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Automotive MOSFETs in TO-247 feature 650-V rating

August 7, 2013 4:06 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The STW78N65M5 and STW62N65M5 from STMicroelectronics are said to be the industry’s first 650V AEC-Q101 automotive-qualified MOSFETs in the popular TO-247 package. The 650V rating provides exceptional safety margin when exposed to high-voltage spikes, enhancing the

RapidFIRE: Supersonic car takes shot at speed barrier

August 6, 2013 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Bloodhound supersonic car is going to take a shot at going supersonic in the summer of 2015, and it is relying on rapid manufacturing to speed past the 1,000 mph speed barrier. The tip is subject to forces as high as 4,915 lbs/ft2. To cope with such loadings, a prototype tip has been designed in titanium and will be bonded to Bloodhound's carbon fiber monocoque body.

Multi-chip-LEDs provide a broad bright blue color range

August 6, 2013 11:18 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The main feature of the new MultiLED from Osram is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers (nm) and high brightness. Deep saturated blue tones can now be produced thanks to the use of three LED chips in red, green and blue (RGB).

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10 must-read posts from July

August 5, 2013 11:41 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.

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

Panasonic to boost production of lithium-ion battery for cars

August 1, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. will increase domestic production of lithium-ion battery used for automobiles to meet robust demand in the United States, company sources said Thursday.The struggling electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at an Osaka factory...

Engineering Update #18: NASA's 3D printer and BMW's electric car

August 1, 2013 11:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines: NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station to be used for printing spare parts and tools. BMW has its first all-electric hatchback called the i3. The car offers an 80 to 100 mile range and multiple eco-friendly, low energy options.

Engineers killed Detroit

August 1, 2013 11:01 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Since Detroit pleaded bankruptcy, we have been hearing all kinds of things about what killed Detroit. For one thing, high labor rates in Detroit have been touted. Another theory is that the government of Detroit killed Detroit. But the theory I like best is that engineers killed Detroit.

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PCI Express Mini Card uses GNSS receiver to handle data transmissions

July 29, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the PX1, a new PCI Express Mini Card that uses a GNSS receiver to handle data transmissions from both GPS and GLONASS systems. The board, which supports both active and passive antennas via a U.FL connector, provides superior satellite-based communication worldwide

BMW pulls wraps off i3 electric car

July 29, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW AG is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance. CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New York unveiling that the car was designed as an electric from the ground up. The i3 is "born electric," he said.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

Yokogawa installs EV charging stations at Newnan, GA facility

July 25, 2013 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America announced that it is now offering electric vehicle charging stations to employees at its Newnan, GA facility.  ECOtality, Inc.  – a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies– has installed two Blink Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at Yokogawa Newnan as part of its Electric Vehicle Project.

Technology for cars to talk to each other urged

July 24, 2013 11:19 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended Tuesday.

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50W railway DC-DC converters designed for railway, 24-volt vehicles

July 22, 2013 2:23 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the release of TDK-Lambda’s new CN50A24 series of 50W railway DC-DC converters.  These quarter-brick modules operate off a wide range of DC inputs from 14.4 to 36.0VDC, which is widely used in the railway industry and for 24-volt vehicles.  Available with output voltages of 5V, 12V, or 24VDC (adjustable ±10%), these fully-regulated and isolated power modules deliver exceptional performance. 

Dimmable, multi-topology DC/DC constant-current controller features low-side current sense

July 17, 2013 11:42 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a high-power, multi-topology DC/DC LED driver with adjustable switching frequency and current sense threshold that provides design flexibility and low electro-magnetic interference (EMI) for automotive headlamps, fog lights and general-purpose area lighting.

Andretti to run electric car series

July 17, 2013 11:11 am | by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer | News | Comments

Andretti Autosport announced Wednesday it has signed on as the third team to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship, which will feature electric cars racing in 10 cities around the world beginning in 2014. Michael Andretti's two-car operation will join China Racing and British-based Drayson Racing...

Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

July 17, 2013 11:09 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle...

LED automotive driver enables 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz

July 16, 2013 4:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new programmable multi-output LED driver for LCD backlighting, instrument clusters, and daytime running lights. Allegro’s A8517 integrates a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch and 10 I²C programmable current sinks, and can provide 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz.

New model to improve vehicle-to-vehicle communication for ‘intelligent transportation’

July 16, 2013 12:33 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Imagine a transportation system where vehicles communicate directly with each other in real time, giving drivers warnings about traffic delays, allowing a single driver to control multiple vehicles or routing vehicles around hazardous road conditions. Researchers have developed a model to make that concept a reality.

Advances in new material technology, according to engineers

July 15, 2013 9:42 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. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!

Step-down DC/DC converter operates to 105̊C

July 10, 2013 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Torex Semiconductor has developed the XC9250/XC9251 series of 30V, 2A step-down DC/DC converters. The XC9250/XC9251 series is high breakdown voltage DC/DC converter with 30V operation, 2A output, and an internal driver Tr. With an input voltage of up to 30V, input rating of 36V, peak voltage of 46V for 400ms...

Subminiature transducers measure pressure ranges from 100 psi to 15000 psi

July 9, 2013 2:52 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring 1% accuracy, Honeywell Sensing and Control’s Model S Series of subminiature pressure transducers fit into tight spaces with little clearance, and accurately measure pressure ranges from 100 psi to 15000 psi. These rugged transducers are designed to handle high pressure and temperatures....

NKK Switches and Mouser Electronics Announce the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge

July 9, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

NKK Switches has teamed with Mouser Electronics to sponsor the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge. The contest is designed to find new innovative solutions for using programmable NKK SmartSwitches in a Driver Information Center for Tony Kanaan and KV Racing Technology’s no. 11 IndyCar.

5 new features that could be on your next car

July 8, 2013 12:32 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN & TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel. Technology that saves lives — and fuel — is getting better and cheaper.

Synchronous buck regulator supplies at least 2 A of load current

July 3, 2013 4:04 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new adjustable frequency, high output current, PWM regulator that integrates a high-side, P-channel MOSFET and a low-side, N-channel MOSFET. Allegro’s A8650 incorporates current-mode control to provide simple compensation, excellent loop stability, and fast transient response.

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