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Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
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7/29/2015  Post a 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  3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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  7 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
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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.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
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7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
The Success of Wireless Health Begins with Engineers
Guest Blogs 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
The continued growth of wireless health is a near-certainty. And engineers will be the key to developing and advancing technology solutions.
Processing Power, Programming Ease Keep DSPs Rolling Along
Guest Blogs 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
Digital signal processors have become a mainstay in the electronics industry. Their strengths of low power, powerful processing, and small size play to the needs of not just today’s systems but also those new and exciting applications that are just now coming into view.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
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7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
IBM Gives Moore's Law a Boost with Innovative Ultradense Chip
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
IBM has prototyped a computer chip with quadruple the capacity of the most powerful chips on the market.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
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7/10/2015  3 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
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7/9/2015  4 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
Die-Level IP Integration: Why Your Next Design Could Be Via Compound Semiconductors on CMOS
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7/9/2015  Post a comment
Packaged ICs comprising a single die in standard CMOS silicon technology will soon become less standard if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its commercial partners have their way.
Today’s Full-Featured Radio Modules Make Designing Web Connectivity Easy
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
Today’s radio modules enable designer engineers to quickly design wireless connectivity to devices.
WiFi Module Selection Tips for Embedded Designs
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7/8/2015  2 comments
To add wireless connectivity to designs, product manufacturers need to get up to speed on wireless technologies as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
This Fuel Cell is an Unexpected Answer to Carbon Capture
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7/7/2015  29 comments
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
For MEMS Businesses, It’s All About ‘Show Me the Money’
Guest Blogs 
7/7/2015  Post a comment
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
Highway Barriers Block Noise, Generate Solar Energy
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7/7/2015  Post a comment
Researchers in The Netherlands are testing highway sound barriers that have a two-fold purpose: to block sound and also to harvest solar energy.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part One
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7/7/2015  Post a comment
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
5 Tips for Remotely Updating an Embedded System
Guest Blogs 
7/6/2015  Post a comment
Today, no matter where in the world the device is located, it can call home and ask for the latest-and-greatest firmware with bug fixes and feature updates.
Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
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7/6/2015  8 comments
Google has created an experimental wearable aimed at giving medical researchers and physicians access to persistent, and real-time patient data, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Sometimes All You Need Is a Little More Solder
Made by Monkeys 
7/6/2015  21 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
A History of Firmware and Its Silent Revolution Today
Guest Blogs 
7/3/2015  4 comments
A decade from now, firmware development may be nothing more than software integration, grabbing vendor and third-party components, and meshing their APIs together to form a final system.
Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
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7/3/2015  1 comment
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
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7/3/2015  2 comments
Tune in to the Continuing Education Center next week for a comprehensive course in using the Raspberry Pi development platform.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
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7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/2/2015  13 comments
It seems that in the embedded world hardware design has been much easier than software design for many years.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
Quantum Entanglement & Other Technologies that Should Be On Your Radar
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
Blog 
6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again
Electronics News 
6/29/2015  6 comments
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
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