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posted in April 2012

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Win a Trip to the Indy 500
News 
4/27/2012  6 comments
Your dream of hanging with the pit crew at Indy has arrived, thanks to Littelfuse Inc.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronics News 
4/27/2012  8 comments
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Comment:Re: EV's - Charles Murray-4/26/2012
Grid Storage a Key to Success of Renewables
News 
4/25/2012  25 comments
The market demand for grid storage of electrical power will skyrocket over the next five years, spiking from about $2.8 billion in 2012 to $113.5 billion in 2017, according to a new study.
Comment:Lettuce? - Charles Murray-4/24/2012
'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
Automotive News 
4/23/2012  57 comments
Yes, the movie gives a one-sided view of the auto industry, but it also provides real insight into why we're moving toward EVs.
Touchpads Put In-Car Entertainment at Your Fingertips
News 
4/19/2012  26 comments
A tiny touchpad in the armrest or steering wheel of future vehicles could enable drivers to more easily communicate with a car's audio, radio, phone, or navigation system, thus reducing driver distraction.
Comment:The Bear - Charles Murray-4/18/2012
Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners
Automotive News 
4/18/2012  236 comments
Despite efforts to promote production of eco-friendly vehicles, hybrids appear to be losing ground.
Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features
Electronics News 
4/16/2012  50 comments
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.
Don't Worry, Your EV Battery Won't Explode
Automotive News 
4/13/2012  38 comments
Reports of a battery fire at a GM lab did not surprise experts, but they said the public should not assume the new EV batteries are explosive.
Comment:Re: EZ-IO - Charles Murray-4/10/2012
EV Batteries: Solid Concept, but Not Ready for Prime Time
Automotive News 
4/6/2012  76 comments
Despite a spate of recent setbacks, plug-in hybrids are here to stay, and consumers and automakers alike need to be patient as the technology struggles toward competitiveness.
EV Battery Report Says Costs Going Down
Automotive News 
4/3/2012  16 comments
Industry analysts are questioning a government forecast that hybrid-electric vehicle battery costs will drop sharply in the next three years.
Renesas MCUs Promote Precise Motor Control
Product News 
4/2/2012  10 comments
Using a new 32-bit microcontroller family, engineers may now have a more cost-effective way of delivering precise power control to products ranging from washers and dryers to solar inverters.


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