Active Part Numbers:
Meaning of P & Z
DISPLAY (NAVIGATION, HEADS-UP, CLUSTER)
Automotive displays — which include the center display, heads-up display (HUD), and gauge instrument cluster — show key information and interactive content to the driver. The center information display is connected to the head unit, and provides navigation and other in-cabin infotainment controls. The automotive HUD and gauge instrument cluster provide easy-to-access information for the driver. Th...
Automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems are becoming increasingly software-driven to enhance safety and security, as well as the overall driving experience. Modern cars integrate driving and environmental information, passenger entertainment, wireless connections, and navigation into a centralized infotainment system architecture. However, with the rise of sophisticated in-vehicle infotainment ...
USING CURRENT REGULATION IN DC MOTOR DRIVERS
When starting a DC motor, large currents can be required that place a burden on the motor driver and power supply. This article will discuss using the current regulation function integrated into many motor driver ICs, while using examples from Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) to address high-current conditions. In many cases, using current regulation can allow designers to use a smaller motor drive...
BRUSHLESS VS BRUSHED DC MOTORS: WHEN AND WHY TO CHOOSE ONE OVER THE OTHER
Many motion control applications use permanent magnet DC motors. Since it is easier to implement control systems using DC motors compared to AC motors, they are often used when speed, torque, or position needs to be controlled. There are two types of commonly used DC motors: Brushed motors, and brushless motors (or BLDC motors). As their names imply, DC brushed motors have brushes, which are used...
DC MOTOR ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Learn about the main features of the different types of DC motors. Understand advantages and disadvantages between a stepper motor, a brushed DC motor, and a brushless DC motor.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE SOLENOID DRIVERS
Solenoid drivers are used in many applications to provide linear or rotational actuation in mechanical systems. Although driving solenoids can be as simple as switching the current flow on and off, oftentimes better performance can be obtained using a dedicated IC to drive them. In this article, we will examine how drive circuitry affects the electromechanical performance of solenoids. Two differ...
DESIGNING THE FEEDBACK VOLTAGE RESISTOR DIVIDER IN A DC/DC CONVERTER
The specifications of the feedback (FB) voltage resistor divider in DC-DC converters often poses various design challenges, such as determining the required resistance or adjusting parameters (e.g. output voltage, upper divider resistance or lower divider resistance). Figure 1 shows the various magnitude combinations for the FB upper and lower divider resistances. This article examines the ...
HOW TO DESIGN A THERMALLY BALANCED CURRENT-SHARING SYSTEM FOR MULTI-PHASE POWER DESIGNS
The car of tomorrow is envisioned to be an audiovisual wonderland on wheels, including wraparound screens and dozens of speakers. Driving on the road in the future will immerse passengers in an incredible sensory experience with content streamed via ultra-fast 5G. To achieve this content-rich, connectivity-heavy paradigm of future mobility, emerging digital cockpit systems continue to demand expon...
A THERMALLY OPTIMIZED, TWO-LAYER AUTOMOTIVE PCB DESIGN TO MEET CISPR25 CLASS 5
Automotive electronics suppliers are faced with escalating cost pressures in the race to produce autonomous, connected, and electrified solutions. One effective way to reduce design costs is by using 2-layer automotive PCBs. However, 2-layer PCBs require special care, as they can have poor thermal characteristics, which leads to compromised performance. In this article, an automotive expert will ...
AUTOMOTIVE-GRADE IDEAL DIODE CONTROLLER WITH REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION: MPQ5850
The MPQ5850-AEC1 is a 42V off-battery, smart ideal diode controller that can drive an external N-channel MOSFET to replace a Schottky diode for -36V reverse polarity protection. It minimizes power loss and enables a low minimum input voltage, making it ideal for applications such as digital clusters, infotainment, and ADAS. Compared to traditional solutions, the MPQ5850 features a compact solution...
DEVELOPING A SMART COCKPIT SOLUTION WITH MPS AND SEMIDRIVE
There are a wide array of features in a smart car’s cockpit that can enhance driving experience. For example, full LCD central control screens and high-definition displays have made user experience smoother and simpler. With the addition of voice recognition, drivers can make calls and use intelligent navigation. High-quality sound and ambient lighting provide an immersive experience while listeni...
AUTOMOTIVE-GRADE, LOW-VOLTAGE, STEP-DOWN CONVERTERS: MPQ2179 FAMILY
The MPQ2179 series of low-voltage, step-down converters from 1A to 3A is optimized for an automotive platform design approach to 5V applications, including infotainment, ADAS, cameras, and digital cockpits. To withstand tough automotive conditions, the MPQ2179 family features well-managed thermals to keep boards running. With a compact package and high efficiency, these products fit in space-limit...
SPARTAN 7 AUTOMOTIVE SOLUTION
This reference design is intended for powering AMD Xilinx Spartan7 family of FPGAs (S6 - S100). This PMIC based solution combines a small footprint with good efficiency and tight regulation for a low cost solution. The internal sequencer ensures power up and power down sequencing requirements MPQ7920 PMIC with 4x bucks, 5x LDOs Vin 2.7V to 5.5V I2C support QFN-26 (3.5mmx4.5mm) Cost effective and S...
FROM COLD CRANK TO LOAD DUMP: A PRIMER ON AUTOMOTIVE TRANSIENTS
Advances in automotive technology have dramatically increased the number of sophisticated electronic circuits required to improve driving experience and safety in a typical automotive system. New vehicles provide infotainment systems with high-resolution displays, an enhanced user interface, and numerous connectivity options. Improved safety features include LiDAR for collision avoidance, as well ...
MPQ3326: 16-CHANNEL, 50MA PER CHANNEL, AUTOMOTIVE-GRADE LED DRIVER
The MPQ3326-AEC1 WLED driver supports up to 16V input voltage, and applies 16 internal current sources in each LED string terminal. The LED current of each channel is set by an external current-setting resistor and the device is I2C configurable, as well as being integrated into a compact QFN-24 (4mmx4mm) package. Separate Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) Dimming and Analog Dimming per Channel Dee...
MPQ3367: AUTOMOTIVE-GRADE, 6-CHANNEL BOOST WLED DRIVER WITH WIDE DIMMING RATIO
The MPQ3367 is a 6-channel boost WLED driver with a wide 15000:1 dimming ratio. This automotive-grade driver is ideal for infotainment and cluster display systems, and features excellent EMI performance, an I2C interface, and robust protection features. Watch to learn how the MPQ3367 achieves high efficiency and great thermal performance to improve your automotive lighting design.
MA800 FAMILY CONTACTLESS ANGLE SENSING INCREASES RELIABILITY IN ROTARY SWITCH APPLICATIONS
The mechanical potentiometers and switches used in most rotary user interfaces suffer from limited operating life and low reliability due to mechanical wear and susceptibility to environmental damage. This article discusses how magnetic contactless sensing can eliminate these issues and simultaneously provide additional benefits and features. Rotary knobs are used in a diversity of human-to-machi...
MPQ3910A REFERENCE DESIGN - HIGH VOLTAGE BOOST FOR APD IN LIDAR APPLICATIONS
Autonomous vehicles have been a hot topic for some time, but now they are staring to become a reality. To enable high degrees of autonomy, vehicles are using combined methods (cameras, radar, and LiDAR) to detect surroundings. LiDAR is a ranged device. It functions similarly to radar, but uses light waves instead of RF waves. A laser diode emits light pulses, and an advanced photodiode (APD) sens...
Start-stop functionality is an expected feature in more and more new car models from any manufacturer. However, this presents a challenge in automotive electronics design, as starting the motor in cold weather can make the battery’s voltage drop as low as 3V. This is called a “cold crank.” The power stage for most 12V automotive systems consists of a single buck converter that t...
POWER MODULES SOLVE POWER DESIGN CHALLENGES
Learn how easy-to-use, fully integrated power solutions can solve problems and bring products to market faster.
INTRODUCING THE MPM3515-AEC1 AUTOMOTIVE POWER MODULE
The MPM3515-AEC1 is a 36V, 1.5A, high-voltage, automotive-grade power module from Monolithic Power Systems (MPS). This part inherits the key advantages of the MPM module family: very compact size, ease of use, and high performance. It offers an output current of up to 1.5A with performance features tailored to automotive use, including AECQ grade 1 qualification, a high operating frequency of up t...
ACCURATE AND PRECISE AUTOMOTIVE EXTREME TEMPERATURE TESTING
by Ruediger Richter, Director of Test Engineering at Monolithic Power Systems. It is extremely important for IC manufacturers to be able to design and test automotive parts at precisely set device temperatures. As automotive manufacturers produce vehicles with an increasing number of features, the expectation of reliability and performance increases as well. Reliability trickles down to compon...
INTRODUCING THE MAGALPHA MAQ430 & MAQ470: 12-BIT, AUTOMOTIVE-GRADE, MAGNETIC ANGLE SENSORS
Measuring angular movement or rotation in vehicles is becoming increasingly important as vehicles integrate more technologies and systems to aid their drivers. To simplify the number of user interfaces, many vehicle system options have become controllable via a single rotary knob selector. At the same time, many previously manual features, such as seat position, door closure, and tailgate mechanis...
MPM MODULE HIGHLIGHTS
This video features MPS’ low voltage (6V) modules, ranging from 600mA to 3A. It highlights the benefits of using modules and MPS’ advantages. MPM Power Modules >
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