Bosch's MM3.8 is part of the company's DRS MM3 generation of sensors, which allow several sensor elements to be individually combined and placed together in a cluster, on a printed circuit board within a single housing. The micromechanically fabricated elements measure angular velocity and linear acceleration. Bosch uses the flexible construction to allow detection of angular velocity for different paths of force within a vehicle. The cluster is suitable for such systems as electronic stability control and rollover prevention, as well as for "hill hold" control and active steering. Get more information on Bosch's flexible-design sensor cluster.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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