AutoEMC Newsletter No.21: March-April 2008
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and EMC Conferences
Tech Tour: EMC and Automotive Testing
On 24 April at the Regency Inn & Conference Centre, Westford, MA, USA.
Michigan EMC Society: EMC
EMC Measurements on 8
10th Annual Chicago EMC MiniSymposium
The Chicago Section IEEE EMC Society is pleased to announce the 10th annual EMC MiniSymposium on Tuesday 13th May 2008.
EMC Week and Technical Exhibition
Being held in Singapore between 19th and 23rd May 2008.
Road Transport Information and Control 2008
IET conference between 20 - 22 May 2008 at the Manchester Conference Centre, UK.
More Automotive and EMC Events can be found listed on the websites events diary page;
Complying with the EMC Directive
Although a new release of any directive is followed by a spate of articles on it, the latest EU EMC directive seemed to enter the world relatively unhearalded (or maybe we were just sleeping that day). This article by Keith Armstrong in Conformity magazine is a good catch-up with any changes.
ISO 10605: Still No Change
Despite being due for issuing last November, this Automotive ESD standard has still not been updated. Wondering what might be coming? We have managed to put on-line the paper that was presented at last years AutoEMC 2007 conference on the topic to give a heads-up as to what you might expect. The paper is somewhat critical of some proposed changes, but the author did not at the time of writing the paper expect the standard FDIS to be modified, however, maybe they have taken on-board some of the criticisms and it will be a better standard for it?
Current ISO version in FDIS but not yet available to buy;
Lufthansa Build Own EMC Test Facility
This article from Interference Technology got us thinking, "What makes a company build their own EMC test facility?".
As you can probably imagine, an Aerospace EMC test laboratory is not a low cost option for an airline company. You might expect this from Boeing or Airbus but Lufthansa? Surely there is plenty of EMC test service providers in Europe, and especially in Germany, so why are Lufthansa investing €10M and building their own facility? We speculate on why a company might decide to build or buy EMC services.
Zero-Emission Vehicles: California Air Rsource Board Ruling Released
The state of California’s Air Resources Board has told car manufacturers to start producing vehicles that can be plugged into public electric utilities. The board ruled that car makers must produce at least 58,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles for sale in California between 2012 and 2014.
Mahindra Announce Hybrid Diesel-Electric
The combination of a diesel engine and electric propulsion has always made sense from a European perspective, so why has it taken an Indian manufacturer to introduce the first commercially available model?
ESI GROUP Announces the New Version of PAM-CEM Solutions,Software for Computational Electromagnetics
PAM-CEM Solutions offer unique industrial coupling capabilities to handle realistic models and to access real electromagnetic multi scale phenomena.
New Buried Capacitance Technology
Not a great fan of buried capacitance, but for very high speed signals it has its place. Oak-Mitsui's new Farad Flex appears to offer improved dielectric capability on FR4 base material.
Massive MEMS Growth Forecast
Some might say again! It does appear that MEMS is getting close to reaching the critical mass to be considered as a "standard" component and automotive applications appear to be their natural playground.
Audi Ponder All-Electric Car
And with statements like "Without electronics, it never would have been possible to reduce fuel consumption to the level where we are today." it would appear the German maker is committed to an increasing content. Good news for those of us in the business.
Apologies for the lateness of this Newsletter, usually a March release. Essentially we've just been too busy to finish compiling it, but hopefully you've been equally too busy to notice!
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