Sensors Expo returned to Rosemont Illinois in June and the mood inside the convention center was noticeably more optimistic than last year. Outside, the town was in the grip of a heat wave; but inside it was the technology itself that literally raised both the excitement level and the level of performance for new designs which made things seem, well, hotter. Here are just some of the highlights
Pioneering the market for ‘smart’ car keys, NXP Semiconductors announced the availability of its production-ready single-chip solution for multifunction car keys – the NCF2970 (KEyLink Lite).
Bob Scannell of Analog Devices shows off the ADIS16407 iSensor IMU (inertial measurement unit) which integrates a tri-axis gyroscope, tri-axis accelerometer, tri-axis magnetometer and a pressure sensor into a single package.
Garmin Ltd said it bought Germany-based navigation provider Navigon AG for an undisclosed sum as it looks to expand in Europe and improve its position against archrival TomTom.
Myriad Group AG announces it is in discussions with leading companies in the automotive industry to extend Android to the connected car.
At Sensors Expo 2011, Raymond Chow of Seiko Epson Corporation demonstrated the company's low profile S4E5A0A0 inertial measurement unit (IMU), which consumes just 30 mA when operating at 3.3 V.
Texas Instruments announced its C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller (MCU) series. They combine the company’s C28x core and control peripherals with an ARM Cortex-M3 core and connectivity peripherals to provide
Keith Ogboenyiya of Texas Instruments recently stopped by the ECN offices to demonstrate the company's new C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller (MCU) series.
Consumers are always looking for the "next big thing," whether it be in food, celebrities or gadgets. Australian industrial design firm, Design+Industry, has recently given shape to what will undoubtedly be the next big thing in automotives...
The European Parliament had an opportunity to see progress made in the European Green Car Initiative (EGCI) on 31 May 2011. Many of the automotive firms involved in EGCI projects exhibited their latest vehicles, while a workshop reported to MEPs of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Committee.
Karl von Gunten, Director of Marketing at Nextreme Thermal Solutions spends some time with ECN at Sensors Expo 2011 to demonstrate the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator and its evaluation kit with onboard energy storage
The stated mission of EcoCar is to find new ways to reduce the environmental impact of motor vehicles and prepare future engineering leaders for that task by providing
Every year consumers demand more from the products they use and the services provided to them. For the auto industry this means smarter, more fuel efficient cars to compensate for rising fuel costs.
Nextreme Thermal Solutions introduced the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator WPG-1S evaluation kit with on-board energy storage using the INFINERGY D-MPM101 micro power module from Infinite Power Solutions. The device uses
The new BU21023/BU21024 Series of high-speed, high noise immunity, low-voltage resistive touchscreen controllers are now available from ROHM Semiconductor. These new controllers are
Seiko Epson Corporation announced the commercial development of a new inertial measurement unit (IMU) named the S4E5A0A0. The new IMU provides stable, accurate measurement capability and among the lowest power consumption and smallest form
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation recently launched a new transfer molded power module (T-PM) designed predominantly for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. The J-Series T-PM, incorporating Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary technology which ensures
AVX Corporation has expanded its automotive product portfolio to include a compact radial leaded, high temperature varistor solution. Developed specifically for harsh environments, including
Libelium announced the launch of its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform, designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles.
The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is making last tuning and aesthetic changes before the final EcoCAR competition, to be held June 6-16 at General Motors’ Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. After March emissions testing and tuning at the EPA, the main concerns for finishing the vehicle relate to
Laird Technologies announced for the release of its enhanced Bluetooth BTM510/511and BTM520/521 wireless stereo audio modules with a new firmware update. The new firmware comes already loaded on all new modules. It includes
Ericsson Power Modules' 3E Series BMR464 is a new addition to the company's second-generation, digital point-of-load (POL) regulators, that extends the maximum output current from such devices up to 40 A. With desirable functionality, the regulator enables
Analog Devices has demonstrated a development platform which can be used to design and optimize motor control systems with any type of motor.
Bourns, Inc., announced a new combined torque and angle sensor designed for Electric Power Assisted Steering Applications (EPAS) and other automotive systems. The new combined sensor provides
LED-based edge-lit illumination from Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) offers an array of efficient solutions for automotive lighting from backlit dashboard displays to interior and exterior lighting. The company specializes in focusing the