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Increasing government regulations have created new design challenges for  the small engine market. New standards in pollution control have pushed  the limits of the mechanical carburetor of motorbikes, lawn mowers and  utility engines. To meet these new regulations, small engine-based  products must evolve from mechanical to electronic control and include  sensors that allow precise metering of fuel and air for the combustion  process. While the carburetor has been ...
Expanding on the topic of “active safety,” Freescale recently announced advanced Xtrinsic sensors for use in Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC works by comparing vehicle responses to user control   inputs. If the two are inconsistent, ESC applies the individual wheel   brakes of the car to bring things back in line. ESC is standard in high   end vehicles today, but the technology is moving into the mainstream   market as well. The U.S. Na ...
by Marc Osajda   Powered two wheelers account for only one percent of European traffic, but represent 16 percent of the road fatalities, according to a study led by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers. The risk of being killed in motorcycle accident is 20 times higher than in a regular passenger car. More than half of the death causes are due to upper body area injuries in the thorax, abdomen and spine. Scary data, isn’t it?   Bering, a well-known manufac ...
by Mike Stanley Expanding on the topic of “active safety,” Freescale recently announced advanced Xtrinsic sensors for use in Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC works by comparing vehicle responses to user control inputs. If the two are inconsistent, ESC applies the individual wheel brakes of the car to bring things back in line. ESC is standard in high end vehicles today, but the technology is moving into the mainstream market as well. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Saf ...
by Axel Streicher   On Tuesday, March 1, the “embedded world 2011” exhibition and conference in Nuremberg, Germany, opened its gates. Within a few hours, the embedded AWARD jury announced to the public and the press that the MPC5646, the newest member of Freescale’s Qorivva 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) built on Power Architecture technology, won the embedded AWARD 2011 in the hardware category.   What is the innovation behind the Qorivva MPC5646 family that made ...

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