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Vibrating steering wheel might prevent car accidents

January 23, 2013 9:12 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

I’ve talked a lot about intelligent systems in cars that are steering the industry towards a safer overall product by allow computers to take over where human error would mean an accident.There has been talk of new seatbelts, new braking system, and sensors that communicate with traffic lights and other cars,

Developing quality electronic systems for cars

January 22, 2013 10:20 am | by Anthony Le, Windbond Electronics, www.winbond.com | Winbond | Blogs | Comments

Different systems in the car have varying quality requirements. The engine, safety and mission critical systems have the highest and most stringent specification. However, this doesn’t mean the infotainment system and connectivity systems skimp on quality. The environment in a car is harsh — road conditions and simple wear-and-tear use take their toll — so the goal is to

What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013? (Part II)

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The question of, "What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?" continues in part II of the February Brainstorm series as experts take on the question of what will be popular in consumer electronics and the consumer technology space in the next 12 months.

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What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?

January 21, 2013 11:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The question of, "What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?" begins in part I of the February Brainstorm series as experts take on the question of what will be popular in consumer electronics and the consumer technology space in the next 12 months.

New robotic fish glides indefinitely

January 17, 2013 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A high-tech robotic fish hatched at Michigan State University has a new look. A new skill. And a new name. MSU scientists have made a number of improvements on the fish, including the ability to glide long distances, which is the most important change to date. The fish now has the ability to glide through the water

New Jersey’s power and fuel infrastructure was no match for Sandy

January 16, 2013 12:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The love-hate relationship we have with "the grid" was inescapable during Superstorm Sandy. We don’t think about it much when our homes are lit and appliances are humming – we have the freedom to do anything we want. But when there’s an interruption, there’s that nagging wish to be free from the grip of our local utility....

Flash microcontroller family includes advanced connectivity peripherals and floating point unit

January 14, 2013 2:34 pm | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AtmelCorporation announced it has expanded its ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash family to include the SAM4E series, which features advanced connectivity peripherals, a floating point unit (FPU), advanced analog capabilities, and higher processing power.

GM and Ford unveil app maker programs, but voice integration with some apps still a far cry

January 11, 2013 8:58 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not wise to Google the nearest gas station, compose email, or use your smartphone to check the latest sports scores while driving. But many Americans do. Drivers have grown so accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

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High-voltage Battery Simulator and Test Systems Critical for Hybrid Vehicle Development

January 8, 2013 3:03 pm | by Randall Beattie, SAKOR | Articles | Comments

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage DC power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid

Researchers seek longer battery life for electric locomotive

January 7, 2013 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Norfolk Southern Railway No. 999 is the first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the United States. But when one of the thousand lead-acid batteries that power it dies, the locomotive shuts down. To combat this problem, a team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong battery life.

DC/DC converter suitable for electric vehicle applications

January 4, 2013 10:35 am | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co. announces the 450 Watt EVD-89-S-450-G3201 DC/DC converter.  The EVD is a ruggedized DC/DC converter suitable for electric vehicle, marine, industrial and other applications which draw power from a bank of batteries or another high voltage DC power source. The input range of the EVD is 50 to 125VDC.

Would you like to contribute to our Brainstorm section?

January 2, 2013 4:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our February issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about consumer electronics and the future of technology. Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary....

Metal strip resistor combines high 2-W power with resistance down to 0.001 Ohm

December 21, 2012 2:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a new SMT Power Metal Strip resistor in the 2010 case size that combines a high 2 W power rating with low resistance values down to 0.001 Ω and stable resistance tolerances to 0.5 percent. Its construction incorporates a

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Big Brother takes the wheel

December 21, 2012 9:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, PDD Assistant Editor | Articles | Comments

Is placing black boxes in automobiles really an invasion of the driver’s privacy? While I am all for the advancement of automobile safety, I wonder if placing black boxes in  a cars is stepping over the privacy boundary? A recent article, “Black Boxes in Cars Raise Privacy Concerns” discussed the placement of event data recorders....

Top 10 must-see posts of 2012

December 19, 2012 3:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web from 2012. 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.

Rugged box computer accommodates latest G-Series APU

December 17, 2012 2:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has enhanced its rugged box computer used for mobile applications to accommodate the latest G-Series Advanced Processing Unit (APU) from AMD.  The modular BC50M (formerly the BC1) offers exceptional flexibility in a low power, maintenance-free design.

EEPROM-configurable IC enables easier development of TPMS modules

December 11, 2012 3:01 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

The MLX91802 is a system in package solution for tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) implementations that combines an analog pressure sensor and a low power sensor interface with an MLX16 16-bit RISC-based microcontroller. It is housed in a compact, pressure ported, plastic SO16 package and has an operational temperature range of -40 °C to 125 °C.

iSolated: Bad Apple Maps directions lead to desert

December 11, 2012 8:39 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Mildura is not at the end of a dirt road in the Australian bush, in tire-choking desert sand far from food and water. Unfortunately, Apple's much-maligned mapping application thinks it is.More than two months after Apple's CEO apologized for errors in its Maps service, Australian police say the app is .

The smartphone, the cloud, and the automobile

December 10, 2012 10:58 am | by Andy Gryc, QNX Software Systems | Articles | Comments

CES has become an important event for automakers to showcase their cars and, especially, the electronics in these cars. Automotive was a top line item in 2012, and 2013 will be no different. This trend is not surprising, considering that since the 1930s, when the Galvin brothers and Blaupunkt introduced the radio into the automobile....

Next big thing: Electric buses

December 10, 2012 9:06 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Electric cars are a very hot topic, particularly with Motor Trend picking the Tesla S as its Car of the Year, but rarely do you hear anyone talk about electric buses. America is not a country of public transportation. We lack the infrastructure—mostly due to the logistical complications of trying to accommodate for such a large geographical area

Top 10 must-see posts for November

December 6, 2012 3:38 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | 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.

Robotcolypse: When the robots take over

December 6, 2012 2:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Well friends, it appears the end is almost upon us. I’m not even referring to the end of the world a la the Mayan Calendar but rather an entirely different kind of a not-so-hostile takeover: robots. We’ve touched on robots taking over before, but this time, it’s getting serious. This robot was designed to actually replace humans.

Driverless vehicles expected to navigate intersection of safety, speed

December 5, 2012 8:49 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

How do driverless vehicles navigate through intersections? Faster and safer than if humans were in charge, according to researchers with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Autonomous vehicles will turn themselves over to an automated intersection controller, which adjusts the trajectory

12-volt LED work light assists with automotive repairs

November 30, 2012 3:28 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com introduces the MUL-15-4V portable LED automotive work light with included magnetic base and cigarette lighter plug. Producing 720 lumens and incorporating a rugged handle and magnetic mounting base, this portable unit is ideal for use during automotive repairs at the track or after dark.

Ultracapacitors ideal for high-efficiency energy management systems

November 29, 2012 3:45 pm | Maxwell Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced  that it is supplying ultracapacitors for a high-efficiency energy management system that powers multimedia entertainment, lighting and air ventilation systems in the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car, carrying passengers across London’s River Thames.

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