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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.

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).

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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).

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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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ORNL home to new battery manufacturing R&D facility

June 25, 2012 4:41 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Future automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of a new manufacturing research and development facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Math tells us when to be more alert on the roads

June 22, 2012 1:27 pm | News | Comments

Technicians from Madrid City Council and a team of Pole and Spanish researchers have analysed the density and intensity of traffic on Madrid's M30 motorway (Spain) throughout the day. By applying mathematical algorithms, they have verified that drivers should pay more attention to the road between 6pm and 8pm to avoid accidents.

6 must-have apps for a stress-free summer

June 22, 2012 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom...

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 4:39 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern, WDD Magazine | Articles | Comments

The ‘People’s Car Project’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.”

21 Watt LED spotlight light features heavy duty permanent mounting base

June 19, 2012 9:30 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com announced today the addition of the PML-7LED-3C 21 Watt Handheld LED Spotlight with permanent mounting base to its line of high power LED spotlights. This permanent mount LED spotlight produces 1,596 lumens, a light beam 650 feet long by 50 feet wide, and draws only 1.7 amps when powered from a 12 volt power source.

Historic triumph: Audi achieves first victory of a hybrid vehicle at Le Mans

June 18, 2012 2:20 pm | News | Comments

AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time. Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating race with the drama and incidents that are typical for Le Mans plus an impressive demonstration of “Vorsprung durch Technik.”

Direct methanol fuel cells intended for portable energy supplies

June 18, 2012 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has unveiled its development of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell. The cell generates electricity using methanol fuel and oxygen in the air. It is ideal for mobile product applications like medical diagnosis and computer carts as well as portable generators.

Kickstarter: Helpful website or project killer?

June 18, 2012 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.

Automotive-qualified power MOSFETs housed in TO-220 fullpak package

June 14, 2012 4:30 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced a family of automotive-qualified power MOSFETs housed in a rugged TO-220 fullpak package for automotive applications including BLDC motors, pumps and cooling systems. The new 55V planar devices are available as standard and logic level gate drive MOSFETs in N and P channel configuration...

Cable offers combination of ruggedness, routability

June 14, 2012 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Wire has added the “V-Flex,” a flexible version of its Series V VFD cable, to its line of Industrial Series cable. The new V-Flex cables are the latest innovation in cables designed specifically for variable-frequency drives (VFD). Featuring both UL and CSA tray cable ratings, a low temperature rating of -40°C, and a bend radius that is 5x that of standard VFD cable, the V-Flex offers the best combination of ruggedness and routability in the market.

Researchers 'heal' plasma-damaged semiconductor with treatment of hydrogen radicals

June 14, 2012 8:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a highly promising material for a wide range of optical and high-power electronic devices, which can be fabricated by dry etching with plasmas. However, the plasma-induced defects and surface residues that remain after such processes tend to degrade the optical and electrical properties of the devices. A team of Japanese researchers has developed and tested a new way to "heal" such defects.

SRC system offers rugged, sealed hybrid connection system

June 13, 2012 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduces the Sealed Rectangular Connector (SRC) System, the next generation SRC system offers a rugged, sealed wire-to-panel and wire-to-wire hybrid connection system. SRC is designed for high-circuit-count applications in harsh environments such as those found in agricultural machinery, construction and mining equipment.  

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