On August 14th, 2008, The Mathworks held the kick-off to “EcoCAR,” a collegiate advanced technology vehicle competition (ATVC). EcoCAR’s subtitle (“The NeXt Challenge”) says it all- this is the spiritual successor to “Challenge X,” a similarly-themed ATVC contest that, last year, ended with Mississippi State University taking home the gold. In speaking with personnel from the DOE, The Mathworks, and GM (all event sponsors), I concluded that the biggest obstacle to ATV’s greater viability is a lack of young, qualified engineers.
Lasting for a lifespan of 25 years, ITT Interconnect Solutions’ SMA-Hi Temp RF connector system, consisting of a coaxial RF connector and 12 RF cable assemblies, uses a cable assembly with a silicone dioxide dielectric suitable for continuous operation at 250°C. The semi-rigid cable assemblies offer phase-matching to ±2° at 3 GHz and an option to be
Operating over a frequency range from 20 to 80 MHz, Raltron Electronics’ R2016 Series SMT crystal oscillators exhibit a standard frequency tolerance of ±50 ppm with ±10, ±20 and ±30 ppm versions available. The 2 mm × 1.6 mm × 0.5 mm components come in a 1,000 piece per 178 mm diameter reel, and operate over a
Covering output voltages including 3.3, 5, 12, 15, 24 and 36 V, Lambda’s LS50, LS75, LS100 and LS150 Series of AC/DC single-output power supplies deliver 50, 75, 100 and 150 W, respectively. The CE-marked, UL/EN/IEC60950-1-specified devices offer a withstand voltage of up to 1.5 kVAC input to ground, 3 kVAC input to
Measuring the performance of wireless broadband components and devices, Anritsu’s MS271xB Series of microwave spectrum analyzers offer a phase noise of -110 dBC/Hz at 10 kHz offset (800 MHz typical). The devices include a GPIB interface and an option with a suite of measurements to measure the RF of TD-SCDMA signals and
Sitting 3.3 mm off the PC board, C&K Components’ SDT Series of surface mount detect switches use pendulum style construction to allow actuation from the top or the side. The RoHS-compliant devices exhibit a maximum actuation force of 30 g, contact rating of 1 mA at 5 VDC and a maximum contact resistance of 1 mO. The pick-and
Coming in a NEMA 4X enclosure, Omega Engineering’s UWTC-2-NEMA & UWRTD-2-NEMA wireless thermocouple and RTD transmitters exhibit weather resistance in industrial applications. The CE-compliant devices endure in weather conditions including falling dirt, rain, sleet, snow, windblown dust, splashing water and hose-directed water. Each thermocouple model can be programmed to work as a type J, K, T, E, R
Using 8 to 48 separate 24-bit resolution inputs each with its own A/D converter and CJC circuit, Data Translation’s 8-channel TEMPpoint temperature measurement instruments present an accuracy of ±0.01%. The stand-alone boxes offer
Microtips Technology introduced its 5.7” (diagonal) VGA TFT display exhibiting a sunlight-readable full-color picture with 640 × RGB × 480 dots resolution and a normally white wide-view display mode. The device has outline dimensions of 114 mm (W) × 104.6 mm (H) × 12.8 mm (T) without FPCB tail and active area dimensions of
Accomplishing specific sector standard AEC Q-200, Grupo Premo’s inductive planar set targets DC/DC converters and traction inverters in hybrid vehicles. The devices exhibit an isolation level up to 10 kV through a vacuum potting technique, power management between 2.5 kW and 7.2 kW, and rated losses below 1% of total output power. The set offers a laminated structure, a litz coil and a mechanical fastening system. The < 50 cm
Targeting the automotive and industrial markets, Kionix's KXD94 Series of accelerometers include a tri-axis, mid-g motion detection device. The components offer an output range from ±5 g to ±13 g, a supply voltage range from 2.75 V to 5.25 V, an integrated four-channel multiplexer and an internal 1-KHz low pass filter. The RoHS
Adding to the NGI vehicular instrumentation system, AMETEK’s CAN-Communicator (C-COM) 2” graphic display module offers usability by itself or as a complement to existing instrumentation by connecting it to a SAE J1939
Power has the essential role in the operation of a factory since no machinery can run without it, but power isn’t a guarantee. Companies performing industrial automation lose up to millions of dollars and hours of production time annually due to power anomalies. There are two types of power anomalies: natural phenomena which are harder to control and internal anomalies which are easier to control.
Reducing or eliminating the need to prime or flame treat thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) surfaces before application, FLEXcon’s V-778 pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive performs with low surface energy plastics, such as TPOs and
Offering 15 W AC/DC converters with an isolation of 4000 VAC, the AMEx15-MAZ from Aimtec is a family of switching power supplies that come in a choice of 3 package types encapsulated: AME15-MAZ, enclosed screw terminal: AMES15-MAZ and enclosed connector package: AMEC15-MAZ with optional DIN rail bracket for both enclosed packages. The family has a universal