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Panasonic relay switches 300A in electric cars

A series of high voltage DC relays from Panasonic Electric Works are designed for electric vehicle powertrains. Available from TTI, the EV relay product family provides high voltage switching across different powertrain types – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, pure electric vehicle and fuel cell. Beside the main and pre-charge relays…

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Buck chip runs from 4 to 140V

Linear Technology has released a buck converter than runs from inputs between 4V to 140V, with 12µA quiescent at zero load without loosing regulation. Called LTC7138, it can deliver 400mA and is intended for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications. For tough environments, there is a -55 to +150C…

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Pre-charge relay for electric and hybrid vehicles

In electric and hybrid vehicles, to reduce initial surge currents from battery to inverter input capacitors at power-up, a capacitor pre-charge circuit can be employed. For situations where this is done through a resistor and relay, Omron is offering the G9EJ-1 relay specifically designed for the job…

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OLED pushbutton shows videos

Push buttons need never be boring again, now NKK has introduced one with a built-in colour video and graphics display. The display is OLED, 96×64, shows 16-bit colour (65,536 colours), and has a 50,000hour lifetime. Down in the engine room, dust-proof gold-plated twin contacts…

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Fasteners shrink to 1mm for small devices

Screw fasteners are shrinking to keep pace with ever-smaller electronics products. Stanley’s threaded inserts are available in 1mm size with its Spiralock self-locking thread – designed to better withstand vibration, shock, and heat cycling. “Electronics can experience vibrational loosening, drop shock, thread damage, and high thermal heat cycles…

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Secret-until-lit switch hides as stainless steel

YB2 half-mirrored push button switches from NKK are intended to blend with stainless steel until they are lit, and are aimed at machinery, medical devices, kitchen equipment, measuring instruments, parking meters, and vending machines. “These aesthetically pleasing switches are a vapour-deposition-onto-plastic design, providing the appearance and…

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Does off really mean off in a smart meter?

Reduction in energy use is high on the agenda of customers, who have to pay for wasted energy, utilities which need to keep pace with growing energy consumption, and of governments, who have to handle the macro-effects of global warning…

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Metal case turns Raspberry Pi B+ into a security camera

Elson Designs has experience of designing cases for the Raspberry Pi and it has now turned its attention to the new Raspberry Pi B+, designing a case for a security camera. Subject of a Kickstarter project, the PiCE+ metal case has  a number of configurations; Outdoor which will use a…

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