Fundamentals of

Automotive

Welcome to the Automotive Design Center. Here you will find the resources you need for innovation in electronics to help fast track your automotive designs. From vehicle electrification to autonomous driving and in-vehicle experience, TI has the products and design resources to help with all of your automotive design needs.

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Advanced EMI mitigation techniques for
automotive converters

[ARTICLE]

Get a detailed overview of the causes of EMI in automotive systems and techniques to mitigate it. Features discussion on filter design, spread spectrum, and more.

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Optimizing flip-chip IC thermal performance in automotive designs

[BLOG POST]

The smaller size of a flip-chip package usually means sacrificing thermal performance. In this technical article, learn how to optimize flip-chip design in automotive applications to get the best of both worlds.

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How to reduce EMI and shrink power-supply size with an integrated active EMI filter

[BLOG POST]

An overview of active EMI filter (AEF) technology, and how it can be used to reduce passive EMI filter size by 50%.

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Reduce Conducted EMI in Automotive Buck Converter Applications

[APPLICATION NOTE]

An overview of tips for reducing conducted EMI in automotive systems, including hints for component selection and PCB layout.

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Discover how Bluetooth® Low Energy is changing the connected car

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

This article dives into the benefits of Bluetooth Low Energy in automotive applications such as tire pressure monitoring systems, cable replacement, telematics and more.

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Lowering audible noise in automotive applications with TI’s DRSS technology

[BLOG POST]

An overview of the common sources of audible noise in automotive electronic systems, and how it can be eliminated with the use of devices with dual random spread spectrum (DRSS).

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Managing thermals with a 2-layer board

[TRAINING]

Utilizing a two-layer board is a cost-saving strategy that typically means sacrificing thermal performance. In this training video, learn how some layout tips can help you eliminate that trade-off in automotive applications.

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Power through the isolation barrier: The landscape of isolated DC/DC bias power supplies

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper examines various isolated DC/DC bias power supplies to move signals and power across the isolation barrier.

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7 ways semiconductors are accelerating the future of automotive technology

[BLOG POST]

As the world drives toward vehicle electrification, semiconductors enable automakers to optimize performance, accelerate development and make electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable for more people.

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Getting started demo with wireless BMS in automotive

[VIDEO]

Experience TI’s out-of-box wireless battery management system (BMS) for automotive based on the SimpleLink CC2662R-Q1 wireless MCU, the BQ79616-Q1 battery monitor and balancer and TI’s proprietary wireless BMS protocol.

ADAS

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How to choose a power supply for an automotive camera module

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Explore three strategies to power your automotive camera module: fully discrete, fully integrated and partially integrated.

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Powering levels of autonomy: a guide to DC/DC solutions

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Most of today’s automotive vehicles use some level of autonomy. For design engineers, that means that each level comes with its own power-supply challenges and requirements. Explore this helpful guide to understand DC/DC power-supply needs for each autonomy level.

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Solving design challenges in automotive camera modules

[TRAINING]

This video describes the key design challenges need to be addressed for the automotive camera modules.

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Powering levels of autonomy: a quick guide to DC/DC solutions for SAE autonomy levels

[BLOG POST]

A discussion of the DC/DC power supply needs for each level of vehicle autonomy, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

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Using DC/DCs buck converters to power modern safety features in commercial vehicles

[BLOG POST]

Learn how to complete your commercial vehicle ADAS design with a high-current DC/DC converter than can withstand the transients that are possible with a 24-V battery.

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ADAS: The technology driving automotive safety forward

[BLOG POST]

Read how advancements in ADAS technology are leading to a safer world for drivers in this latest company blog post.

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Video: Driving vehicle safety forward

[VIDEO]

Watch how ADAS technology at TI can help increase vehicle safety.

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Achieving accurate temperature and humidity sensing in ADAS sensor modules

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Accurate temperature sensors in cameras, radar and lidar can help increase their longevity, safety and reliability. This article explores the effects of temperature in automotive camera modules.

Body & Lighting

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The building blocks of automotive body electronics

[WHITE PAPER]

Learn how body electronics innovations are making vehicles more comfortable and convenient for drivers and passengers.

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Using current mode PWM controllers in a high-voltage economizer

[BLOG POST]

Learn how to use current mode PWM controllers and LED drivers in a high- voltage contractor economizer. In order to connect a high-voltage electric battery in HEV/EVs to the loads, the battery power lines are routed through electronically controlled, high-voltage switches called contactors. 

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Replace 3-phase bridge drivers in AC compressor modules

[BLOG POST]

Read about the benefits of using half-bridge gate drivers vs. 3-phase gate drivers in a high-voltage AC compressor module. This (E2E) forum post explains how the UCC27712-Q1 half-bridge gate driver can be effective in driving IGBTs for HEV/EVs.

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The changing automotive lighting landscape

[BLOG POST]

Read how lighting systems throughout vehicles are implementing new and exciting functions to provide advanced and even personalized lighting from end-ro-end.

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Simplify automotive body motor controller designs

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Automotive body motors enhance comfort and convenience for vehicle occupants and make car rides more enjoyable. With analog integration, TI provides products that simplify body motor controller designs with features such as power off braking, integrated current sensing, and smart gate drive.

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Processing the advantages of zone architecture

[BLOG POST]

Learn why zonal architectures are becoming more prevalent to organize ECUs throughout the vehicle resulting in simplified networking and power architecture.

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Estimating distance with Bluetooth LE in car access

[VIDEO]

Read about the benefits of using half-bridge gate drivers vs. 3-phase gate drivers in a high-voltage AC compressor module. This (E2E) forum post explains how the UCC27712-Q1 half-bridge gate driver can be effective in driving IGBTs for HEV/EVs.

HEV/EV Powertrain

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Driving vehicle electrification forward

[VIDEO]

Consumers are demanding it. Regulations are requiring it. Electrification is transforming the automotive industry and expectations for engineers. Our broad portfolio can help you increase the efficiency, power density and reliability of your HEV/EV systems without compromising on safety or cost.

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How vehicle electrification is evolving voltage board nets

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Learn how vehicle electrification is evolving voltage board nets. HEV/EV designers have more ways to add electrification to run power-hungry applications.

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Navigate your HVAC system’s move to HEV/EVs with ease

[WHITE PAPER]

Learn how to design your HVAC system without an internal combustion engine. This white paper explains the redesign of the HVAC system when transitioning to 48-V, 400-V and 800-V vehicles.

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Wired vs. Wireless Communications in EV Battery Management

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper explores the increased importance of battery management systems in electric vehicles and examines the benefits and challenges of both wired and wireless battery management systems.

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A High-Performance, Combo Box Powertrain Solution: The Key to EV Adoption

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper examines the benefits of using an integrated powertrain solution to speed adoption of electric vehicles through power electronics.

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Improve wireless battery management with the industry’s best network availability

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Discover why network availability is critical for wireless battery management systems in electric vehicles.

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Functional Safety Considerations in Battery Management for Vehicle Electrification

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper examines battery monitor considerations to help you meet ISO 26262 functional safety standard in electric vehicles.

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Conserve battery power in HEV/EVs with automatic host reverse wakeup

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Learn how a new automatic host reverse wake-up technology can enable the host MCU in battery management system in HEV/EV to be off when the car is parked and turned off to conserve the 12-v battery.

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How to optimize a motor driver design for 48-V mild hybrid electric vehicles

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Learn how to achieve small system size and high-power motor driving in 48-V MHEV systems requiring functional safety support up to ASIL D

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Revolutionizing automotive battery management with TI wireless BMS

[VIDEO]

In this on-demand webinar learn how TI’s wireless BMS solution can increase the reliability and range of EVs by replacing heavy cabling with a proprietary wireless protocol.

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Functional Safety-Relevant Wireless Communication in Automotive Battery Management Systems

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper explores the unique functional safety challenges encountered when designing a wireless battery management system.

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Driving High-Voltage Contactors in EV and HEVs

[WHITE PAPER]

This article gives a general introduction of the high-voltage contactors in EV and HEVs, and presents several approaches on how to drive the high-voltage contactors.

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Achieving High Efficiency and Enabling Integration in EV Powertrain Subsystems Using C2000™ Real-Time MCUs

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper discusses common control challenges of on-board chargers and high-voltage to lowvoltage DC/DC converters, and the benefits of C2000™ real-time MCUs in these subsystems.

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Carmakers charge ahead with electric vehicle powertrain integration

[ARTICLE]

Integrating powertrain systems into a compact mechanical enclosure can lead to more affordable, more efficient electric vehicles (EVs)

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Solving the multidecade current-measurement challenge in your 48-V BMS application

[ARTICLE]

In this article learn how to measure up to 5 decades of current, the different methods of doing it most effectively and how additional diagnostic functionalities can aid in your functional safety calculations.

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Design smarter 48-V battery management systems

[ARTICLE]

Learn how battery monitors with integrated current sensing reduce BOM, size and enable higher accuracy in battery management systems.

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Driving next-generation EV systems with a distributed bias power supply architecture

[ARTICLE]

In this article read how to enable the highest power density for your isolated gate driver bias supply with the industry’s smallest and most accurate isolated DC/DC module.

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Enabling functionally safe and secure electric automotive powertrains using C2000™ real-time MCUs

[ARTICLE]

Read about benefits of using real-time control MCUs in HEV/EV powertrain systems.

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Taking charge of EV – both in the vehicle and on the grid

[WHITE PAPER]

This paper explores charging stations and how they interact with onboard charger and EV BMS systems, along with various power-architecture implementations.

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What’s next in battery management systems? Safer, more affordable electric vehicles

[BLOG POST]

As automakers consider new EV battery chemistries, BMS with advanced semiconductor technologies are more critical than ever.

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Creating an immersive automotive audio experience with higher output power and Class-H control

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Learn how to refresh your audio system to enhance the user experience by increasing output power, leveraging higher-impedance speakers and implementing Class-H control in your system.

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Gain miles from millivolts

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Read about maximizing driving range through enhancing SoC accuracy with current and voltage synchronization and intelligent battery junction box.

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Using isolated comparators for fault detection in electric motor drives

[ADJ]

In this article explore the priority level and impact of different fault events, along with how to detect them to prevent damage to motor-drive circuits.

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A faster current loop reduces the size of EV motors

[WHITE PAPER]

Read how real-time control MCUs can enable automakers to significantly increase the speed of the motor in order to achieve smaller motor size with higher efficiency.

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How MCUs can unlock the full potential of electrification designs

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Read how new family of Arm®-based real-time comtrol MCUs help to enable greater pefromance of HEV/EV powertrain systems.

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What is “real-time control” and why do you need it?

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Read how to meet the increasing need for smaller execution windows for electric and hybrid electric vehicles and motor drive applications in order to enable even faster response times.

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Why pre-charge circuits are necessary in high-voltage systems

[APPLICATION BRIEF]

Discover how Solid State Relay (SSR) solution can replace the mechanical pre-charge contactor while improving power density in high-voltage HEV/EV applications.

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Increase gate drive voltage by cascoding 2 isolated switch drivers

[APPLICATION BRIEF]

This application note explains the importance of selecting the proper gate drive voltage for power transistors such as Si MOSFETs, IGBTs, and SiC MOSFETs. In addition, this application note introduces how to achieve higher gate drive voltage with isolated switch driver.

Infotainment & Cluster

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Exploring evolving trends in automotive cluster audio design

[BLOG POST]

Cluster audio does not get the attention that a vehicle’s central head unit audio gets. Advances in low-power audio technology are enabling new trends in cluster systems, however.

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How an automotive ADC can help designers achieve functional safety in ADAS

[BLOG POST]

Before a fully autonomous self-driving car hits public roadways, it must progress through six different levels of automation. Every jump in automation level requires substantial advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology advancements and proper management of all safety-critical functions.

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DC diagnostics in automotive audio applications

[VIDEO]

This video training provides an overview of DC diagnostics in automotive audio amplifiers. Learn when to run diagnostics for automotive applications, such as eCall.

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How to design an automotive transient and overcurrent protection filter

[TECHNICAL ARTICLE]

Designing these power architectures requires the implementation of power conditioning and protection to ensure system functionality across different transient events. In this article, explore the typical transients that may be of concern, and learn how to accelerate your design.

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Selecting Wide VIN DC/DC Converters for Commercial Vehicle Telematics

[TRAINING]

Learn about the key design considerations when selecting a DC/DC buck converter for commercial vehicle telematics applications.

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