Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep' Design How-To 4/29/2011 4 comments Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
Speaking out of line Engineering Investigations 4/29/2011 7 comments Fix a crashing embedded development platform or enjoy a summer evening outdoors...which would you pick?
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications Design How-To 4/22/2011 Post a comment With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Power Line Communication integrates electric vehicles with the Smart Grid Design How-To 4/15/2011 6 comments A compatible charging infrastructure and communication between an EV and any potential "charging spot" is required for easy and practical use. The established Power Line Communication (PLC) standard in the Smart Power Grid offers a robust and long term available setup—and the prospect of grid stabilization (charging back to the grid).
MOST150 embraces coax cable News & Analysis 4/10/2011 3 comments The MOST Cooperation - the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) - has released the MOST150 Electrical Physical Layer Sub-Specification Rev. 1.0 based on coaxial cable.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.