UQM and Kinetics Collaborate on Electric Drive Systems

April 23, 2014  by  

System will combine UQM PowerPhase HD® electric motors and controllers with Kinetics NexDrive™ transmissions

UQM Technologies Inc. and Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. are collaborating to offer an efficient and robust integrated electric motor and multi-speed transmission system for commercial vehicle applications that will benefit from a full system approach. The system is engineered to provide commercial vehicle manufacturers a powerful and efficient electric drive powertrain while minimizing the development time for integration.

Battery Management Current-Sensing Solution Needs No Shunt Resistor

April 23, 2014  by  

Design breakthrough achieves accurate, linear current measurement up to 100A by monitoring voltage drop across a PCB’s copper track

ams AG , a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensors, has introduced a reference design board that measures current to an accuracy of ±1% by monitoring the voltage drop across a copper track on a PCB.

TRW Supplies Belt Drive Electric Steering for 2015 SUV from Great Wall Motor

April 23, 2014  by  


TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. will supply its Belt Drive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to a next generation mid-sized Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) being launched by Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Company in 2015.

Sport Utility Vehicles are the fasting growing vehicle segment in the rapidly expanding Chinese market with a 43 percent sales increase from 2013 compared to 2012 according to IHS data.

AB Dynamics Suspension Parameter Measuring Machine

April 23, 2014  by  


AB Dynamics has introduced the SPMM5000, a fixed ground plane Kinetics and Compliance test machine that measures suspension parameters and characteristics.

The machine, which can simulate the motions of a vehicle on the road more accurately than moving ground plane alternatives, is designed to cater for the latest generation of larger SUV type vehicles. Compared with the SPMM4000 on which it is based, the vertical stroke has been increased in the SPMM5000 to ±210mm in order to handle longer wheel travel and the weight of larger vehicles. The nominal load capacity of the SPMM5000 is 5,000kg.

Texas Instruments Wireless MCU Simplifies Automotive Connectivity

April 22, 2014  by  

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SimpleLink™ CC2541-Q1 wireless microcontroller enables new automotive use cases through low power, reduced cost and simplified design

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the SimpleLink™ Bluetooth low energy CC2541-Q1, a highly-integrated wireless microcontroller (MCU) that delivers low power, low cost, and simplified automotive connectivity to emerging smartphone-controlled and wire-replacement applications.

The CC2541-Q1 leverages TI’s Bluetooth Smart solution (SimpleLink CC2541) and automotive connectivity offerings for combo Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth and GNSS (WiLink™ 8Q) and dual-mode Bluetooth (BL6450Q).

Sensor Platforms and ARM Offer Open Source Software for Sensor Hub Implementations

April 21, 2014  by  

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Sensor Platforms, which provides algorithmic sensor software for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and ARM, jointly announced what they said is the world’s first open source software for sensor hub applications.

The software, Open Sensor Platform (OSP), is intended to simplify the integration of sensors across multiple applications and provide a flexible framework for more sophisticated interpretation and analysis of sensor data.

Agilent Announces Single-Slot Eight-Channel 8-bit PCIe Gen2 Digitizer

April 18, 2014  by  

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Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced an eight-channel version of its U5309A 8-bit single-slot PCIe® Gen2 digitizer with on-board processing, providing unprecedented channel density and minimum footprint at this level of performance.

Customers requiring an eight-channel data acquisition system previously had to order a three-slot cPCI chassis, including two digitizer modules and an interface card to the computer. Today they can select the single-slot, eight-channel U5309A PCIe digitizer, which has multiple advantages in cost, reliability and performance—as well as the tremendous size reduction into a single slot card.

dSPACE SYNECT 1.3 Adds Model Management

April 17, 2014  by  


Version 1.3 of the dSPACE SYNECT data management software adds powerful model management to its test, signal, parameter and variant management for model-based development.

Engineers, software developers and architects using model-based design can now manage system, function and plant simulation models together with the associated interface data, parameters and files.

Battery Sensor Combines MCU, CAN, and a 3-Channel Analog Front End

April 17, 2014  by  

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Freescale Semiconductor announced what it said is the industry’s first general market AEC-Q100 qualified intelligent battery sensor to combine three measurement channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, and a CAN protocol module in a single package.

MapleSim Control Design Toolbox Supports Parameterized Controllers

April 17, 2014  by  

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Maplesoft announced an important update to the MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, an add-on to MapleSim, its system-level modeling and simulation tool.

The MapleSim Control Design Toolbox allows engineers to take advantage of the greater flexibility and analysis options available through the use of symbolic parameters. The new release adds more control algorithms, options for automatically selecting the most suitable algorithm and parameter values, and improvements to existing features.

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