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Audio Transceiver with Automotive Audio Bus

The AD2410 transceiver from Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) is the first in a family of devices that enables ADI’s new automotive audio bus (A²B), which significantly reduces the weight of existing...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Real-Time Control Accelerator

C2000 Piccolo F2807x multipoint control units (MCUs) from Texas Instruments improve execution speeds of control tasks in hybrid-electric and electric vehicles. Analog and control peripherals integrate control...

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Transportation

Evora 400 Becomes Most Powerful Production Lotus Ever

Lotus regards its Evora 400, to be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show this week, as virtually a new model.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Automakers See Possibilities, Limits for Gesture Controls

Volkswagen made its first ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in January 2015. In a display of Vegas-style razzle-dazzle, the German automaker unveiled...

Briefs
Defense

Infrared Stereo Calibration for Unmanned Ground Vehicle Navigation

Many challenges still persist in the area of autonomous (and even semi-autonomous) vehicle navigation for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). One challenge is in detecting and...

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Aerospace

Simultaneous Vibration Suppression and Energy Harvesting for a Multifunctional UAV Spar

The goal of this work was to investigate using harvested energy to directly control the vibration response of flexible aerospace systems. Small,...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Development and Evaluation of the Stingray Amphibious Maritime Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Every year, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps conduct thousands of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIOs) to enforce embargoes, intercept contraband,...

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Software

Pushbroom Stereo for High-Speed UAV Navigation in Cluttered Environments

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) rely on an external motion-capture apparatus that gives the vehicles almost perfect state information at high rates. Major challenges in...

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Unmanned Systems

Modeling and Simulation of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle Power System

Robotic vehicles such as unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have multiple sources of power, including batteries, fuel cells, combustion engines, ultracapacitors, and solar cells...

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Aerospace

Deploying Next-Generation UAS Platforms with 3U VPX

More powerful. Lighter. Cooler. These are the key criteria for the design of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) in next-generation Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms, which continue to grow...

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Defense

UGVs — On the Cutting Edge of Thermal Management

Thermal management of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is more complex than other electronic equipment because they have to operate in harsh environments such as humid tropical rainforests or...

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Defense

Controlling the Seas: Introducing a New Concept in Autonomous Surface/Underwater Vehicles

The boundary between the sea and sky is an important place to be. It’s the critical connecting layer for commercial and military information exchange...

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Defense

Connectivity in Robotic Systems

While many think of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or space probes and planet rovers when they think of unmanned systems, the field of robotics covers every environment known to man: sea, ground, air, and...

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Defense

Anti-Hacking Software for UAVs

Galois
Portland, OR
503-626-6616
http://galois.com

To address growing evidence that commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), automobiles and other vehicles are vulnerable to hacking and...

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Defense

Unmanned Naval Helicopter

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Redondo Beach, CA
310-812-4321
www.northropgrumman.com

The U.S. Navy has been conducting ship-board flight testing of the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned...

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Unmanned Systems

UAV Circuit Boards

Sunstone Circuits
Mulino, OR
503-829-9108
www.sunstone.com

Miki Szmuk is an aerospace engineer with big ideas for building better unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As a doctoral student from the Controls...

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Materials

Sheet Molding Composite

Tough Class A (TCA) Ultra Lite from Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is a 1.2 specific gravity (SPg) sheet molding composite formulation that provides engineers the ability to design with a lower...

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Power

Ferrari Massages 458 to Create 488 GTB

Ferrari engineers have further refined the 458 Italia model with a new turbocharged and downsized engine and revised aerodynamics to create the 488 GTB.

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Manned Systems

Low-Emissions Binder for Composites

BASF offers low-emissions Acrodur Power 2750 X binder for lightweight automotive composites with integrated functions. Designed for the production of natural-fiber composites for applications such as...

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Defense

Researcher Develops Autonomous UAV Refueling System

A University of Sydney researcher has designed and successfully tested a method for autonomously docking drones for refueling or recharging, in mid- air. Daniel Wilson, whose PhD research...

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Defense

Army Looks Toward Fully Autonomous Tactical Vehicle

The U.S. Army is working toward developing a fully autonomous tactical vehicle, a robotics expert said. "When you start looking at the mid-term, five to 10 years, we start talking about...

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Defense

Laser-Based Aircraft Countermeasures Protect Against MANPADS

The Army expects to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program later this year. The CIRCM system, under...

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Communications

Bringing Intelligence into Fluid Power Systems

In today’s world of hydraulics, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must determine how to deliver innovative solutions that meet the stringent customer requirements for better...

Global Vehicles
Propulsion

Mercedes-Benz Replaces M-Class with GLE, Adds Plug-In Hybrid

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show and scheduled for market in late summer, could be regarded as just a major "refresh" of the M-Class....

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Automotive

Dana Reveals 'Dual-Range Disconnect' 6x4-6x2 Tandem Concept

Many technologies that improve the fuel efficiency of heavy trucks were announced at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, one such innovation being a...

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Transportation

Electrohydraulic Power Steering Pursued for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Energy savings is one of the most significant concerns in the development of new vehicles, particularly power-steering systems, as over 70% of the fuel consumed by...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Cars Look Inside Themselves

Rear- and forward-facing cameras have made big inroads, but cameras that monitor interiors haven’t seen much acceptance. That may change, driven partially by the shift to semi-autonomous driving.

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Software

Unstoppable Formula-SAE Team Leader Earns Rumbaugh Award

An uncertain product development budget didn’t derail the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)’s Formula SAE team from scoring the school’s highest overall finish in...

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Test & Measurement

Ohio State's ‘Bullet’ EV Has a Short Range, but Could Surpass 400 Mph

There were several electric vehicles (EVs) on display at the New York International Auto Show, but one of them is 38 ft (11.6 m) long, and weighs 8000 lb (3630...

Executive Viewpoints
Electronics & Computers

New Trends in Operator Awareness and Visibility in Off-Highway Equipment Design

Taking a cue from the automotive industry, off-highway equipment design is evolving to accommodate the needs and preferences of the operator. The desire for...

Executive Viewpoints
RF & Microwave Electronics

Separating the Right Signals from the Noise

The need to maximize asset availability and performance represents an ongoing challenge for the off-highway industry. Telematics has become a megatrend as more companies of every size see value...

Executive Viewpoints
Power

Designing Toward Future-Proof Technology

Resource shortages, rising market requirements, and legal provisions like Tier 4 force the construction machinery industry all over the world to rethink designs.

Executive Viewpoints
Design

As Equipment Innovations Evolve, Tires Must Keep Up

Technological advances touch every aspect of our lives today. We wake up to alarms, read emails on smart phones, trust a GPS to tell us how to get to our locations, and shop online.

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Transportation

Bentley Develops W12 Cylinder Deactivation

Luxury car manufacturers around the world are devising multiple solutions for improving fuel economy and emissions while maintaining the high-performance multi-cylinder engines their customers...

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Power

Innovation Is at the Core of Engine Design

A new era in high horsepower (HHP) engine technology began on January 1, 2015, the official start date of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions regulations...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Building Blocks Toward Collaborative Innovation

Global trends of population growth, the consequent infrastructure replacement and expansion, and the basic need to feed people, combined with ever-increasing environmental concerns and...

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Power

The Good, the Bad, and the Biodiesel

With the cost of fossil fuels continuing to rise as the quantity is depleted, there is a strong driver for continued investment in renewable fuel sources. One such approach is the use of plant-based...

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Electronics & Computers

Making the Revolution--Driver Assistance Systems

The mobility technology world is abuzz with the wild explosion of technology infusion—driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, security, infotainment,...

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Power

Confidence Comes Free with New-Technology Training Programs

Around the world, manufacturers are innovating at a breakneck pace. From 3D printers and smart watches to delivery drones and self-driving vehicles, I often find myself...

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Power

What’s an IOPU and Why Should You Care?

Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, installing a diesel engine into a piece of equipment was a relatively straightforward exercise. One simply needed to find a location with an...

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Transportation

Enabling the Future of Harvesting Through Flexible HIL Testing

It seems as though everywhere you turn today, you see a car commercial showing off new features and capabilities that brings us one step closer to the Holy Grail goal of...

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Materials

Specialty Adhesives

Three new adhesives from Dow Automotive Systems offer environmental benefits when bonding elastomeric materials to metal, engineering plastics, or other elastomers. Megum 5386, Thixon P-21, and Thixon 526 bonding agents...

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Automotive

Nano-Coating for Corrosion Protection

Daubert Chemical’s next-generation Nox-Rust 1290HP, to be launched by the specialty coatings and adhesives manufacturer at the SAE 2015 World Congress in Detroit, uses nanoscale chemistry to boost...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Projected-Capacitive Touch Panel

Tianma NLT America is introducing a new touch screen technology developed by NLT Technologies, Ltd. The new 8.4-in XGA is an amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module...

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Automotive

Simulation-Driven Design

Exa Corp. has launched an upgrade to its results generation, analysis, and reporting program, PowerINSIGHT, which allows users to optimize product performance early in the development process by automating the...

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Software

Comprehensive CAD Program

Delcam will launch in May the 2015 R2 version of its PowerSHAPE Pro software, which includes new options for reverse engineering as well as improvements to speed up and simplify the editing of product designs to...

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Propulsion

Unearthing the Solutions: The Road Ahead

The industrial engine market has the potential to total more than 15 million units by 2018, with an increase in demand projected across the globe which, coupled with increased environmental...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Serial Flash Products

Integrated Silicon Solution offers full production of automotive-grade serial NOR flash products supporting long-term, reliable operation in harsh environments. Products are available in 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 Mb...

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Automotive

Rugged Panel-Mount Indicators

VCC’s series of IP67- and NEMA 6P-rated panel-mount indicators are designed with a wide viewable angle that delivers bright visibility even in direct sunlight. Used in outdoor applications including electric...

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Aerospace

Researchers Create Jet Fuel Compounds From Fungus

Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil, and rotting fruit. They used Aspergillus...

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Test & Measurement

NASA Tests Green Aviation Technology

Two NASA experiments designed to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions will fly this spring on a specially outfitted Boeing 757 airplane called the ecoDemonstrator. One includes 31 small devices that...

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Aerospace

Airflow Model Could Reduce Time on the Tarmac

New research could lead to more efficient takeoffs on airport runways and improve safety. A mathematical tool was developed to calculate the flow of turbulent air produced by a plane’s wing...

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Automotive

Adjustable Angle Heads

New adjustable angle heads from BENZ help manufacturers improve their machining and milling operations by enhancing productivity and efficiency. Available in small to large custom sizes, BENZ adjustable angle heads are engineered for use in general manufacturing and light production operations where the machines need to...

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Automotive

NanoSteel Powder Alloys Advance 3-D Printing of High-Hardness Parts

NanoSteel has expanded its additive manufacturing (AM) material capabilities to support metal 3-D printing of complex high-hardness parts and the ability to customize...

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Electronics & Computers

High-Speed Entertainment

Lesswire’s Wi4Upro is an updated long-term evolution (LTE) Wi-Fi router with built-in media server for high-speed Internet and entertainment in vehicles. The slender Wi4U offers a solution for coach companies,...

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Automotive

Top Speed on Mars: 0.1 Mph

The six-wheeled Curiosity rover exploring Mars’ surface gets its instructions from a lead driver working inside the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

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Electronics & Computers

GM Prognostics Use 4G for Data Acquisition, Cloud Analysis

“How much longer will it last?” is a common question that motorists in for repairs ask service technicians. And although a “best guess” may be fine for deciding when to...

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Automotive

Increasing the Pace of Fuel-Cell Expansion

James Batchelor is a fuel cell advocate. As Managing Director of Intelligent Energy’s Motive Div., he is undaunted by the cost and hydrogen infrastructure challenges that have so far bedeviled...

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Software

China Luxury Market Requirements Drive New Lincoln Continental Design, Engineering

“This concept is a strong indication of what the production model will look like,” said Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields, at the New York media...

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Transportation

Two Approaches to AWD Show Improved Fuel Economy, Reduced System Weight

The increasing popularity of all-wheel drive (AWD) is up against the regulatory demands for improved fuel economy, while the buying public also is looking for...

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Connectivity

Green-Lighting Ford's "Clean" Technologies

As Ford Motor Co.'s Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Michael Tinskey eats, sleeps, and breathes sustainable mobility. His small group of "clean technologists" are...