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Superbattery: The next great triumph of engineering
Blog  
12/29/2011   39 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
Top 10 automotive electronics stories of 2011
Design How-To  
12/23/2011   3 comments
The top stories of the year underscore the great interest Automotive Designline readers have in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Molex’s CMC 154-circuit header in compliant-pin mount and 32- and 112-circuit solder-mount headers
Product News  
12/22/2011   Post a comment
Molex's CMC 154-circuit header in compliant-pin mount and 32- and 112-circuit solder-mount headers offer robust, sealed, wire-to-board connection systems for high-conductivity, high-vibration powertrain applications.
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 2—Algorithm and lab tests
Design How-To  
12/16/2011   1 comment
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Molex Brad HarshIO IP67 modules
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12/15/2011   Post a comment
Molex's Brad HarshIO Ethernet I/O modules employ QuickConnect and Fast Start-Up technologies, enabling them to start and operate in less than 500ms for industrial applications.
Three-phase BLDC fan-motor driver employs resistor-programmable, sensorless sinusoidal architecture
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12/13/2011   Post a comment
Microchip Technology claims industry first for MTD6505 motor driver for PC fans, in ultra-thin, 3×3 mm UDFN package
Top "Power Management Designline" articles for 2011 (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
12/11/2011   1 comment
See what your fellow engineers were reading this past year
Top "Medical Designline" articles for 2011 (Part 2 of 2)
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12/11/2011   Post a comment
See what your fellow engineers were reading this past year
Bluetooth Ethernet port adapter boasts range up to 1000 meters
Product News  
12/11/2011   Post a comment
connectBlue launched a rugged Bluetooth Ethernet port adapter, the RBE231 which features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a communication range of up to 1000 meters.
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 1—Hardware and strategy
Design How-To  
12/9/2011   2 comments
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Clare CPC1540 high voltage solid state relay
Product News  
12/8/2011   3 comments
Clare's highest voltage solid-state relay with thermal shutdown performance is designed specifically for harsh-environment power management applications.
Standalone and wireless MCUs sip electrons; target smart meters, monitoring, medical apps
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12/7/2011   Post a comment
C8051F96x and Si102x/Si103x from Silicon Labs draw 40% less than nearest rivals, implement patented ultra-low-power techniques
Component integration paces EV, hybrid power electronics efficiency
Design How-To  
12/5/2011   1 comment
To achieve maximum power density, electric losses and thermal resistances must be kept to a minimum—thus maximum component integration is required.
Shunt charger ICs harvest energy, protect batteries
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12/2/2011   Post a comment
Energy harvesting ICs can convert a transducer's output into an electric current for a battery charger. Here are application options for a charger IC designed for embedded automotive applications.
LEDs tailor automotive lighting, improve safety
Design How-To  
12/1/2011   5 comments
Lighting used to be purely functional but has evolved into an element of design: Every vehicle can be given an individual appearance thanks to characteristic lighting.
Molex ruggedized SC/APC connector and cable assemblies optimize signal transmission in harsh environments
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
Molex has released ultra-bend, insensitive fiber standard contact/angled physical contact indoor- and outdoor-rated cable solutions and SC/APC 4.8mm connectors that it claims are six times more flexible than conventional optical cable.


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