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Lear Wins GM 31 Supplier of Year
– Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a global automotive technology leader in Seating and E-Systems, today announced it was recognized as a GM Supplier of the Year during General Motors’ 31st annual Supplier of the Year event held earlier this week in San Antonio, Texas.
NVIDIA cuLitho for Computational Lithography
NVIDIA announced a breakthrough that brings accelerated computing to the field of computational lithography, enabling semiconductor leaders like ASML, TSMC and Synopsys to accelerate the design and manufacturing of next-generation chips, just as current production processes are nearing the limits of what physics makes possible.
The new NVIDIA cuLitho software library for computational lithography is being integrated by TSMC, the world’s leading foundry, as well as electronic design automation leader Synopsys into their software, manufacturing processes and systems for the latest-generation NVIDIA Hopper™ architecture GPUs. Equipment maker ASML is working closely with NVIDIA on GPUs and cuLitho, and is planning to integrate support for GPUs into all of its computational lithography software products.
The advance will enable chips with tinier transistors and wires than is now achievable, while accelerating time to market and boosting energy efficiency of the massive data centers that run 24/7 to drive the manufacturing process.
TuneIn Tunes into Fisker
TuneIn, the world’s leading live-streaming audio service, today announced a new partnership deal with Fisker, a passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions, providing high-quality streaming audio content to all who purchase their electric vehicles.
Fisker’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility can be seen and felt around every curve of its emerging fleet of electric vehicles. They have been able to do this without sacrificing comfort or the luxury of the driver experience. This continues with the addition of the integration with TuneIn.
TuneIn is focused on the future of transportation with its commitment to creating the greatest possible in-vehicle listening experiences. A challenge for many EVs is the radio interference that their powerful batteries cause. TuneIn integration negates this challenge by streaming live high-quality radio and other audio content from around the world directly into EVs without battery-caused signal interference. Drivers can enjoy what they always have while driving to work or picking up the kids, without having to sacrifice what they drive.
Highlights of the deal include:
- TuneIn’s app is pre-installed in the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV.
- First-year Fisker drivers will receive a six-month free trial of TuneIn’s Premium subscription. With the Premium service, Fisker drivers will have access to live NHL, college sports programming and over 20 commercial-free music channels.
- They will also get top-tier news networks, including ESPN Radio, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox News Radio without advertising interruptions.
“Fisker’s environmental and sustainable approach to the EV market captures that next-level excitement of what the future of the driving experience can be, a beacon to the entire industry, and one we are proud to be a part of,” said Richard Stern, CEO of TuneIn. “TuneIn’s commitment to revolutionizing streaming audio for the EV generation can be seen in how seamlessly our platform can be integrated into Fisker’s cutting-edge infotainment system. Drivers will be able to enjoy the future of driving without having to sacrifice the audio content they love to listen to on long drives.”
“At Fisker, we are designing the world’s most sustainable vehicles and providing our customers with the level of technology that they are increasingly going to demand in the 21st century,” Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc., said. “A centerpiece of the all-electric Fisker Ocean SUV is a 17.1-inch rotating touchscreen that creates a spectacular environment for customers to enjoy TuneIn’s market-leading content offerings, which we are delighted to deliver to our owners in both North America and Europe.”
TuneIn is globally accessible in over 100+ countries and across more than 200 devices and vehicles. The audio service is also accessible through multiple voice assistants, including Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung Bixby. TuneIn is integrated into Sonos, Bose and multiple smart speakers. Go to https://TuneIn.com/get-tunein/ to learn more.
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Magnachip Begins Production of MOSFET1 for EWP EOPs & EVs
Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation (“Magnachip”) (NYSE: MX) announced that the company began full-scale mass production of its new 40V MXT Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET)1 optimized for the Electric Water Pumps (EWPs) and Electric Oil Pumps (EOPs) in electric vehicles (EVs).
This 40V MXT MOSFET (AMDUA040N070RH) comes in a Power Dual Flat No-lead (PDFN) 56 dual package to reduce the printed circuit board size by 50%, as compared to using two 40V single-packaged MOSFETs. The compact size provides great flexibility in system design and, as a result, AMDUA040N070RH is well-suited to EWPs, EOPs and even the power seat modules of EVs.
The low RDS(on)2 enabled by the PDFN56 package reduces conduction losses, which means applications can be controlled efficiently. In addition, AMDUA040N070RH is fully AEC – Q101 qualified for its performance and stability, because of the enhanced design of its core cells and terminations for automotive applications.
Omdia, a global market research firm, estimates that the Si MOSFET market for hybrid and EVs will grow 11% annually from 2023 to 2026.
“Since 2008 we have strengthened our technological capabilities in the power solutions area,” said YJ Kim, CEO of Magnachip. “As a provider of high-performance MOSFETs, Magnachip will continue to deliver innovative solutions to serve the growing demand for eco-friendly applications.”
1 MXT MOSFET (Magnachip eXtreme Trench MOSFET): Magnachip’s cutting-edge product portfolio of trench MOSFETs, including low and medium voltage (12V to 200V) MOSFETs
2 RDS(on): On resistance, the resistance value between the drain and the source of MOSFETs during on-state operation//
GM Selects Adobe Experience Cloud
At Adobe Summit – the world’s largest Digital Experience Conference – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced that General Motors (GM) has selected Adobe Experience Cloud to deliver one-to-one personalized interactions at scale for millions of its customers.
As GM moves closer towards its goal of growing capacity to one million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2025, the ability to personalize each customer interaction will be critical to educating consumers on EV benefits, then guiding them through buying and post-purchase journeys. GM will use applications running on top of Experience Platform (AEP) including Adobe Real-Time Customer Data Platform, Adobe Journey Optimizer and Customer Journey Analytics as integrated tools to unify customer insights and orchestrate experiences across online and offline touchpoints–in real time.
“We are at the beginning of an EV movement that will fundamentally change how we move around, delivering a zero-emissions future with a driving experience that is transformed with compelling digital services,” said Ajay Kapoor, global director of performance driven marketing, at General Motors. “As we move from normalizing EVs and educating consumers, through to showcasing next generation personalization capabilities, Adobe Experience Cloud will provide a center of gravity that allows us to connect with customers in a relevant and highly customized fashion.”
“A unified view of our customers will take our marketing efforts to the next level, providing us the precision we need to orchestrate customer experiences across major online and offline channels,” said Kapoor. “Our work with Adobe Experience Cloud will also set us up for targeted personalization in and around our vehicles, where EV buyers can look forward to helpful content that guides them immediately after they’ve purchased a vehicle, such as with alerts and directions when their EVs need to be charged.”
“General Motors has years of experience with Adobe Creative Cloud applications, creating beautiful content that showcases new products, and leveraging tools such as Adobe Substance 3D to simultaneously reimagine the vehicle design process and enhance marketing efforts,” said Stephen Frieder, chief revenue officer, enterprise at Adobe. “Now, our expanded relationship around Adobe Experience Cloud will beautifully combine art and science, supporting experience-led growth in its EV initiatives by leveraging deep insights to engage customers with the most relevant, impactful content.”
With AEP, GM can unify customer data from across its organization under a common data model, while implementing strict governance and security controls. A single source of truth about GM owners can then be activated through an integrated set of applications, showcasing the true power of AEP:
- Adobe Real-Time Customer Data Platform (Real-Time CDP) provides GM teams with unified customer profiles that can be updated in real time, as interactions happen across touchpoints such as brand websites, emails and mobile apps. This equips each GM team with an accurate understanding of where customers are in their journeys with any brand, so it can avoid repetitive or unintuitive marketing efforts. In an early test, GM leveraged Adobe Real-Time CDP to support customers that expressed interest in its Cadillac brand; their next GM interaction surfaced tools that allowed them to build and customize a Cadillac vehicle. Each subsequent engagement follows similar logic, including customization based on actions customers took in their buying journeys.
- Adobe Journey Optimizer (AJO) is the orchestration engine that enables GM to pick the right channels and moments to engage with customers. AJO provides a visual interface for teams to build one-to-one journeys across online and offline touchpoints, scaled across the GM customer base with experiences that can be triggered in impactful and helpful ways. For instance, if an individual has just purchased an EV, GM can immediately deliver communications on charging stations, routine maintenance and helpful mobile app features.
- Adobe Customer Journey Analytics (CJA) provides cross-channel insights, empowering GM teams to optimize marketing efforts and customer experiences over time. As GM orchestrates content and messages across channels, CJA helps teams understand where customers are experiencing issues. CJA can also identify opportunities, such as new support features designed to guide individuals during EV shopping stages. A single source of truth about GM customers can be leveraged by any team that touches the customer experience. This can lower barriers across the GM organization and empower individuals to be more data-driven, helping ensure that every customer receives the same high quality, personalized level of interaction anywhere and every time they engage the brand.
onsemi New IGBTs
onsemi a leader in intelligent power and sensing technologies, announced a new range of ultra-efficient 1200 V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) that minimize conduction and switching losses at a performance level that is industry-leading in the market. Intended to enhance efficiency in fast switching applications, the new devices will be primarily used in energy infrastructure applications like solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), energy storage and EV charging power conversion.
The new 1200 V Trench Field Stop VII (FS7) IGBTs are used to boost input to high voltage (Boost stage) as well as the inverter to provide an AC output in high switching frequency energy infrastructure applications. The low switching losses of FS7 devices enable higher switching frequencies that reduce the size of magnetic components, increasing power density and reducing system cost. For high-power energy infrastructure applications, the positive temperature coefficient of FS7 devices enables easy parallel operation.
“As efficiency is extremely critical in all high switching frequency energy infrastructure applications, we focused on reducing turn-off switching losses and providing the best switching performance in this new range of IGBTs,” said Asif Jakwani, senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Power Division, which is part of the Power Solutions Group at onsemi. “This industry-leading performance allows designers to meet their most challenging efficiency requirements in very demanding high power energy infrastructure applications.”
The FS7 devices include high-speed (S-series) and medium-speed (R-Series) options. All devices include an optimized diode for low VF, tuned switching softness and can operate with junction temperatures (TJ) up to 175°C. The S-Series devices, like FGY75T120SWD, offer the best switching performance among currently available 1200 V IGBTs in the market. Tested with currents up to 7 times the rated value, this highly rugged IGBT platform also offers best-in-class latch-up immunity. The R-Series is optimized for medium-speed switching applications, such as motor control and solid-state relay in which conduction losses are dominant occurs. FGY100T120RWD shows a VCESAT as low as 1.45 V at 100A, an improvement of 0.4 V over previous generation devices.
The FS7 devices are available in a range of package styles including TO247-3L, TO247-4L, Power TO247-3L and as bare die, giving designers flexibility and design options.
Diodes Incorporated (Diodes) (Nasdaq: DIOD) has introduced the AP7387Q low dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator. Delivering a maximum output current of 150mA, this device has a wide input voltage of 5V to 60V, and a dropout voltage of 700mV (typical) at a 100mA output current. It provides engineering teams with a simple-to-implement point-of-load (PoL) solution for automotive audio, navigation, tail lights, transmission control units, and battery management systems.
The AP7387Q’s quiescent current is just 2µA—lower than many competing devices. This is essential in systems that are permanently connected to a battery, helping to extend runtime. In addition, with a high-power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) of 70dB at 1kHz, the device is optimized for noise-sensitive functions. The LDO also exhibits a fast line/load transient response against rapid changes to the input voltage or load current.
Thanks to its wide input voltage, the AP7387Q meets the load dump specifications of 12V internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles such as cars, 24V ICEs such as buses, coaches, and trucks.
The AP7387Q LDO from Diodes are AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualified, manufactured in IATF 16949 certified facilities, and support PPAP documentation. In 1,000 piece quantities, the AP7387Q-XXY-13 (SOT89) is available at $0.67 and the AP7387Q-XXFDCW-7 (U-DFN2020-6 (SWP) (Type UXC)) is available at $0.80.
RXO Drive App Helps Truck Drivers Drive
RXO (NYSE: RXO) announced that RXO Drive™, the company’s proprietary mobile app for truck drivers and fleet owners, surpassed one million downloads. RXO Drive is a free mobile application that helps drivers find loads, negotiate rates, plan trips and book freight. It helps owner-operators and small fleet carriers across North America streamline their trucking businesses.
“By the end of 2022, 87 percent of RXO’s loads were created or covered digitally, and the number of downloads of the RXO Drive app increased by 45 percent year-over-year. Technology will continue to serve as a catalyst for RXO’s continued outperformance.”
This milestone represents rapid growth for the app, with downloads reaching 10,000 in the first quarter of 2019 and 100,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019.