In the previous installment of this blog, I discussed the tremendous growth of electronics in the car. The drivers (no pun intended) of this growth vary from consumers demanding more information-entertainment (“infotainment”) and connectivity — the term carnectivity has emerged as a catch-all descriptor -- while on the road to governmental mandates intended to make cars safer, given all the new whiz-bang but potentially distracting features being added to vehicles. Let’s now turn our attention to some of the trends in infotainment and carnectivity, what’s being done to simplify these complex system designs.
ZMD AG announces a new addition to its LED driver family, the ZSLS7025. As a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, medical, information technology and consumer applications, ZMDI introduces the ZSLS7025, a step-up (boost) converter, for high-brightness LED lighting. It is well suited for many consumer, industrial and after-market automotive applications. The ZSLS7025 is optimal for driving multiple white LEDs connected in series from a low voltage supply.
Producing strong, lightweight and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry is set to become cheaper and more accurate thanks to a new technique developed by engineers from the University of Exeter. The research team has developed a new method for making three-dimensional aluminium composite parts by mixing a combination of relatively inexpensive powders.
The future of electric mobility at Audi is highly dynamic: The R8 e-tron has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the toughest test track in the world. Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes.
AMD introduced the latest entry to the AMD Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD G-T16R is targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs that require a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics. The optimized design of the AMD Embedded G-T16R sips power, with power consumption of just 2.3 watts[iv] on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP).
Applimotion introduces custom drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings in unique packages. For years OEM’s have routinely designed Applimotion ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO frameless motor kits into direct drive systems. Applimotion is now offering design engineering services to incorporate its widely popular frameless motor kits into application specific direct drive motors.
Electronic Assembly has designed the EA DIP203-4 LCD module for applications where the display has to be clearly legible. The module comes with a high-contrast alphanumeric LCD supertwist display for showing four 20-character lines. LED background lighting supplied as a standard feature makes the text clearly stand out.
Stanford University scientists have breathed new life into the nickel-iron battery, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago.
German chipmaker Infineon lowered its sales and margin outlook on Tuesday, highlighting the technology sector's vulnerability to a weakening business cycle.
Osram Opto Semiconductors’ Oslon Signal LED is asserted to provide the world’s brightest blue light. Made using a special thin-film chip technology, the LED emits powerful bright blue light providing to enhance the visibility that is so critical for police and emergency services vehicles. The LED can
Future automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of a new manufacturing research and development facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Technicians from Madrid City Council and a team of Pole and Spanish researchers have analysed the density and intensity of traffic on Madrid's M30 motorway (Spain) throughout the day. By applying mathematical algorithms, they have verified that drivers should pay more attention to the road between 6pm and 8pm to avoid accidents.
Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom...
The ‘People’s Car Project’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.”
Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com announced today the addition of the PML-7LED-3C 21 Watt Handheld LED Spotlight with permanent mounting base to its line of high power LED spotlights. This permanent mount LED spotlight produces 1,596 lumens, a light beam 650 feet long by 50 feet wide, and draws only 1.7 amps when powered from a 12 volt power source.
AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time. Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating race with the drama and incidents that are typical for Le Mans plus an impressive demonstration of “Vorsprung durch Technik.”
Panasonic has unveiled its development of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell. The cell generates electricity using methanol fuel and oxygen in the air. It is ideal for mobile product applications like medical diagnosis and computer carts as well as portable generators.
It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.
International Rectifier today introduced a family of automotive-qualified power MOSFETs housed in a rugged TO-220 fullpak package for automotive applications including BLDC motors, pumps and cooling systems. The new 55V planar devices are available as standard and logic level gate drive MOSFETs in N and P channel configuration...
Alpha Wire has added the “V-Flex,” a flexible version of its Series V VFD cable, to its line of Industrial Series cable. The new V-Flex cables are the latest innovation in cables designed specifically for variable-frequency drives (VFD). Featuring both UL and CSA tray cable ratings, a low temperature rating of -40°C, and a bend radius that is 5x that of standard VFD cable, the V-Flex offers the best combination of ruggedness and routability in the market.
Gallium nitride (GaN) is a highly promising material for a wide range of optical and high-power electronic devices, which can be fabricated by dry etching with plasmas. However, the plasma-induced defects and surface residues that remain after such processes tend to degrade the optical and electrical properties of the devices. A team of Japanese researchers has developed and tested a new way to "heal" such defects.
Molex Incorporated introduces the Sealed Rectangular Connector (SRC) System, the next generation SRC system offers a rugged, sealed wire-to-panel and wire-to-wire hybrid connection system. SRC is designed for high-circuit-count applications in harsh environments such as those found in agricultural machinery, construction and mining equipment.
In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.
Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program.
Electric vehicles could become cheaper as A123 Systems Inc announces new lithium ion battery technology.