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DC/DC Converters for Electric Vehicle Applications

December 23, 2014 10:44 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

 

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and 80 – 126VDC. The output voltages are 14.2 and 13.5VDC. Key features include very  ... 

Controlling a Robotic Arm With Your Thoughts

December 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in...

HotSpot Episode 94: U.S. Navy Tests Shark Robot UAS

December 22, 2014 11:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, the Ford SYNC 3, Mirco Location: the new ScenSor chip, the...

Are Driverless Cars Safe? California's Regulators Weigh Pros and Cons

December 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for...

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Self-Clinching Nuts and Studs for Automotive Applications

December 12, 2014 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

New PEM® self-clinching nuts and studs introduced for permanent installation into especially hard sheet materials deliver design and assembly benefits for automotive component attachment applications.  Both types (SH™ hard panel nuts and HFLH™ hard panel studs) are manufactured from hardened alloy steel to provide stronger thread ... 

Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

December 12, 2014 11:10 am | by Neil Winton, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest. You’d be wrong. The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Telsa Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen is more suitable for the upper stage of rockets than ... 

Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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R&S Oscilloscopes Lead in Analysis of High Speed CAN FD Interface Protocol

December 11, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With its R&S RTE and R&S RTO oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz is one of the first suppliers to offer analysis solutions for the CAN flexible data (CAN FD) interface protocol. A new option enables design engineers to analyze CAN interfaces that support the high speed CAN FD bus protocol. These interfaces are seeing increased use in automotive and industry applications ... 

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Bourns' New Power Inductor Series Offers DC-DC Conversion Performance

December 9, 2014 1:24 pm | by Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns has announced the new SMD Power Inductor Series that includes nine new devices designed for automotive applications. Designated the Bourns® Models SDE0403A, SDE0604A, SDE0805A, SRF0703A, SRF0905A, SRF1280A, SRR0745A, SRR1210A and SRR6040A, the new series consists of non ...

Fused High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014 5:19 pm | by AVX | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short ... 

Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

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GNSS Receiver Module Offers Continuous Indoor and Outdoor Positioning

December 5, 2014 4:20 pm | by SkyTraq Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SkyTraq Technology Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) introduces state-of-art, all-in-one S2525DR8 GNSS dead-reckoning module, integrating MEMS sensor and interface logic on-board, enabling ease of use and fast time to market, ideal for road vehicles requiring high accuracy 100% positioning availability. Based on SkyTraq’s latest Venus 8 multi-GNSS platform and ... 

MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

An Eel-Lectrifying Future for Autonomous Underwater Robots

November 26, 2014 11:42 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media ...                      

Driving Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 9:48 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road ...

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

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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 the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ... 

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 them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

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 applications where leakage currents are restricted to minimal allowable levels. The new family of filters is designed for rated currents ...                

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 ...

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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