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Estimating the range of electric vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:26 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in....

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers—the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9).  They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck ...

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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

Why I'm bullish on OLED lighting in automotive

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling industry for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry is now entering a phase of concerted efforts to achieve commercialization on a wider scale. OLED lighting is inching toward mass production, particularly for industrial and large-scale....

The world's second printed car

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Strati is not the world’s first 3D-printed car. The first one, to the best of my knowledge, was the Urbee, and you saw it in PD&D back in February 2011 (A Work in Progress). Since then, we’ve seen 3D printing capture the global imagination....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

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Connectors include RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating

October 6, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces a new RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating for its DEUTSCH standard MIL-DIL-38999 Series III connectors. Along with TE’s recently announced black zinc nickel plating, this new coating further expands TE’s response....

Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

Linear hall-effect sensor IC designed with low noise and high resolution

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC. Allegro’s A1366 has been designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution. The goal is achieved through new proprietary ...

Off-the-shelf vehicle-duty motors feature rated power from 2.6kW to 30kW+

September 30, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) announces the second phase of its HEV motors: the GVM142. The GVM142 generator and auxiliary motor series is a highly advanced electric machine intended to be used....

Drivers, don't trade in your smartphone for Google Glass yet

September 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles....

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Micro coaxial cable assemblies carry EMI hardened DC power

September 24, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. Leveraging its in-house and proprietary coaxial cable extrusion and termination capabilities …

Voltage charger designed for on-board electric vehicle applications

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the availability of the EVC-116-720. The EVC-116-720 is a 2 stage constant current/constant voltage charger specifically designed for on-board electric vehicle applications....

Safely on the road in electric cars

September 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Systematic light-weight construction is a decisive component of efficient electric vehicles. Yet, during Euro NACP testing light-weight L7E class vehicles (max. empty weight of 400 kg) show substantial deficits in some areas. Because the requirements ...

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

Li-ion battery charger safeguards backup battery in automotive eCall systems

September 22, 2014 10:09 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78692, a 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78692 battery charger dissipates....

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

Car hacking: The security threat facing our vehicles

September 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. Professor Andry Rakotonirainy will speak at ...

Engineers develop algorithms to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars

September 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with ...

Programmable hall sensor supports direct connection into automotive/industrial designs

September 17, 2014 9:50 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) has followed up the success of its initial MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC, which offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation, with a further product introduction....

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

September 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency ...

Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

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