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Back to Basics: Wireless charging
Design How-To  
5/31/2012   6 comments
The concept of wirelessly charging devices has been around for a while, but is now rapidly gaining interest to make it more flexible and useable. But what are the different techniques available, and what are the design challenges an engineer needs to deal with?
Home sweet smart home
Design How-To  
5/29/2012   10 comments
With energy costs as a top concern and the proliferation of connected electronic products, the need for a connected smart home and smart meter is more real than ever. In short, the smart grid and the smart home network need to evolve to the next level to meet user demands.
Omnivision launches 16-megapixel image sensor
Product News  
5/28/2012   13 comments
Omnivision Technologies Inc. has launched the OV16820 and OV16825 images sensors, which provide 16-megapixel resolution, for use in digital still and video cameras.
Magnetic sensor features discrete protection components integrated into IC package
Product News  
5/25/2012   1 comment
Ruggedized packaging obviates the need for a conventional PCB arrangement.
High Voltage CMOS process tackles power
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5/24/2012   Post a comment
The new process provides low specific On-resistance 700V power devices and the lowest mask count in the foundry industry…
IndyCar electronics drive cars to be lighter, faster
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5/23/2012   Post a comment
While having fewer electronic systems than many road cars, IndyCar chassis run with specialized electronics, with features geared for safety, reliability, and data acquisition.
How's this for adroit engineering?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/21/2012   4 comments
Algorithm detects drowsy driving.
HiWave embeds haptic response in flat printed panels
Product News  
5/18/2012   2 comments
HiWave Technologies has launched a touch feedback platform for control panels to be integrated in everyday household appliances.
The automotive graphical user interface—compromise or opportunity?
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Traditional automotive switch, button, and analog gauge HMIs are becoming GUIs (graphical user interfaces) offering enormous flexibility. The scope and variety of information that can be displayed are almost limitless and can be changed dynamically while in use.
Starcom launches WatchLock high-security padlock
Product News  
5/16/2012   Post a comment
Starcom’s WatchLock the industry’s first high-security padlock with built in u-blox GPS and GSM wireless communications capability.
Autonomous cars: Sooner than we think?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2012   15 comments
In the short term, vehicles will be able to take over many driving functions—but full autonomy may be farther down the road.
SWS launches development platform for MEMS inertial sensors
Product News  
5/13/2012   Post a comment
Si-Ware Systems (SWS) has launched its Inertial Sensor Development Platform, the SWS61111 (formerly SWP210).
Choose the right touch technology for your display
Design How-To  
5/11/2012   1 comment
Understand the various touch technologies and consequent tradeoffs when decided pn the "best" choice.
Teardown Report: Chevy Volt's electronic secrets
Design How-To  
5/10/2012   3 comments
Beyond battery chemistry, and electric propulsion and control, this enhanced-range electric vehicle was designed for upgrades, ruggedness, and diagnostics—with attention to quality in its construction.
Project e-smart, Pt. 2: Vehicle controls, modeling, and simulations
Design How-To  
5/8/2012   Post a comment
Converting a Smart ForTwo into an EV includes planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart. This part describes the vehicle control system; measurements, modeling and simulation of the vehicle; and an outlook on future EV issues.
Project e-smart, Pt. 1: Students convert Smart car into an EV
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
Vehicle conversion including planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart.
EnOcean creates new energy harvesting wireless technology education program
News & Analysis  
5/6/2012   Post a comment
EnOcean has launched a new university program which aims to educate the university community about energy harvesting wireless technology and open up students’ career opportunities at EnOcean.
Mercury wins sensor processing subsystem contract with Raytheon
News & Analysis  
5/2/2012   1 comment
Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) said it has concluded a contract with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems to deliver application-ready subsystems and integration services for Raytheon’s Advanced Distributed Aperture System.
Microchip tips gesture firm buy in profitable quarter
News & Analysis  
5/2/2012   1 comment
Microcontroller vendor Microchip has acquired Ident Technology, a German company that is developing 3-D gesture recognition technology based on electric field sensing.


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