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Powertrain Teardown

(Second Teardown article in a series.) By John Scott-Thomas, TechInsights The Chevrolet Volt, GM’s entry in the electric car market, is one of the most complex vehicles on the road, using almost 100 microprocessors that are controlled by about 10 million lines of code. By comparison, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets by with only 6.5 million lines. One of the real


Innovation is dead (a panel discussion)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — You could be forgiven if your outlook for the long-term future of the North American electronics industry is dire. Mine once was. In fact, I went into this yearlong road trip hoping for good predictions but expecting challenges–challenges in manufacturing, challenges in keeping and growing engineering jobs here, challenges in creating new and innovative startups. It


Volt Teardown: Video excerpts from Design West

In the first of a three-part series of video excerpts from Design West, Munro & Associates' Al Steier and TechInsights' John Scott-Thomas analyze the Chevy Volt's battery pack. Here is their presentation, edited to 15:05:

Product news: New 8-bit MCU from Microchip

(Odometer: 20, 329 miles) CHANDLER, Ariz.–We took the opportunity during our stop here at Microchip headquarters to chat with Greg Brown about a new product the semiconductor vendor released at DESIGN West in March. The 8-bit PIC16F(LF)178X enhancements include advanced analog and integrated communication peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 8-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed

Avnet Express’ Drive for Innovation Exclusive Sponsor of the DESIGN West University Grant Program

Enables 20 Students from San Jose State University to Attend the Event to Gain Engineering Education Phoenix and San Francisco, March 26, 2012 – The Drive for Innovation – a year-long, cross-country road trip created to celebrate electronics innovation is making a stop at DESIGN West and bringing 20 students along for the ride. The University Grant Program, sponsored by


Time to tear down the Volt

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Love it or loathe it, the Chevy Volt is a marvel of electronics and automotive engineering. This week at DESIGN West, we're peeling back the onion on this innovative General Motors design. More design resources In three sessions, Tuesday through Thursday, Al Steier of Munro and Associates and John Scott-Thomas of TechInsights will walk you through

Avnet Express and UBM Electronics Host a Fireside Chat to Examine the State of Innovation in the United States at DESIGN West

To Feature Participants from Swemco, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Shockwave Impact and National Instruments   Phoenix and San Francisco, March 22, 2012 — UBM Electronics, the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry’s decision makers, and Avnet Express, the e-Commerce engine for Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced the Drive for Innovation will host a fireside


Watch the teardown time-lapse video motion

TROY, Mich. — Ever seen a car come apart really fast? Check out our time-lapse video of the Chevy Volt teardown we did several weeks ago here. More design resources It took three days, but the video shortens it to a few crazy minutes and makes Munro & Associates Al Steier look like he's working on barrels of coffee! I

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