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Energy storage unit combines truck battery, ultracaps August 05, 2015 Energy storage unit combines truck battery, ultracaps Dead batteries in trucks are always a nuisance. In low temperatures long-haul drivers often leave the engine idling for long periods of time just to make sure that the battery is charged. Start failures also occur when trucks are not used for periods of time or when lifting systems consume too much energy ... Read more Elastomers can be turned into actuators August 05, 2015 Elastomers can be turned into actuators Wherever mechanical movements need to be damped, elastomers are an ideal material. But this group of synthetic material has more to offer: Under certain circumstances it can be made to actively deform. Thus, it can be used as actuator, researchers from Fraunhofer institute have found. Its properties ... Read more Shock absorber harvests energy from car's suspension August 04, 2015 Shock absorber harvests energy from car's suspension Researchers at Virginia Tech's College of Engineering (Blacksburg, VA) have developed a shock absorber system designed to harvest large-scale vibrational energy from a car's suspension. Read more MCU documentation package from ST facilitates ISO 26262 certification August 04, 2015 MCU documentation package from ST facilitates ISO 26262 certification STMicroelectronics has published a safety manual and Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) document that together help streamline ISO 26262 functional-safety certification up to ASIL-B for systems containing its STM8AF automotive microcontrollers. Read more Automotive electronics complexity at tipping point, study warns August 04, 2015 Automotive electronics complexity at tipping point, study warns Features and functions are added at rapid pace to new cars. Typically, the E/E engineers add a dedicated electronic control unit (ECU) for every new function. This approach is hitting its limits, because it increases the complexity. Consultancy Roland Berger sounds the alarm. Read more Fraunhofer rolls security platform for cars August 03, 2015 Fraunhofer rolls security platform for cars Electronic control units in cars, in particular head units, recently have been the target of cyber attacks. Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology have devised a platform enabling the development of secure head units based on open hardware and software standards. Read more Inductor sensor interface ICs replace Hall devices August 03, 2015 Inductor sensor interface ICs replace Hall devices The first device in new family of smart sensor interface ICs, Microsemi’s LX3301A is, says the company, the first inductive sensor IC based upon LVDT (linear variable differential transformer) architecture implementations on PCBs: Microsemi designed it for automotive and industrial applications. Read more Image co-processors for next-gen automotive cameras August 03, 2015 Image co-processors for next-gen automotive cameras SoCs from ON Semiconductor support higher resolution, multiple interfaces and new automotive-targeted features for 1080p and 720p automotive rear view and surround view cameras. Read more How the HERE takeover impacts the digital map market August 03, 2015 How the HERE takeover impacts the digital map market The bidding consortium of Audi, BMW and Daimler AG now has officially announced the acquisition of Nokia’s mapping and location services business HERE. The move has major implications on the competitive landscape of real-time traffic and location based information services. Read more High-insulation gate-drive transformer for automotive power MOSFETs July 31, 2015 High-insulation gate-drive transformer for automotive power MOSFETs Designed for use in automotive converter circuits, Premo’s GDAU series of transformersoffers high insulation, greater than 3kV, and supports double-transistor control in a reduced-size SMD package. Read more
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