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Kasey's Korner: Removing toxic materials from batteries

July 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Though lithium-ion batteries have a lot to offer, they also have some issues-- including using toxic elements that are rare and difficult to work with. But they may be the future of portable electronics batteries, so it’s vital that researchers find another way of creating the batteries.

BMW is developing inductive charging systems

July 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by BMW | News | Comments

Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio....

Sensor IC includes integrated capacitor

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications. Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC is targeted at the automotive market....

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How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

July 8, 2014 8:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn....

Photos of the Day: A dragon motorcycle

July 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Orange County Choppers (OCC) partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon. It includes a 3D-printed head, tail, and spikes made out of PC-ABS. The body, arms, and legs were machined out of a high density foam....

Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

Letters to the Editor: The societal risks of self-driving cars

July 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. As exciting as these new technologies may be, some have a few concerns of the risks involved with such advancements....

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Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

PXI Express digitizer supports the industry’s widest input range at ±100V

June 26, 2014 4:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its new PXIe-9848H 8-CH 14-bit 100 MS/s high-speed PXI Express digitizer. The PXIe-9848H features a x15/x50 signal conditioning module providing both a high input voltage range of ±100V and high dynamic performance to deliver the optimum solution....

Connectors suitable for cable diameters 2 to 27mm

June 26, 2014 4:33 pm | Lemo Usa | Product Releases | Comments

LEMO (Rohnert Park, CA) has added a new connector size to its M Series. The new MM connectors are the most compact in the lightweight M Series product line. MM Plugs and cable mount sockets come with LEMO’s signature ratchet-coupling shells and offer excellent weight and space savings....

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Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

TVS diode array offers superior clamping protection

June 24, 2014 2:53 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SM24CANA Series 200W TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes) for protecting the automotive Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transient (EFT), and other overvoltage transients....

Phase frequency detector available for automotive applications

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. announced the continued availability of the ML145170 circuit originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.  Lansdale has single-source rights to both globally market and continue to manufacture Motorola’s line of PLL (Phase Lock Loop) Circuits.

Magnetic position sensors enable very high accuracy at high rotation speeds

June 23, 2014 11:16 am | Ams-Taos Usa Inc | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) introduced a new series of magnetic position sensors featuring a breakthrough technology capable of producing extremely accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed.

AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Small, shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 A

June 18, 2014 7:17 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a 1.9-mm X 2.0-mm package.

Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

June 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Conal Watterson, Sr. Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Controller Area Network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential signaling. Galvanic isolation can further enhance robustness....

I-Bar chokes designed for automotive networks

June 17, 2014 9:17 am | Pulse Electronics, Broadcom Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduced the HOT ROD product family of I-Bar chokes for automotive networks, a new concept to provide EMC/EMI protection for automotive electronics. The new line of I-Bar HOT ROD chokes are optimized to meet Broadcom Corporation's BroadR-Reach Automotive Ethernet technology....

Can this car go 1000 mph?

June 16, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic car built with the express goal of exceeding (or reaching) 1000mph. This is completely nuts.The Bloodhound is technically a car because it has four wheels and is under the full-control of a driver. It’s 44 feet long, just over 9 foot tall, and when it’s fully fueled it weighs in at a whopping 17,165 lbs.

In-car networking technology

June 13, 2014 10:28 am | by Bert Bergner, Principal Engineer, Advanced Development Infotainment Automotive; TE Connectivity, Bensheim Jens Wuelfing, Development Engineer, Product Development Infotainment Automotive, TE Connectivity, Bensheim Andreas Engel, Senior Manager | Articles | Comments

There are a broad variety of data busses available for use in today’s automotive communication infrastructure: from the cost efficient dedicated control message systems, such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay, up to optimized media streaming networks like MOST....

What board-level technologies will be game changers in the near future?

June 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Market Disrupters for our July issue. Our own ECN IMPACT Awards have inspired us to look deeper into the world of market disrupters. For our August issue, we're asking you, the experts, to tell us what the next big thing is when it comes to board-level technologies.

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