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From personal automobile to large commercial fleets, transportation is undergoing significant technological advances, especially in the areas of electrification and advanced driver assistance systems. Explore our resources to stay up to date with transportation trends and technology.
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V2X: The future of vehicle communications
By Martin Keenan   -   December 10, 2019
Vehicles are about to become a lot more communicative: with other road users, with the infrastructure they pass on their journeys, with cloud-based services, and even with the energy grid. This communication should make vehicles more economical to operate...
The complex electronic architectures of  hybrid and electric vehicles have required engineers to rethink power requirements. Here's why 48V DC systems are key to modern automotive systems, and some considerations on powertrain component selection.
The shift to 48V in automotive systems: What you need to know
October 18, 2019
The complex electronic architectures of hybrid and electric vehicles have required engineers to rethink power requirements. Here's why 48V DC systems are key to modern automotive systems, and some considerations on powertrain component selection.
Tesla plugged into charging station
Switching high voltages and currents with PCB-mounted relays
By Martin Keenan   -   November 8, 2019
The growing demand for safe, robust and energy-efficient ways to switch relatively large amounts of power means that relays have an important role to play in a wide range of modern applications.
While connectors are not the most interesting components in automotive systems, they can make or break a design. Here, Mathias Goebel looks at the four main factors affecting connector choices in modern automotive applications.
4 factors steering connector choices in today's automotive applications
September 16, 2019
While connectors are not the most interesting components in automotive systems, they can make or break a design. Here, Mathias Goebel looks at the four main factors affecting connector choices in modern automotive applications.
With more and more applications combining data from multiple sensors, Alessandro Mastellari looks at how sensor fusion is being applied with pressure sensors.
How can combining different types of sensors result in more accurate data?
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   May 9, 2019
With more and more applications combining data from multiple sensors, Alessandro Mastellari looks at how sensor fusion is being applied with pressure sensors.
To give the electronic systems we design the ability to detect changes to what is around them we need analogue sensors. But the processing that sits behind those sensors is in almost every case going to be in the digital domain.
Pressure sensors: Why you should consider going digital
By Martin Keenan   -   May 9, 2019
To give the electronic systems we design the ability to detect changes to what is around them we need analogue sensors. But the processing that sits behind those sensors is in almost every case going to be in the digital domain.
In the second installment of our pressure sensor series Alessandro Mastellari explores how manufacturers are developing smaller and smaller devices.
Pressure sensor miniaturisation: How smaller sensors are enabling better healthcare
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   May 8, 2019
In the second installment of our pressure sensor series Alessandro Mastellari explores how manufacturers are developing smaller and smaller devices.
Pressure sensors became to automotive systems in the early 1990s, but as the rate of adoption of these components increases Martin Keenan investigates why.
What the growing pressure sensor market means for electronics
By Martin Keenan   -   May 8, 2019
Pressure sensors became to automotive systems in the early 1990s, but as the rate of adoption of these components increases Martin Keenan investigates why.
Cars used to be little more than four wheels, four seats, an internal combustion engine, and enough electronics to get a spark to each plug at the right time. Today’s vehicles are radically more complex.
Design trends: Automotive passives
By Martin Keenan   -   November 29, 2018
Cars used to be little more than four wheels, four seats, an internal combustion engine, and enough electronics to get a spark to each plug at the right time. Today’s vehicles are radically more complex.
Transportation vehicles pose a challenging environment for the power supply designer. DC-DC converters are used to power on-board sensors, communication radios, positioning and location sensing, lighting, and information systems. Huge voltage variati
DC-DC power conversion challenges in transportation applications
By Andrew Hutton   -   November 22, 2018
Transportation vehicles pose a challenging environment for the power supply designer. DC-DC converters are used to power on-board sensors, communication radios, positioning and location sensing, lighting, and information systems. Huge voltage variati
As electronica 2018 prepares to open its doors, here are three reasons you should visit Avnet Abacus on stand C5 101 this week.
3 reasons to visit Avnet Abacus at electronica 2018
November 12, 2018
As electronica 2018 prepares to open its doors, here are three reasons you should visit Avnet Abacus on stand C5 101 this week.
Traditional battery technologies are being challenged by a relatively new kid on the block, the supercapacitor, and forcing developers across a range of battery-powered applications to examine just what and when power is needed for their system.
A supercapacitor in every system? Potential is turning to probability
By Ekaterina Rachel   -   August 24, 2018
Traditional battery technologies are being challenged by a relatively new kid on the block, the supercapacitor, and forcing developers across a range of battery-powered applications to examine just what and when power is needed for their system.
Thermal runaway can happen as a direct result of component failure and cause a lot of damage, but there are ways to protect against it.
Identifying ‘hot spots’ before they cause thermal runaway
By Juliette Whithair   -   August 16, 2018
Thermal runaway can happen as a direct result of component failure and cause a lot of damage, but there are ways to protect against it.
Numbers of EV charging points are set to increase dramatically under a draft EU directive expected to come into effect in 2019, but the design challenges for EV charging solutions are many and varied.
EV charging points set to rapidly increase in numbers
By Marco Enge   -   January 18, 2018
Numbers of EV charging points are set to increase dramatically under a draft EU directive expected to come into effect in 2019, but the design challenges for EV charging solutions are many and varied.
Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
Balancing performance, speed and cost for rugged interconnect technologies
By Martin Keenan   -   November 2, 2017
Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
As the intelligence of vehicle electronic systems increases, wireless connectivity is becoming an important feature, enabling passenger communications and cloud connectivity for advanced features instances of emergency such as eCall.
Automotive telematics become mandatory with eCall
By Alan Jermyn   -   August 1, 2017
As the intelligence of vehicle electronic systems increases, wireless connectivity is becoming an important feature, enabling passenger communications and cloud connectivity for advanced features instances of emergency such as eCall.
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
Meeting regulatory requirements for mission-critical and non-mission-critical rolling stock power supplies
By Philip Lechner   -   June 13, 2017
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
Combining the data from multiple sensors can tell us a great deal more about the application environment than each sensor could on its own.
Sensor Fusion: The future of intelligent devices
By Martin Keenan   -   March 14, 2017
Combining the data from multiple sensors can tell us a great deal more about the application environment than each sensor could on its own.
When Murata purchased Finnish MEMS specialist VTI Technologies and renamed it Murata Electronics Oy at the start of 2012, it gained the company’s unique 3D MEMS technology which has outstanding performance and reliability in harsh environments.
Second Generation MEMS Enables Impressive Performance for Automotive and Industrial IMUs
By Adam Chidley   -   August 18, 2016
When Murata purchased Finnish MEMS specialist VTI Technologies and renamed it Murata Electronics Oy at the start of 2012, it gained the company’s unique 3D MEMS technology which has outstanding performance and reliability in harsh environments.
Today, supercapacitors are widely used in transport applications to help stabilise the output power of a main power source and improve fuel efficiency.
Supercapacitors: Making transport more efficient
By Adam Chidley   -   September 7, 2015
Today, supercapacitors are widely used in transport applications to help stabilise the output power of a main power source and improve fuel efficiency.
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