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Intersil rolls AEC-Q100 qualified dual synchronous step-down DC/DC regulator
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7/29/2011   Post a comment
Device targets secondary power automotive applications such as infotainment, camera, and systems modules.
Datasheets.com: Finding the right part just got easier
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7/28/2011   24 comments
With the launch of Datasheets.com, EDN and UBM Electronics provide engineers access to over 185 million parts, with features such as comparison, parametric search, search save, and alerts.
Composite supersets tame wiring harness engineering complexity
Design How-To  
7/28/2011   Post a comment
With many electrical options and physical variants in today's cars, potential configurations for a single platform may number in the millions. Thus the electrical distribution system harness is at the heart of the automotive complexity challenge.
Mouser launches new audio applications site
News & Analysis  
7/27/2011   1 comment
Mouser Electronics launched an audio applications training site devoted to the newest products and developments for sound engineering.
Design and selector guide for high-precision resistors
News & Analysis  
7/27/2011   3 comments
Vishay Precision Group has released its Vishay Foil Resistors division's Design and Selector Guide for High-Precision Resistors, available as a free download.
Integrated radar front end trims system cost and size
Design How-To  
7/26/2011   5 comments
Integrated automotive chip allows multiple applications in an efficient package—while on-chip signal conditioning and data capture let design engineers program settings for different driving conditions.
Flow batteries: EVs fuel up on electrons at the 'gas pump'
Design How-To  
7/25/2011   9 comments
Batteries with replaceable fluids may improve electric vehicle energy density.
Stackpole HDM series carbon film leaded resistor
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Stackpole’s latest resistor is carbon-film-based and uses a unique material set, processing, and process control to achieve moisture-resistant performance comparable to metal-glaze resistors at a fraction of the cost.
Chevy Volt relies on adroit suppliers
Design How-To  
7/21/2011   Post a comment
What does it take to bring the Chevy Volt to market? Suppliers of advanced technology that can deliver on time—and on budget.
A19 LED bulbs: What’s under the frosting?
Teardown  
7/19/2011   28 comments
Why are A19 LED bulbs so expensive? In a scientific quest for answers, independent lab MuAnalysis tore apart five bulbs.
Schurter FMER SOL DC filter
Product News  
7/13/2011   Post a comment
Schurter has introduced a new standard DC filter series FMER SOL suited for use on the DC side of the inverter in photovoltaic systems.
Kemet claims first MLCC in 0402 case size supporting extreme temperatures
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7/13/2011   Post a comment
KEMET's latest MLCC in an EIA 0402 case size is capable of reliable performance in environments up to 200°C.
Ambient electromagnetic energy harvesting drives small electronic devices
Research  
7/10/2011   9 comments
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems.
Wireless automotive audio uses minimum power, bandwidth
Design How-To  
7/8/2011   Post a comment
ISM-band technology offers EMI immunity while providing lossless audio.
Engineering a DIY EV!
Design How-To  
7/8/2011   7 comments
Ever think about building your own electric car? Well, here's one engineer who did!
Vishay XT23 and XT35 quartz crystals
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
Vishay's latest SMD quartz crystals combine a low 0.8 mm profile with a wide 12-MHz to 25-MHz frequency range for handheld devices.


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