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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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...
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 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.
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.
Printec USA announced membrane switch technology for human machine interface, HMI, which can be demonstrated with a unique demo keypad to display many possible applications for embedded infrared and capacitive sensors. The demo keypad is the first tool of its kind to combine the capacitive and infrared technology into a single board in order to display the electromechanical, visual and cosmetic features of the switch technology.
Korean researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, developed a novel bio-inspired composite electrocatalyst outperforming platinum. This research work was published on June 25, in the journal Nature Communications. (Title: Promotion of Oxygen reduction by a bio-inspired tethered iron phthalocyanine carbon nanotube-based catalyst).
Do red-light traffic cameras reduce accidents? Save lives? Are they a boon to resource-strapped law enforcement agencies? A boondoggle? An invasion of privacy? With government surveillance – and the citizenry’s awareness thereof – at a fever pitch, this issue will only become more relevant ... and divisive.
General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The two companies said Tuesday they plan to develop new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies by 2020. They will also push for more hydrogen fueling stations.
Ioxus introduced the new 1200 Farad (F) cell to its portfolio of high performance ultracapacitors. The cell is a high-powered energy solution that is asserted to optimize the performance of lead acid, AGM and Lithium Ion batteries in cars, tractors and motorbikes, enabling
Nissan has unveiled its ZEOD RC electric racing car, providing an innovative test bed for electric technologies. According to Nissan, the Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, will reach speeds of more than 300 km/h, making it the world's fastest electric car.
When it comes to the racing world, electronics suppliers and distributors are often behind the scenes—or under the hood, as it were—rock stars. Sure, they’re the reason the engine runs or making sure the driver and crew are safe, but they’re very rarely front and center in the racing world. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Mouser’s sponsorship of Indy car driver Tony Kanaan ... then it’s all about being in front (literally.)
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines: Volvo's Self-Parking Car: Volvo recently unveiled their autonomous self-parking concept car....