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Visual design tool supports PIC MCU-based GUI creation on Windows, Linux or Mac computers

March 22, 2013 4:21 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the release of Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X), an enhanced visual design tool that provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip’s 16-or 32-bit PIC MCUs. With GDD X, developers may

Industry’s first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution enables designers to safeguard high-power DC systems

March 22, 2013 3:08 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduces the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC systems, such as automobile and aircraft battery management systems....

Polymer tantalum capacitors ideal for 48 volt automotive power supplies

March 20, 2013 9:51 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation announced the expansion of its KEMET Organic Capacitor (KO-CAP) family with the release of 63 volt product extensions for the T521 High Voltage Polymer Series, as well as first-to-market extensions for the T540 and T541 Hi-Rel Polymer Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Series and T543 Polymer Tantalum COTS Series.

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Technology forces your teen to stop texting and driving

March 19, 2013 12:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Everyone knows texting (or Redditing or Facebooking or Tweeting) while driving is a bad idea, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. It’s pretty easy to justify if it’s “just a quick text to my mom” or “a quick peek at my email.” It’s just as easy to end up in an accident because you were distracted.

Obama wants research to wean vehicles off oil

March 15, 2013 1:21 pm | by Matthew Daly and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is pushing the U.S. Congress to authorize $2 billion over 10 years for federally funded research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil. Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address....

Practicalities of owning and driving an electric vehicle

March 14, 2013 9:12 am | Videos | Comments

The IET interviews Andrew Bissell an owner and driver of a Tesla, filmed at the University of Newcastle, UK, 3 May, 2012. This interview covers range anxiety, charging the car, why people should buy an electric vehicle and an owner's perspective on the drivers needed for mass adoption.

Stereotyping prime obstacle to women in commercial science

March 13, 2013 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Female professors are almost 50 percent less likely than their male counterparts to be invited to join corporate scientific advisory boards (SABs) and start new companies mainly because of gender stereotyping, says University of Maryland researcher Waverly Ding, an assistant professor of management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

March 2013: Automotive

March 11, 2013 4:25 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue delves into automotive electronics. Associate Editor Kasey Panetta discusses advanced driver assistance systems, M. Simon goes into sensors in humid conditions, and Executive Editor Chris Warner opines about the possibility of large-scale free WiFi.

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Solving the counterfeit crisis, engineers weigh in

March 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

How would you stop counterfeiting? One of the hottest topics in electronic components--and basically every other industry-- is how to deal with the issue of counterfeiting. So we put it to the readers to come up with the best solutions for the counterfeiting crisis.

University of Washington EcoCAR 2 Team midpoint update

February 28, 2013 10:40 am | by Communications Manager, UW EcoCAR 2 Team | Blogs | Comments

We’re now at the midpoint of Y2 of the 3 year EcoCAR 2 competition. In the last few months, the 2013 Chevy Malibu was disassembled– almost to the point of body-in-white. Further, much of the rear sub-frame was

Varistor series provides excellent ESD protection for automotive applications

February 27, 2013 10:58 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of automotive sub pF varistors. Based on reliable zinc-oxide varistor technology, AVX’s new AEC-Q200-qualified Automotive Sub pF AG Series varistors provide ultra-low capacitance, bi-directional ESD protection in the sub 1pF range for automotive circuits sensitive to capacitance.

Digital, 1.8-V humidity sensor touts compact size

February 27, 2013 10:23 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties announced the HTU21D, an ultra-compact, low power digital humidity/temperature sensor. The self-contained sensor interfaces directly with a microcontroller, ensuring a better signal path as well as

Broadening horizons in the alternative fuel vehicle market

February 26, 2013 11:38 am | by Anu Cherian, Energy & Environment senior industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan, www.frost.com | Articles | Comments

The automotive sector continues to research ways of saving on traditional fuel and expanding alternatives. However, this change has not really moved forward due to the cost-prohibitive nature of new technology. Some of the most commonly discussed alternatives are battery-powered cars, namely electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles.

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Lessons from cockroaches could inform robotics

February 26, 2013 11:23 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

ANN ARBOR—Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do, researchers have found. These new insights on how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

Music service Spotify hooks up with Ford in first vehicle foray

February 25, 2013 2:34 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Streaming music service Spotify has partnered with Ford Motor Co (F.N) to allow its subscribers to listen to music in more than one million Ford vehicles in North America. Owners of Ford models with SYNC AppLink can access Spotify's catalog of more than 20 million songs through voice activation using its smartphone app. The deal, announced by both companies on Monday, is Spotify's first collaboration with an automaker

Smart agriculture: Using intelligent system to improve age-old farming techniques

February 22, 2013 12:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Climate change, population growth and increasingly scarce resources are putting agriculture under pressure. Farmers must harvest as much as possible from the smallest possible land surface. Until now, the industry confronted this challenge with innovations in individual sectors: Intelligent systems regulate engines in order to save on gas, for instance. With the aid of satellites and sensor technology, farming equipment can automatically perform the field work; in doing so, they efficiently distribute seed, fertilizer and pesticides on the arable land.

Multi-core microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at functional safety applications for car electronics

February 21, 2013 3:55 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced a new member in its multi-core microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at functional safety applications for car electronics. The new device combines compliance with the most stringent automotive safety standards (ISO 26262)...

Greater security in the subways

February 20, 2013 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Tecnalia is participating in the SECUREMETRO project which is aimed at the development and investigation of protective systems for metro vehicles that can enable us to travel with a greater level of safety in the case of a disastrous event.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 19, 2013 4:18 pm | by Polygon Solutions Inc. | Blogs | Comments

On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Low power sensors consume only 300 µA of current at a power supply level of 3.3 V

February 11, 2013 4:47 pm | Novotechnik U.S., Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Contelec Vert-X 21 LP Series of low power sensors. These non-contact angle sensors consume only 300 µA of current at a power supply level of 3.3 V. Other key specifications for Vert-X 21 LP include 0 to 360° measurement range, 12-bit resolution, repeatability to 0.1°,

Automotive electronics in 2013 and beyond: Batteries bear a burden

February 7, 2013 2:58 pm | by David Carey, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

This year will see automotive electronics designers approach power management (PM) more like their mobile industry counterparts. While it may seem a fringe concern, the burgeoning security, convenience, connectivity, safety, and infotainment features of tomorrow’s vehicles will drive design and component choices that address standby power consumption.

Why your car is a better driver than you

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention while working on an article about intelligent systems in cars that people might be a tad touchy when it comes to talking about letting cars do the work when driving.  I’m not talking about infotainment systems or fancy doodads, I’m talking about systems that could greatly improve the safety of cars....

Mechatronics security by design

February 6, 2013 12:06 pm | by Peter Thorne, Managing Director, Cambashi Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Engineers responsible for mechatronics development have always known that it’s not just PCs that can suffer from malware. A study in 20111 used experiment rather than theory to identify vulnerabilities of in-vehicle automotive systems. Not only was this a strong reminder of the seriousness of the issue...

Automotive display demand to reach 70 million by 2016

February 1, 2013 9:16 am | News | Comments

Shipments of TFT-LCDs (thin film transistor-liquid crystal display) used in automobiles for devices such as navigation and rear seat DVD players increased 16% Y/Y to 49 million in 2012, according to the NPD DisplaySearch 2012 Automotive Displays Report. Shipments are expected to increase to 70 million by 2016.

Ultra-flexible flat silicon cables designed for telepresence robot applications

January 31, 2013 2:43 pm | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for today’s demanding Mobile Video-Conference & Telepresence Robot applications, Cicoil's ultra-flexible flat silicone cables are halogen-free, flame retardant and perform exceptionally well in confined area environments.  In addition, Cicoil’s unique designs provide premium current carrying capacity,

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