Audi goes fuel-electric for desert racing

Audi RS Q e-tron is a fuel-electric series hybrid made for the Dakar cross-desert race, which finishes today. In series hybrids, all drive is via electricity, there is no rotating mechanical link between heat engine and wheels. Just like a diesel-electric railway train, the intervening electric drive allows the fuel engine to run continuously at ...

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Tiny simple THz radiation source

Researchers at Austrian university TU Wien (Vienna) have created a simple and compact source of terahertz radiation, claiming that radiates significantly more power than similar devices: 10μW at its 525GHz fundamental and 70μW at 330GHz. There are various ways to generate terahertz waves. TU Wien lists cryogenic quantum cascade lasers for high intensities, or down-conversion ...

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PCB-mount vehicle charging safety relay handles 36A

Rated at up to 36A, and with a 30.5 x 16mm footprint and 20.5mm (plus pins) height, G6QE is Omron’s latest electric vehicle charging safety shut-down relay. “With a switching current of 36A at 250Vac, 10,000 switching operations are possible, and with 30A at 250Vac even 100,000,” according to distributor Rutronik, which is stocking the parts. ...

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CES – a reprise

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) stated CES 2022 live attendance was over 45,000 people, about a quarter of the over 175,000 attendees at the last live event, CES 2020, reports Semiconductor Intelligence. Over 2300 companies exhibited at CES 2022, about half the 4500 companies at CES 2020. We at Semiconductor Intelligence elected to attend CES ...

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Yara Marine looks to accelerate startups

Yara Marine Technologies is looking for applications for its 3-month tailored startup accelerator programme, Yara Marine X. The programme offers  companies an opportunity to develop and pilot their products while supported by direct access to Yara Marine’s capabiliries. The accelerator programme aims to make it easier for early phase startups with relevant clean technologies or ...

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Astroscale signs up for Gas Stations in Space

Astroscale U.S. has joined in partnership with Orbit Fab – the “Gas Stations in Space” refueling service provider – to provide on-orbit refueling services to Astroscales’s spacecraft. Specifically, it will be for Astroscales’s LEXI (life extensions in-orbit) Servicer operating in geostationary orbit (GEO), which was designed to be refueled in space. Under the terms of ...

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Toshiba sampling Ethernet bridge IC

Toshiba is sampling an  Ethernet bridge IC – the TC9563XBG – for use in automotive zonal-architecture, infotainment, telematics or gateways as well as industrial equipment. Volume production is planned for April. The new bridge IC incorporates two 10 Gbps Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) supporting a number of interfaces including USXGMII, XFI, SGMII, and RGMII. ...

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