Semester 3 Is Getting Started
Blog 1/10/2013 7 comments If you’ve perused Design News at any time over the past 12 months, you’re probably aware that we offer online training through our Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key.
The Industrial Internet of Things
Blog 1/9/2013 9 comments One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
Blog 1/8/2013 7 comments Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 1/4/2013 24 comments An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 1/3/2013 27 comments Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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