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Ultracapacitor enhances lead acid, AGM and Lithium Ion battery performance in automotive apps

July 1, 2013 10:15 am | Ioxus | Product Releases | Comments

  Ioxus introduced the new 1200 Farad (F) cell to its portfolio of high performance ultracapacitors. The cell is a high-powered energy solution that is asserted to optimize the performance of lead acid, AGM and Lithium Ion batteries in cars, tractors and motorbikes, enabling

Engineering Newswire 44: World’s fastest electric race car goes 186 mph

June 28, 2013 11:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Nissan has unveiled its ZEOD RC electric racing car, providing an innovative test bed for electric technologies. According to Nissan, the Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, will reach speeds of more than 300 km/h, making it the world's fastest electric car.

The technology (and driver) inside a winning Indy 500 car

June 27, 2013 4:28 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to the racing world, electronics suppliers and distributors are often behind the scenes—or under the hood, as it were—rock stars. Sure, they’re the reason the engine runs or making sure the driver and crew are safe, but they’re very rarely front and center in the racing world. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Mouser’s sponsorship of Indy car driver Tony Kanaan ... then it’s all about being in front (literally.)

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Engineering Update #14: Self-parking cars, holographs, and remote-control cockroaches

June 27, 2013 9:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines: Volvo's Self-Parking Car: Volvo recently unveiled their autonomous self-parking concept car....

Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

June 27, 2013 9:33 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That's the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

New dispatch system could save money for trucking industry, make life easier for drivers

June 26, 2013 4:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University are studying a new approach to organize and route truck transportation that could save millions of dollars, improve the quality of life for thousands of truck drivers and make freight transportation far more efficient.

Power supplies designed to meet rugged CalTrans specifications

June 25, 2013 2:10 pm | Eta Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ETA-USA introduces the first in its CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) Series of industrial grade power supplies designed to meet rugged CalTrans specifications. The 206L provides power for critical highway traffic signal controllers.

High-speed CAN transceivers are low power and highly robust

June 25, 2013 10:17 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a family of High-Speed (HS) CAN transceivers, the MCP2561/2. These new devices serve as an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus. The new family of transceivers meet CAN specification requirement

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Engineering Update #13: Internet-beaming balloons and a robotic cat

June 20, 2013 11:42 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of ECN's Engineering Update: A robot that runs like a cat: EPFL's Biorobotics Lab has designed a cheetah-cub robot. The light-weight, quick, and agile movement of the feline-inspired robot could one day be used for search and rescue missions.

Vt. and Quebec announce electric car corridor

June 19, 2013 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this fall, people who drive electric vehicles should be able to travel the 138-mile route between Burlington and Montreal without worrying they'll run short of a charge thanks to a planned electric vehicle charging corridor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced in Montreal.

Linear ICs support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G

June 18, 2013 4:26 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds two new factory one-time programmable (OTP-ROM) linear ICs to their existing portfolio. These devices eliminate the need for customers to optimize/program the devices for their finished sensor assemblies. Allegro’s A1388 and A1389 architecturally have the ability to support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G....

DC/DC converter offered in high temperature H-grade & high-reliability MP-grade

June 17, 2013 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the high temperature H-grade (-40°C to 150°C junction temperature) and high reliability MP-grade (-55°C to 150°C) version of the LTC3115-1 in a 20-lead thermally enhanced TSSOP package. The LTC3115-1 is a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current....

What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year? (Part II)

June 13, 2013 3:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year? Tullio Cettolin: Consumers love the world of apps and instant Internet connectivity, and now they want it in their cars, too. Maybe they want to listen to their favorite Hawaiian music station via Tune-In during their daily commute on the U.S. continent.

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What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year?

June 13, 2013 3:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year? The next wave of innovation in automotive infotainment will center around connectivity and personalization. As more cars are enable to connect to cloud based applications via the internet, more features will be added allowing passengers to engage with their social network, update location and access specific content.

Wireless bonded LED touts very bright output

June 13, 2013 11:37 am | Lumex Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the global launch of its TitanBrite Wireless Bonded LED featuring “flip chips” that are said to be up to 15 percent brighter than any others in the market. In addition to the standard 3-W and W LEDs, this LED is also available in 9 W. High light output is achieved in a

Toyota chosen as best global green brand for 3rd straight year

June 13, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. was selected as the "best global green brand" for the third consecutive year in 2013 for producing fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Prius hybrid, U.S. consulting firm Interbrand Corp. said Wednesday. U.S. automaker Ford came second, followed by Japan's carmaker Honda...

Multilayer chip capacitors include a working voltage up to 3kV DC

June 11, 2013 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Syfer Technology has expanded its X8R dielectric range of multilayer chip capacitors (MLCCs). The range has been extended, from a working voltage of 250V DC, up to 3kV DC and will now be available in capacitance values from 270pF to 1.8µF, with tolerances of ±5%, 10% and 20% dependant on C/V value.

Right angle Category 5E cable assemblies provide additional EMI protection

June 7, 2013 1:57 pm | L-Com Global Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

L-com, Inc. has continued releasing new right angle Ethernet cable assembly lines with its new shielded right angle Cat 5e cable assemblies with low-smoke, zero halogen (LSZH) jackets. The new cables are expected to provide additional electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference    

AC temperature controller features easy-to-use software and data retrieval capabilities

June 7, 2013 1:22 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries announces the new 5R1-1400 AC Temperature Controller with the integrated potentiometers or via a PC through the TTL level UART Communication port. This compact design measuring two and one half inches square can deliver up to 15 AMPS of load current from a zero voltage switched, low-noise, solid-state relay.

Compact datalogger includes wireless connectivity based on GSM/GPRS module

June 5, 2013 10:34 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Danlaw Incorporated announced that Danlaw’s DL750 includes Telit’s ultra-compact GSM/GPRS cellular module, the GE865-QUAD. The product is a self-contained consumer installable data collection device. Danlaw and Telit who cooperated in a number of products before, are

New speaker system for cars creates separate 'audio zones' for front and rear

May 31, 2013 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever wish that your car's interior cabin could have separate audio zones for the front and rear seats? It soon may. A new approach achieves independent listening zones within a car by using small, modified speakers to produce directional sound fields and a signal processing strategy that optimizes the audio signals used to drive each of the speakers.

Tesla promises to add charging stations

May 31, 2013 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight....

Engineering catalogue details markets and applications

May 30, 2013 2:35 pm | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD has recently released its Engineered Fluid Dispensing Product Catalog Fifth Edition. The 112-page catalog details information about markets and applications that use and benefit from Nordson EFD precision dispensing systems, the fluids dispensed and dispensing applications for each industry, and customer comments.

Flat cables ideal for critical automotive assembly plant applications

May 30, 2013 2:12 pm | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal for critical applications in automotive assembly plants, Cicoil’s highly durable Flexx-Sil Flat Cables are the optimal alternative to cumbersome round cables, unprotected wire harnesses and space consuming cable carriers. In addition, these highly flexible cables are designed to provide premium current carrying capacity....

Diodes reduce switching losses for solar inverters, UPS, electric vehicles, and welding machines

May 30, 2013 11:01 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released 11 new Gen2 650 V FRED Pt Ultrafast diodes. The "H" family of bare die devices, suitable for applications working above 40 kHz, combine extremely fast and soft recovery time with low forward voltage drop and reverse leakage current to reduce switching losses....

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