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Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 2)
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6/30/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Boundary conditions dictate battery management
Design How-To  
6/30/2011   2 comments
Once cell and electronics architecture is understood, one must consider tradeoffs in circuit topology such as how to optimize communications and interconnection within battery pack.
TI shows some very serious intent in analog-focused arenas
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6/27/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments pushes ahead in diverse market areas and technologies, aided by investments in process, product, and people, as it strives to expand its market position and lead
Technological advances simplify personal healthcare and peak-performance training
Design How-To  
6/26/2011   2 comments
High-performance components such as MCUs and AFEs can be used in a variety of medical devices and peak-performance gadgets
Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 1)
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Smart Cities platform monitors noise, pollution, structural health, and waste management
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The Smart Cities sensor board from Libelium measures noise pollution, dust quantities, structural health, and garbage levels.
Cost-effective analysis system for structure-borne noise
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
For acoustic and impact sound analyses in automotive design and, in general, in mechatronic systems where drives or motors are involved, Goepel electronic GmbH has developed its SoundChecker system.
Sensors: More than MEMS
Blog  
6/21/2011   2 comments
The fact that I spend too much time focusing on consumer electronics was brought home to me vividly by a visit to the recent Sensors Expo 2011 in Chicago. Far from the niche show that I expected, it was swamped by over 4,000 attendees checking out 140 exhibiting companies, making navigating the aisles a good application for GPS, LIDAR, a 3-axis accelerometer and a collision-avoidance system.
If you can't drive a Chevy Volt, drive a plug-in Prius
Blog  
6/17/2011   38 comments
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the car I'm driving for a week. Give me any questions or comments you may have.
ECU architecture ensures failure safety
Design How-To  
6/17/2011   3 comments
The complexity of automotive mechatronic systems makes it impossible to fully determine all potential failure modes or to test all possible behavior. The challenge is to architect control units in a way that dangerous failures are prevented or at least sufficiently controlled.
ITT Cannon APD series connectors
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6/16/2011   Post a comment
The latest APD High Voltage Series connector can handle operating voltages of up to 500VDC and operating current of up to 34A.
Atmel Sensors Xplained software drivers speed design development
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has integrated its new Sensors Xplained software drivers with the recently-launched AVR Studio 5 Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Peering inside a portable, $200 cancer detector, Part 1
Design How-To  
6/13/2011   2 comments
Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, inexpensive cancer-detection device; here are the design and construction details
Flat acoustic module targets tablet computer sleeves
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
The HIAM-SS2S 'SoundSleeve' module from HiWave Technologies comprises a pair of 2W peak audio power exciters attached to a lightweight honeycomb panel to create clear stereo sound.
Impressions of IMS2011
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/11/2011   1 comment
Basestations, Backhaul, and Radar
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS5410 linear position sensor
Product News  
6/9/2011   2 comments
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS5410 absolute linear position sensor IC as first product of 3D Hall platform.
ST's LSM320DL motion sensing module packs five degrees of freedom
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6/8/2011   Post a comment
The LSM320DL motion sensing module from STMicroelectronics combines a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 2-axis digital gyroscope in a single device to provide a multi-sensor module with five degrees of freedom.
X-FAB design IP Blocks speed dev times for MEMS accelerometers
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6/7/2011   Post a comment
X-FAB Silicon Foundries is offering ready-to-use design IP blocks for acceleration sensors to its MEMS foundry service offerings.
Touch mania swipes across markets
Special Report  
6/7/2011   20 comments
OEMs are piling on the touchscreen bandwagon, creating an instant ecosystem that could vanish just as fast if LCD makers build the screens into displays.
MEMS device radically reshapes IR non-contact temperature sensing for consumer products
Product News  
6/6/2011   7 comments
TMP006 from Texas Instruments is complete infrared subsystem with thermopile, conditioning, ADC, references, and digital interface in 1.6 mm-square package
EcoCAR forms a project-based learning platform
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Real-world development program inspires engineering students to extend their knowledge of advanced vehicle technologies.
Plessey's EPIC sensors see thru walls
Product News  
6/1/2011   2 comments
The EPIC sensor, which requires no physical or resistive contact to make measurements, will enable innovative new products to be made such as medical scanners that are simply held close to a patient’s chest to obtain a detailed ECG reading or devices that can ‘see’ through walls. 
Technosoft's iPOS3602 servo drive measures 21x54mm, offers high power density
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
The iPOS3602 from Technosoft is an intelligent servo drive offering higher power density on very compact boards. Modularly designed to cover both low- and high-volume applications, the iPOS3602 (36 V, 2 A, 75 W) is a complete motion control and drive solution.
Melexis MLX90360 second-generation Triaxis sensors
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
With a new generation of tri-axial sensors, Melexis addresses the needs of challenging applications in harsh automotive environments.


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