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'Grimsel' electric car breaks world record

November 5, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) finally did it: its 'grimsel' electric racing car smashed the previous world record when it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.79 seconds. The previous record of 2.134 seconds ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

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Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Current-sense transformers designed for automotive electronics

November 3, 2014 9:42 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two new SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics. The first type (B78417A285A003) is based on an EP7 ferrite core and has dimensions of only 10.6 mm x 12.2 mm x 11 mm.  It is designed....

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

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LED power supply includes universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co. Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the low-cost 40 Watt GLC Series. The 40 Watt GLC has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC and offers output currents of 900, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2200, and 2400mA....

Current sense resistors offer a 0.25W power rating

October 29, 2014 3:14 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) CSRF Series is now available with the option for higher power ratings for the 0402 and 0603 chip sizes. The higher power option of the CSRF0402 (denoted with a “-HP” suffix) offers a 0.25W power rating in resistance values ...

October 2014: Equipment Protection

October 28, 2014 3:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Oil and gas drilling offers some of the most challenging and intense rugged environments in the industry. As the projects call for deeper drilling, engineers are encountering even more difficult geological conditions with increasing temperatures and a need for long-lasting equipment.

Digital power system manager monitors board energy consumption

October 28, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2975, a 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager featuring current, power, and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters. Monitoring circuit ...

A farewell to Forget Me Not

October 28, 2014 1:06 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few months, element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge has brought home automation into the forefront, asking its Community of engineers to design and construct IoT devices that allow homeowners to remotely control and manage everyday tasks....

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Pin-shaped lithium ion battery includes diameter of 3.5mm

October 28, 2014 10:52 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Corporation (Rolling Meadows, IL) announces that it has developed a pin-shaped lithium Ion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering small devices....

Attenuator provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage

October 27, 2014 1:44 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a temperature compensated voltage controlled attenuator. RFMD's RFSA2013 provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage with very little sensitivity to temperature changes....

Linear position sensors ideal for industrial testing laboratories

October 24, 2014 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LR-19 series inductive linear position sensors by Alliance Sensors Group are contactless devices and designed for factory automation, motor sport vehicles, automotive testing, solar cell positioners, and packaging equipment. With their superior performance ...

Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power generated during the 24 hours, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 percent. It's not a huge gain, but it's a significant one. So what happened?

Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers—the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9).  They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck ...

Ku-band switch capable of handling 5W RF power

October 20, 2014 3:24 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a Ku-band SPDT switch capable of handling 5W RF power. The TriQuint TGS4310 offers >20 isolation with a low insertion loss of <1.7dB. Other features include support for ...

The simplification of superconducting circuits

October 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet's most popular sites.

AC-DC power supplies deliver 1,300 W

October 17, 2014 2:22 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the addition of a 1300 Watt model to their D1U3CS series of front-end AC-DC power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. The D1U3CS 1300 series can deliver 1,300 Watts from the wide 108 to 264 VAC universal input, is hot pluggable, has no minimum load requirement

Power connectors eliminate need for mating headers

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

 Molex Incorporated announced its economically priced 3.96mm pitch EdgeMate TM Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.

Oscillator offers control voltage range of 0.1 V~16 V

October 17, 2014 2:10 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-4124-4238 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 4124 MHz to 4238 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1 V~16 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -106 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5 dBm.

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