Sunlight sensors detect the amount of solar radiation to improve air conditioning efficiency and provide a higher comfort level for driver and passengers in vehicles with separate cooling zones. Hamamatsu's S8369 sensor uses a photodiode to measure the infrared heat load of the sun's rays and a special cap shape to achieve a wide-angle of directivity. The one-piece plastic package design integrates the sensor assembly and connector in a single housing. The unit has a spectral response from 320 to 1100 nm. To meet passenger compartment requirements, the sensor has an operating temperature of -30 to +80C. Custom versions address different specifications, including multiple zones, and added functionality. For more information on Hamamatsu's sunlight sensor go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4914-501
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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