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­Battery-powered Train Sets UK Distance Record

Great Western Railway's ;atest trial has seen a battery-powered train travel 86 miles without recharging.

  There are a great many advantages in the electrification of railways, such as higher efficiency and less pollution, but there are also a good many disadvantages. For example, electrification is a huge cost in the terms of infrastructure, and the rail tracks usually have to be closed while the lines
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Date:
04/23/2024

The Biggest Barrier to a Vibrant Second-Hand EV Market? Price

The Biggest Barrier to a Vibrant Second-Hand EV Market? Price

­As early adopters of electric vehicles (EVs) trade up for the latest models, the used EV market is beginning to mature in the United States. Yet many potential buyers, particularly low-income drivers, are skeptical of EV’s conveniences and are put off by the price, according to a study conducted at
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Date:
04/22/2024
Evolving EV Battery Technology Challenges Test Systems

Figure 1. A 300 kW battery test system (courtesy of EA Elektro-Automatik)

­Electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers and EV manufacturers are working to overcome the two major challenges facing electric vehicles: total travel distance before needing battery pack recharge and recharge time. As a result, battery pack voltages are rising to lower the weight and size of current-carrying co
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Date:
04/16/2024
PSDcast – New Company to Help with Electric Transition

Gustavo Cibrian, Product Portfolio Manager, Battery Interconnect Systems, ENNOVI

­Interplex recently launched the company ENNOVI, which according to their press release, will help customers get to the electric future faster and is primed to support the sector’s drive for innovation, improved efficiency, and reduced environmental impact. And on the line to discuss that is Gustavo Cibrian, Product Po
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Date:
04/15/2024
Vector Enables the Power of Infineon's AURIX TC4x Cyber Security Features

Vector's AUTOSAR Classic embedded software MICROSAR Classic supports Infineon's new AURIX™ TC4x microcontroller (MCU) family.

­The rapidly growing connectivity of vehicles offers numerous opportunities for new, innovative automotive functionalities. At the same time, the potential for cyber-attacks on vehicle networks is increasing. It is therefore of great importance for car manufacturers and suppliers to implement appropriate security me
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Date:
04/12/2024
ROHM's New Linear Op Amp Features Industry-Low 160nA Current Consumption

ROHM's New Linear Op Amp Features Industry-Low 160nA Current Consumption

­ROHM Semiconductor announced a new linear operational amplifier (op amp), the LMR1901YG-M, featuring the lowest current consumption in the industry. This makes it ideal for amplifying sensor signals used to detect and measure temperature, flow rate, gas concentration, and other parameters in applications po
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Date:
04/11/2024
Ruggedized RAIN RFID Reader Module Designed for Extreme Temperatures and Environmental Conditions

Ruggedized module, a finalist in RFID Journal LIVE’s Best New Product Awards, costs less and withstands more extreme temperatures, -40°C to +85°C, than typical modules operating from -20°C to 70°C

­Powercast Corporation, the industry’s one-stop-shop for wireless power, has launched its Extended-Temperature RAIN RFID Reader Module designed to integrate into high-temperature RFID readers that need to reliably operate in the extreme conditions present in automotive, industrial, outdoor, energy and other ap
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Date:
04/11/2024
STMicroelectronics Helps Panasonic Cycle Technology Bring AI to E-Assisted Bikes for Affordable Safety Boost

STMicroelectronics Helps Panasonic Cycle Technology Bring AI to E-Assisted Bikes for Affordable Safety Boost

­STMicroelectronics has announced that Panasonic Cycle Technology, Co. Ltd. (Panasonic) has adopted the STM32F3 microcontroller (MCU) and edge AI development tool, STM32Cube.AI, for their TiMO A e-assisted bike. ST’s edge AI solutions provide a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that leverages an ad
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Date:
04/03/2024
Catching up with Old Friends and New Tech at APEC

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­This year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference was unique for several reasons, not the least of which was its early timing. Instead of March, 2024’s gala took place in late February. That said, in many respects, the show was “more of the same” in the best possible way – the latest evolution of a
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Date:
04/01/2024
Are Chinese Connected Vehicles a U.S. National Security Threat?

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Connected vehicles have gradually become the latest battleground in the ongoing Sino-American trade war. Detractors say they pose a threat to national security, but how real is the threat? The market, itself, is undeniable, expected to eclipse $200 billion by 2027-2028, buoyed by the runaway growth of EVs, A
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Date:
04/01/2024
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