Lighting: Safety lights

Osram laser modules are incorporated in the BMW i8 series

Mark Patrick, technical marketing manager for Mouser Electronics. explains how to make roads safer by implementing the latest automotive lighting technology

Lighting: Bright future

Lidar uses a pulsed laser beam that is scanned across the field of view in small, angular increments

Joachim Reill, senior director for applications engineering at Osram Opto Semiconductors, studies the use of lighting in the car of the future

Lighting: In control

Boost LED system

Nazzareno (Reno) Rossetti and Yin Wu from Maxim Integrated explain how a flexible LED controller can simplify automotive exterior lighting design

Lighting: Light driving

IC schematic for driving a series string of LEDs

Tony Armstrong from Linear Technology, now part of Analog Devices, looks at the continuing evolution of LED headlamps

Lighting: Drive safely

Three of the 1024-pixel LEDs have already been used in the headlamps of a Daimler test vehicle

Stefan Grötsch and Thomas Christl from Osram Opto Semiconductors say that LED development is accelerating the use of intelligent light functions

LED driver from Cypress reduces headlight size

Cypress S6BL112A automotive-grade LED driver

An automotive LED driver that is said to enable smaller and more cost-effective headlight systems is available from Cypress Semiconductor.

The S6BL112A automotive-grade LED driver is said to be the industry's first to use synchronous control, which helps it provide conversion efficiency enabling stable performance in a lighting system.

Lighting: Brightening the dash

Ninety per cent efficient 12W LED backlighting circuit

Tony Armstrong from Linear Technology looks at how the latest driver ICs are helping car designers face the challenges of increased use of LEDs


Built in fault tolerance for LED drivers

LED driver ICs from Allegro Microsystems

Designed for automotive infotainment and robust industrial backlighting and lighting applications, the A8518 and A8519 from Allegro Microsystems have been added to the company’s portfolio of LED driver ICs. The multi-output boost converter devices have built-in fault-tolerant protection.

Audi first for laser high beam lighting

Audi's laser spot lighting

The limited edition LMX version of the Audi R8 will be the first production car to adopt laser high beam lighting as standard. The car will make its public debut in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK and deliveries will begin in the autumn.

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