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Dual range DC power source delivers up to 350 W of power

August 21, 2012 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced the addition of the model 1747--its latest dual range DC power source. Delivering up to 350 W of power with constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, model 1747 can output either higher voltage at a lower current range

Insight: Experts hope to shield cars from computer viruses

August 20, 2012 9:03 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.

Automotive relay offers maximum current rating of 20A

August 16, 2012 1:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch A17 Series is a robust automotive relay in a small package. Noted for its high current/in-rush capabilities, the A17 offers plug-in styling with maximum current rating of 20A. This sealed relay is single pole single throw with coil suppression options of resistor or diode.

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Serial SRAM devices boast 1 Mbit densities, 80 Mbps speeds and 5-V operation

August 15, 2012 5:56 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its serial SRAM portfolio with four new devices that are said to feature the industry’s largest densities and speeds. They also offer 5-V operation, which remains prevalent in automotive and industrial applications. These 512 Kb and 1 Mb SPI devices maintain the

Who needs a license? Self-driving cars coming our way

August 15, 2012 4:07 pm | by Ben Klayman, Reuters | News | Comments

It's been more than half a century since some of the first concept cars boasting self-driving features were presented to the world and they're still not on the roads. But many auto executives say the industry is on the cusp of welcoming vehicles that make the idea of keeping both hands on the wheel an anachronism.

UC research promises quiet cars -- even when hitting unexpected bumps in the road

August 14, 2012 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

All noise is not necessarily equal – especially when it comes to sound minimization in automobiles. For instance, automakers have long used sound-absorbing materials (passive control) in the design of cars in order to minimize engine noise and the "routine" noise of tires traveling on smooth pavement at a consistent speed.

Would you trust brakes that think for you?

August 14, 2012 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In keeping with the vehicle safety theme I’ve self-cultivated with Signal and the inflatable seatbelt, let’s take a look at the world of brakes, specifically Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The idea behind AEBS is that in the event that you, the driver, are unable or incapable of braking in order to avoid a collision with a car, pedestrian, object, your garage door, etc. the car will take (complete or partial) control...

Innovative technology meets a luxury brand: The Audi Pavilion

August 10, 2012 9:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Audi AG has been making luxury cars since 1932 when four car companies of the 19th and early 20th centuries—Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer—joined to form the company which exists today. The cars are known for their sleek lines, German engineering, high  performance and tech-savvy interior.

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Multi-Image switch designed for high-density instrumentational panels, display panels

August 9, 2012 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Electro-Mech Components, Inc. has introduced the Series SW44823 Multi-Image Switch Series offering an ideal solution for high-density instrumentation panels and display areas where several switching functions may be required.

Gearing offers high torque, low output speed gearmotors

August 9, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To meet requirements in solar tracking, medical diagnostic and motion control applications for high torque, low output speed gearmotors with self-locking capability without sacrificing energy efficiency, Dunkermotor, part of Ametek Precision Motion Control, has added its unique Wormetary gearing to its complete line of intelligent servo and brushless dc motors. The intelligent servo motors feature integral control capabilities ranging from 4-quadrant digital speed or positioning to master electronics, including CANopen, Profibus and EtherCAT fieldbus connectivity.

University of Tennessee engineering team develops chip for Mars rover

August 8, 2012 3:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Rover 'Curiosity' would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cost-effective production of infrared lenses

August 8, 2012 3:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Rain pelts down on the roof of the car; it is difficult to make out anything in the pitch dark. Suddenly, a deer runs out of the forest and onto the road, but the driver cannot respond in time. When it comes to such dangerous situations, micro-bolometers constitute one way of "extending" the human eye and defusing such dangerous situations. They detect infrared rays – in other words, the heat emitted by a living creature – and in case of danger, warn the driver through an acoustic signal or a warning light. At about 2,000 euros, these devices are still quite expensive and are only being used in luxury-class vehicles.

A simple way to help cities monitor traffic more accurately

August 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cities count the number of cars on the road in order to plan everything from the timing of stoplights to road repairs. But the in-road metal detectors that do the counting can make errors – most often by registering that a car is present when one isn't.

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Mini Minis in athletics cause big branding stir

August 7, 2012 12:49 pm | by Karolos Grohmann, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Remote-controlled miniatures of Mini cars whizzing around the athletics stadium to shuttle javelins, discus and hammers back to the athletes have triggered branding questions at what are strictly ad-free Olympic venues at the London Games.

EMI test receiver is presented as world’s fastest

August 7, 2012 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new R&S ESR test receiver is available in two different models for frequencies ranging from 10 Hz to 3 GHz or 7 GHz to meet the requirements of all users who perform EMC certification on commercial equipment. The R&S ESR covers

Connector system offers 50 percent space savings over traditional industry standard

August 6, 2012 3:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announced the availability of the Mini50 Unsealed Connector System, a new miniaturised unsealed, wire-to-board system validated to automotive standards.  The new package achieves a 50 percent space savings over traditional industry standard 0.64mm connectors and is ideal for automotive and commercial vehicle applications where space is limited such as lighting, radios, navigation systems, HVAC systems and cameras. The connectors provide reduced overall harness weight savings by allowing wire-harness customers to crimp and process smaller wire gauges versus traditional 0.64mm terminal systems.

Intelligent cars warn each other

August 6, 2012 2:15 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The "Safe Intelligent Mobility – Test Field Germany (simTD)" research project aims to help drivers select the best routes, detect obstacles before they see them and cut emissions through energy-efficient driving. To achieve these goals, researchers have electronically networked cars with each other and their infrastructure, known as car-to-car and car-to-x communication. Over the coming months, 120 cars will be testing the simTD consortium's system in real life – putting it through its paces on the highways, country roads and city streets in and around Frankfurt. This new system brought scientists together with private companies and public organizations.

Closed loop servo inclinometers/accelerometers perform in harsh environments

August 6, 2012 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems introduced its Sensorex SX41200 and SX41400 families of rugged, gravity referenced closed-loop servo inclinometers/accelerometers, designed to provide high-reliability tilt or acceleration measurements within harsh environments, and

Enclosures feature ergonomic sloping front

August 6, 2012 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

METCASE has extended its ‘UNIDESK’ range of aluminium terminal enclosures with three new models in black. These ergonomic sloping front enclosures have been designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

Connectors promise high power density, low power loss for rugged mobile communications

July 30, 2012 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FCI announces an advanced series of power distribution connectors for mobile communication applications. The PwrBlade+ Series of connectors combines high linear current density and low power loss with ruggedness and durability for

In 360-degree vistas, Google Street View delivers road trips through 5 Calif. national parks

July 30, 2012 9:17 am | by TRACIE CONE Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.

Google admits it did not delete Street View data

July 27, 2012 12:42 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

Designing a better seatbelt

July 26, 2012 10:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to safety in new cars, seat belts are a no brainer. They reduce crash-related injuries and death by 50 percent, according to the CDC. Forty-nine states—New Hampshire is taking Live Free or Die a little seriously—have laws requiring people to wear seatbelts, and it’s estimated about 80 percent of people actually wear the belts when they’re in the car.

UK information watchdog orders city to stop recording taxi cab conversations

July 25, 2012 3:27 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's information watchdog on Wednesday ordered a city council to stop the mandatory recording of people's conversations in taxis, saying the policy breaches the Data Protection act.

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