USA Today reported today that a joint venture between Toyota Motor Co. and Panasonic will start making lithium-ion batteries next year, reportedly for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Toyota-Panasonic joint venture previously made nickel-metal hydride batteries for Toyota’s hybrids. Automakers are looking to lithium-ion for future hybrids because it offers higher energy density.
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.