automotive

How to Select Cable Protection for Automotive Applications

Five Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting Cable Protection for Automotive Applications George Sims, Director of Marketing, AerosUSA 1. Sealed or Open System One of the first things to consider when selecting cable protection for automotive applications is whether the cables can operate effectively and reliably with no to minimal protection or whether they Read More >>

Alternative-Energy Vehicles: Standards, Enabling Technologies, and Market Predictions

Eric Liu, a chief engineer at JONHON, discusses standards, enabling technologies, and market predictions for alternative-energy vehicles in China and beyond. Eric Liu, Chief Engineer, JONHON  New Energy Vehicle Standards Design developments related to electric vehicles are expanding rapidly. Although the world’s major automotive companies use various means to promote the development of alternative-energy vehicles, Read More >>

The Increasing Importance of Rugged Automotive Interconnects

Rugged automotive interconnects are essential for the reliable operation of automotive battery management and power delivery systems Kevin Oursler, US – Director Marketing and Business Development at ERNI Electronics, Inc. Automotive battery management systems (BMSs) continue to progress in complexity and storage capacity, challenged by architecture and interconnectivity solutions that require ruggedization and reliability criteria Read More >>

Customization is Coming to Vehicle Interiors

Buyers can choose displays, lights, and infotainment elements, and use connectors to position them in the vehicles of the future. As consumers increasingly view cars as an extension of their home and workspaces, features that increase infotainment and productivity are becoming more important requirements. As a result, vehicle interiors are going to change a lot Read More >>

Connectivity on the Go: Smarter Cities

The Smarter Cities initiative makes connectivity part of the transportation infrastructure. For car commuters, drive time is a period of lost productivity. For those who use mass transit, however, those hours can become part of the workday, enabling employees to flex their schedules, check into meetings from offsite, and communicate with colleagues. All they need Read More >>

Network speed

Transportation Prepares for Transformation

The automotive world is continually increasing its data handling requirements, adding more electric vehicles to the fleet, and moving towards the impending reality of driverless cars. Connector Supplier discusses these trends and more with two experts from TTI‘s transportation business unit: Lee Iken, director, and Quang Luong, director of sales engineering.   Transportation Prepares for Transformation Read More >>

Hot-Swappable SMC Connector Family Adds Late Mate Contacts

ERNI Electronics has extended its SMC connector family in a 1.27mm pitch with hot-swappable variants. These connector versions feature late mate contacts to permit reliable system swapping during operation and/or with applied electric voltage in industrial applications or in cars. With “hot swapping/hot plugging,” the electronics are reliably protected by following a defined sequence of Read More >>

Automotive Connectors Roar

Connectors associated with automotive applications have recently been a bright spot in the overall connector market, but are likely at the early stage of an incredible growth curve. Bishop & Associates recently reported the global connector market grew 4.1% in 2016 over 2015, while the automotive connector segment expanded by 8.1%, totaling nearly $13 billion Read More >>

Miniature sensors

Connector Manufacturers Connect to Sensors

The marriage of high-reliability connectors and sensors brings a new facet of connectivity to the interconnect industry.   Connector Manufacturers Connect to Sensors The physical and digital worlds are merging and sensors of all types are on the front line of that evolution. The emerging Internet of Things is essentially a network of connected sensors Read More >>

How to series

Design Considerations When Terminating Aluminum Wire

It may be necessary to replace copper wiring with aluminum in automotive applications to reduce vehicle weight and achieve the aggressive future fuel-economy standards, but design engineers must be mindful of the significant differences between aluminum and copper wire terminations.   Aluminum wiring has been used for many years in several different industries. Utility companies have successfully Read More >>

Car sharing

Autonomous Carsharing: Your Robot is Now Arriving

Robotic carsharing services will put fleets of autonomous vehicles at our app-driven beck and call. What do these super-cheap, super-safe connected vehicle systems mean for the transportation industry?   Most cars spend most of their time parked and not being of any use to anyone, but carsharing schemes are changing that. “Street rental” services like Getaround Read More >>

Q&A: The 2016 Cable Assembly Market

We sat down with Bishop & Associates’ Dave Pheteplace to find out how the cable assembly business is faring worldwide and what he expects to see through the end of the year.   Q: How is the cable assembly market shaping up, growth-wise, for 2016? A: We do not expect the market to grow very Read More >>