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LED automotive driver enables 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz

July 16, 2013 4:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new programmable multi-output LED driver for LCD backlighting, instrument clusters, and daytime running lights. Allegro’s A8517 integrates a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch and 10 I²C programmable current sinks, and can provide 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz.

New model to improve vehicle-to-vehicle communication for ‘intelligent transportation’

July 16, 2013 12:33 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Imagine a transportation system where vehicles communicate directly with each other in real time, giving drivers warnings about traffic delays, allowing a single driver to control multiple vehicles or routing vehicles around hazardous road conditions. Researchers have developed a model to make that concept a reality.

Advances in new material technology, according to engineers

July 15, 2013 9:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!

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Step-down DC/DC converter operates to 105̊C

July 10, 2013 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Torex Semiconductor has developed the XC9250/XC9251 series of 30V, 2A step-down DC/DC converters. The XC9250/XC9251 series is high breakdown voltage DC/DC converter with 30V operation, 2A output, and an internal driver Tr. With an input voltage of up to 30V, input rating of 36V, peak voltage of 46V for 400ms...

Subminiature transducers measure pressure ranges from 100 psi to 15000 psi

July 9, 2013 2:52 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring 1% accuracy, Honeywell Sensing and Control’s Model S Series of subminiature pressure transducers fit into tight spaces with little clearance, and accurately measure pressure ranges from 100 psi to 15000 psi. These rugged transducers are designed to handle high pressure and temperatures....

NKK Switches and Mouser Electronics Announce the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge

July 9, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

NKK Switches has teamed with Mouser Electronics to sponsor the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge. The contest is designed to find new innovative solutions for using programmable NKK SmartSwitches in a Driver Information Center for Tony Kanaan and KV Racing Technology’s no. 11 IndyCar.

5 new features that could be on your next car

July 8, 2013 12:32 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN & TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel. Technology that saves lives — and fuel — is getting better and cheaper.

Synchronous buck regulator supplies at least 2 A of load current

July 3, 2013 4:04 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new adjustable frequency, high output current, PWM regulator that integrates a high-side, P-channel MOSFET and a low-side, N-channel MOSFET. Allegro’s A8650 incorporates current-mode control to provide simple compensation, excellent loop stability, and fast transient response.

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Membrance switch technology designed for HMI

July 3, 2013 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 Printec USA  announced membrane switch technology for human machine interface, HMI, which can be demonstrated with a unique demo keypad to display many possible applications for embedded infrared and capacitive sensors. The demo keypad is the first tool of its kind to combine the capacitive and infrared technology into a single board in order to display the electromechanical, visual and cosmetic features of the switch technology.

New Catalyst replaceable platinum for electric-automobiles

July 3, 2013 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Korean researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, developed a novel bio-inspired composite electrocatalyst outperforming platinum. This research work was published on June 25, in the journal Nature Communications. (Title: Promotion of Oxygen reduction by a bio-inspired tethered iron phthalocyanine carbon nanotube-based catalyst).

Big Brother is watching you ... and your car

July 2, 2013 12:13 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do red-light traffic cameras reduce accidents? Save lives? Are they a boon to resource-strapped law enforcement agencies? A boondoggle? An invasion of privacy? With government surveillance – and the citizenry’s awareness thereof – at a fever pitch, this issue will only become more relevant ... and divisive.

GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles

July 2, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The two companies said Tuesday they plan to develop new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies by 2020. They will also push for more hydrogen fueling stations.

Ultracapacitor enhances lead acid, AGM and Lithium Ion battery performance in automotive apps

July 1, 2013 10:15 am | Ioxus | Product Releases | Comments

  Ioxus introduced the new 1200 Farad (F) cell to its portfolio of high performance ultracapacitors. The cell is a high-powered energy solution that is asserted to optimize the performance of lead acid, AGM and Lithium Ion batteries in cars, tractors and motorbikes, enabling

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Engineering Newswire 44: World’s fastest electric race car goes 186 mph

June 28, 2013 11:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Nissan has unveiled its ZEOD RC electric racing car, providing an innovative test bed for electric technologies. According to Nissan, the Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, will reach speeds of more than 300 km/h, making it the world's fastest electric car.

The technology (and driver) inside a winning Indy 500 car

June 27, 2013 4:28 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to the racing world, electronics suppliers and distributors are often behind the scenes—or under the hood, as it were—rock stars. Sure, they’re the reason the engine runs or making sure the driver and crew are safe, but they’re very rarely front and center in the racing world. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Mouser’s sponsorship of Indy car driver Tony Kanaan ... then it’s all about being in front (literally.)

Engineering Update #14: Self-parking cars, holographs, and remote-control cockroaches

June 27, 2013 9:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines: Volvo's Self-Parking Car: Volvo recently unveiled their autonomous self-parking concept car....

Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

June 27, 2013 9:33 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That's the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

New dispatch system could save money for trucking industry, make life easier for drivers

June 26, 2013 4:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University are studying a new approach to organize and route truck transportation that could save millions of dollars, improve the quality of life for thousands of truck drivers and make freight transportation far more efficient.

Power supplies designed to meet rugged CalTrans specifications

June 25, 2013 2:10 pm | Eta Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ETA-USA introduces the first in its CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) Series of industrial grade power supplies designed to meet rugged CalTrans specifications. The 206L provides power for critical highway traffic signal controllers.

High-speed CAN transceivers are low power and highly robust

June 25, 2013 10:17 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a family of High-Speed (HS) CAN transceivers, the MCP2561/2. These new devices serve as an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus. The new family of transceivers meet CAN specification requirement

Engineering Update #13: Internet-beaming balloons and a robotic cat

June 20, 2013 11:42 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of ECN's Engineering Update: A robot that runs like a cat: EPFL's Biorobotics Lab has designed a cheetah-cub robot. The light-weight, quick, and agile movement of the feline-inspired robot could one day be used for search and rescue missions.

Vt. and Quebec announce electric car corridor

June 19, 2013 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this fall, people who drive electric vehicles should be able to travel the 138-mile route between Burlington and Montreal without worrying they'll run short of a charge thanks to a planned electric vehicle charging corridor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced in Montreal.

Linear ICs support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G

June 18, 2013 4:26 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds two new factory one-time programmable (OTP-ROM) linear ICs to their existing portfolio. These devices eliminate the need for customers to optimize/program the devices for their finished sensor assemblies. Allegro’s A1388 and A1389 architecturally have the ability to support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G....

DC/DC converter offered in high temperature H-grade & high-reliability MP-grade

June 17, 2013 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the high temperature H-grade (-40°C to 150°C junction temperature) and high reliability MP-grade (-55°C to 150°C) version of the LTC3115-1 in a 20-lead thermally enhanced TSSOP package. The LTC3115-1 is a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current....

What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year? (Part II)

June 13, 2013 3:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

What feature or trend will become hot technology in automotive infotainment the next year? Tullio Cettolin: Consumers love the world of apps and instant Internet connectivity, and now they want it in their cars, too. Maybe they want to listen to their favorite Hawaiian music station via Tune-In during their daily commute on the U.S. continent.

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