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    • Nov 22, 2017

    Voltage and current sensing in HEV/EV applications

    This post was co-authored by Ryan Small . The rapid increase of semiconductor content in automotive systems has prompted a need to manage key voltages and currents in each subsystem. Supervising supply voltages, load currents or other important system functions can help indicate fault conditions, prevent catastrophic failures and protect end users...
    • Nov 8, 2017

    Use a dual buck controller in automotive power systems

    The increase in automotive infotainment performance and functionality demands a corresponding increase in processor power, precise voltage regulation, and accurate system protection and monitoring. TI offers many low-voltage power-management ICs (PMICs) for processor, double data rate (DDR) and auxiliary voltage-rail regulation. Low voltage in this...
    • Nov 1, 2017

    Ripple reduction techniques for sensitive and dynamic rails in automotive camera modules

    When you test the video feed from your newly designed camera module, have you ever noticed slow-moving bars, discoloration or flickering in your video, or no video at all? There can be many different reasons for video issues like these: switching noise from a switcher, voltage ripple during frames or rows, elevated system temperature, or even damage...
    • Oct 25, 2017

    Why are automotive radar systems moving from 24GHz to 77GHz?

    If you’ve driven in a newer model car recently, you’ve probably taken advantage of advanced driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking, cross-traffic alerts or lane change assist. But have you ever thought about how your car knows when to stop to avoid a front collision? Or what system keeps drivers from changing lanes when...
    • Oct 18, 2017

    Next-generation FPD-Link III devices add speed and flexibility to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    As advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) applications such as front camera and camera-monitoring systems (CMS) use camera imagers above a 2MP resolution more widely, video data-transfer speed requirements increase. These ADAS architecture shifts are driving the next generation of Flat Panel Display (FPD)-Link™ III devices. FPD-Link III serializer...
    • Oct 10, 2017

    The multi-switch detection interface: integrated features for smaller, more efficient designs

    Automotive body control modules (BCMs) are electronic control units that manage numerous vehicle comfort, convenience and lighting functions, including door locks, windows, chimes, closure sensors, interior and exterior lighting, wipers, and turn signals. Specifically, BCMs monitor different driver switches and control power to corresponding loads in...
    • Oct 4, 2017

    Bluetooth® low energy makes automotive systems more automatic

    It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday morning. You’re walking toward your car with coffee and lunch in one hand while on a phone call with the other hand. Now, where are those keys, and how are you going to reach them with your hands full? No worries! Your smartphone’s got you covered. Your phone connects to your vehicle using Bluetooth low energy...
    • Sep 20, 2017

    Automotive gateways: the bridge between communication domains

    Cars use communication protocols such as Controller Area Network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN), FlexRay, Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST), and Ethernet to communicate between different electronic control units (ECUs). For example, a ...
    • Sep 13, 2017

    Maybe hindsight can be better in 2020!

    While today’s drivers rely heavily on mirrors to monitor their surroundings, tomorrow’s drivers may be able to leverage more advanced systems. In fact, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates that requiring carmak...
    • Sep 6, 2017

    Comparing capacitive and ultrasonic kick-to-open sensing

    Automotive manufacturers are using both capacitive and ultrasonic sensing in “kick-to-open” features and parking-assistance applications. As part of a passive-entry, passive-start (PEPS) system, these sensors can add convenient hands-free operation to sliding doors, hatchbacks and trunks. Because both the capacitive and ultrasonic sensing...