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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in January 2012
Chevy Volt: Chargeable With Renewable Energy?
Automotive News 
1/31/2012  31 comments
If you're a prospective Volt owner who wants to load your lithium-ion battery with renewable energy electrons, Chevrolet says it has found a way to help you.
Case of the Deep-Fried Resistors
Sherlock Ohms 
1/31/2012  10 comments
One of the key traits of a great engineer is the willingness to try unusual processes to solve tricky problems -- like using a deep fryer.
Fatigued Controllers Render Washer Useless
Made by Monkeys 
1/30/2012  26 comments
After watching the harness break off from the washer controller twice, this owner comes up with a ruggedized fix.
Shortcut Saves Time at Plant
Sherlock Ohms 
1/27/2012  9 comments
A bit of ingenuity can take a burdensome testing job and streamline it with handmade automation.
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 
1/26/2012  39 comments
Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Nuclear Plant Triggers False Alarms
Sherlock Ohms 
1/25/2012  19 comments
A nuclear energy generation plant was throwing off one alarm after another. Sherlock Ohms, come quickly.
Cadillac's ATS Cuts Mass 1 Gram at a Time
Electronics News 
1/24/2012  31 comments
A massive engineering effort has produced a lightweight, high-strength body structure that will let Cadillac enter the compact luxury market segment this year.
Power Supplies Cause Confusion in Lab
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2012  8 comments
Sometimes your basic assumptions -- like well-working power supplies -- hide the problem you're trying to solve.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
Blog 
1/19/2012  14 comments
As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Why Are USB-A Connectors So Frail?
Made by Monkeys 
1/19/2012  57 comments
USBs are the most common PC connectors, yet they are also the most fragile.
Design News Radio: Microcontrollers for Mechatronics
Electronics News 
1/19/2012  7 comments
If you design mechatronic systems and want to learn more about using microcontrollers (MCUs) in your applications, listen to our Design News radio program on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Tesla Model S Hitting the Road This Summer
Automotive News 
1/18/2012  54 comments
Tesla Motors' plan to build practical, competitive electric vehicles (EVs) will finally be put to the test this summer, as the upstart car company rolls out its long-awaited Model S.
Case of the Failing Switching Regulator IC
Sherlock Ohms 
1/18/2012  11 comments
Choose your capacitors well, and read your research notes carefully, lest you blow up your product.
Smartphones Pose More Danger to Drivers
Electronics News 
1/16/2012  39 comments
Engineers who have equipped cars with cameras and collected millions of miles of data on crashes say that the key to distraction is visual, not cognitive.
Superbattery: The Next Great Triumph of Engineering
Blog 
1/13/2012  77 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
CES: Mercedes Foresees Progress in Batteries, Composites
Wolfe's Den 
1/12/2012  16 comments
While Mercedes-Benz and Daimler talk up their new mbrace2 in-car telematics platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on in automotive batteries and composites.
Prius Pushes Hybrid Efficiency
Automotive News 
1/11/2012  43 comments
Hybrid cars entered a new market segment this week as Toyota introduced a "gateway" vehicle aimed at younger, less affluent buyers.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Automotive News 
1/10/2012  18 comments
General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
'KISS' Among Engineers' Top 2012 Concerns
Wolfe's Den 
1/9/2012  42 comments
As we enter 2012, it seems that the design engineering audience is noticing that jobs are becoming encumbered by lots of stuff that may not result in better end products.
Would Cellphone Ban Secure Car Safety?
Electronics News 
1/6/2012  72 comments
Automakers continue to expand the scope of electronic "infotainment" features, despite government pressure to ban them and deem them unsafe.
2012 Will Be Year of the Engineer
Wolfe's Den 
1/4/2012  45 comments
Designers will no longer be the Rodney Dangerfield of the tech world.
Generator Fries Household Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
1/4/2012  42 comments
Peter thought he was wise to have a generator on hand during a power outage -- that is, until he nearly burned down the house.




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