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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.

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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.

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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.

Hybrids, concept cars generate auto show buzz

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press, By The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new cars going on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The show opens to journalists on Tuesday, industry visitors on Thursday and the public on Saturday. It runs through Sept. 22. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car: Uses carbon fiber parts to achieve light weight and quick acceleration...

Authentic brain waves improve driver security

September 5, 2013 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One-time entry authentication methods, such as passwords, iris scanners and fingerprint recognition are fine for simple entry whether to a protected building or a private web page. But, a continuous biometric system is needed in some circumstances such as authenticating drivers of vehicles carrying valuable commodities and money...

Tool suite qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508, ISO 26262, and EN 50128 applications

September 5, 2013 9:30 am | Ldra Technology, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA has been awarded TÜV SÜD certification. The TÜV SÜD certificate verifies that the LDRA tool suite is qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508 (industrial safety), ISO 26262 (automotive), and EN 50128 (rail) applications.

Automotive varistors rated for 150°C

September 5, 2013 9:06 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added several new high temperature varistors to its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series. Based on AVX’s patented multilayer varistor (MLV) technology, the new components are rated for -55°C to +150°C, qualified to AEC-Q200, and feature a robust construction....

1300 watt electric vehicle charger intended for lithium ion applications

September 3, 2013 2:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power announces the introduction of the EVC-116-1300, a 1300 Watt constant current and constant voltage two stage charger specifically designed to charge Lithium Ion battery systems in Electric Vehicles such as scooters, motorcycles, carts, etc.

Hackers find weaknesses in car computer systems

September 3, 2013 12:13 pm | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

Self-driving cars could be on US roads by 2020

September 3, 2013 12:06 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that drive themselves could be on U.S. roads by the end of this decade. But don't take your foot off the pedal just yet.Automakers, universities and others are at various stages in the development of autonomous cars. Google is testing some in California.

Top 10 must-read posts from August

September 3, 2013 11:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Engineering Newswire 53: New keyboard shocks internet abusers

September 3, 2013 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.

Nissan pledges to make self-driving cars by 2020

August 29, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it will make cars that drive themselves by 2020. The Japanese automaker made the pledge Tuesday at an event in California.  CEO Carlos Ghosn has said before that he wants Nissan to be the first to sell self-driving cars. But Tuesday's announcement was more specific.

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