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Pressure sensors feature an extended temperature range of -40 to +150 degrees C

November 11, 2013 8:36 am | Merit Sensor | Product Releases | Comments

Merit Sensor Systems announced its TR Series temperature-compensated pressure sensor product line. The TR Series packaged pressure sensor features Merit Sensor’s “back-side entry” approach, where the sensing media cannot come in contact with the active, top side of the pressure sensing die.

This rock-climbing robot will haunt your dreams

November 8, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Every so often, you see a robot on the internet that is so macabre-looking it belongs in a horror film. There is a quality about these robots that’s not quite robot, but not quite human. Generally, in the technology community, nine out of ten of these robots come out of the Department of Defense sponsored Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a.k.a DARPA). (If you need proof, check out DARPA’s PETMAN)

Should the government regulate Google Glass?

October 31, 2013 4:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every new technology or consumer widget must inevitably run headfirst into the regulatory powers of government — often in conjunction with automotive safety. So this was no surprise: San Diego police have pulled over a motorist and ticketed her for wearing Google Glass, touching off the latest battle between federal legislators and the private sector.

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IGBT module features total Current - Voltage capability of 600 Ampere and 650 Volt

October 29, 2013 9:27 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced today a new high-power phase-leg in the SimBus-F outline with a total Current - Voltage capability of 600 Ampere and 650 Volt. The excellent best-in-class performance of the discrete 650 Volt XPT Trench IGBT products is now also available in module outlines, up to 600 Amperes with the IXYS fast “Sonic” diodes.

Development kit provides designers with a step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems

October 28, 2013 3:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The kit provides designers with an easy, step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with Microchip’s MGC3130 and electrodes that meet their specific space requirements.

Scientists to gain from view inside of fuel cells

October 28, 2013 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Powerful scanners that give scientists a direct line of sight into hydrogen fuel cells are the latest tools Simon Fraser University researchers will use to help Ballard Power Systems Inc create more durable, lower-cost fuel cells. Use of these fuel cells in vehicles can substantially reduce harmful emissions in the transportation sector.

Distribution keeps automotive moving

October 28, 2013 12:52 pm | by Rondekka Moore, Vice President, Demand Creation Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is undergoing two major paradigm shifts that each will demand more involvement from the distribution channel. The first of these is the race to more fuel efficiency for vehicles that will be coming down the pike in the future. By 2025, automotive fuel efficiency must reach an average of 54.5 miles per gallon.

Automotive DC-DC converter enables fast and reliable charging for portable devices

October 22, 2013 1:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Recognizing and then charging any portable device (PD) directly from a vehicle battery can now be done over USB with a single IC, the MAX16984 automotive DC-DC converter with USB charge emulator from Maxim Integrated Products. Previously, PDs like smartphones and tablets could not charge reliably from OEM stock USB ports in vehicles.

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Wrangling flow to quiet cars and aircraft

October 18, 2013 12:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent years, the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways...

Processor core designed for automotive safety-compliant applications

October 16, 2013 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC EM SEP (Safety Enhancement Package) Processor core for ISO 26262 automotive safety-compliant applications is a highly efficient 32-bit core that delivers performance up to 300 MHz and power consumption as low as 16 µW/MHz on typical 65LP silicon process....

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.

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.

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.

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