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MEMS Technology Transfer and the Fable of the 'Golden Wafer'
Blog 
9/1/2015  1 comment
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
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8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
Blog 
8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Is New Patent a Signal of Ford Readying for Self-Driving Cars?
Automotive News 
8/28/2015  4 comments
In another sign that self-driving cars are on the distant horizon, Ford has been granted a patent for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats.”
Why Wearable Cameras Will Be Profoundly Disruptive in Capturing Our World
Blog 
8/27/2015  9 comments
Wearable cameras possess the power to alter our work lives, the way industrial enterprises operate, and our personal lives because of the insights they can bring from their unobtrusive, first-person point of view.
Advanced Materials -- and Ridiculous Engine -- Enable Lamborghini's Punishing New Roadster
Automotive News 
8/27/2015  3 comments
Combining ultra-lightweight materials with a monster 750-horsepower engine, engineers at Automobili Lamborghini have created one of the world’s fastest (and most expensive) new convertibles.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Why 8-Bit Microcontrollers Refuse to Go Away
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  13 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
What Does the Takata Airbag Case Say About Accelerated Test?
Automotive News 
8/25/2015  12 comments
The widening probe of Takata Corp.’s airbag failures raises an important and largely overlooked question for design engineers: What do the ruptured airbag inflators say about accelerated life testing?
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
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8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
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8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
Design Engineers Are Realizing the Advantages of Big Data
Electronics News 
8/21/2015  1 comment
Led by advances in connectivity, big manufacturers are beginning to capitalize on the advantages of Big Data.
For Apple, watchOS 2 Is Go-Time for Apple Watch
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8/21/2015  Post a comment
Apple's watchOS 2 promises new features for users and new freedom for app developers.
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
Blog 
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports
Blog 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.
New Instrument Will Slash Test Times of e-Call Modules
Electronics News 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
A new multi-device test system promises to cut the time and cost of testing the telematics modules that will be installed in millions of new European cars in the next few years.
When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense
Blog 
8/18/2015  14 comments
Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
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8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine
Electronics News 
8/18/2015  2 comments
How did Firefly Equipment design a machine without the help of software engineers?
Who Will Come Out on Top of the IoT Protocol Wars?
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8/16/2015  Post a comment
Several consortiums are vying for their IoT method to be adopted by the masses. But who will win the war over IoT protocols?
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
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8/14/2015  2 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
QuickLogic Claims World's Most Advanced Sensor Processing SoC
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8/14/2015  Post a comment
Custom semicon solutions supplier says its EOS S3 platform handles sensor-intensive applications at ultra-low power consumption.
Wearality Sky Is Bringing Virtual Reality Mainstream
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8/13/2015  Post a comment
The Wearality Sky is looking to bring immersive, affordable VR to smartphone users with its 3D-printed glasses.
Synthesizer for All Musical Skill Levels Takes Top Prize at TI Design Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Two University of Florida students have created a synthesizer that allows people of all musical skill levels—even the disabled— to make music.
The World's Most Unusual Robots (Slideshow)
Blog 
8/12/2015  2 comments
A new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry examines the ever-growing capabilities of modern robots.
Design News Webcast Looks at the Latest in Sensors
Electronics News 
8/11/2015  Post a comment
If you’re itching to use the latest in sensor technology but aren’t sure you want to commit to the inevitable learning process, then you’ll want to take note of Thursday’s webinar, “New Developments in Sensors Technologies.”
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
Blog 
8/11/2015  1 comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
Highlights of National Instruments' NIWeek 2015 (Slideshow)
Electronics News 
8/8/2015  1 comment
This year, National Instruments' annual developer conference, NIWeek, set its sights on Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century – Readers' Picks
Blog 
8/6/2015  6 comments
Design News readers offer their choices for the great inventors of the late 20th century.
Thanks to Sensors and an MCU, an Outlet Keeps Toddlers Safe
Electronics News 
8/6/2015  10 comments
A company has developed an outlet that protects inquisitive children from one of every parent's worst fears.
Hardware, Sadly, May Be Easier than Software
Blog 
8/4/2015  2 comments
If hardware and software development were judged by the level of symbolic logic manipulation, hardware would prove to be simpler. Can the argument hold up?
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
Blog 
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Exclusive: A Closer Look at NASA's Orion Glass Cockpit
Electronics News 
7/31/2015  13 comments
After 10 years of evolution, the prototypes of NASA’s Orion “glass cockpit” are finally reaching maturity.
New Energy-Saving Fan Motor Aims to Disrupt Commercial Refrigeration
Blog 
7/30/2015  8 comments
After impressive test results, QM Power's Q-Sync fan motor has been identified as an emerging energy-saving technology and earned additional funding from the Department of Energy.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
Blog 
7/29/2015  1 comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 
7/28/2015  4 comments
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
Blog 
7/26/2015  3 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
Exclusive: Take a Look Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft
Electronics News 
7/24/2015  13 comments
NASA’s Mars mission may still be 20 years away, but its engineers are already hard at work. We climbed inside Orion's "glass cockpit" to take a look.
The New GoPro Hero4 Session Gets a Teardown Session
Blog 
7/23/2015  2 comments
The GoPro Hero4 Session is the company's smallest camera model yet, and also the first waterproof GoPro. Let's find out what's going on inside of it.
The Manometers Were Getting Light in Their Chambers
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2015  8 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Breaking the Car Audio Cost-Performance Barrier with ARM Cores
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
ARM cores are widely used in mobile devices, and as they become available in other microcontrollers, they are going to change the cost-benefit equation for markets like automotive. MCUs with DSP capabilities can make car audio more tuneful.
RaspiRobot Board Rapidly Builds Robots and Visual Displays
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
The RaspiRobot Board was designed and developed to alleviate the task of building a specialized Raspberry Pi controller for robotics and visual display applications. We test it out.
Commodore Is Being Resurrected as a Smartphone
Blog 
7/22/2015  6 comments
The iconic Commodore brand is looking to revive itself in the smartphone market.
Survey Reveals Trends, Concerns for Embedded Development Engineers
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
The study, conducted by Design News' parent company, shows that there are changes afoot in such things as processor size, operating system choices, and developer concerns as embedded development evolves.
Taking the Temp of Data Corruption
Sherlock Ohms 
7/16/2015  8 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
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7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Moving Beyond Step Counting: the Versatility of the Accelerometer
Blog 
7/15/2015  1 comment
In the wearable space, accelerometer data is being used for more than just steps, helping with strength training, posture, and even allowing users to control the connected world.
Turning to Software to Identify Conflict Minerals in the Supply Chain
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7/14/2015  Post a comment
Conflict minerals reporting is now a due diligence burden for manufacturing organizations, heavy in administrative work and supplier queries. PTC says technology can help automate the process.
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