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ORNL microscopy reveals workings behind promising inexpensive catalyst

June 12, 2012 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A newly developed carbon nanotube material could help lower the cost of fuel cells, catalytic converters and similar energy-related technologies by delivering a substitute for expensive platinum catalysts.

The future of automotive safety: Cars that talk to each other to prevent crashes

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm | by Joan Lowy | News | Comments

As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

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Thick copper wire bonding technology provides high-quality reliability

June 8, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) has introduced to the market, the technology of the thick copper wire bonding to aluminum electrodes on chip.

Integrated sensor solution serves portable devices based on the Windows 8 OS

June 8, 2012 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced its support of Microsoft® Windows® 8 sensor requirements with a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform.

Driving without a blind spot may be closer than it appears

June 8, 2012 10:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous "blind spot" for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion.

5 reasons every subway needs Wi-Fi

June 8, 2012 9:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s tough to imagine in the 21st century: a musty, dimly-lit, underground tunnel — crammed full of people — that’s essentially a black hole of wireless signals. Behold the glory of the NYC subway system.

Graphics processing instrumental in automotive semiconductor growth

June 4, 2012 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Dedicated graphics processing units (GPUs) are forecast to become increasingly prevalent in automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems according to IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. This uptake of technology and the associated silicon will drive semiconductor revenue growth, with the combined instrument cluster and infotainment semiconductor market reaching

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Sealed, side-mount contactor suits high-current DC or AC switching

June 4, 2012 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC  announced an addition to its line of EPIC Sealed Contactors —the MX56. The Single Pole Single Throw Normally Open (SPST-NO) MX56 is rated for continuous duty up to 600 A and capable of switching 600 A at 24 VDC, or AC, 100,000 times.  The contactor was developed for

RFID SMT Antenna offers protection features for automotive applications

June 1, 2012 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PREMO launched a new family of its TP0702 standard, universally adopted by industry, according to the company. This format provides up to 50 mV/Apk-pk/m (for 7.2 mH) sensitivity. The new TP0702U and TP0702UCAP is an SMD antenna for low frequency 20 kHz to 150 kHz receiver applications.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Connectors include snap-in flanges

May 24, 2012 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation’s MCS-MIDI 231 and 721 Series Connectors feature snap-in flanges for drill-and fastener-free through-panel mounting. Intended for rectangular cut-outs, snap-in flanges eliminate drilling, screws and other components associated with through-panel applications.

Brainstorm: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

May 24, 2012 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.

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Synchronous boost controller features -55°C to 150°C operating junction temperature range

May 24, 2012 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the H- and MP-grade versions of the LTC3787. This high power two-phase single output synchronous step-up DC/DC controller replaces the boost diodes with high efficiency N-channel MOSFETs, eliminating the heat sink typically required in medium to high power boost converters.

New consumer research suggests large majority of U.S. consumers are interested in Start-Stop vehicles

May 23, 2012 11:53 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

New consumer research suggests large majority of U.S. consumers are interested in Start-Stop vehicles

Bearing damage: A lurking problem in electric cars

May 23, 2012 11:51 am | by Matthew Roman, Engineering Manager, Electro Static Technology | Blogs | Comments

Electric cars are news. Every major automaker has introduced some electric vehicle, and the trend seems to be toward greater reliance on electric motors.  The “Holy Grail” is a battery electric vehicle (BEV, a car powered solely by electricity) with an extended driving range, at a reasonable price.

42V, 2.5A(IOUT), 2.2MHz Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers

May 21, 2012 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8610, a 2.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator.

The evolution of automotive electronics

May 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics, www.windbond.com | Blogs | Comments

I grew up in the 1970s. Our family car was a Ford Pinto station wagon. Everything in it was manual – manual windows, manual steering. The only consumer electronics was the radio. Fast forward to today, cars have

Compact modules reduce component count, shrink PCB size up to 70 percent

May 17, 2012 2:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the PowIRaudio family of integrated power modules for high performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers. The new devices integrate a PWM controller and two digital audio power MOSFETs in a single package to offer a highly efficient, compact solution that reduces component count...

Liquid-level reed sensors ideal for industrial and home applications

May 17, 2012 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEDER electronic offers a complete line of liquid level reed sensors, ideal for use in laboratory fluid systems, automotive fluid sensing, aerospace and marine fuel level sensors, as well as a myriad of industrial uses, electrical equipment, and home appliances. MEDER recently launched a product training module on Digikey.com to help users make the best use of liquid level sensors.

Electric vehicle connector delivers faster charge time and improved reliability

May 10, 2012 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed the 2nd Generation J1772 electric vehicle connector. The EVC Series provides fast and reliable charging for all electric and hybrid vehicles, and is ITT ICS’ second product offering for this growth market. The EVC Series connector follows substantial developmental investments in electric vehicle charging solutions...

Laser bar series tout high efficiency at 200 Watts continuous optical output power

May 9, 2012 10:04 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors’ new laser bars offer extremely high efficiency of up to 65 percent at 200 Watts optical output power and can simplify the design of laser systems and reduce their cost, according to the company. The SPL BKxx-40WFT produces

Automotive varistor series delivers jump start & multiple-strike protection for communication systems

May 8, 2012 10:41 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed a miniature 0402 varistor specifically for FlexRay Communication BUS Systems used in automotive applications. The AEC-Q200 qualified Flexray Automotive Varistor Series automotive varistors combine ESD protection with EMI/RF filtering and insertion loss characteristics to protect against transients on high-speed data lines up to 10Mbps.

Development kit helps build personalized pulse networks

May 8, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq offers a development kit that allows automotive technicians and engineers to design their own pulse networks.  By using the FLX 5510 in conjunction with Teseq’s NSG 5500, automotive EMC laboratories can design their own pulses as well as

U.S., German auto companies agree on fast charging system

May 8, 2012 9:35 am | by Deepa Seetharaman, Reuters | News | Comments

Seven automakers, including General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, have agreed to adopt a fast-charging system that can charge electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in as little as 15 minutes. The group's goal is to make charging an electrified car as simple as filling a gas tank. Chrysler Group LLC is the latest automaker to join the consortium...

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