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Low power sensors consume only 300 µA of current at a power supply level of 3.3 V

February 11, 2013 4:47 pm | Novotechnik U.S., Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Contelec Vert-X 21 LP Series of low power sensors. These non-contact angle sensors consume only 300 µA of current at a power supply level of 3.3 V. Other key specifications for Vert-X 21 LP include 0 to 360° measurement range, 12-bit resolution, repeatability to 0.1°,

Automotive electronics in 2013 and beyond: Batteries bear a burden

February 7, 2013 2:58 pm | by David Carey, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

This year will see automotive electronics designers approach power management (PM) more like their mobile industry counterparts. While it may seem a fringe concern, the burgeoning security, convenience, connectivity, safety, and infotainment features of tomorrow’s vehicles will drive design and component choices that address standby power consumption.

Why your car is a better driver than you

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention while working on an article about intelligent systems in cars that people might be a tad touchy when it comes to talking about letting cars do the work when driving.  I’m not talking about infotainment systems or fancy doodads, I’m talking about systems that could greatly improve the safety of cars....


Mechatronics security by design

February 6, 2013 12:06 pm | by Peter Thorne, Managing Director, Cambashi Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Engineers responsible for mechatronics development have always known that it’s not just PCs that can suffer from malware. A study in 20111 used experiment rather than theory to identify vulnerabilities of in-vehicle automotive systems. Not only was this a strong reminder of the seriousness of the issue...

Automotive display demand to reach 70 million by 2016

February 1, 2013 9:16 am | News | Comments

Shipments of TFT-LCDs (thin film transistor-liquid crystal display) used in automobiles for devices such as navigation and rear seat DVD players increased 16% Y/Y to 49 million in 2012, according to the NPD DisplaySearch 2012 Automotive Displays Report. Shipments are expected to increase to 70 million by 2016.

Ultra-flexible flat silicon cables designed for telepresence robot applications

January 31, 2013 2:43 pm | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for today’s demanding Mobile Video-Conference & Telepresence Robot applications, Cicoil's ultra-flexible flat silicone cables are halogen-free, flame retardant and perform exceptionally well in confined area environments.  In addition, Cicoil’s unique designs provide premium current carrying capacity,

Light yet safe contender for city streets

January 30, 2013 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Up to now, it has been a case of "either/or." On the one hand, we have the typical ultra-compact, lightweight electric car, where designers have had to compromise on safety. With larger e-cars on the other hand, the heavier frames and crumple zones come at the expense of battery range.

DC/DC converters with an internal driver capable of 18V operation

January 28, 2013 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The XC9248 series are bootstrap-type Nch-Nch drive step-down synchronous DC/DC converters with an internal driver Tr that is capable of 18V operation. The input voltage range is 4.5V to 18V and the maximum output current is 2.2A. A 0.8V reference voltage supply is incorporated, and the output voltage can be set using an external resistor ladder.


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, | 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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