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    • May 7, 2018

    HEV/EV battery management systems explained simply

    As shown in Figure 1, a very basic transmission system for an electric vehicle (EV) comprises three system blocks. The battery pack is an array of cells (typically lithium-ion [Li-ion] cells in full automotive EVs) that generates voltages up to hundreds of volts. The system needs of the EV will define the voltage. The next part of the system...
    • May 2, 2018

    To mirror or not to mirror: how camera monitoring systems are expanding the driver’s perspective

    Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear --this message is the tried and true safety warning that has reminded drivers for decades that their rearview mirrors are reflecting a slightly-distorted view of reality. Despite their limitations, mirrors are vital equipment on the car, helping drivers reverse or change lanes. But today, advanced driver...
    • Apr 30, 2018

    Detecting vehicle occupancy with mmWave sensors

    Sensing technologies are changing safety and comfort functions inside vehicles, and it is becoming increasingly important to accurately determine whether and where a person is seated inside. According to San Jose State University, an average of 37 children die in a hot car each year, “ more than half of [which occur] after a parent or guardian...
    • Apr 25, 2018

    Smart sensors are going to change how you drive (because eventually, you won’t)

    The dream of fully autonomous vehicles in our everyday lives is a compelling one. Imagine a world where automobiles are truly automatic: you will need only to enter a vehicle, tell it where to go and carry on with your life while you’re trans...
    • Apr 17, 2018

    There are more ways than you think to reduce conducted EMI

    Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a troublesome issue in certain designs, especially in automotive systems, like infotainment, body electronics, ADAS and so on. When designing the schematic and drawing the layout, designers usually minimize noise...
    • Apr 9, 2018

    How to overcome size, EMI and thermal challenges of automotive LED lighting

    The automotive lighting market is projected to grow significantly. This market is driven by increasing vehicle production, technological advancements in the field of automotive lighting and increasing concerns over safety while driving at night. Ligh...
    • Apr 4, 2018

    Designing USB into challenging automotive applications

    Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard that defines cable, connector and communication protocols for facilitating the connection, communication and power-supply exchange between computers and devices. The use of USB in cars in...
    • Mar 29, 2018

    How many electric motors are in your car?

    At the recent Motors & Drive Systems Conference, I discussed electric motor applications in automobiles. The U.K. and France have already set dates to outlaw internal combustion engines (ICE), with China also studying when to ban ICE vehicl...
    • Mar 12, 2018

    Solving voltage transient challenges with an integrated buck-boost converter

    Automotive body electronics and gateway modules must operate without interruption, regardless of variations in the car battery. A car’s battery voltage can drop down to below 3V during cold crank and may surge as high as 40V during load dump,...
    • Feb 23, 2018

    Moving the needle on automotive clusters

    Although the automotive instrument cluster has evolved in the last few years, it has in many ways remained the same information center with which your grandparents would be familiar. Consider its origins as a panel with analog (mechanical) gauges showing vehicle speed, fuel level, engine temperature and oil pressure, as well as the odometer, as shown...