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On the Road for 2012: Greener, Leaner Cars

December 29, 2011 3:34 am | Videos | Comments

Car shoppers can expect auto offerings for 2012 to pack more of an environmental punch, with auto makers touting mileage in addition to performance.

Student Designers Partner with OSRAM, Visteon on Future Vehicle Lighting Concepts

December 27, 2011 5:53 am | News | Comments

When education and practical application merge, the results can be astounding. That was the aim of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Visteon and OSRAM in their collaboration during the 2011/2012 academic year. As part of CCS’s ongoing Corporate Sponsorship program...

Transceiver Provides NFC Capability in Cars

December 22, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MLX90132 from Melexis is a 13.56MHz, fully integrated, multi-protocol RFID/NFC transceiver IC. It supports ISO/IEC protocols 18092, 14443A and B, 15693 as well as 18000-3.

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EcoCAR 2 Competition Electrifies University of Washington Team

December 21, 2011 7:26 am | by Tyler Rose, Outreach Coordinator, UW EcoCAR 2 Team; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Over the next three years, the University of Washington team will compete amongst 15 Universities from the United States and Canada to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle power train for a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu; build a showroom quality vehicle; acquire local sponsors; and launch an exhaustive outreach program intended to educate consumers on green vehicle technology.

Embedded 40-nm Flash Memory Technology IP Addresses Automotive Real-Time Applications

December 20, 2011 4:19 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics announced that it has developed what is presented as the industry's first 40-nanometer (nm) memory intellectual property (IP) for automotive real-time applications.

Renesas Electronics Develops Industry's First 40nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology IP for Automotive Real-Time Applications

December 14, 2011 6:06 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced that it has developed the industry's first 40-nanometer (nm) memory intellectual property (IP) for automotive real-time applications. Renesas will also be the first to launch 40nm embedded flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive applications...

12-bit Encoder IC Includes Absolute, Incremental and BLDC Motor Commutation Signals

December 14, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The iC-MH8 system on chip magnetic encoder device provides fast step response for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this compact device (QFN28 5x5 package) can be used to

QFP Test and Burn-In Socket Adds Moveable Ground Pin

December 13, 2011 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yamaichi Electronics introduced the moveable ground pin for its popular Open Top socket series IC357 for QFP type IC packages with exposed pad in test & burn-in applications. With its gull-wing shaped lead feet surface mount, QFP is most

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Nexeon Signs up Major Global Automotive OEM

December 13, 2011 8:33 am | News | Comments

Nexeon has begun a collaboration with a global tier one automotive OEM with a view to optimising the company’s technology for electric vehicle applications. The joint development agreement, which is worth ‘several million pounds’, will see the two companies co-operate in the development and evaluation of Nexeon’s silicon materials.

Imec presents MEMS energy harvester suitable for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

December 7, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

At today’s 2011 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) Imec and Holst Centre announced that they have made a micromachined harvester for vibration energy with a record output power of 489µW.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

A Hybrid GPS-Wireless Positioning Technology Addresses Security Issues

December 6, 2011 12:11 pm | by Carl Fenger, u-blox, www.u-blox.com | Articles | Comments

Due to the extremely weak strength of GPS satellite signals, relying on GPS alone for mission-critical security applications is not enough. Global positioning performance can be augmented through the hybrid combination of GPS receivers together with 2G/3G wireless modems that can identify and report visible GSM or UMTS cell attributes.

Hydrogen Pressure Sensor is Certified for Use on Fuel-Cell Vehicles

December 2, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies has developed the AST 2000H2 Hydrogen ASIC Pressure Sensor for use on hydrogen-powered vehicles and in other emerging hydrogen applications. The sensors are already certified for use by European and Asian automobile manufacturers as

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Rotary Code Switches Withstand High-Temperature Soldering

December 1, 2011 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

APEM Components introduced the P65 series of rotary switches, a high temperature version of the company’s PT65 dual in-line package (DIP) coded rotary switch. The series is specially designed for high temperature soldering and is appropriate for

Data Acquisition and Analysis Software for Force Measurement is USB-Based

December 1, 2011 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler has introduced the USB-based Type 2825A DynoWare universal data acquisition and analysis software, designed for direct compatibility with Kistler stationary and rotary measuring systems, including single- and multi-component dynamometers and other force sensors. Its operation allows for

Low-g Accelerometers Support Variety of Zero-to-Medium Frequency Apps

November 30, 2011 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs, Inc. has announced the global market introduction of its new LG Series, a dedicated product family of low-g range chips and modules, designed to support of a variety of zero-to-medium frequency aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, industrial, and general test & measurement requirements. The LG Series provides

IBM and Elektrobit Collaborate on Electronic Control Unit Development Platform for Automobiles

November 30, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

Elektrobit announced a software development initiative with IBM to deliver an integrated development solution to manage the growing complexity of Electronic Control Units software in automotive development

Class D Audio Amplifiers Overview

November 30, 2011 6:35 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and NXP, will provide a brief introduction to Class D audio amplifiers, as well as NXP's product offering in the low, medium, and high power output Class D amplifier markets.

High Current LED Driver IC Family Touts Full AEC-Q100 Grade 0 Automotive Qualification

November 29, 2011 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces the release of a new family of automotive-grade, high-current LED driver ICs with extensive diagnostics and protection features. The A6265, A6266 and A6267 are DC-DC converter controllers, with the

Collaboration Addresses Next-Generation Android-based In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

November 29, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

Clarion, a leading manufacturer of high-performance in-car entertainment systems, is collaborating with Wind River to develop Android-based in-vehicle infotainment systems. 

Foil Resistors Operate at up to +240°C, Tout Desirable Load-Life Stability

November 22, 2011 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors division (VFR) has introduced a new series of ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z1-Foil hybrid chip resistors designed for demanding high-temperature applications

Automotive Receiver Family Targets Multi-Tuner Car Radio Designs

November 21, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

Silicon Laboratories introduced an advanced automotive tuner IC family designed to deliver the highest RF performance coupled with advanced signal processing to reduce the cost and complexity of car radio systems.

Blind-Drivable Vehicle Demonstrated

November 18, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

EAO Corporation  was featured in NBC Today Show coverage of the NFB Blind Driver Challenge highlighting the development of the first full-sized blind drivable vehicle.

SBC Presents Expanded Modular Design Concepts for Display and Box Computers

November 17, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the SC24, a rugged, maintenance-free single board computer (SBC) with a modular design that is presented as enabling the rapid implementation of custom computing requirements. The board's

Advanced Flex Connectors Aid Assembly, Speed Time to Market

November 17, 2011 10:36 am | by Andy Kotas, AVX Corporation, www.avxcorp.com | Articles | Comments

Connectors have aided the acceleration in speed-to-market for several technologies. There have been advances in flex connector technology, enabling additional features that make engineering more efficient. Of course, reduction in size continues to

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