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Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

August 27, 2014 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black ...

Wireless charging and NFC reference design is automotive ready

August 27, 2014 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with...

Copper piezo actuators feature long operating life

August 26, 2014 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announced the third generation of EPCOS piezo actuators with copper internal...

New process helps overcome obstacles to produce renewable fuels and chemicals

August 26, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There's an old saying in the biofuels industry: "You can make anything from lignin except money...

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Class-D audio amplifier designed for eCall, instrument cluster and telematics

August 25, 2014 4:14 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the industry’s first automotive Class-D audio amplifier to integrate load-dump protection and diagnostics in a single device for emergency call (eCall) and instrument cluster systems. Designers can eliminate multiple discrete components....

Traffic lights are insanely easy to hack into

August 25, 2014 8:40 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat at a traffic light that takes forever to change, and wish you could just change it yourself? Certain disreputable parties might have the ability to do that. Researchers say, “anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can ...

CU-Boulder leads international unmanned aircraft testing event at Pawnee Grassland

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research effort organized by the University of Colorado Boulder conducted the first multiple, unmanned aircraft interception of a telltale rush of cold air preceding a thunderstorm known as a "gust front" as it rolled across the Pawnee National Grassland in northeast Colorado on Aug. 14....

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Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

August 22, 2014 8:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming....

Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order....

Pre-driver IC targets automotive high-current DC motor applications

August 19, 2014 4:47 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Nashua, NH) introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to simultaneously drive ...

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

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The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | News | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

Customized surface inspection

August 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection: because even the most infinitesimal fracture or impact point could diminish the reliability or durability of a component. And when it comes to safety-critical applications – such as in the automotive or aerospace industries ...

Shielded connector features positive-lock to meet automotive specifications

August 6, 2014 9:10 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley) currently provides a high-speed multimedia connector capable of conveying transmissions up to 1 Gbps. Supporting the automotive industry's most commonly used standards, USB2.0, IEEE1394, LVDS, and GVIF signals, the GT17H/HN Series connectors have an advanced shielding structure....

Photos of the Day: Supermileage car gets 383 MPG

August 5, 2014 12:15 pm | by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies hosted two Concordia University students, along with their award-winning SAE Supermileage vehicle, at this year’s Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) in Traverse City, Michigan....

High-temperature multi-function logic gates enable operation between 2.8V and 5.5V

August 5, 2014 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

X-REL Semiconductor (Grenoble, France) introduces its High-Temperature multi-function logic gates: XTR54000. Intended for high-reliability, extreme temperature and extended lifetime applications, such as Automotive, Aeronautics, Down-hole, the flexibility of the XTR54000 ...

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Buck controller supports new levels of flexibility for high-current designs

August 4, 2014 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78268 55V synchronous buck controller with 3A integrated high-side and low-side drivers. The most versatile high voltage buck solution available, the ISL78268 buck controller provides very high step-down efficiency....

Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....

Vision-correcting electronic displays could let users dispense with glasses

July 31, 2014 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required. The technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult without putting their glasses on, or electronic readers that eliminate the need for reading glasses, among other applications....

Charging electric cars efficiently inductive

July 31, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cables are fast disappearing from our daily lives. The computer mouse has already lost its tail, our telephones and headphones have become wireless – even electric toothbrushes and cellphones don't need cables anymore. Information is transmitted wirelessly, and power needs can be met via an electromagnetic induction supply system....

Engineering Update Episode 69: A new record for electric vehicles

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A group of students at the University of New South Wales in Australia recently set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria. The Sunswift car averaged 62 mph over 311 miles, beating out the 26 year old previous record of 45 mph over 311 miles....

High-current connectors support hybrid systems

July 29, 2014 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new DEUTSCH Autosport Heavy Duty (ASHD) 3-Way Connector. The new connector was designed for the growing hybrid market in motorsports, in which racecars use three-phase motor/generator systems....

Touch-screen digital oscilloscope includes 7.6MSa record length

July 28, 2014 4:20 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the Owon TDS7102 — a new, 100MHz four-channel benchtop scope, with touch-screen capabilities that make instrument setting, operation, and adjustment faster and more intuitive. With 1GSa/s signal capturing on all four channels simultaneously ...

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

July 25, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun. A new Stanford study finds that it is technically and economically feasible....

Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

July 24, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country – so much so that electric cars topped the list of new vehicle registrations for the second time. This poses a stark contrast to the situation in Germany, where electric vehicles claim only a small portion of the market....

Pre-driver IC supports advanced safety capabilities for automotive applications

July 23, 2014 12:05 pm | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the TB9052FNG motor pre-driver IC. The new device was developed for safety-critical automotive applications such as electric power steering (EPS) and other systems compliant with Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL D)....

40V COT controller delivers 0.008%/V line regulation

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR75100, a new 40V capable switching controller in its line of DC-DC power conversion products. The XR75100 Synchronous Step-Down Controller supports point-of-load (POL) supplies from industrial 24VDC and 24VAC rectified sources....

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