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Digitally Enhanced Power Analog Controllers Offer Digital Power Supply Flexibility With Easy Analog Control Loops

October 23, 2014 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip's Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU.

Reducing Vehicle Collisions with Automotive SoCs

October 22, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Each year in the U.S. there are 28,800 traffic related deaths, resulting in almost $563 billion...

Rugged COM Express Carrier Board from MEN Micro

October 22, 2014 9:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc announced the XC15, a carrier...

An Interactive Operating Concept for Vehicles of the Future

October 22, 2014 9:41 am | by Technische Universität Darmstadt | News | Comments

An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are...

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Taxi GPS Data Helps Researchers Study Hurricane Sandy's Effect on NYC Traffic

October 21, 2014 6:46 pm | by Celeste Arbogast, CEE Dept. University of Illinois | News | Comments

When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast in late October 2012, the “superstorm” disrupted traffic in New York City for more than five days, but the evacuation proceeded relatively efficiently with only minor delays, according to transportation researchers at the University of Illinois.

Vishay Intertechnology Screw-Terminal Power Aluminum Capacitors

October 20, 2014 4:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of screw-terminal power aluminum capacitors designed for traction and heavy-duty applications. Devices in the Vishay BCcomponents 110 PHT-ST series...

High-Voltage Capacitive Touchscreen Line Driver

October 20, 2014 3:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the MTCH65X, a new addition to its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with a standalone integrated high-voltage line driver...

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40 V 5 x 6 mm Dual COOLiRFETs for Motor Applications

October 20, 2014 3:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the AUIRFN8459 and AUIRFN8458 40V automotive-qualified COOLiRFET power MOSFETs that offer benchmark on-state resistance for automotive applications...

Touch-safe Cover for 10.3 x 38 Fuses

October 20, 2014 2:42 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER's cover for PCB mount fuse clips safely and securely inserts and extracts the fuse...

HotSpot Episode 85: The Problem with Electric Cars

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a Wi-Fi connected, voice operated computer that is finally available; a tool that broadcasts and receives information to truly bring to life one’s personal environment; the problem with electric cars; a universal control system for iRobot's line of defense and security robots; the RP6V2-C autonomous mobile robot syste; and welcome... 

SpliceLine In-line Connectors

October 20, 2014 9:40 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEAL SpliceLine in-line wire connector is an alternative to traditional butt splices that reduces time and cost for pre-fab shops and electricians...

Elon Musk On Tesla Autopilot And Legal Liability

October 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Bloomberg News | News | Comments

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with Bloomberg's Betty Liu. He predicts that autonomous driving is in the near future, but that we aren't quite there yet.

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NTU Develops Ultra-Fast Charging Batteries that Last 20 Years

October 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Nanyang Technology University | News | Comments

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes. The new generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries...

Pin Shaped Battery to Power Wearable Devices

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, a pin shaped lithium ion battery to power wearable devices; a giant modular displayed made from smaller displays; the ultimate data storage protection; and one credit card for all...                             

Using Autonomous Vehicles to Improve Traffic Flow

October 10, 2014 2:28 pm | by Temple University | News | Comments

With autonomous vehicles likely to one-day make their debut on the nation's roadways - possibly as early as within the next decade - researchers are already thinking about how these vehicles might assist with traffic flow and fuel ...  

Command & Control

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by Phil Linker, Senior Product Manager, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

Unmanned vehicles are at the forefront of an evolution, especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). After decades of serving mission-critical applications in government and defense, the command and control (C2) capabilities of advanced wireless machine-to-machine...             

Professor Designs Cloaking Device on Vacation

October 9, 2014 11:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re swarming navy threats with autonomous ships, securing our homes with coins, and bending light to blind you with science or designing a killer cloak with off-the-shelf materials...                     

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Photo of the Day: Microcamera Module with Image Sensor

October 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Andreas Ostmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

One particular feature of the system: in contrast to the conventional driver assistance systems on the market, the image material is processed – and thus, the traffic signage interpreted – directly inside the camera, since it is equipped with an integrated processor for image processing...              

Miniature Camera May Lead to Fewer Accidents

October 9, 2014 11:08 am | by Andreas Ostmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

According to data from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of deadly casualties on German autobahns in 2013 rose by more than eight percent when compared to the prior year...                             

A Closer Look: What Map Apps Can Do for You

October 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway. Here's a look at what leading free map apps can do for you...

Extended SMX Series of Stacked SMPS MLCCs

October 8, 2014 9:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended its high temperature SMX Series stacked SMPS MLCCs with the addition of new 25V ratings in case sizes 3-5 and 500V ratings in every case size...

New Studies Point out Dangers of 'Talking' to Car

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio...

Breaking Bad Habits with Shock Therapy App

October 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, hotel rooms you can control with your phone; an agreement to explore Mars; Google Glass helps the hard of hearing; and app to help consumers break bad habits; and I try programming a robot...           

Bel Power Solutions Digital Power Technology Patent License with Cosel

October 6, 2014 11:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Fuse announced that it has entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide, multi-year field of use license agreement with Japan-based Cosel...

Alleviating Spectrum Congestion for Wireless Devices

October 6, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Bender, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Your smartphone’s communications degrade when the device competes with other mobile traffic to send and receive data, and that competition will only intensify. Far more than a billion smartphones are expected to ship this year ...   

Keysight Converter Reduces Test Development Time

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced the M9188A, a PXI-based, 16-channels, single-slot unipolar dynamic digital/analog converter...

Integrated Rack-Level Systems for Use in Rugged Environments

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers rack-level integration services that enable deployment of commercial equipment in rugged and mobile environments...

Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

October 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Debra Nowland, Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionize advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher...                  

Engineering Newswire 110: Lockheed Martin Wreaks Havoc in Extreme Off-Road Testing

October 2, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re traveling in our very own solar-powered pods, picking up space garbage, and wreaking havoc in extreme off-road testing ...             

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