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The trend towards greater electrification continues with Automotive Power-Load Control.

The trend towards greater electrification continues with Automotive Power-Load Control.

Semiconductor switches and smart pre-drivers can help save weight, reduce size and enhance the reliability of automotive systems traditionally controlled using electromechanical relays. Today’s cars carry a huge variety of electric accessories and electronic safety aids that make vehicles more attractive, safer and easier to use. In addition, traditional hydraulic systems such as power steering and automatic transmission are being replaced with electrically operated equivalents to help reduce overall weight and improve fuel economy. As the trend towards greater electrification continues, the traditional electromechanical relay is still widely used for load switching. Relays help isolate vehicle occupants safely from high-power circuitry, and minimize the demand for expensive, bulky high-current wiring. Control logic is relatively simple, while form factors and pin-outs hav...

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