Apr 15, 2009


Nano Tech. Specifications
According to Tata Group's Chairman Ratan Tata, the Nano is a 33 PS (33 hp/24 kW) car with a 623 cc rear engine and rear wheel drive, and has a fuel economy of 4.55 L/100 km (21.97 km/L, 51.7 mpg (US), 62 mpg (UK)) under city road conditions, and 3.85 L/100 km on highways (25.97 km/L, 61.1 mpg (US), 73.3 mpg (UK)). It is the first time a two-cylinder non-opposed petrol engine will be used in a car with a single balancer shaft. Tata Motors has reportedly filed multiple patents related to the innovations in the design of Nano, with powertrain design alone having 34 patents. The head of Tata Motors' Engineering Research Centre, Girish Wagh has been credited with being one of the brains behind Nano's design.

According to Tata, the Nano complies with Bharat Stage-III and Euro-IV emission standards.

Tata Nano Performance
* Acceleration: 0-70 km/h (43 mph): 14 seconds
* Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
* Fuel economy (combined City + Highway): 20 kilometres per liter (5 L/100 km, 47 US mpg, 56 UK mpg)
Body and dimensions
* Seat Belts: 2
* Trunk capacity: 30 L (1.1 cu ft)

Suspension, tires and brakes
* Front brake: disc
* Rear brake: drum
* Front track: 1,325 mm (52.2 in)
* Rear track: 1,315 mm (51.8 in)
* Ground clearance: 180 mm (7.1 in)
* Front suspension: McPherson strut with lower A arm
* Rear suspension: Independent coil spring
* 12-inch wheels

Tata Nano Interiors
The Nano has 21% more interior space and an 8% smaller exterior, when compared with its closest rival, the Maruti 800. The car will come in different variants, including one standard and two deluxe variants. The deluxe variant will have air conditioning, but no power steering. The car is expected to be produced in the Singur plant in West Bengal which is under construction. The initial production target set by Tata Motors is 250,000 units per year.

Tata Nano Engine
The use of a rear mounted engine to help maximise interior space makes the Nano similar to the original Fiat 500, another technically innovative 'people's car'. A concept vehicle similar in styling to the Nano but with frontwheel drive was proposed by the UK Rover Group in the 1990s to succeed the original Mini but was not put into production . The now-defunct Rover Group later based their City Rover on the Tata Indica while the eventual 'new Mini' was the much larger, technically conservative Mini (BMW).

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Apr 14, 2009

Car pooling drive in city

One of the most obvious effects of urbanization is traffic congestion. This is true the world over and particularly severely felt in India. Despite spiraling fuel costs Indians are forced to commute primarily using their four / two-wheelers as a result of inadequate public transport system in the country.

According to a UN study India is most prone to get affected by global warming, the major contributor being carbon monoxide let out by numerous vehicles on road.

The investments and expenses you go in for now may go a long way in securing your future. And so, by optimizing their usage, you are also helping the Government slice its expense bill.

Shareadrive offers a unique proposition to all commuters , by which they could use their vehicles optimally, cut down fuel-costs and reduce their carbon foot prints, and help India Go Green.

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Apr 11, 2009

Dual-output digital synchronous buck controller

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a new dual-output, multi-phase synchronous buck controller that can support various point-of-load configurations.

The UCD9220 device provides 250 picoseconds of pulse-width-modulation, a 2-MHz switching frequency and high DC conversion ratios, while maintaining stable operation. The new TI controller meets power design requirements in telecommunications, server, data storage and industrial test and measurement applications.

The UCD9220 is available in a QFN-48 package and is priced at US$2.65 in quantities of 1,000. The UCD9220 evaluation module will be available in late second-quarter 2009.

Sony Ericsson Launches the W205 Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of the latest Walkman phone from its stables, the low-end W205 slider phone, which is directed at the young, first-time Walkman phone owner.

On the features front, the W205 sports a 1.8-inch 128 x 160 pixel TFT display. The phone is a tad heavy for a low-end handset at 96 grams. The phone boasts of 5MB internal memory with memory card support for up to 2GB with Memory Stick M2 cards. The "international" version of the phone supports GSM/GPRS/900/1800, while the W205a supports GSM/GPRS/850/1900.

On the imaging front, you have a 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, this one will record videos as well. Being a Walkman phone, you can safely expect this to be flush with music oriented features, and the phone doesn't disappoint on this front. Other notable features are FM radio with RDS support, TrackID, and a torch functionality.