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Top 10 stories of 2010
Design How-To  
12/23/2010   4 comments
Here are the top 10 stories posted on Automotive Designline this year, as determined by your page views.
FMEA eases automotive ASIC design and deployment
Design How-To  
12/23/2010   3 comments
FMEA can be an overall development tool beyond its commonly accepted scope of reliability (design for production) and failure sensitivity (design for test).
2-A supercap charger balances and protects cells in portable applications
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Look at the pros and cons of supercapacitors and how more compact, simpler designs can be created using supercaps
DDC's RP-26300 solid-state power controller handles four 75-amp channels
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
The RP-26300 from Data Device Corporation (DDC) is a new compact (6.3 in X 4.6 in), multi-channel solid-state power controller card with the capability to distribute and control power to four independent 75 Amp subsystems, and handle high current loads up to 300 Amps with channel paralleling.
Remembering W. Marshall Leach Jr. (and his low-TIM amp)
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/21/2010   2 comments
The audio field lost a major figure recently with the passing of W. Marshall Leach Jr.
Endicott LED drivers
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Endicott Research Group has announced new package configurations that offer footprint-compatibility with its existing CCFL inverter designs.
Evaluation platforms ease transition to MOST150
Design How-To  
12/17/2010   1 comment
Using twin evaluation platforms, Audi engineers tested all of the elements of the infotainment networking technology affected by the migration from MOST25 to MOST150.
Is the fade-out of college radio bad for engineers?
Blog  
12/16/2010   36 comments
In addition to its role in music, college radio is often a hands-on training ground for engineers
Project aims to cut conversion losses by 50%
Research  
12/15/2010   3 comments
The Neuland project, part funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), has been set up to explore the efficient use of electricity from renewable sources based on novel semiconductor materials.
Digital power control, battery management converge in EVs
Design How-To  
12/14/2010   Post a comment
This article investigates the design requirements and architecture associated with the development of a high-power, off-line battery charger for automotive plug-in hybrids.
Dancing with the "power" stars: Power Management's "Top 50" articles of 2010
Design How-To  
12/14/2010   5 comments
Check out what engineers found of greatest interest among our many features this year
Hardware and software considerations in secure passive immobilizer design
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   2 comments
While top level functionality of a vehicle immobilizer is simple to describe, the underlying technology is intriguing and sophisticated. This article discusses hardware and software aspects of vehicle immobilizer systems with emphasis on design and security considerations.
Dongbu forms automotive, power network
News & Analysis  
12/10/2010   3 comments
South Korean foundry chipmaker Dongbu HiTek has announced a network of partners in support of analog and power circuit design and manufacturing.
Intelligent multiplexer upgrades automotive lighting high side drivers
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   1 comment
Control and diagnostics of lighting functions are some of the growing tasks performed by modern body control modules. An intelligent multiplexer would provide a solution to their ever increasing requirements in terms of pulse width modulation channels, diagnostics, and system reliability in automotive lighting applications.
Solutions for nonlinear characterization of high-power amplifiers
Design How-To  
12/6/2010   4 comments
High-power RF amplifiers are used in telecommunications, biomedical, and military systems. With output power levels ranging up to 1 kW, these amplifiers are typically designed to operate near or into compression in order to provide the maximum output power possible. Designing high-power amplifiers requires a detailed analysis of its nonlinear behavior.
Monitoring systems ensure Li-ion battery safety and efficiency
Design How-To  
12/2/2010   6 comments
Devices also maximize performance and capacity usage of EV and hybrid car batteries.
Exclusive! Driving Chevy's Volt
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2010   21 comments
Here's what I learned—and what I didn't.


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