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Diodes reduce switching losses for solar inverters, UPS, electric vehicles, and welding machines

May 30, 2013 11:01 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released 11 new Gen2 650 V FRED Pt Ultrafast diodes. The "H" family of bare die devices, suitable for applications working above 40 kHz, combine extremely fast and soft recovery time with low forward voltage drop and reverse leakage current to reduce switching losses....

System-on-module enables faster, lower-risk, and smarter embedded systems development

May 30, 2013 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has launched the eSi-ZM1, a small form factor System-on-Module designed to facilitate faster, lower risk development of smarter embedded systems that demand real-time hardware performance, all without sacrificing differentiation, integration or flexibility.

Driving and hands-free talking lead to spike in errors: UAlberta study

May 28, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel can lead to a sharp increase in errors that could imperil other drivers on the road, according to new research from the University of Alberta. A pilot study showed that drivers who talk using a hands-free cellular device made significantly more driving errors...

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Trailblazing Israeli electric car company to close

May 28, 2013 10:38 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as "Start-Up Nation," a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil — and all within a few years.

Integrated power modules include high voltage ratings

May 28, 2013 9:33 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its PowIRaudio family with the introduction of the single channel IR4321M and dual channel IR4322M integrated power modules. The 60V IR4321M and IR4322M complement the existing product offering and expand the power capability of low load-impedance Class D audio systems....

Amplifier operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz and has a rated power of 260 W

May 23, 2013 12:36 pm | Teseq, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 W. For use in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is appropriate for automotive, military and aerospace BCI

Power transistors present desirable on-state resistance for low-energy, space-efficient designs

May 22, 2013 11:35 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a generation of energy-efficient power devices that are positioned as reducing the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications. STripFET VII DeepGATE MOSFETs are asserted to

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Faster, stronger, lighter

May 20, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

These days, aerospace engineering is all about the light stuff: building airplanes with lighter wings, fuselage and landing gear in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Advanced carbon-fiber composites have been used in recent years to lighten planes’ loads. These materials can match aluminum and titanium in strength but at a fraction of the weight, and can be found in aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, reducing such jets’ weigh...

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Nickel-based energy storage system provides long life in high temperature

May 17, 2013 4:39 pm | Varta Microbattery | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by VARTA Microbatteryis the addition of HVCAP35, a Nickel (Ni) based energy storage system to the V-Cap Series. VARTA Microbattery's new Ni based energy storage system is a hybrid technology that combines the high energy density advantage of batteries, with the high power advantage of supercapacitors. 

MOSFETs deliver benchmark on-state resistance for improved system efficiency in heavy load applications

May 15, 2013 12:31 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of automotive-qualified COOLiRFET MOSFETs delivering benchmark on-state resistance (Rds(on)) for heavy load applications including electric power steering (EPS), braking systems and other heavy loads on internal combustion engine (ICE) and micro hybrid vehicle platforms.

Controllers designed for applications greater than 15 Amps

May 15, 2013 10:39 am | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries is now offering a high-powered temperature controller mounted on a heat sink that creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices, as it serves as the commander of thermoelectric modules. With a bi-directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the controller has many benefits.

Combo MEMS inertial sensors motor their way to brisk growth in the automotive market

May 13, 2013 3:55 pm | News | Comments

Combo microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for automotive applications are off to another exhilarating ride this year as revenue continues to climb, spurred by rapidly accelerating use in car safety systems, according to an IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Report from information and analytics provider IHS

Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports' top score

May 10, 2013 11:15 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing. The Model S, which starts at $62,400 after a federal tax credit, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine's battery of tests.

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Encoders and inclinometers have J1939 interface

May 10, 2013 10:52 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL announced its inclinometers and absolute rotary encoders are available with J1939 communications interfaces. (The J1939 protocol was developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers for use in heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses, fire trucks and construction machinery. The protocol

Engineering Update #10: Smart home robots & the printable bionic ear

May 9, 2013 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Update from ECN is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Honda has recently announced that it is teaming up with Japan's Sekisui to design model households using smart technologies. So far, the robotics program has created humanoid robots and a personal mobility vehicle.

World's first handheld sound camera ready for market

May 9, 2013 10:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most car drivers have had the experience of hearing a buzzing, squeaky, or rattling sound while driving but not being able to figure out where the noise is coming from. The problem could be simple, requiring a quick fix, or could be serious enough to bring a car to a mechanic.

Engineering Newswire 36: Electric car charge time cut in half

May 8, 2013 9:54 am | Videos | Comments

The new fast-charging system from Volvo and Siemens is cutting recharge times in electric vehicles down to 90 minutes. The new 22 kilowatt fast-charger system is an on-board charger that operates on a 3-phase supply, and uses a 3-phase outlet to provide enough charge for a range of 102 miles in 90 minutes.

Power supply, programmable power, high power, 1000V, testing, photovoltaic inverters

May 7, 2013 11:00 am | Ametek Programmable Power | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Programmable Power extended its Sorensen SG Series high-power DC power supply line with the introduction of the new SG 1000V, which can supply up to 1,000V DC for applications such as testing photovoltaic (PV) inverters and electric vehicles. The new 1000V DC model of SG Series power supplies

3-phase, variable-speed inverter power module enables higher torque systems

May 6, 2013 11:20 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FTC03V455A1, a 3-Phase, Variable Speed Drive Automotive Power Module. This device, intended for 3-Phase motor control applications under 2kW, allows designers to reduce the overall system cost of higher power applications.

New technology propels 'old energy' boom

May 6, 2013 10:16 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade - just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae - or powered by hydrogen or cheap batteries that burned nothing at all.

10 MUST READ posts from April

May 1, 2013 2:44 pm | 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.

China automaker to open electric bus plant in CA

May 1, 2013 10:42 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California's Mojave Desert. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce plans to open the first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States.

Chevy Spark EV can go 82 miles per charge

April 24, 2013 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors said Wednesday that the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles (132 kilometers) on a single charge, putting it among the leaders in mass-market electric vehicles sold in the U.S. The Spark EV also gets the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon (50 kilometers per liter)....

Modular DC electronic load designed for multi-channel DC source testing

April 24, 2013 1:43 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision announced its new MDL Series, a modular programmable DC electronic load system. The MDL Series comprises six unique modules ranging in power from 200 W to 600 W. Any combination of these modules can be installed for multi-channel operation in the 4-slot MDL Series mainframe....

Reference design implements highly accurate automotive intelligent battery sensor

April 24, 2013 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG released a reference design implementing a complete automotive Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS) based on its highly accurate AS8515 data acquisition front end. The IBS design from ams is suitable for monitoring the state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH) of the latest lithium-iron-phosphate automotive batteries as well as conventional AGM (lead-acid) batteries.

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