Formula One race cars are borrowing a concept used in hybrid vehicles, capturing energy from braking. Magneti Marelli's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System stores energy created during braking and applies it to provide extra power on demand. Some drivers feel it can improve speed by as much as much as 0.4 sec per lap. Magneti Marelli is using Murata Electronics' capacitors to store this energy. The EVC series' ceramic capacitors are small enough to squeeze in anywhere, measuring only 32 × 40 × 3.7 mm — helping reduce weight, which can impact balance and performance depending on the mass distribution inside the car.
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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