In the not-too-distant past, it seemed like every electronic device had its own custom power supply, cable, and interface (Figure 1). USB Type-C® (or USB-C®), which implements the USB power delivery (USB-PD) specification, was supposed to solve this problem by introducing a single standard interface that all devices could use.
Today’s PCIe 3.0 switches, which support data speeds up to 8GT/s per lane, combine generous bandwidth and up-to-the-minute power-management and RAS features to meet the needs of mobile and embedded applications.
The automotive lighting market continues to grow strongly and is forecast by analyst Yolé to reach US$38.8 billion by 2024. Over the past few years, LEDs have taken an increasing share of this market, and LED exterior lights have become a familiar sight on our roads.
The global appetite for data shows no sign of abating and continues to place pressure on service providers to handle more bits, more quickly.
DC electric motors have been around for nearly two hundred years, with a steady series of refinements in that time. More recently, brushless DC motors have become increasingly popular but for many applications brushed DC motors are still the right choice.
Fibre optic networks bring the promise of fast broadband to new customers all around the world. It increasingly reaches new limits, but to provide a guaranteed level of service, that bandwidth must be managed effectively. A significant factor to that effectiveness is how it interfaces with other network equipment running over copper cable.
Highly integrated solutions for USB 3.2 data switching, USB Power Delivery and USB Battery Charging control, and transient protection help designers unleash the full potential of the USB Type-C interface.
In automotive applications, it’s essential to protect sensitive semiconductor components against power surges, transients and electrostatic discharge (ESD). A single transient voltage spike could easily damage or disrupt a component, while electrical noise of even relatively low energy can cause significant interruption to digital communications.