January 25, 2021


Tears filled her eyes, and Linda Bianchi nearly broke down and cried. She was talking about the 11-year-old car Good News Garage had given her.

The car makes nearly everything in life possible for her.

“It gets me to work. I can’t make ends meet without this job. It’s how I socialize. Everything would fall apart without it. It’s my life,” says the 65-year-old Springfield resident.

Bianchi is a recruiter for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. She tells people older than 55 about the agency’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, and she gets them to sign up. The program places seniors into part-time jobs. Bianchi couldn’t work without a car.

“I can’t just take a bus to an office. I have to go to where the seniors are,” she says.

That means Bianchi drives around the greater Springfield area to food pantries, shelters, senior centers, shopping malls, churches — wherever seniors get together. The 2009 Pontiac Vibe with its 144,000 miles on the odometer makes it all possible.

“I’m scrambling from site to site all the time and now with winter and the bad weather coming, I can’t walk from place to place,” she says.

Bianchi is under a doctor’s care for attention deficit disorder. It’s also painful for her to walk because of problems with her spine. The rehabilitation commission put Bianchi in touch with Good News Garage, based in Burlington, Vermont. The organization provides reliable used cars to those who need them.

“People donate their old cars to us, and we have them inspected by mechanics. It costs an average of $2,500 to get the cars repaired and back on the road,” says Thomas Kupfer, marketing specialist for Good News Garage.

Bianchi got her car in October. She’d been without a vehicle since before the pandemic struck. Her church gave her an old car, but it died even after major repairs. “We gave it our best shot, got it fixed and a month later it broke down. I was broken hearted,” she says

Her son also tried to help, giving her a vehicle she calls “a little bomb.” That died too. Finally, Good News Garage came to the rescue with the Pontiac.

“My whole life changed when I got this car. It helps keep my life going. It’s a key to life. Now I can go to the doctor, see my friends, and keep my job,” she says.

Good News Garage has awarded well over 5,000 cars to people throughout New England since its founding in 1996. The organization accepts just about any vehicle that has four wheels and can be towed to a repair shop.

“If we can’t fix the vehicle so its passes inspection and provides reliable transportation, then we sell it at auction and those proceeds help fund the program,” says Kupfer. State financing also helps keep Good News Garage running.

For more information, visit the website, GoodNewsGarage.org.

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PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) has announced two highly integrated synchronous buck converters that simplify circuit design in automotive power systems with its Power Good output and its innovative EMI mitigation for noise-sensitive applications.

The AP63356Q and AP63357Q are 3.5A converters with an input voltage range of 3.8V to 32V. Leveraging peak current mode control as well as high-side and low-side power MOSFETs on-chip, the converters minimize external components to reduce bill of materials (BOM) costs and board size.

Both devices have a Power Good indicator with an internal 5MΩ pull-up resistor useful for power sequencing. To further aid sequencing, their enable pin has accurate voltage thresholds, which allows adjustment of the input voltage device power-on and undervoltage lockout (UVLO). The high-voltage capability of the EN pin allows direct connection to VIN to simplify the auto-start of the device. When disabled, the converter draws only 0.6µA shutdown current typical.

Their proprietary gate-driver scheme ensures clean switching transitions while preventing switch-node ringing to minimize high-frequency radiated noise. Frequency spread spectrum (FSS) contributes further to quiet performance by dispersing switching-noise energy.

The AP63356Q operates continuously in PWM mode at the nominal 450kHz switching frequency for all loads. The AP63357Q changes to PFM mode at light loads, keeping efficiency as high as 86% at 5mA load and drawing quiescent current of just 22µA under no load.

Both devices feature low-dropout (LDO) operation, which maintains their output-voltage regulation as the input reduces to a level near the output voltage. Built-in protection features include output undervoltage protection (UVP), cycle-by-cycle peak current limit, and thermal shutdown. The protection features, along with 40V (for 400ms) input voltage surge withstand capability, enable the devices to provide a robust Automotive POL solution.

The AP63356Q and AP63357Q are qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1, support PPAP documentation, and are manufactured in IATF 16949 certified facilities. The devices are each available in a 3mm × 2mm V-DFN3020-13 (SWP) package with wettable flanks to aid in automated optical inspection. The unit price is $0.46 in 3000 piece quantities.

About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a Standard and Poor’s SmallCap 600 and Russell 3000 Index company, delivers high-quality semiconductor products to the world’s leading companies in the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. We leverage our expanded product portfolio of discrete, analog, and mixed-signal products and leading-edge packaging technology to meet customers’ needs. Our broad range of application-specific solutions and solutions-focused sales, coupled with worldwide operations of 28 sites, including engineering, testing, manufacturing, and customer service, enables us to be a premier provider for high-volume, high-growth markets. For more information visit www.Diodes.com.

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