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Car Exterior Lighting

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Key Products
Automotive exterior lighting systems including turn signals, headlights and taillights are a standard fitting in any vehicle.

HID and LED for enhanced safety and comfort

To enhance safety and comfort for drivers and passengers and enable more sophisticated body design, vehicles are increasingly equipped with high-intensity discharge lamps (HID or xenon) and light-emitting diodes (LED) in adaptive front lighting (AFL) systems. 

Smart headlamp systems require the use of high-efficiency LED drive solutions, with advanced diagnostics. Advanced systems, implementing dynamic lighting, also require headlamp leveling and bend lighting control.

Our products and solutions

ST’s automotive portfolio includes a wide selection of high- and low-side drivers for exterior lighting systems from higher power “front beam” lamps to daytime running lights (DRL) and low-power loads used by lateral and rear lights as well as advanced regulators and cost optimized microcontrollers to enable building high-efficiency and reliable lighting modules. 

ESD and battery protection devices complement the offer, to cover all design requirements.

eDesignSuite

eDesignSuite is a comprehensive set of easy-to-use design-aid utilities ready to help you streamline the system development process with a wide range of ST products.

Thermal-electrical Simulators for Components

Power Management Design Center

Choose design tool:

AC Switches Simulator

Select ratings and application waveforms
Get junction temperature and blocking voltage graphs
Search and sort suitable devices

Rectifier Diodes Simulator

Select ratings and application waveforms
Estimate power losses
Search and sort suitable devices

STPOWER Studio

Supports long mission profiles
Provides power loss and temperature graphs
Helps define heatsink thermal properties

Twister Sim

Help select the right ViPOWER Automotive power device
Supports load-compatibility, wiring harness optimization, fault condition impact and diagnostic analysis
Supports various PCB configurations

TVS Simulator

Specify system ratings and surge waveform
Search and sort suitable devices
Choose design tool:

Power Supply Design Tool

SMPS design, by topology, by type and by product
PFC design with analog and digitial control
Supports various PCB configurations
Choose type:
DC/DC
AC/DC
Solar Battery Charger

LED Lighting Design Tool

Handles AC-DC and DC-DC design in common topologies
Displays interactive and annotated schematic
Provides current/voltage graphs, Bode plots, efficiency curves and power-loss data
Choose type:
DC/DC
AC/DC

Digital Power Workbench

Provides a step-by-step optimized design of power section and control loop
Generates the STM32Cube embedded software package for custom applications and allows firmware project generation, compatible with multiple STM32 IDEs

Power Tree Designer

Specify input/output power for each node in the tree
Check for consistency
Design each individual node

All Hardware Evaluation Tools

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      EV-VN7010AJ

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      VN7010AJ Evaluation Board

      - Automotive IC Eval Boards ST
      EV-VN7010AJ
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      VN7010AJ Evaluation Board

      EV-VN7040AJ

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      VN7040AJ evaluation board

      - Automotive IC Eval Boards ST
      EV-VN7040AJ
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      VN7040AJ evaluation board

      EV-VN7140AJ

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      VN7140AJ evaluation board

      - Automotive IC Eval Boards ST
      EV-VN7140AJ
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      VN7140AJ evaluation board

      SAMPLEKITM0-7

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      Evaluation sample box

      - Automotive IC Eval Boards -
      SAMPLEKITM0-7
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      Evaluation sample box

      SAMPLES-AUTOPMIC

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      Automotive Voltage Regulators & System Basis Chip Evaluation Tool

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      SAMPLES-AUTOPMIC
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      Automotive Voltage Regulators & System Basis Chip Evaluation Tool

      SPC5-EV-ADIS

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      Adapter board

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      SPC5-EV-ADIS
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      Adapter board

      SPC56B-Discovery

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      Discovery Kit for SPC56 B line - with SPC560B54L5 MCU

      - SPC5 Automotive MCU Eval Tools ST
      SPC56B-Discovery
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      Discovery Kit for SPC56 B line - with SPC560B54L5 MCU

      VIP-M07-ADIS

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      M0-7 DISCOVERY

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      VIP-M07-ADIS
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      M0-7 DISCOVERY

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