Coilcraft Announced Inductors for Extreme Conditions

photo above: AT392RAS are a 240°C Air Core Inductors fit for aerospace and military applications

US-based Coilcraft has introduced new families of transformers and power inductors for aerospace, military and other highly-critical applications. The AE458RFW Series are Miniature wideband transformers, that are re specially designed and tested to meet or exceed NASA’s demanding low-outgassing specifications. With 300  V inter-winding isolation and ¼ watt RF input power capability, they are well suited to a broad range of applications.

CPS AE458RFW Series offers a full-rated ambient temperature range of -55°C to +105°C, with unlimited floor life at <30°C/85 percent relative humidity. It provides high current capacity (250 mA),  300V inter-winding isolation and ¼ watt RF input power capability . The footprint is 4.19 x 4.55 mm, with a height of 3.05 mm.

The new AT392RAS air-core inductors allow operation in ambient temperatures as low as –60°C and up to 240°C. They are designed for VHF-UHF RF applications where aerospace/military-level performance is required, and appear with 5 inductance values from 8.1 to 27.3 nH. Q ratings are as high as 130, with current handling of up to 4 amps. Flat top and bottom provide reliable pick-and-place assembly.

Coilcraft AE619PYA Series are composite-core surface mount inductors for military and aerospace applications, such as driver circuitry, DC-DC converters, switching power supplies, power inverters, and filters. Soft saturation makes them ideal for voltage regulator module (VRM/VRD) applications.

The AE619PYA is offered in 10 inductance values ranging from 0.4 µH – 6.1 µH. Special composite core construction and larger gauge windings provide high current handling of up to 111 Amps. They provide a full-rated temperature range of -55° to +115°, DC resistance down to 0.70 mOhms, and self-shielded construction.

 

 

             

 

Coilcraft is represented and supported in Israel by Elina Electronic Engineering Group.

For more information contact Eng. Avi Elia, tel: +972-54-7532262

Tata and Phinergy to power EV with metal-air Batteries

Following a year of development, the israeli Phinergy and the Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors, will present – at the upcoming Auto Expo Imdia – a prototype of the world-first aluminum-air battery powered vehicle. Tata Motors is a subsidiary of Tata Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai. It produces a wide variety of vehicles, including sedans, trucks, Vans, buses, military vehicles, and logistic equipment. During 2021, Tata Motors manufactured almost one million vehicles, and its annual revenue totalled $45 billion.  

The prototype is based on the Tata Tiago electric model that Tata launched few months ago. In the new prototype, the conventional lithium batteries are replaced by Phinergy’s alternative batteries, in which the electrical energy that drive the engine is a product of reaction between aluminum, air, and water. These batteries are lighter, less polluted, are charged within few minutes and provide the greater driving range. Also, unlike lithium, aluminum is abundant in India, which makes this solution much more suitable for the Indian market. 

Tata Motors and Phinergy have not yet revealed what will be the new car’s range, but the  new batteries’ potential might be implied from another cooperation of Phinergy in the Indian market. Together with Mahindra Electric, Phinergy integrated its battery in an electric  three-wheeler (Rickshaw), which increased the driving range from 80 miles to 300 miles in a single charging.  

Alongside its cooperations with local manufacturers, Phinergy is preparing the required infrastructure to support the marketing of its air-aluminum batteries. Last year, the Israeli company founded a subsidiary with the local energy giant Indian Oil, which operates around 30,000 gas stations throughout India. These stations are intended to be used also for charging batteries. 

ASIO to integrate its optical navigation system into a US-based drones

ASIO Technologies from Rosh-Ha’ayin, Israel, has disclosed it is integrating its NavGuard optical navigation systems into the drone platforms of a new US defense customer. NavGuard is a navigation system for tactical drones based solely on optical sensors, thus eliminating the dependency on GPS that exposes it to jamming attacks. Launched earlier this year, ASIO supplies the system to the IDF – directly and through drones’ manufacturers. 

Jamming is one of the most significant weak spots of military drones, who base their  navigation on GPS for location and orientation in air. However, as the GPS signals arrive from remote satellites, they are easily jammed. There are two methods for signals jamming:  transmission of strong signals that mask the original satellite signals and thus prevent their reception or transmission of false signals that send wrong information, causing the receiver to “think” that it is somewhere else. 

There are few electric protection systems on the market designed to block jamming  transmissions. Asio offers complete immunity against jamming through a navigation system that relies on optical navigation rather than GPS. NavGuard is based on day and night  cameras who provide real time visual sensing of the drone’s surroundings. In order to understand the geographic location of the drone, the system compares the visual  information from the cameras with a 3D map of the mission area, sets the location of the drone relative to the map, and provides the vessel’s command and control unit with the coordinates in a GPS format. 

For instance, if the drone flies over the Azrieli towers, the system will be able to identify this landmark on the map and “understand” the location coordinates of the drone. The optical  navigation system can be used as a backup for GPS-based navigation system or as the  primary system. 

In a conversation with Techtime, David Harel, ASIO’s CEO, says that NavGuard is a unique solution in the tactical drones’ world: “There are similar systems designed for fighter planes,  battleships and armored fighting vehicles, but they are heavy and expensive. Asio managed to develop a light-weight solution that meets the tactical drone’s requirements.” In order to adjust the system for additional platforms, Asio is currently developing smaller versions of the system for various flight outlines. 

Harel: “Our system increase the drone’s latitude and the operational confidence in  completing the mission. We see tremendous interest in this solution, and it even increased following the war in Ukraine, where drones are heavily used”. 

Currently, Asio supplies its solution to the military market, but according to Harel, the  jamming threat is relevant for the commercial drones, as well: “This problem worries the whole drones market, not only the military one. As soon as shipment of commercial packages will start to fly over populated areas – there will be a need for jamming solution”. 

OpTeamizer assists developers to create embedded edge applications using NVIDIA Jetson Platform

OpTeamizer, an Israel-based company that builds solutions and offers AI consulting to Israeli R&D centers, has been appointed an Embedded Edge Partner by multinational NVIDIA. With its appointment, OpTeamizer will provide consulting, development, and training services to NVIDIA customers worldwide, developing edge devices using the NVIDIA Jetson Platform.

The Jetson Orin family was introduced by NVIDIA and includes a powerful System on Module (SOM): Ampere architecture GPU, ARM Cortex CPU, LPDDR5 memory, highly efficient power management, high-speed interfaces, and more. It offers distinct performance levels, energy efficiency, and form factor to suit each market and industry.

Tomer Gal, Founder and CEO of OpTeamizer: “The world of artificial intelligence is rapidly shifting towards edge devices, which are becoming smarter and more efficient, while bringing innovation to a variety of industries. Our expertise in NVIDIA GPUs will assist R&D centers in bringing a new generation of edge devices based on the Jetson Orin platform to the market quickly. The platform will serve sectors such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, drones, AI powered carts, medical devices, and other industries. The possibilities are endless, and we will work with any R&D center interested in pursuing them.”

In 2018, NVIDIA appointed OpTeamizer as its first education service delivery partner in the Middle East and Israel. The new appointment expands OpTeamizer’s activities within the embedded systems market. The company has been authorized to train, conduct research and development of AI systems, and accelerate performance using NVIDIA GPUs and its software libraries (SDKs). OpTeamizer also provides turnkey development services to businesses that adopt GPU solutions when entering the world of AI.

Tomer Gal and his team assist businesses in migrating from the CPU to the GPU world, accelerating the performance of new GPU systems, developing AI and neural network models, optimizing neural networks, and selecting the relevant hardware for deployment. Since 2018, OpTeamizer has provided a range of professional services and turnkey projects to more than 100 R&D centers. OpTeamizer cooperates with industry leaders in homeland security, healthcare, industrial inspection, and many other sectors.

OpTeamizer was founded in 2015 by Tomer Gal, one of Israel’s leading AI experts, who participated in strategic developments of Intel Israel and General Electric Israel. Tomer has an MSc in computer science and is a member of the Israel Innovation Authority, which evaluates AI startups’ grant applications. He is also a lecturer in artificial intelligence at the Software Engineering Department of ORT Braude College of Engineering.

OpTeamizer offers professional training for developers at R&D centers on NVIDIA’s development tools for the GPU environment, including courses such as CUDA C++, CUDA Python, CUDA for multiple GPUs, Deep Learning for computer vision, and Deep Learning for multiple data types.

82% Success Rate for HearO in Early Identification of Congestive Heart Failure

Cordio Medical, a medical speech processing platform, announced that its HearO system was able to successfully predict 82% of the first heart failure cases among patients in a recent study, 18 days on average before the incident occurred. The study included 180 participants at 10 medical centers in Israel.

HearO® is a unique disruptive solution that converts a smartphone into a medical-grade device. The smartphone app is backed by sophisticated and proprietary algorithms allowing monitoring and early detection of fluid accumulation related to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) deterioration. After a speech sample is collected from the patient’s mobile device, the HearO® cloud-based server analyzes the results. If CHF deterioration is discovered, a healthcare professional immediately notifies the patient with an alert.

According to Dr. Ronit Haviv, Senior Vice President of Clinical, QA, and Regulation at Cordio Medical, “The results of the study indicate our potential to become a standard in the field of early detection of heart failure. The solution is easy and convenient to use by any patient, even the oldest, and its level of accuracy has been proven as the same as a medical-grade solution. HearO®’s capabilities allow for remote monitoring, and the provision of real-time prescriptions for diuretics that will stabilize the fluids in the patient’s body.”

The study took place in partnership with Beilinson Hospital, Barzilai Medical Center, Galilee Medical Center, as well as Clalit Health Services Cardiovascular Centers. Patients used the HearO app at home, and sent a voice sample once a day, in Hebrew, Arabic, or Russian. The study collected 460,000 voice samples.

The 82% success rate is many orders of magnitude higher than predictions based on changes in the patient’s weight, which only succeed in predicting 10% – 20% of cases. The study’s misdiagnosis rate is 18%, (i.e., 2.5 false alerts per year, but a third of them were related to heart failure including other respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, flu, and more.).

Tamir Tal, CEO of Cordio Medical said, “CHF is a global epidemic that affects between 2-4% of the population, including in Israel. In the USA alone, there are one million hospitalizations annually among the 6 million heart failure patients who are diagnosed each year. The total annual cost of hospitalizations in the US reaches $40 billion, more than the hospitalization costs of all cancer patients. Most heart failure patients do not have a solution that helps them monitor the fluid balance in the body. The HearO® system we developed will enable remote treatment of these patients and will dramatically reduce the number of hospitalizations and costs. The HearO system, which is cheap and easy to distribute, will improve patients’ quality of life, extend life expectancy and reduce direct mortality from this chronic disease.”

“Cordio’s HearO system is expected to significantly help both heart failure patients and the health providers who manage their treatments,” said Dr. Tuvia Ben Gal, Director of the Heart Failure Unit in the Cardiology Department at Rabin Medical Center (Beilinson Hospital). “The deployment of the system will help reduce the significant workloads in clinics and allow doctors to focus on those patients who need treatment. The large number of patients we were able to recruit for the trial with Cordio allowed us to demonstrate HearO®’s great potential.”

Cordio Medical holds several patents related to the development of HearO and has received approval from the Ministry of Health in Israel and CE approval from the European Union. The company intends to conduct additional studies in Europe. The company also received FDA approval as a breakthrough product and is expected to receive FDA approval at the end of 2023.

Cordio Medical recently completed an $18 million fundraising round. The company began its journey in the Incentive incubator in Israel is currently located Or Yehuda, Israel, and the USA. Cordio was founded by Prof. Haim Lotan together with Peregrine Ventures, after Peregrine identified a need for an easy-to-use solution that would enable monitoring of heart failure patients – the most common chronic disease in the world. Peregrine has supported the company strategically, financially, and operationally since its establishment.

EVR Motors partners with EKA Mobility in India

Israeli startup EVR Motors has partnered with India’s EKA Mobility, an electric vehicles and technology company, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Industries Limited, to design small, lightweight electric motors for their e-buses and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) in India.

According to the new commercial agreement, EVR will design and develop electric motors for EKA, based on EVR’s breakthrough proprietary Trapezoidal Stator – RFPM topology, and EKA will manufacture these e-motors and integrate them in the vehicles it provides to the Indian market. EVR will support the setup of EKA’s assembly line.

Speaking on the collaboration, Dr. Sudhir Mehta, Chairman, EKA & Pinnacle Industries Limited, highlighted: “At EKA, we are reinventing the design philosophy and manufacturing of electric vehicles. We are also developing sharable technologies to democratize EVs with best-in-class TCO (total cost of ownership) solutions, and sustainable ecosystems. Our partnership with EVR Motors solidifies our commitment to creating a new community in global Commercial Vehicle electric mobility equipped with powerful technology for mass adoption. We are confident that EVR’s breakthrough technology will push us further to achieve our vision to make EVs more viable, efficient, and reliable.”

“The new commercial agreement with EKA Mobility in India is a result of EVR’s growing offering of electric motors from two and three wheelers, through hybrid motors to commercial and passenger vehicles,” said Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors. We are proud that EKA Mobility, a fast paced, innovative vehicle manufacturer, has chosen our advanced, lightweight motors to power their vehicles.”

EVR motors has developed a unique, patented motor topology: The Trapezoidal Stator Radial Flux Permanent Magnet (TS-RFPM) Motor. Compared to standard motors, EVR’s electric motors are 30%-50% lighter and smaller, cost significantly cost less, and can be tailored to user requirements. EVR’s first motors were designed for 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers and are suited for a wide range of additional applications. EVR is now developing a variety of motors for multiple mobility applications. These include Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs), hybrid vehicles (HEVs), and full Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).

EKA Mobility has recently launched its 9-meter electric bus, which provides a solid platform for sustainable and efficient public transport in cities around the world, along with reliable and profitable operations for customers. The product, completely designed and manufactured in India, received the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) certification from

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), and the first batch will be soon deployed on roads. The company also plans to launch a range of light commercial vehicles that will offer a 50% reduction in the total cost of ownership, a move which is expected to be a game-changer in the last-mile delivery vehicle segment.

The partnership with EKA is EVR’s third collaboration agreement in India. Earlier this year, EVR announced commercial agreements with two prominent Indian Tier-1 suppliers – Napino Auto & Electronics and with Badve Engineering. Additionally, EVR has announced its entrance into the Japanese market, following a distribution agreement with Tsukasa Electric.

Innoviz updated its forecast to $6.9 billion sales

Above: Next-Generation of the Automotive-Grade LiDAR system, InnovizTwo

Following a new customer win in Asia, Innoviz Technologies, updated its forward-looking order book up to $6.9 billion, compared with $4 billion forecast approximately a year ago. The new customer is an emerging global EV manufacturer who selected InnovizTwo LiDAR sensor for its series production of passenger vehicles, starting 2024. In this deal, Innoviz will act as a Tier 1 supplier of the LiDAR solutions.

During the third quarter of 2022, Innoviz moved its corporate headquarters to a new facility in Rosh Ha’ayin (near Tel aviv). The move included improvements of the Israel-based production lines and “eliminating a key bottleneck in the overall production process” that will enable more InnovizOne units to be sold into non-automotive markets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022 and ramping into 2023. As part of this process Innoviz has moved to the D-sample stage, which is the final step before the start of production in the Automotive industry.

Currently, Innoviz’s first high-end automotive LiDAR, InnovizOne is produced on two parallel production lines. The first is the production line in Holly, MI, which is owned by Magna and is serving the BMW program for the upcoming 2023 BMW 7 Series. The second is a production line at a contract manufacturer in Germany, which serves to support the autonomous shuttle program with a leading tier-1 automotive supplier and other customers.

The deal also marks the Company’s first production win with a new technology partner. According to rumors in the industry, Innoviz now has production wins with Mobileye and Qualcomm – two of the industry’s three major autonomous driving technology platform partners. The third one is NVIDIA. According to Omer Keilaf, CEO of Innoviz, the company now has 11 OEMs in the RFI and RFQ process, which collectively produce approximately 40 million vehicles per year. It also expects an additional 1-3 new decisions by OEMs in the next six months.