As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:
In this first edition of 5 Questions, I'm joined by Marc Juzkow, vice president of R&D and engineering at Leyden Energy, and Noam Kedem, vice president of marketing at Leyden energy. The company's Lithium-ion battery technology touts exceptional thermal properties so the battery can operate and cycle at
Meggitt Sensing Systems has introduced the Endevco model 7264C Series, a low-mass piezoresistive shock accelerometer family. Featuring a frequency response extending down to DC (steady state), the series is designed to measure the
Although resistive technologies have conventionally been used to detect the position of a single touch on the screen, this article examines a new dual-touch concept that uses a resistive touch-screen controller to detect the most common two-finger gestures (zoom, pinch and rotation) using inexpensive resistive touch screens.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has developed two LED prototypes that address the requirements of headlight systems.
Texas Instruments introduced an automotive-qualified 36-V, single-supply, low-noise op amp that can operate on supplies ranging from +2.7 V to +36 V. In addition to industry-standard packaging, the OPA171-Q1 is available for
In today's podcast we're at the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire in New York where we talk to Eric Stackpole, founder of OpenROV, about the Telerobotic Submarine.
Solvay Advanced Polymers, LLC has expanded its range of Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) resins for automotive electronics applications. According to the company, the new Amodel Electronic (AE) grades eliminate
Unlike human-to-human gesturing, human-machine gesturing does not have a foundation of thousands of years of history to use as a context. This poses a challenge for human interface system designers. If a user performs a gesture, how does the machine know how to react in a manner that is commensurate with the user’s intentions?
Yamaichi Electronics’ FPS009-2920-0 and FPS009-2970-0 are two new Push/Push SD card connectors. The FPS009-2920/2970-0 card readers belong to the FPS009-29xx-0 series, which have
Atmel Corporation announced the availability of two stand-alone LIN (local interconnect network) transceiver ICs in DFN packages. The DFN14 package for the ATA6670 measures 3 mm x 4.5 mm, while the DFN8 package for the ATA6663 measures 3 mm x 3 mm. The ICs are
For automotive electronic stability control, rollover detection, and pitch detection applications, Analog Devices, Inc (ADI) today introduced the ADXRS800 iMEMS gyroscope, featuring a patented differential quad-beam architecture designed to minimize the influence of linear shock and vibration.
Microchip Technology Inc. introduced its MCP1754/MCP1754S low dropout regulators (LDOs). The devices feature a high PSRR of 70 dB at 1 kHz (typical), and a maximum output current of 150 mA at +125 degrees Celsius junction temperature. Both LDOs offer
The world market for connected cars will see 650 percent growth from 5.4 million units in 2010, to exceed 40.5 million unit sales in 2017, according to IMS Research.
Omega introduced its E32 Series of shock and vibration resistant cables for fiber-optic sensors. This CE compliant product can withstand high temperatures (350 degrees Celsius/660 degrees Fahrenheit) and
Analog Devices introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for $1.99 each (in 1,000-unit quantities). The 200 MHz version achieves
The HPC12 from Stackpole is a high power handling SMD resistive device. It is rated for 5 W of power in free air, but can handle 12 W continuously with 400 lfm air movement on standard recommended solder pads with
Supertex, Inc. introduced AT9919, an LED lamp driver integrated circuit (IC), designed for solid-state lighting applications in automobiles, such as head lights, tail lights, brake indicator lights, dome lights, and panel backlights. This AEC-Q100-compliant IC drives
Molex Incorporated has provided support to the University of Michigan Solar Car team (UMsolar) in its bid to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge. The UMsolar team’s car, named Quantum, features several electronic components from Molex, as well as a variety of solderless terminals.
Roboteq, Inc. introduced the HBL2350, an intelligent controller capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motor up to 75 A each at up to 50 V. This motor controller allows users to
CAN Partial Networking provides design engineers with precision control over a vehicle's bus communication network.
Tecate Group announced the release of the MXCPB and MXCPT Series of aluminum-polymer hybrid construction capacitors. The new SMD series combines the low ESR of polymer capacitors with the low
Electric vehicles can be charged contact-free via inductive energy flow. It is safe and no cables are needed.
Omega’s new PCM5 Series module converts a 4 mA to 20 mA signal from a process/temperature controller or computer to a time proportional output. This pulse control module mounts directly on a single 3 V to 32 VDC input SSR and
United Electronic Industries (UEI) announced the release of the DNA/DNR-AI-224, high speed, four channel strain gage input boards for UEI’s data acquisition and control Cubes and RACKtangle I/O racks respectively. The boards provide