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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.

M'bishi Motors identifies cause of Outlander battery problem

April 24, 2013 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it has indentified the cause of a battery malfunction of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and will take recall procedures as soon as the effectiveness of preventive measures is confirmed.

Automotive vents protect powertrain components from harsh environments

April 24, 2013 10:03 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE Automotive Vents to include the new Series: AVS 41 (P/N VE2048) venting solution, which is engineered specifically for powertrain components. This new vent improves component reliability by equalizing pressure, preventing contamination from water, dust, dirt, and other automotive fluids....

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U.S. seeks voluntary limits on car touchscreens

April 24, 2013 8:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. traffic safety regulators are asking automakers to put stronger limits on how long drivers can use in-car touchscreens in an effort to curb distracted driving.The voluntary guidelines unveiled Tuesday would restrict the amount of time it takes to perform a single function on the car's audio/visual systems to two seconds.

Modular programmable DC electronic load system comprises six unique modules ranging 200 W to 600 W

April 23, 2013 2:40 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today 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.

Energy Dept. seizes $21M from electric car maker

April 23, 2013 10:15 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Obama administration has seized $21 million from troubled automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. just weeks after the company laid off three-fourths of its workers amid continuing financial and production problems. Fisker had received $192 million in federal loans before a series of problems led U.S. officials to freeze the loan in 2011.

iBeetle: Everything you never wanted in an infotainment system

April 22, 2013 2:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve talked A LOT about safety and innovation when it comes to infotainment systems in cars. We've talking more regulation, less regulation, new systems and crazy ideas. The discussion revolves primarily around how to integrate electronics 

Varistors ideal for commercial, industrial, and automotive apps

April 18, 2013 4:31 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added several new varistors to its trusted TransGuard and TransGuard Automotive Series. Based on AVX’s reliable zinc-oxide varistor technology, the extended TransGuard series provide customers with a much broader range of voltage and energy rating options....

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Intelligent network interface controller features a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver

April 18, 2013 3:10 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the OS81118, the first MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) with a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver. The MOST150 technology was successfully deployed in the first car models in 2012.

Why the government should ban cellphones while driving

April 16, 2013 10:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This term “nanny state” is an interesting one. It’s a term people throw out when they feel the government is infringing on their right to do something stupid. Frankly, if people could be trusted to police themselves, we wouldn’t have any laws at all.

UCLA engineers craft new material for high-performing 'supercapacitors'

April 16, 2013 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in hybrid vehicles, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have synthesized a material that shows high capability for both the rapid storage and release of energy.

ORNL leading study focused on afterlife of electric vehicle batteries

April 16, 2013 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Once they've finished powering electric vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles, it may not be the end of the road for automotive batteries, which researchers believe can provide continued benefits for consumers, automakers and the environment.

The nanny state should loosen its grip on cell phones

April 11, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve written a lot on ECN about automotive safety and its intersection with cutting-edge technology. Texting, Facebooking, and web surfing pose an existential concern for distracted drivers (not to mention pilots, train conductors, and boat captains), but the nanny state has really overreached on this one: A California court recently found a motorist guilty of distracted driving for checking a map on his iPhone.

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Race to build driverless cars is in full throttle

April 8, 2013 10:41 am | by Rick Montgomery, The Kansas City Star | News | Comments

To call Tim Sylvester a road builder misses the point. The streets he intends to build are embedded with electronic sensors that may keep cars of the future from speeding, veering and crashing. Doctoral candidate Amol Khedkar is toiling on his own prototype for a software system that would let cars talk to one other....

An engineer's wishlist for car infotainment systems

April 5, 2013 2:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With Google's self-driving car hitting the road and all sorts of driver-assistance features hitting the showroom, it's a crazy time for drivers and designers alike. Cars are practically overflowing with (good and bad) attempts to integrate outside technology (smartphones, weather apps, virtual assistants) into vehicles interfaces.

LEDs achieve brighter and longer-lasting light for buses and trains

March 28, 2013 3:58 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of the Mini Topled and Topled LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors produce a uniquely pleasant white light in varying tones that is ideal for the interior illumination of buses, trains, airplanes and cars. The successful standard packages for these LEDs have been retained....

Sixteen-bit MCUs tout advanced analog integration, 5-V operation

March 27, 2013 4:57 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip added the PIC24F “KM” family to its 16-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio. This family offers up to 16 KB Flash, 2 KB RAM and 512B EEPROM, along with advanced analog integration, in low pin-count options for cost-sensitive automotive, consumer, medical and industrial applications.

RF chip capacitors intended for automotive applications

March 26, 2013 4:30 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of AEC-Q200-qualified RF chip capacitors for automotive applications.  Available in 0402 and 0603 case sizes, the new C0G (NP0) dielectric Automotive “U” Series capacitors exhibit ultra-low ESR, high Q, and lot-to-lot uniformity....

Automotive Systems-on-Chip capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS

March 26, 2013 10:20 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation and Renesas Mobile Corporation announced the availability of a new member of the R-Car Series of automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoCs). Capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS, the R-Car H2 provides high performance and state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities for high-end multimedia and navigation automotive systems.

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.

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.

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