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MLCCs are rated for 250 deg C

May 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced a new series of high temperature MLCCs rated for 250°C. Designed to accommodate the rapidly emerging military and commercial market demands for capacitors capable of high-reliability, long lifetime performance at operating temperatures in excess of…

Current sense resistors are offered in 44-A, Zero Ohm and 1-W, 2010 versions

May 23, 2014 9:42 am | Koa Speer | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduced two current sensing resistors, the zero Ohm SLZ  and the 1W/2012 SLW07. The high current SLZ1 jumper chip offers a rated current of 44 A in a 2512 size. The SLW07 has an enhanced high power rating of…

Engineering Update #59: Fastest motorcycle in the world

May 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: Fastest production motorcycle in the world: The Lightening LS-218 is set to be the fastest motorcycle on the planet. With a top speed of 218 mph 200 horsepower and 168 foot pounds of torque, this bike is set to blow its competitors out of the water after its release this summer....

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Value analysis of capacitive technology over float based methods for liquid level sensing

May 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Anirban Sengupta and Akshay Dixit, Cypress | Articles | Comments

In one sense, technological advancement is about enabling people to take things for granted. Imagine you’re driving at 80 mph on a highway and the car immediately ahead stops suddenly.  Instinctively your foot goes to the brake pedal, and your car transmits the force from your foot to the brakes through fluid or brake oil....

What does 'Made In America' really mean?

May 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation....

Engineering Newswire: Hands-free corvette on Air Force test track

May 19, 2014 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette down an Air Force test track. Except, Schmidt is a quadriplegic which was the result of a spinal cord injury suffered during a race testing accident in 2000. Using a ball cap with reflective spheres, Schmidt can take to the track again....

Politician proposes hoverboard lanes in city budget

May 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though it seems like transportation talk of future is looking only towards improved public transportation and driverless cars, Washington D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh things we should be investing in a different type of transport option: hoverboards.

2-A output buck regulator suits automotive infotainment applications

May 15, 2014 2:32 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new automotive 2.0 A buck regulator that is designed to provide the low power supply requirements of next generation car audio and infotainment systems. Allegro’s A8585 device provides…

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USABC Reissues RFPI for development of advanced, high performance batteries for 48-V HEV applications

May 14, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has reissued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications.

GM recall shows gaps in air bag knowledge

May 13, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars...

Frost & Sullivan: Cost-effectiveness continues to drive opportunities for the global measurement gages market

May 13, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The global measurement gages market has limited technological advancement, thus pricing strategy is a key differentiator for companies operating in this space.  Realizing this, manufacturers are wooing price-sensitive end users by offshoring their manufacturing to cost-efficient countries in Asia. To continue rolling out cost-effective products, market participant are expanding their manufacturing capabilities in Asia-Pacific (APAC)...

Quadriplegic races 'Vette with help from AF Performance Lab

May 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Ted Theopolos, U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

Human performance technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, along with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., were on display here May 6 as quadriplegic Sam Schmidt, a former Indy Racing League driver, got back behind the wheel once again. The test took place on the 7,500 foot runway just south of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Connector system meets the commercial vehicle industry's electrification challenges

May 9, 2014 1:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces the ruggedized Imperium High-Voltage/High-Current (HVHC) Connector System, a high voltage and amperage solution that delivers reliable performance even in the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles....

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LIN transceiver reduces system costs for multi LIN master systems

May 9, 2014 9:19 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Local interconnect network (LIN) nodes are witnessing exponential growth rates in cars, resulting in master modules controlling multiple LIN buses. To address this growing need for multi LIN transceiver systems, Melexis (Nashua, NH) introduces a new generation of 2 and 4-channel LIN transceiver IC....

Connecters designed for harsh environment automotive needs

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces the ruggedized Imperium™ High-Voltage/High-Current (HVHC) Connector System, a high voltage and amperage solution that delivers reliable performance even in the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles.

Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

May 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7. With ignition switches, power steering motors and other parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers face waits of weeks or months, some while driving cars they fear are unsafe.

MLCCs with extended capacitance range and voltage rating designed for high volumetric efficiency options

May 8, 2014 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

 AVX Corporation (GREENVILLE, S.C.) has extended the capacitance range and voltage ratings for its X7R MLCCs, resulting in a much broader product offering with several new high volumetric efficiency options.  Available in sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, AVX’s X7R MLCCs exhibit high K and low ESR and are now available with capacitance values spanning 100pF to 47µF and standard voltage ratings spanning 4V-500V.

California Back in The Running for Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Driverless car test site gets industry partners

May 7, 2014 11:08 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable, officials...

Second GM engineering exec retires in recall wake

May 6, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another General Motors engineering executive is retiring in the wake of the automaker's mishandled recall of small cars. GM says Jim Federico elected to retire after 36 years with the company. Federico plans to work outside the auto industry...

GM Recalls About 60,000 Saturns to Fix Gear Shifts

May 6, 2014 10:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Saturn Aura midsize cars because the automatic transmission shift levers can show the wrong gear, and says it has known about the problem for at least a year. The problem, caused by failure of the...

Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

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