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Place and Route Algorithms for FPGAs: How Do They Do That?
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3/17/2015  Post a comment
The next time you run an FPGA compile chain from a high level language through synthesis and the back-end FPGA manufacturer tools, give a nod to the Place and Route algorithm doing all the heavy lifting. Now if we could just find a way to use negotiated congestion to solve our evening highway commute problems, life would be even better.
The Path to Innovation Success Is Never Straight
Blog 
3/16/2015  7 comments
Conventional wisdom in product design, development, and engineering dictates a certain order of movement: You listen to customers and look at their application needs, perform market research, collaborate with them on conceptualization and feasibility, and go through the rest of the engineering design wringer and -- voila -- you have a product innovation or, better yet, an innovative product.
Battle Scenes from the IoT Standards War
Blog 
3/13/2015  1 comment
The battle over IoT standards is just getting started, and already companies are vying to dominate. A leading communications CEO offers the details.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
Blog 
3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 
3/12/2015  1 comment
The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
3/10/2015  7 comments
Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
5 Tips to Meet Control Panel Space Requirements
Guest Blogs 
3/10/2015  Post a comment
When designing a control panel, you have enough worries and responsibilities and should not be concerned with additional design challenges. The following tips can help achieve design flexibility and regulatory compliance while bringing you peace of mind.
The Top 6 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of 2015
Blog 
3/9/2015  6 comments
The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
Paralyzed Woman Controls Fighter Jet Simulator With Her Mind
Blog 
3/6/2015  7 comments
As part of a new DARPA project, Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic woman, was able to use neural implants to control a F-35 fighter jet in a simulator.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2015  1 comment
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Accelerate Your Stepper Motor Control Design Using MCU-Based Reference Designs
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3/5/2015  Post a comment
MCU manufacturers have become excellent sources for information you can use to get a head start on your next design. In addition to the normal data sheets and evaluation boards, MCU manufacturers also often provide complete reference designs -- working designs that establish a proven baseline for creating your own custom design.
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost
Blog 
3/4/2015  21 comments
The key to the success of alt energy is advanced automation, which is still relatively new to the energy scene.
Jumpstart Your Motor Control Designs with MCUs & FPGAs
Blog 
3/4/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on designing motor control using MCUs and FPGAs will show you how to choose the best hardware and tools to speed up your development time.
6 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Young Engineers
STEM Connection 
3/3/2015  2 comments
DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week may be in the books, but who needs a designated timeframe in which to celebrate and inspire young engineers?
Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
Blog 
3/2/2015  20 comments
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
Counterfeit Components Continue to Slam Electronics Industry
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3/2/2015  2 comments
Counterfeit parts are an increasing problem. Eaton has launched a program to educate buyers in identifying counterfeit electronic components.
Ecolab-Tested Cable Jacket for Washdown Applications
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3/2/2015  Post a comment
The standards electrical machines and components are required to meet in the food processing industry are far more stringent than those in traditional plant construction. For specialized production environments such as these, components must not only resist thermal and physical stresses, but they must also be resistant to the chemicals used to sterilize equipment.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … It’s National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  51 comments
You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.
When Will the Smart Home Really Be Smart?
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2015  7 comments
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  2 comments
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Iranian STEM Students Face Uphill Battle in US
Blog 
2/27/2015  4 comments
On Feb. 6, UMass Amherst announced that it would no longer be accepting Iranian graduate students in STEM fields. It has since abandoned that policy.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
Blog 
2/27/2015  1 comment
Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
Share Your Excitement of Engineering with a Young Person
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2/26/2015  Post a comment
Engineers throughout the US are in the midst of celebrating Engineers Week. But the celebration extends beyond the country’s borders, and even beyond the Earth itself; the crew of the International Space Station joined the festivities, too!
Personal Power Management & Minimizing the Stress of Decision Fatigue
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2015  1 comment
Was Steve Job’s signature outfit of a black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers the secret behind his success? Maybe, or maybe not, but it was likely an indication of a decision-making philosophy that enabled him to become one of the most successful innovators of all time.
7 New Innovative Industrial Technologies to Watch
Blog 
2/25/2015  2 comments
From the Industrial Internet of Things to linear motors and conveyors, plant technology was on display at the recent Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif.
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
It’s National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
DiscoverE Encourages Girls to Find their Inner Engineer
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
There is still a significant gender gap in engineering and other STEM fields, but the organization sponsoring Engineers Week is trying to change that. Tomorrow is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sponsored by DiscoverE, an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Developing World Is Hot on Connectivity
Blog 
2/24/2015  2 comments
Study by element14 reveals that those in China and India are eager for everything connected. Those in Europe and the US are skeptical.
FAA Drone Draft Has Parrot Talking
Blog 
2/24/2015  2 comments
When the Federal Aviation Administration released draft regulations for small commercial-use drones, much of the initial reaction from those living in the US leaned negative, largely because most companies seeking to profit from drones have a vested interest in minimum oversight.
Who Inspired You to be an Engineer?
Blog 
2/24/2015  18 comments
In honor of Engineers Week, DiscoverE asked its 2015 Thought Leaders this simple question. Now, dear readers, we'd like to hear your stories.
A Look Inside the Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Delivering an Industrial-strength Internet will require new technology, reference architectures, and security frameworks -- but, most of all, unparalleled collaboration.
Controlled Landing and Ascent
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Electromechanical actuators and propulsion system enable the first controlled landing and ascent from a solar system body other than the moon.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or “make”) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs
STEM Connection 
2/23/2015  16 comments
Looking for a high-paying STEM job? The San Francisco Bay Area remains a good place to go to have a successful career in these fields, according to a recent study by financial analyst and data firm, SmartAsset, but it's still not the highest paying area of the country.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
Blog 
2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
Smartphone App Opens Your Car Doors
Automotive News 
2/20/2015  5 comments
The smartphone may be on the verge of its next great automotive conquest -- the inside of your car door.
Fanuc to Invest $1B in Plants & Research
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2/20/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc Corp. is cutting loose a chunk of its $8.4 billion stockpile of cash into order to build a new manufacturing plant and a research and development facility.
5 Ways to Tell if You are a Manager or a Leader
Blog 
2/20/2015  1 comment
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors.
Buying Tesla? The Wildest Theory Yet About the Apple Car
Blog 
2/19/2015  12 comments
If Apple is really planning on building its own car, it'll take a bold move like this one to make it happen.
Shortcut to Embedded Programming with Baremetal C
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2/19/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems will offer time-saving shortcuts.
Manufacturers Brace for Baby Boomer Exodus
Blog 
2/19/2015  6 comments
Manufacturers and distributors are planning for growth and getting ready for the leadership succession from the Boomers to the Gen Xers, according to a new survey.
Fluid Power Challenge Exposes Teens to STEM
STEM Connection 
2/19/2015  1 comment
Junior high STEM students from around Minnesota had the opportunity to experiment with fluid power recently in a statewide competition to invent machines with real-world applicability.
H-1B Visas: What’s Your Take?
Blog 
2/18/2015  34 comments
H-1B visas are one of the most controversial issues in the engineering community. According to many companies, these visas (which allow for temporary employment of high-skilled foreign workers) are needed to address the so-called “skills gap.”
Feds Auction Off Coastal Waters for Offshore Wind Farm Development
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2/17/2015  13 comments
Two companies won leases to develop more than 350,000 acres of area in the waters off Massachusetts for wind energy in a federal auction of coastal waters, paving the way for the largest offshore wind farm to date in the United States.
Apple Could be Building its Own Car
Blog 
2/16/2015  5 comments
After a hiring push for automotive experts, Apple is fueling rumors it is building its own car.
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