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Three-phase gate-drive IC serves automotive applications

September 6, 2012 3:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRS20302S three-phase gate driver IC for 12V, 24V and 48V vehicle applications including high-voltage air conditioner compressors, pumps, BLDC motor drives up to 600W and high-voltage motor drives.

End your parking woes with this foldable car

September 5, 2012 3:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who has ever lived in a city knows what it feels like to drive around attempting to find street parking before giving up and dumping the car in an expensive garage. If you frequently suffer from No Parking Spaces Syndrome (or NPSS)...

Power supplies designed for compact spaces

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda ZWS-BP series of single output, PCB-type AC-DC power supplies. Based on the popular ZWS series, the ZWS-BP is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, thus simplifying equipment design and is offered in two mid-power output models – ZWS150BP (150W) and ZWS240BP (240W). With a 200% peak power capability, the ZWS-BP is ideal for use in electromechanical equipme

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A guide to enjoying the (inevitable) robot takeover

August 30, 2012 11:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Let's face it: Robots are better than people.They’re more dependable than humans (i.e. no sick days), they’re usually cheaper, and they don’t complain. The downside is pretty obvious as well, at least with the primitive robots we have today:

Interconnect solutions provide automatic coplanarity compensation

August 29, 2012 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Autosplice has introduced a new series of specialized Solderball Pin Array (SPA) interconnect capabilities that leverage the company’s industry-leading Solderball Pin Technology by creating pre-defined arrays and header configurations that are targeted to meet application-specific requirements.

Ensuring safety through automobile electronics

August 27, 2012 10:31 am | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics, www.winbond.com | Blogs | Comments

How many of us have seen cars swerving on the road because the driver is on the phone or texting? The reality is that more drivers are using mobile devices in cars and more electronics are being designed into new cars, such as smart phones, infotainment systems with large tablet-like displays, and various inputs/warning systems resulting in information overload. These gadgets dramatically

SPDT RF switch suits battery-powered and automotive telematics applications

August 24, 2012 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor announced the availability of the SPDT PE42421 RF switch, which is available in a miniature, six-lead SC-70 package. With its small package size, ESD performance of 2 kV on the RFC port, low voltage support down to 1.8V VDD, and low power consumption of

Blade fuses suit space-constrained electrical systems

August 23, 2012 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. has introduced its new MICRO3 line of blade fuses. This new line combines two individual fused circuits in a single sub-miniature body, making it an desirable for space-constrained electrical systems. The fuse is less than 15 mm wide and offers the same 5-mm terminal spacing and electrical

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Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

August 23, 2012 9:28 am | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

This Week in Engineering - Tiny cubesat thrusters; hypersonic Waverider crashes; bird-friendly glass; robot inchworm; room-temperature masers; and DNA data storage.  Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

Pushbutton latching switch targets interior automotive lighting applications

August 22, 2012 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CW Industries has introduced a new push button alternate action latching switch. The GCL-536 series push button switch was designed to mate with customer insert molded and lead frame manufactured components in automotive interior applications. The switch is designed to

A mentor's perspective: Project-based learning and student competitions

August 22, 2012 10:57 am | by Gen Sasaki, Principal Technical Consultant, MathWorks, www.mathworks.com | Blogs | Comments

I have experienced first hand the great learning opportunity such venues provide students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, and have fun (and a fair share of pain) doing it.  In addition, this hands-on learning brings greater understanding and gratification of the knowledge acquired in coursework.  In addition, a team competition

Pre-driver features low self heating and small pin count

August 22, 2012 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis latest pre-driver IC, the MLX83203, deploys EEPROM memory and combined bootstrap and charge pump blocks.

Feds, Univ. of Michigan hope to make roads safer with cars that can talk to each other

August 22, 2012 8:37 am | by TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.

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Would you eat printed meat?

August 21, 2012 1:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a hot topic issue in the tech world with everything from printed guns to printed arms making headlines around the world.The newest 3D item to hit the scene? Printed meat. Modern Meadows,a firm looking to develop “high value, food grade animal protein”

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.

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.

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

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