Engineering Pop Culture! 3/30/2012 2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
OneLED - Waterproof LEDs advance design of outdoor displays
Design How-To 3/30/2012 1 comment
Small multi-color LEDs with high brightness performance are ideal candidates for outdoor video displays with high resolution. This article will discuss the benefits of surface-mount LEDs which are made from a completely black package for highest contrast indoor video, as well as ingress protected (IP) LEDs for outdoor use.
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To 3/29/2012 6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
Eight19 readies printed plastic solar cell R&D center
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 7 comments
Eight19 Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing printed plastic solar cells, has announced it has commissioned a development and roll-to-roll printing facility at its headquarters.
Functional safety implementations in modern MCUs
Design How-To 3/22/2012 6 comments
Implementation of safety measures is on the rise in today’s automotive world in order to minimize the hazards in case of system malfunctions. Safety critical automotive operations need compliance with ISO 26262 (ASILx) and IEC 61508 (SILx) standards as their safe operation is directly linked to human and social safety.
Solar PV market up 40% in 2011
News & Analysis 3/20/2012 2 comments
Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations grew to 27.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, up 40 percent year over year. The PV industry generated $93 billion in revenues in 2011, up 12 percent year over year, according to market watcher Solarbuzz LLC.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To 3/12/2012 2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Transmitter/receiver pair serves as antitheft alarm
Design How-To 3/8/2012 3 comments
Simple circuit consists of a transmitter/receiver pair that functions as an automobile antitheft alert system. When the vehicle leaves the area, this circuit sounds an alarm because the distance between the transmitter and receiver increases and the received power level falls below a predetermined threshold.
GaN power market to rise to $10 million in 2012, says Yole
News & Analysis 3/7/2012 1 comment
The market for power devices implemented in gallium nitride was less than $2.5 million in 2011, according to market research firm Yole Developpement (Lyon, France). However, there is a great deal of R&D activity and Yole sees the power GaN market growing to nearly $10 million in 2012 and $500 million in 2016.
A hell of a way to run TGV
Blog 3/6/2012 14 comments
A power supply problem left passengers stuck on Eurostar trains between the U.K. and France for up to 11 hours on Monday and early Tuesday this week.
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To 3/5/2012 3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
Modern power line communication for the smart grid
Design How-To 3/5/2012 4 comments
From the early usage of Power Line Communication, in Automatic Meter Reading, to replace the technician from the utility company, reading power meters in person, with an automated process, the industry has come a long way.
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
Design How-To 3/2/2012 Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.