Texas Instruments announced their TLC6C598-Q1 and TLC6C5912-Q1 automotive LED drivers. The AEC-Q100 qualified devices feature the industry’s highest voltage rating, thermal shutdown protection and optimized electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance. The TLC6C598-Q1 comes in two packages: the SOIC-D and TSSOP-PW 16-pin packages are available now at a suggested retail price of $0.50 in 2,500-unit quantities. The TLC6C5912-Q1 comes in two packages: the SOIC and TSSOP 20-pin packages are available now for a suggested retail price of $0.70 in 2,500-unit quantities.
Texas Instruments debuted the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer. The TI components provides a seamless video and data interface to megapixel driver assist camera modules, with no software overhead and fewer wires. This results in reduced power consumption, cost and weight. The DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q are available now for $5.36 each (in 1,000-unit quantities). The DS90UB913Q serializer is supplied in a 32-pin, 5mm x 5mm QFN package. The DS90UB914Q deserializer is offered in a 48-pin, 7mm x 7mm QFN package.
STMicroelectronics announced their A3G4250D gyroscope. ST’s A3G4250D IC meets the AEC-Q100 industry-standard qualification for automotive integrated circuits. The 3-axis digital-output gyroscope is ideal for a range of automotive applications, including in-dash navigation, telematics and vehicle tolling systems. Samples of the A3G4250D angular-rate sensor are available now. Volume production will start by the second quarter of this. The ST A3G4250D gyroscope is priced at $6 each (for 1000-unit volume).
According to an IHS report, semiconductor magnetic sensors used in automotive motors will grow by about 38% in 2012. Magnetic sensors help improve car safety, convenience and fuel efficiency. As a result, IHS expects revenue derived from the use of magnetic sensors in automotive motors will reach $160.3 million next year (compared to $116.0 million this year). By 2015, magnetic sensor revenue in automotive motors will grow to about $193.6 million.
Analog Devices launched their ADXRS800 iMEMS gyroscope for automotive electronic stability control, rollover detection, and pitch detection applications. The ADXRS800 features a continuous self-test architecture that simplifies algorithms for failure detection and enables system designers to quickly integrate fault detection into designs. The ADI chip is available now in 10 mm x 10 mm, 16-lead SOIC cavity package (ADXRS800WBRGZ) and 9 mm x 8 mm, 14-Terminal LCC vertical form package (ADXRS800WBEYZ). Both are priced at $50 each (per 1,000).
ZMD announced the ZSSC3170 sensor signal conditioner IC for resistive bridge sensors. The ZSSC3170 combines a fast and precise sensor conditioning IC with a robust LIN transceiver. The single-chip solution supports direct 12V supply provided by a vehicle’s power system. The ZMD ZSSC3170 are sampling now. The IC comes as die or in a SSOP20 package. Packaged parts are priced at €2.30 (USD 3.04) in low quantities. The sensor signal conditioner is ideal for air-conditioning, level measurement, seat adjustment applications in modern cars which require integrated LIN interface.
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in semiconductors for mixed-signal processing applications and leading supplier of signal conditioning technology, introduced the industry’s most accurate high-voltage amplifier for current sensing applications. The AD8207 zero-drift, high-voltage, bi-directional current sense amplifier meets the robust performance and quality requirements for motor and solenoid control in industrial and automotive applications. The product features breakthrough temperature accuracy specified at a maximum of 1 µV/°C offset drift over the automotive temperature range of -40 degrees C to 125 degrees C — a 5-fold improvement over competing devices.
Automotive infotainment systems in 2010 are entering their fourth generation of evolution, a phase in which the capabilities of the hardware are unlimited because they allow consumers to customize their own experience, according to iSuppli Corp. Global revenue from shipments of automotive infotainment systems is set to rise to $37 billion in 2016, up from $30.8 billion in 2010.
Following its toughest year in recent memory, the market for Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) automotive sensors will rebound sharply in 2010, but continued high sales might lead to an overheated market that could push the industry back into depression, according to new research from iSuppli Corp. Global shipments of automotive MEMS sensors are projected to reach 591.2 million units in 2010, up a resounding 17.8 percent from 502.0 million.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) announced the 0.18-micron automotive Embedded Flash IP as its second generation Embedded Flash IP that passed AEC-Q100 product qualification requirements for a wide range of automotive applications. TSMC’s 0.18-micron automotive Embedded Flash IP macro features 27 percent area reduction compared to an equivalent 0.25-micron Embedded Flash IP.