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    Smartwatches: The Best and the Brightest

    March 14, 2018

    These days, smart watches are everywhere. They can keep up with business people on the go, athletes wanting to take their tech along during a workout, and everyone in between. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for a great smart watch. That’s why the team at Reviews.com released a guide to navigating your options to help you find a model to suit your lifestyle and your needs.

    Electrification

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      Components consolidation around power systems marks EV uptake

      By Majeed Ahmad | September 10, 2017

      Volvo’s landmark announcement about ceasing the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2019 negates the common perception among industry observers that electric vehicles (EVs) lack consumer interest.

      The Swedish automaker has vowed to produce only three types of electric vehicles from 2019 onward: mild electric vehicles featuring 48-volt system, Twin Engine a.k.a.

      Beyond Silicon

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        Wireless charging: A wide-bandgap sweet spot?

        Wireless power transfer eliminates worries over compatible connectivity

        By Alix Paultre | June 28, 2017

        wireless chargingExcept for those closeted away in secure labs, working on top-secret projects, electronics engineers (EEs) know by now that wide-bandgap semiconductors outperform silicon devices in just about every way. But, figuring out what actual performance benefits might accrue to a specific application is still something of a mystery. A look at the challenging world of wireless charging might illustrate how next-generation solutions can deliver performance benefits unmatchable in silicon.

        Smart, safe, comfortable

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          Software-defined radio SoCs remaking car infotainment

          Simplifies the design, lowers the cost, and shrinks the size of the head unit.

          By Majeed Ahmad | June 26, 2017

          Infotainment—the unsung hero of automotive electronics—is continuously making strides while more chic technologies like ADAS and automated driving are stealing most of the headlines. A single piece of infotainment hardware covering multiple broadcast radio requirements simplifies the design, lowers the cost, and shrinks the size of the head unit.

          Car infotainment is still a major differentiator amid a strong consumer demand.

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            Flexing its technology muscle, TI plays a strong hand in automotive radar

            Sensor portfolio addresses long range, short range and in-vehicle applications

            By Patrick Mannion | June 23, 2017

            By integrating a variety of RF, analog and digital components (including DSP and MCU) onto a single CMOS chip, Texas Instruments has staked a claim to all automotive radar applications, both outside and inside the vehicle.

            Primary automotive radar applications can be broadly grouped into corner radars and front radars. Corner radars (rear and front) are typically short-range radar sensors that can be used for blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA) and front/rear cross-traffic alert (F/RCTA), while front radars are typically mid- and long-range radars responsible for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC).

            Beyond Silicon

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              Which is better? SiC or GaN?

              Proper device selection ensures optimal performance

              By Alix Paultre | June 17, 2017

               

              It is all well and good to point out that wide-bandgap materials like silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) are superior performers to legacy silicon, but what does that really mean to the designer? What application spaces can best benefit from the next generation of semiconductors? There is a difference between frequency-oriented applications like RF and LiDAR and energy-oriented applications like power electronics; wide-bandgap devices, properly chosen, can serve both well.

              The Connected Automobile

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                V2X communications: A pointless wait for 5G?

                DSRC is here, now, and could be saving lives

                June 12, 2017

                V2X communications — the ability of a vehicle to communicate with another, or with ambient infrastructure – could vastly enhance transportation safety if deployed on a mass scale. But it remains an unfulfilled dream because there isn’t a universal agreement on communications protocols.

                There are two leading contenders for such a communications standard: Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology that leverages the commercial cellular network and field equipment managed by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

                The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), whose founding members include Ericsson, Intel, Huawei, Nokia, Qualcomm, Audi, BMW Group and Daimler AG, is lobbying for C-V2X, claiming superior capabilities over DSRC, on more than one front.

                Electrification

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                  Renault to sell electricity from recycled EV batteries

                  Creating a market for used power cells

                  June 11, 2017

                  Renault-Nissan, the strategic partnership between France’s automobile manufacturer Renault and Japan’s Nissan, is working with energy storage specialist The Mobility House to develop a ‘mega battery’ built from new or used electric car batteries. The move has the potential to effectively reduce the ownership cost of electric vehicles (EV) by creating a secondary recycling market for used lithium-ion batteries that might otherwise be scrapped.