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Alternative energy powered cars on a roll at CES

January 10, 2014 10:32 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While autonomous driving is a major theme at the International CES gadget show, cars that use futuristic sources of energy are potentially much closer on the horizon. Ford Motor Co. showed off a prototype solar hybrid car called the C-MAX Solar Energi, which has a gas engine along with rooftop solar panels that also power the engine.

Carmakers: Driverless cars need legal framework

January 10, 2014 10:28 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The future of driving is right around the corner. Hydrogen- and solar-powered vehicles are on the streets. So are cars that can get you through stop-and-go traffic while you sit back and send texts from behind the wheel. Cars are even using radar, ultrasonic waves and cameras to jump into...

Wanxigang increases offer for Fisker

January 9, 2014 1:12 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. has increased its offer for Fisker Automotive, heating up the fight for the failed electric-vehicle maker. Wanxiang sweetened its bid with an additional $10 million in cash. An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors...

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December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

Processor integrates audio peripherals for infotainment, stand-alone consumer audio

January 7, 2014 11:38 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices announced an audio-centric addition to its SigmaDSP processor line that exceeds the signal processing capabilities of earlier SigmaDSP devices. Improvements in hardware and software enable the ADAU1452 SigmaDSP processor to execute up to

Toyota ups orders for hydrogen-powered car in US

January 7, 2014 11:05 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it expects to sell more hydrogen-powered electric cars in the U.S. than previously planned. The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015.

Electric race car debuts on Las Vegas Strip

January 7, 2014 11:00 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new kind of race car made its debut Monday with cartoonishly loud revving, the smell of burning rubber, and not a trace of exhaust. That's because the new FIA Formula E Championship car is all electric. The championship is the first series exclusively for electric cars. Organizers gave racing aficionados their first glimpse of the car in action...

French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph. It even charges itself wirelessly.

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Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

Corvette will let owners record, share drives

January 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

Self-driving vehicles offer potential benefits, policy challenges for lawmakers

January 6, 2014 9:03 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society, but raise several policy challenges, including the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

C compiler supports Power Architecture

January 3, 2014 1:42 pm | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited announced a new major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture-based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx Series and STMicroelectronics SPC5 Series. The new compiler brings

Gate drive IC shrinks automotive high current switching systems

January 2, 2014 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the compact AUIR08152S automotive-qualified gate drive IC featuring high output current in excess of 10 A that shrinks system size and is said to boost performance in automotive and industrial high-power switching applications.

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Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

January 2, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels.

Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

January 2, 2014 9:54 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

Step-up converter delivers up to 350 W from 12-V input

January 2, 2014 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited announced the F351 Series of a step-up, full-brick DC-DC converter that delivers up to 350 W from a nominal 12-V (11-V to 18-V) input. These converters are suited for battery back-up, transportation, industrial controls and automotive applications.

Delphi to highlight automated driving technologies at 2014 International CES

December 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As one of the few automotive suppliers that can deliver the extensive portfolio needed for tomorrow’s automated vehicles, Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) will showcase highly integrated active safety and connectivity technologies at the upcoming 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. These technologies will be key building blocks to achieving fully automated driving.

Explosion-proof dual-beam headlamp provides up to 13.5 hours of useable light

December 30, 2013 9:02 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EXP-LED-HL-DFX Explosion Proof Dual Beam Headlamp is ideal for a wide variety of uses including Industrial Safety, Public Works & Utilities, Law Enforcement, Hardware/Tool, Automotive, Marine, Sporting Goods and Consumer applications.

Innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communications

December 23, 2013 10:34 am | by Tullio Cettolin, Strategic Marketing Director, Micron Automotive Division | Micron | Articles | Comments

Last September, several major car and automotive systems manufacturers, including Daimler, Nissan, and Tesla, announced plans to commercially introduce autonomous self-driving cars by 2020. These manufacturers join a list of companies, like Toyota and Audi, who have already announced similar development projects.

What’s the most innovative aspect of vehicle-to-vehicle communications?

December 20, 2013 4:25 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

I have the latest ACC with radar in my car, camera, lane departure warning, and what have you. Still, I need to watch out all the time, analyze the situation, engage, disengage, set a new setpoint, and so on. If I don’t do that, it can still become dangerous or at least uncomfortable, because the still relatively dumb system does not understand all it “sees”.

Factory programmable digital Hall effect sensors promise custom solutions at off-the-shelf prices

December 20, 2013 10:39 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV introduced two parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds to be configured (including hysteresis). Both are factory pre-programmed to precise Hall effect switch or latch

Strategies to reduce a 3-phase BLDC motor control and drive system

December 18, 2013 3:23 pm | by Brian Chu, Product Line Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Highly integrated semiconductor products are not only a trend in consumer products, but also in motor-control applications. Concurrently, the share of Brushless DC (BLDC) motors is gradually increasing over other motor types in a number of markets, such as automotive and medical applications.

MLC series protects automotive electronics from ESD threats

December 17, 2013 1:39 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns announced the introduction of new ChipGuard ESD protectors designed specifically to guard sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and are qualified to meet up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4 standards.

Toyota eyes putting higher focus on environmental, safety technologies

December 17, 2013 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Monolithic flyback DC/DC converter actively balances high-voltage stacks of batteries

December 16, 2013 3:09 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8584, a monolithic flyback DC/DC converter designed to actively balance high voltage stacks of batteries. These battery stacks are commonly found in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as fail-safe power supplies and energy storage systems.

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