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Ford, University of Michigan open new battery lab

October 14, 2013 2:45 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars. The center, on the university's campus in Ann Arbor, will bring together battery makers, car companies and researchers who will test new batteries for prototype vehicles.

Thick film chip resistor includes precision tolerances of 0.5% and 1.0%

October 11, 2013 2:23 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics introduces the latest in precision thick film chip resistors, the anti-sulfur RK73H-RT. Made with a sulfur-proof electrode material, the RK73H-RT resistor features precision tolerances of 0.5% and 1.0% and a resistance range of 10Ω ~ 10MΩ.

MOSFET delivers increased power density while reducing overall system size and cost

October 11, 2013 9:44 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the AUIRF8736M2 DirectFET 2 power MOSFET for heavy load automotive applications including electric power steering, braking systems and pumps that require superior power density in a compact footprint.

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Hybrid cars are a status symbol of sorts for seniors, Baylor consumer study shows

October 10, 2013 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Paying extra bucks to "go green" in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study. The finding is significant because some segments of the older-consumer population control a considerable share of the discretionary income in the United States....

Engineering Update #28: The car designed for a zombie apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

If you're worried about the impending Zombie apocalypse have we got a car for you. The zombie-pocolypse prototype car was designed by a Walking Dead fan via the Walking Dead Chop Shop app, which allows users to customize three Hyundai models into the perfect anti-zombie car.

Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

Tesla fire shows electrics face safety challenges

October 4, 2013 11:58 am | by Mike Baker & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners. It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have viewed Tesla as nearly invincible.  

Tesla says car fire began in battery after crash

October 3, 2013 1:25 pm | by MIKE BAKER & TOM KRISHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S.

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Engineering Update #27: The world's most powerful electric car

October 3, 2013 12:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's headlines: Venturi unveils world's most powerful electric car: Ohio State University and French manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles is out to set a new record with what will be the most powerful electric car ever made.

NSF, DOE partner to support University of Houston's diesel emissions research

October 3, 2013 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the ironies of automobile research: As diesel engines become more fuel efficient, reducing their emissions becomes more challenging. Better efficiency means that more of the energy in diesel fuel is being used to move the vehicle and less is escaping out the tailpipe in the form of heat.

Thermistors ideal for applications requiring advanced system uptime

September 30, 2013 9:55 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices has added to its family of overcurrent protection devices with new surface-mountable poly-switch temperature coefficient thermistor (PPTC) devices that include the company’s first resettable PPTC thermistors. The new components are suitable for circuit protection in many applications such as automotive, mobile device battery packs, computer motherboards, and more.

Full-bridge driver IC designed to operate one bipolar stepper or two brush DC motors

September 30, 2013 9:37 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new, dual full-bridge driver designed to operate one bipolar stepper or two brush DC motors. Each full bridge uses DMOS power devices with integrated freewheeling diodes. Peak motor current can be limited providing higher efficiency and reduced motor heating.

7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test

September 27, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Kickstarter of the Week: Self-driving car computer vision used in new prototyping tool

September 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, AppSeed has turned to Kickstarter to help grow their idea of turning paper sketches to prototypes, with the help of your cell phone. The new app bridges the gap between ideas in ink and functioning prototypes through the use of computer vision.

New steering tech for heavy equipment saves fuel, ups efficiency

September 24, 2013 1:18 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have shown how to reduce fuel consumption while improving the efficiency of hydraulic steering systems in heavy construction equipment. The new approach incorporates several innovations: It eliminates valves now needed to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid in steering systems and uses advanced algorithms and models to precisely control hydraulic pumps.

Will vehicle-to-vehicle communication ever be a thing?

September 20, 2013 3:38 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our forth and final category is automotive technology.

HEW DC/DC series offers a power rating of 150W

September 20, 2013 12:48 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. announces the availability of the 150W HEW DC/DC series.  The HEW Series has a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC and 18 to 75VDC.  Output voltages are 3.3, 5, 12, 15, and 24VDC.  All models are isolated input to output.  The power rating of the HEW is 150W.

LED for automotive headlights provides higher performance and SMT capability

September 19, 2013 4:00 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced a new 2-chip version of the Oslon Black FlatOslon Black Flat LED. As with other LEDs from the Oslon Black Flat family, the new version features a high level of brightness and is suitable for all headlight functions.

New sensor could prolong the lifespan of high-temperature engines

September 19, 2013 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A temperature sensor developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could improve the efficiency, control and safety of high-temperature engines. The sensor minimises drift –degradation of the sensor which results in faulty temperature readings and reduces the longevity of engine components. The new sensor, or thermocouple, has been shown to reduce drift by 80 per cent at temperatures of 1200 degrees Celsius...

Japan automakers launch low-cost green cars at Indonesia auto show

September 19, 2013 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars. The luxury tax exemption, expected to give a boost for Japanese car manufacturers, applies to locally assembled vehicles...

Engineering Update #25: The G-12 e-bike and a hydrogen-powered car

September 19, 2013 11:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: The versatile G-12 off-road e-bike: The Greyp G-12 is a versatile, electric off-road bike with three driving modes: street, eco, and power.

Innovative auto steering device could save lives

September 18, 2013 11:05 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

It can take up to two and a half turns to steer a modern vehicle. While turning, the driver must release the wheel in the necessary hand-over-hand movement, which is unsafe. In his upcoming HFES 2013 Annual Meeting paper, Rene Guerster, who has been concerned with steering improvement since he was a child, proposes an alternative steering device...

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

Adding a personal touch to automotive interior lighting via LIN

September 10, 2013 3:59 pm | by Michael Bender, Melexis | Melexis | Articles | Comments

Solid-state lighting is now becoming commonplace in automotive designs, replacing more costly, less energy efficient and not as reliable incandescent lamps. Though it is only in recent times that it has started to be considered for the parking lights, brake lights, side lights and front lights on the car’s exterior...

Power MOSFETs designed for use in automotive systems

September 10, 2013 9:27 am | Mouser Electronics, International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. now stocks International Rectifier’s (IR) family of AEC-Q101 Automotive qualified 40V N-channel MOSFETs, featuring IR’s proven Gen12.7 trench technology with ultra-low Rds(on). International Rectifier's Automotive COOLiRFET Power MOSFETs from Mouser Electronics target rugged automotive applications.

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