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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?
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 1—Technology basics
Design How-To  
4/28/2011   18 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
C&K Components CCM01 and CCM02 series smart card connectors
Product News  
4/28/2011   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed PCI and PCI-ready security smart card connectors for POS applications.
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.
IGBTs Transmit Woe to Analog Signal Conditioning
Engineering Investigations  
4/22/2011   10 comments
The ship date is looming, but a noisy VFAC drive creating huge signal spikes refuses to be calmed.
Yamaichi Electronics USB 3.0 plug connectors
Product News  
4/20/2011   Post a comment
Yamaichi Electronics has expanded its portfolio of I/O connectors with the super-fast USB 3.0 series, supporting up to 5 Gbit/s of data transfer.
E-Switch RBW2 series fully illuminated IP66 rated rocker switch
Product News  
4/20/2011   Post a comment
E-Switch's RBW2 series IP66 rated, internally sealed rocker switch allows for full illumination options using patented sealing technology.
Wirelaid technology enables high-current, fine-pitch SMDs
Design How-To  
4/19/2011   Post a comment
A rounded or rectangular cross-sectional area wire is integrated into the stackup design directly beneath the outer PCB layer.
Tech Tutorial: Implement automotive BLDC motor control
Design How-To  
4/19/2011   2 comments
In conjunction with control algorithms running on optimized microcontrollers, brushless DC motors offer efficient solutions, with various control schemes, including field oriented control (FOC), available.
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).
Murata JSC series RF micro coaxial connectors
Product News  
4/14/2011   Post a comment
Murata's latest RF micro coaxial connector series has a maximum profile of just 1.0mm, making it well-suited for high-tech wireless products including tablets, smart phones, e-books and other mobile devices.
Tech Tutorial: Transient voltage suppressors
Design How-To  
4/12/2011   1 comment
A major challenge in automotive design is protecting electronics against damaging surges, voltage transients, ESD, and noise that are present on the power line.
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.
Component selection and layout strategies for avoiding thermal EMF
Design How-To  
4/8/2011   Post a comment
Understand how thermal effects can impact precision resistor circuits and what do to minimize them
FCI rolls 1.25mm wire-to-board connector system
Product News  
4/7/2011   Post a comment
FCI has developed a 1.25mm wire-to-board connector system that is designed for a wide range of demanding applications.
Culture shock: Driving an electric car
Design How-To  
4/5/2011   69 comments
A few days of driving, and under the hood of, the Nissan Leaf EV shows the energy saving technologies in the car require a new driver mindset.
Build an IEEE 1451.4 Class 1 MMI smart transducer digital driver circuit (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
4/1/2011   2 comments
Understand how to interface to the mixed-mode interface (MMI) of the digital transducer electronic data sheets (TEDS) requirements
EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/1/2011   36 comments
If you have any questions about the Nissan Leaf, leave a comment here and I'll try and answer it.


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