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OEM Subminiature Pressure Switch with Best in Class Size-to-Performance Ratio

November 21, 2014 9:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Design of the Gems Model PS61P incorporates a hardened alloy steel piston actuator for expanded overpressure performance. The low mass unit occupies a 24 mm diameter hex footprint and measures less than two inches. The switch is designed to reliably monitor standard pressures from 510 to 4350 PSI (35 to 300 bar), with ...

Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 12:29 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching...

Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around...

Low Leakage Current

November 19, 2014 4:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its FMBC NEO 3-phase filters with a low leakage current series for...

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Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Power

November 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Randy Rieland | News | Comments

This week, in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie, a little stretch of bikeway officially opened to the public. It’s not all that long—not even three-quarters the length of an American football field—but it is perhaps a glimpse into the future for a country that has almost 22,000 miles ...

Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Coming to the U.S. in 2016

November 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Stan Schroeder, Mashable | News | Comments

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car finally has a name and a rollout plan. The water-vapor-producing vehicle, called Mirai, was first unveiled in June 2014 (its name means “future” in Japanese). The four-door sedan is coming to northeastern U.S. in ...

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HotSpot Episode 89: Digital 6th Sense

November 17, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung announces the Innovator Edition of its Gear VR headset; LTE Direct will be available in 2016; an app to help fix your slouching problem; and Mimosa Networks announces a hotspot-to-the-home-gateway ...                

X-REL Semiconductor’s Bidirectional Level Translators

November 17, 2014 11:17 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

X-REL Semiconductor has unveiled two new products targeting digital applications in demanding markets including aerospace, industrial, hybrid and electric vehicles, transportation, geothermal and oil and gas ...                     

Carmakers Unite to Protect Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers...

The Future of Vehicle Autonomy

November 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

It is not a secret that the electronic content of the vehicle is still growing significantly and that more than 80 percent of all innovations in the car are based on electronics. To handle this complexity, more and more testing has to happen in the lab, and where possible, testing needs to shift to ...

ORNL Thermomagnetic Processing Method Provides Path to New Materials

November 7, 2014 9:28 am | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers. Polymers are used in cars, planes and hundreds of consumer ... 

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High Power Amplifier Exceeds Requirements of Radar Pulse Test Standards

November 7, 2014 9:07 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MILMEGA now offers a dual band solid state amplifier that, in conjunction with a new lensed horn package, exceeds the requirements of automotive radar pulse test standards. The AS0104-700/300 complements MILMEGA’s existing 1 GHz to 4 GHz ...

Moxa Introduces 4G LTE Enabled Embedded RISC Computing Platform

November 5, 2014 3:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Moxa has introduced its UC-8100 RISC computer, an embedded computing platform specifically designed for large scale, big data WAN applications in solar and other energy monitoring systems, as well as in distributed industrial automation ...                                     

Two New SMT Current Sense Transformers for Automotive Electronics

November 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Two new SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics have been introduced. These SMT current sense transformers are designed for use in emerging 48-V automotive power systems as well as for all xEV applications, where the components can be used to measure currents of the electric drives ... 

Eye-Controlled Car Cockpit Keeps Drivers' Hands on the Wheel

November 3, 2014 10:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, touching digital worlds with an exoskeleton for hands; using drones to understand malaria; a fitbit that diagnoses car problems; and an eye-controlled car cockpit that keeps drivers' hands on teh wheel ...                              

Flying Car Transforms in Seconds

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we are learning that rocket science is actually pretty hard, flying, terrified, in a windowless plane, bringing new life to FrankenEyes … and flying a car ...                        

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Prototype EV Powered by Radio Frequency Transmission Demonstrated

October 29, 2014 4:07 pm | by Stu Robarts, Gizmag | News | Comments

Two issues preventing the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are recharging time and lack of range. Now, scientists have shown one potential means of negating these issues. Their demonstration of electric power transfer via the car-wheel is claimed as the world's first ... 

Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's Pre-Collision Assist

October 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver ...

Electric-car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle ... 

TDA3x SoC for ADAS Solutions in Entry-to Mid-level Automobiles

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Extending TI’s highly integrated and scalable family of automotive processors for entry - to mid-level automobiles, TDA3x processors provide customers with high performance ADAS processing at low power in a small footprint, while improving safety to meet the increasing market requirements as ADAS systems take more control of the vehicle ... 

Industry’s Highest Precision, Highest Speed Magnetic Angle Sensor

October 28, 2014 2:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. introduced the industry’s highest precision, highest speed magnetic angle sensor. The high-resolution ADA4571 sensor is four times more accurate (0.5° max), 60 percent faster and uses 40 percent less power than competing angle sensors ... 

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 in expenses. Drivers average roughly 3 million braking decisions over a 25 year period, and it takes only one mistake to cause a fatal accident...               

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 board for Rugged COM Express modules...

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 heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists at TU Darmstadt have presented...                              

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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