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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in November 2011
Chevy Volt Battery Fires Arouse Investigations
Blog 
11/30/2011  17 comments
Are the lithium ion (LiOn) battery used in the Chevy Volt and the car's charging stations involved in recent battery fires?
Ghost in the (LG) Fridge
Made by Monkeys 
11/28/2011  28 comments
Whenever something breaks on this refrigerator, it somehow fixes itself.
The Case of the RF Disturbances
Sherlock Ohms 
11/23/2011  25 comments
RF disturbances can stretch for miles, throwing electronics haywire.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronics News 
11/21/2011  42 comments
Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Would You Vacation With Your Customers to Build a Better Product?
Electronics News 
11/18/2011  26 comments
Do you trust your customers to help you innovate? For most design engineers, the public answer is most likely "yes." The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced than that.
Slideshow: Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Mini-Teardown
Blog 
11/18/2011  18 comments
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet presented a tough packaging and assembly challenge, as revealed via this mini-teardown courtesy of iFixit.com.
Case of the Non-Magnetized TV Magnet
Sherlock Ohms 
11/17/2011  20 comments
Sometimes the most obvious component -- the one you would never check -- is the one that is failing the system.
Photovoltaics Evolve Amid Cost Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/17/2011  15 comments
The evolving solar photovoltaic (PV) market presents numerous challenges to design engineers.
Automotive Infotainment Grows Up
Automotive News 
11/16/2011  20 comments
The in-car PC is gone, but in-car connectivity is back – better and safer than ever.
Don’t Disintegrate My Mercedes Wiring Insulation
Made by Monkeys 
11/16/2011  16 comments
There's something hot about the wiring in the early 1990s Mercedes.
Slideshow: BMW Busting Out With All-Electric; Sports Hybrid
Automotive News 
11/15/2011  35 comments
The luxury automaker BMW Group will go green in a big way in the next three years, rolling out purpose-built pure electric and hybrid-electric cars that will make heavy use of carbon fiber materials.
Ford to Jog Drowsy Drivers With Lane-Keeping Tech
Electronics News 
11/14/2011  35 comments
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who say they've nodded off at the wheel, then Ford Motor Co. may have news that will jump-start your next moonlight drive.
Mystery of the Failing Ignition
Sherlock Ohms 
11/14/2011  20 comments
Sometimes a manufacturing flaw can take 27 years to finally cause consternation.
Electric Vehicles: How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?
Automotive News 
11/8/2011  29 comments
To get a sense of how far the electric car market has come, it's instructive to read "Foreign Trade in Electric Vehicles" on the New York Times Website.
When Mechanicals Outlast the Electronics
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2011  23 comments
Electronic touch screens and entertainment components will wear out well before the vehicle does. What do we do about that?
Slideshow: Garmin GPS Teardown
Blog 
11/7/2011  7 comments
Design News' sister company, UBM TechInsights, examined the Garmin GTU 10, a relatively small GPS tracking device.
Slideshow: Autonomous Vehicles Leave the Driving to... Themselves
Automotive News 
11/3/2011  13 comments
Our gallery spotlights the self-driving cars developed to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) annual Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.
Smartphone's Next Role: Reducing Highway Fatalities
Electronics News 
11/1/2011  9 comments
Smartphones could reduce highways fatalities by running vehicle-to-vehicle communication applications.




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