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When little touches can make a big difference in perception
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/28/2011   12 comments
What have you seen that has made you say "that's nice, I appreciate the extra thought"?
ST boosts bipolar power transistor current by 50 Percent
Product News  
2/27/2011   Post a comment
The 3STR1630 NPN transistor from STMicroelectronics is the first member in a new family of high-performance bipolar power transistors manufactured using a new low-voltage planar technology. This technology incorporates a double-metal process that allows the cell density to be almost doubled without requiring the use of sophisticated photolithography equipment. In addition to increasing the current capability by about 50 percent for the same die size, the double-metal process enables transistors
Delphi offers sound generator for e-cars
News & Analysis  
2/22/2011   4 comments
With the advent of e-cars the problem arises that approaching electric cars are not noticed by other traffic participants such as pedestrians and cyclists. Automotive tier one Delphi has developed a sound generator that facilitates the recognition.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?¬—Part 2
Design How-To  
2/21/2011   2 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part two of this article outlines methods to suppress high-frequency resonance.
Aerco stocks high-reliability connectors with 360° electrical screening
Product News  
2/15/2011   Post a comment
Harwin Datamate S-Tek 2mm, high-reliability connectors, now stocked by Aerco, are designed for applications that require high levels of EMC such as military, aerospace, industrial and control equipment.
Using copper pillars to increase analog IC power dissipation
Design How-To  
2/14/2011   6 comments
Already used in some packaging, copper pillar interconnects can benefit analog devices which are handling higher power levels
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?—Part 1
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   10 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part one of this article explains basic strategies and provides useful hints.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 2—Back channel communication and technology choices
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   1 comment
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2011   19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 1—IR vs. RF
Design How-To  
2/7/2011   2 comments
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
High-efficiency SoC LED drivers enable automotive front lighting
Design How-To  
2/4/2011   4 comments
Implementing cost-effective, high-efficiency lamps containing high-brightness LEDs is dependent on ECUs utilizing equally efficient systems on chips that integrate all necessary front-lighting specific features, including diagnostics and connectivity.
Molex EXTreme Ten60Power high-current connectors
Product News  
2/3/2011   Post a comment
Molex introduced a new version of its EXTreme Ten60Power high-current connectors, which delivers up to 260A per linear inch.
FCI HCPE power connector
Product News  
2/3/2011   Post a comment
FCI's High Power Card Edge connector is now available in a straddle mount configuration, providing a lower profile height option to facilitate even greater system airflow.
MEMS sensors expand active automotive safety
Design How-To  
2/1/2011   Post a comment
The next generation of active safety systems will require a range of additional sensors in order to measure vehicle dynamics. Modern MEMS devices will play a dominant role.


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