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    • Jun 22, 2017

    Powering DDR memory in automotive applications

    Double-data-rate (DDR) memory enables high speed and performance in many electronic systems because of its ability to read and write on both the rising and falling edge of the clock. The ability to read and write data on both edges of the clock essentially provides two times the speed without increasing clock frequency and enables faster throughput...
    • Jun 15, 2017

    Get loud with a 700W automotive audio amplifier for infotainment systems

    Are you a fan of listening to loud music while driving? I definitely am, especially on long road trips. The 700W Automotive Class-D Automotive Amplifier Reference Design shown in Figure 1 can support up to 700W true root mean square (RMS) power, which should easily be enough power to satisfy demand for loud music lovers in automobiles. Figure...
    • Jun 8, 2017

    Vehicle vision: beyond the crystal ball?

    When we look back 20 years from now, automotive evolution will likely be considered the greatest in recent times. Future automotive evolution will be profoundly impacted by automating the task of driving. While there are many aspects to achieving safe and reliable semi-autonomous and fully autonomous driving, it’s clear it will require a “vision”...
    • Jun 7, 2017

    The road to today’s digital cockpit

    In my first car, there was only an AM/FM radio to keep me entertained as I relied on my own memory to get me from point A to point B. The instrument cluster was traditional, with only needles to estimate if I was driving at the speed limit or if I had enough gas for whatever small journey planned that day. Fast forward to today our lifestyles have...
    • May 16, 2017

    Giving cars advanced vision through TI mmWave sensors

    Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have rapidly evolved over the last five years, from comfort functions, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), to safety-enhancing functions such as emergency braking and newer applications like pedestrian det...
    • May 2, 2017

    Build a sub-20W CISPR25 Class 5 power design for automotive infotainment processors

    In a world of always-on experiences, drivers and passengers are looking to access real-time information about traffic conditions and potential hazards via traditional radio or human machine interface (HMI) systems. At the same time, drivers and passengers want to use connected devices like GPSs, smartphones and tablets without interference. Thus, it...
    • Apr 27, 2017

    Putting innovation in the driver's seat. What technologies are most important to modern power seats?

    When I was a kid, my dad bought a big green Buick tricked out with all the bells and whistles – an AM/FM stereo with a rear speaker and reverb knob, electric windows, and most importantly power bench seats. The car was such a big deal that other kids from the neighborhood came to sit in it, and my sister and I made the seats go forward and back...
    • Apr 13, 2017

    Understanding flap actuators and what drives them in automotive HVAC systems

    Whether it’s hot or cold outside, passengers inside a car are comfortable thanks to automotive heating and cooling systems. These heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems vary in complexity and level of automation depending on the vehicle class. While an economy car requires that a driver manually turn knobs to control the temperature...
    • Mar 28, 2017

    Learn how to keep your car battery steady and running longer

    Automotive systems are designed to withstand wide variations of temperature, extreme input transients and other interferences. Almost all electronics within your car are subjected to stringent testing and need to meet quality system standards and component qualification specified by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC). Most automotive systems are...
    • Mar 20, 2017

    Interconnecting automotive 48V and 12V rails in dual-battery systems

    Electrification of the automotive industry is happening at an ever-increasing rate, driven largely by government standards on carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions reduction. The European Union set a goal for new vehicles to emit only 95g/km of CO 2 by 2020. Other countries like China are setting similar regulations. To meet these standards, automotive manufacturers...