TV. However, at that time hardly anyoneRead More
Automotive lighting is probably the oldest electricity powered application found on nearly any car. The job of the lights is to illuminate the road and signal other drivers that there is a car in front of them or braking. Wrong. New technologies have enabled lighting applications to perform new tasks and do a lot more than just emit light – in the automotive segment this equals tons of new opportunities to build innovative lighting solutions for front lighting, rear lighting, side lighting and interior lighting. Looking at the most common lightingRead More
BMW i8 Key
With the connected car we not just open up new possibilities for the owners but also for hackers and thieves. Car hack’s like the one of a Jeep or BMW’s connected drive have proofed that modern vehicles often lag appropriate security technology. Among the main vulnerabilities are smartphones which are commonly used to access the car, start it remotely or locate it via apps. In order to add additional security and prevent hacker attacks the implementation of crypto hardware into the system would be an effective solution. The software developmentRead More