Toyota said Wednesday it will start leasing plug-in hybrid cars, that are even greener than its hit Prius, by the end of this year in the U.S., Japan and Europe.Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, will start leasing 200 plug-ins in Japan, 150 in the U.S. and 150 in Europe, mostly for rental, such as through special government-backed programs, it said in a release. Toyota will for the first time use lithium-ion batteries in the plug-ins. The batteries are already used in some cars but more common in laptops and other gadgets. Toyota hybrids now use nickel-metal hydride batteries. Using a lithium-ion battery will produce more energy, allowing the car to run more as an electric vehicle, but there have been some technological hurdles.
API Delevan has introduced its LP Series of shielded surface mount power inductors: LP4040R, LP5035R, LP5050R and LP5064R. These series are magnetically shielded to reduce interference in high-density boards, exhibit minimal DC resistance, and have desirable current capabilities. These components are
Modern microcontrollers (MCUs) have a large variety of peripherals and features that can do a lot to help a design’s power budget. It is important for an embedded designer to have complete knowledge of a device so that he can fully utilize the modes and peripherals available to reduce the power consumption of a design.
Whenever a new standard is adopted or starts to gain some ubiquity in the marketplace, I always have to ask, “So what? What does this new stuff give me that I don’t already have?” It’s an important question. If there is not any difference, then there is no reason not to just keep on using known and proven technologies. If there are differences, then knowing what these differences consist of can enable the appropriate business and design decisions.
Lattice Semiconductor announced that industrial temperature-qualified versions of all its non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGAs have been released to volume production. Based on the company’s 90 nanometer hybrid flexiFLASH technology, the XP2 family features small form factor Chip Scale 132 BGA packaging, and pre-engineered source-synchronous I/O that supports
The 3M EM Eye Meter consists of a base unit and three separate sensors for electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency (RF) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) detection. The 3M offers a color touch screen display in a hand-held size which logs data on an SD card.
The linear cable transducer model LT25 features adaptable installation, eliminating shaft misalignment and allowing the cable to fit in hard to reach areas. The transducer offers digital position and speed feedback. This product measures linear motion applications with a flexible cable mounted to an internal spring-loaded spool and a
Optimized to function in the 20 MHz to 700 MHz and the 400 MHZ to 4,000 MHz bands, a family of surface mount, silicon PIN diode SP2T switches from Aeroflex / Metelics has a power handling capability of up to 100 W C.W.
Microsoft introduced a prototype camera Monday that can be used as a controller for the Xbox 360. Codenamed "Project Natal," the camera eliminates the need for a handheld input device — instead, the gizmo can track a player's full body movement, recognize their face and voice, scan images of real items and respond to both physical and vocal commands.
The subminiature tension/compression load cells series VLU850 offers small size coupled with standard output of 2 mV/V and an integral temperature and zero balance board. This product by Stellar Technology is suited for ranges 10 to 1,000 lbf.
Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $15.6 billion in April, an increase of 6.4 percent from March when sales were $14.7 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. April sales were 25 percent lower than April 2008 when sales were $20.9 billion.
Life on board the international space station is busier and more crowded now that it's a full house. For the first time ever, the space station is accommodating a permanent crew of six, the way it was intended when the first piece flew a decade ago. The population at the orbiting outpost doubled Friday when three new residents moved in.
The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) program once again includes the popular Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA). This year, the half-day session will address the key issue faced eventually by many in the technology industry: whether to continue along a technical career path, or to make the switch to a management track.
Suitable for applications requiring a single point-to-point or a multi-point communications link, the Model 4152/4153 ST Fiber-to-Multi-Point RS485/422/232 Interface Converter from Electro Standards Laboratories has typical operating speeds up to 1.5 Mbps for RS232 to fiber conversion and up to 5 Mbps for RS485/422 to fiber conversion.