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Engineering Update 47: The world's fastest sports car

February 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The world's fastest sports car: Hennessey Venom GT might have just become the fastest 2-seats sports car in the world. In a run that took place on February 14 at the Kennedy space center, the Venom hit speeds of 270.49 mpg.

NanoMarkets report projects smart glass sales to the automotive sector to reach $3.2 billion by 2019

February 26, 2014 10:33 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has published a new report, “Smart Glass Opportunities in the Automotive Industry – 2014” covering the market for smart glass in the automotive sector.  In this report the NanoMarkets says it expects this market to reach $2.1 billion by 2019, compared with $1.0 billion in 2014.

Now it will become cheaper to make second-generation biofuel for our cars

February 25, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Producing second-generation biofuel from dead plant tissue is environmetally friendly - but it is also expensive because the process as used today needs expensive enzymes, and large companies dominate this market. Now a Danish/Iraqi collaboration presents a new technique that avoids the expensive enzymes. The production of second generation biofuels thus becomes cheaper, probably attracting many more producers and competition, and this...

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Only a matter of time till computers know you better than you know yourself

February 25, 2014 11:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We have “smart” phones, watches, homes, cars, and even toothbrushes, and they’re getting smarter by the second. What will artificial intelligence revolutionize next? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, bets it’ll be the search engine.

Portable hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide green, sustainable power to Honolulu port

February 25, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clean hydrogen power that's expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide.

Mandated 'smart' tech could put cars in charge of their drivers

February 25, 2014 6:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new federal mandate could ensure that you’re not the only driver in control of the wheel. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a big deal. Basically, it enables cars to “talk” to each other and exchange data such as speed and location. That way, if someone were to pull a dangerous maneuver, the cars would “know” and could respond to avoid a collision....

High-temperature inductor features a rating of -55°C to +300°C

February 24, 2014 12:51 pm | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The new AT549RBT cored-spring inductor from Coilcraft CPS (Cary, IL) features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C, making it ideal for extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. Features include...

Photos of the Day: The XchangE Tesla autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 11:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The XchangE autonomous concept car from Rinspeed — engineered by 4erC — takes a Tesla Model S and modifies it into a luxury vehicle that you don’t need to drive. Is this the future of automobiles? Underlining the point that the XchangE probably won’t be cheap, the concept car includes a 32-inch, 4k monitor in the rear seat....

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Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

Rinspeed XchangE autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 9:48 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.

New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel

February 24, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains. The trouble with solar fuel production is the cost of producing the sun-capturing semiconductors and the catalysts to generate fuel.

Are electric vehicles worth it?

February 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Last year alone, the U.S. sold almost 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles. That’s nearly double the purchase rate of 2012. But as more consumers and experts grow to love EVs, at least as many vehemently hate them. Are electric vehicles a worthwhile investment or just another craze?

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

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Will plug-in cars crash the electric grid?

February 21, 2014 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Selecting a Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf — or one of many other new models — shoppers in the United States bought more than 96,000 plug-in electric cars in 2013. That's a tiny slice of the auto market, but it's up eighty-four percent from the year before.

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labelling often result in widely publicised product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out.

Photos of the Day: New fuel standards for trucks

February 20, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On Tuesday, President Obama announced new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks that would take effect by March 2016. These would come on top of existing standards for 2014-2018 model years. While heavy duty trucks make up just 4% of the nation's vehicles, they emit about 20% of the pollutants spewed into the population by the transportation sector.

Power connectors aim to fill a critical power gap with a small footprint

February 14, 2014 11:45 am | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex’ (Lisle, IL) Mega-Fit wire-to-board, mid-range power connector is presented as filling a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23 A in a small 5.7-mm footprint. The connectors are appropriate for

Thin-film chip resistor laboratory sample kits aid prototyping in automotive applications

February 14, 2014 9:29 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is offering laboratory sample kits of its automotive-grade precision thin film chip resistors. The MCW 0406 AT (LCW AT 96/4) and MCT 0603 AT (LCT AT 96/4) kits aid engineers in prototyping, and speed time to market in a wide range of electronic systems. The two new

Single element, tooth-detecting speed sensor IC

February 12, 2014 12:36 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced an addition to its camshaft sensor family of products. As a single element, non-TPOS sensor it provides first falling edge detection, high running-mode edge accuracy, and direction/orientation insensitivity over the full operating range of air

Photos of the Day: A fish on wheels

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Studio diip — a company specializing in image-recognition products — developed the "Fish on Wheels", a self-driving car for fish. The system uses a webcam, batter power Beagleboard, and an Arduino controlled robot vehicle, and the vehicle basically turns in whatever direction the fish swims.

General purpose accelerometers meet the needs of test applications

February 11, 2014 3:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Irvine, CA) has announced a significant extension of its family of Endevco brand Isotron accelerometers. This new line of general purpose IEPE accelerometers is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of test applications. Applications include general laboratory vibration testing....

Watch this fish drive his own tank around

February 10, 2014 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do you ever feel like your fish is jealous of the cat and dog who can walk freely about the house just because they have the ability to “breathe oxygen”? Have you caught your fish eyeing the parrot and his high flying, free-wheeling ways? Is he jealous of the hamster in the ball who gets to roll around the house?

5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

Sensor IC provides accurate position data

February 5, 2014 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Highly-reliable contactless magnetic position sensing technology from ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has gained valuable endorsement from the demanding automotive industry. International automotive supplier Continental is basing its new CPS series chassis height sensor on the AS5162....

Buck converter features 12µA quiescent current

February 4, 2014 11:37 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3638, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

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