Oct 24 10:11 AM PDT

LEDs Drive Automotive Lighting

LED lighting systems not only offer advantages for commercial and residential lighting, but for automotive lighting too, and auto manufacturers are increasingly using them for both interior and exterior lighting. One study (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/v784rz/global_automotive) notes that one of the key factors driving the growth in the automotive lighting market is the increased use of LED lighting. Overall, the study predicts that the automotive lighting market will grow at 5.49 percent over the period 2012-2016.
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Oct 16 10:45 AM PDT

Making Sense of Battery Test Specifications

Batteries and battery packs are increasingly becoming a concern for design engineers. The success of a mobile device or a wearable device depends on many factors, especially the batteries that you choose. Not only must you ensure that the batteries will provide a decent operating life, but you must also ensure that your customers can carry them, use them, and charge them safely. Keep reading…

Sep 26 10:08 AM PDT

Implement an ESD control program in your lab

TE Circuit Protection makes many great devices to protect your designs from ESD events. When properly used, they’ll protect your designs from discharges up to +/- 20 kV.

Even so, we recommend that you implement an ESD control program, both in your engineering lab and in manufacturing. By preventing the buildup of harmful electrostatic charges in the first place, you can avoid ESD events and prevent damaging electronics in the lab and on the manufacturing floor. And, depending on what industry you are in, or the customers you have, you may be required to have a formal ESD control program in place. Keep reading…

Sep 17 11:04 AM PDT

Follow good design practice to get the most from PolySwitch LVR devices

TE Circuit Protection’s PolySwitch LVR devices (http://www.te.com/catalog/minf/en/668) are polymeric positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) components designed to protect electronic equipment connected directly to both 120 VAC and 240 VAC AC power. They’re great devices that protect products against damage caused by … Keep reading…

Sep 04 02:50 PM PDT

Evaluate Tests to Ensure Circuit Protection

Since modern electronics is subject to many different types of hazards, including circuit overload, we suggest that you use circuit protection devices in each circuit—such as TE Circuit Protection’s PolySwitch PPTC devices or fuses—installed on printed circuit board (PCB) inputs and outputs that help protect from electrical hazards. But that’s just the first step. Keep reading…

Aug 28 10:42 AM PDT

Verifying ESD Waveforms Before Performing Automotive ESD Tests

The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) has established a series of standards for ensuring that components used in vehicles can survive in harsh automotive environments. These standards spell out a series of tests, including several electrostatic discharge tests, designed to ensure the reliability of automotive components. Many TE Circuit Protection products are AEC Q101 qualified, including our SESD product family.
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Jul 31 09:00 AM PDT

Don’t Wait To Design In Circuit Protection

As circuit topologies and the physical size of electronics get ever smaller, it’s more important than ever that you design in circuit protection as early in the design cycle as possible. While a design’s functionality and performance are, of course, of paramount importance, not including circuit protection early in the design cycle could lead to development delays and, in the worst case, result in a product failing in the marketplace. Keep reading…