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Platinum is wrong stuff for fuel cells

July 12, 2012 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.

Sailing with nerves of glass

July 12, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been ongoing for decades.

University of Utah physicists invent 'spintronic' LED

July 12, 2012 3:58 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, July 12, 2012 – University of Utah physicists invented a new "spintronic" organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices.

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Linear LED driver allows for simplification of auto interiors, signage, lighting circuits

July 12, 2012 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Needing only two additional components, the AL5801 linear LED driver enables designers to simplify automotive interior, signage, and general lighting control circuits.  Integrating a 100V rated N-channel MOSFET with a pre-biased NPN transistor, this small footprint SOT26 packaged device will drive chains of up to 30 low-power, series-connected LEDs with currents from 20mA to 350mA.

Board mount pressure sensors offer cost-effective, basic performance

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced the release of its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, NBP Series. These are a cost-effective, basic performance, mV output, unamplified, uncompensated, high quality, and high resolution solution for customers seeking high-volume, economical board mount pressure sensors.

Microcontrollers available in any AMD package, speed option

July 11, 2012 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rochester Electronics has continued to manufacture AMD’s 80C188 commercial grade 16-Bit microcontrollers in a 68-pin PLCC package. Utilizing Rochester’s eight-million AMD80C188 die, the 80C188 is available in any original AMD package and speed option.  Rochester can also manufacture a lead-free version, which is ideal for newer applications that require modern environmental standards including RoHS. 

Transmitter’s 1.8mm thickness is ideal for narrow, flat spaces

July 11, 2012 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA has introduced their new piezo ceramic MLCT (Multilayer Ceramic Transmitter) series. Its unique simple acoustic multi-layer ceramic construction produces a high output of 80 Db with only 16V low driving voltage. Its milliwatt of power consumption and high conversion efficiency lead to an even broader range of applications.With an overall size of 30 X 20 X 1.5mm, the series is ideal for flat and narrow spaces. 

Carnegie Mellon's smart headlight system will have drivers seeing through the rain

July 10, 2012 8:51 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation.

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Switching regulator is ideal for automotive, industrial applications

July 9, 2012 3:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3504, a quad 1A output, 40V step-down switching regulator with 100 percent duty cycle operation.  The LT3504’s 3.2V to 40V input voltage range makes it ideal for automotive and industrial applications that require multiple outputs.

Audio IC features three-channel mixing playback, parallel processing

July 9, 2012 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvoton Technology Corp. introduced the ISD2360, the company’s first ChipCorder device with three-channel mixing playback and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) parallel processing. Desirable for automotive, medical-alert, instrumentation and point-of-purchase applications, the IC enables

CAN to Wi-Fi converter supports point to point and ad-hoc communication

July 6, 2012 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. introduced I-7540D-WF, its CAN to Wi-Fi Converter, which will allow CAN bus devices to communicate with other CAN bus devices over wireless Wi-Fi networks.

Calling all truckers ... not!

July 6, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring.

Sharing data links in networks of cars

July 6, 2012 8:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in. The same article cites a host of other manufacturers worldwide that either offer Wi-Fi in some high-end vehicles or belong to standards organizations that are trying to develop recommendations for automotive Wi-Fi.

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Car comedy: Jerry Seinfeld to debut Web series featuring him driving with other comedians

July 6, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

jerry Seinfeld is going back on the road. The comedian announced Thursday that he'll debut the Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on July 19. The interview show will feature Seinfeld's comedian friends as guests.

Oscilloscope firmware designed to simplify, shorten debug cycles

July 3, 2012 2:27 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc announced a broad set of oscilloscope firmware and software upgrades designed to simplify and shorten serial bus debug cycles and enhanced support for a number of important serial bus standards including PCI Express, CAN/LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553B and MOST (Media Oriented System Transport).

Carnectivity: Simplifying the complex in automotive electronics

July 3, 2012 9:39 am | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics | Blogs | Comments

In the previous installment of this blog, I discussed the tremendous growth of electronics in the car.  The drivers (no pun intended) of this growth vary from consumers demanding more information-entertainment (“infotainment”) and connectivity — the term carnectivity has emerged as a catch-all descriptor -- while on the road to governmental mandates intended to make cars safer, given all the new whiz-bang but potentially distracting features being added to vehicles.  Let’s now turn our attention to some of the trends in infotainment and carnectivity, what’s being done to simplify these complex system designs.

LED driver efficient for various applications

July 2, 2012 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG announces a new addition to its LED driver family, the ZSLS7025. As a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, medical, information technology and consumer applications, ZMDI introduces the ZSLS7025, a step-up (boost) converter, for high-brightness LED lighting. It is well suited for many consumer, industrial and after-market automotive applications. The ZSLS7025 is optimal for driving multiple white LEDs connected in series from a low voltage supply.

Research paves the way for accurate manufacturing of complex parts for aerospace and car industries

July 2, 2012 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Producing strong, lightweight and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry is set to become cheaper and more accurate thanks to a new technique developed by engineers from the University of Exeter. The research team has developed a new method for making three-dimensional aluminium composite parts by mixing a combination of relatively inexpensive powders.

Audi R8 e-tron sets world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system

July 2, 2012 9:19 am | News | Comments

The future of electric mobility at Audi is highly dynamic: The R8 e-tron has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the toughest test track in the world. Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes.

APU targets embedded designs that are low power, small form factor, cost-sensitive

June 29, 2012 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD introduced the latest entry to the AMD Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD G-T16R is targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs that require a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics. The optimized design of the AMD Embedded G-T16R sips power, with power consumption of just 2.3 watts[iv] on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP).

Drive motor system is affordable solution

June 28, 2012 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion introduces custom drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings in unique packages. For years OEM’s have routinely designed Applimotion ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO frameless motor kits into direct drive systems. Applimotion is now offering design engineering services to incorporate its widely popular frameless motor kits into application specific direct drive motors.

LCD module designed for easy reading

June 27, 2012 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electronic Assembly has designed the EA DIP203-4 LCD module for applications where the display has to be clearly legible. The module comes with a high-contrast alphanumeric LCD supertwist display for showing four 20-character lines. LED background lighting supplied as a standard feature makes the text clearly stand out.

Stanford scientists spark new interest in the century-old Edison battery

June 26, 2012 1:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have breathed new life into the nickel-iron battery, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago.

Infineon lowers outlook as hit by global slowdown

June 26, 2012 12:16 pm | by Victoria Bryan and Ludwig Burger, Reuters | News | Comments

German chipmaker Infineon lowered its sales and margin outlook on Tuesday, highlighting the technology sector's vulnerability to a weakening business cycle.

LED provides blue light for emergency vehicles

June 26, 2012 11:25 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors’ Oslon Signal LED is asserted to provide the world’s brightest blue light. Made using a special thin-film chip technology, the LED emits powerful bright blue light providing to enhance the visibility that is so critical for police and emergency services vehicles. The LED can

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