Don’t Let Load Dump Damage Your Automotive Electronics Circuits
Guest Blogs 3/27/2015 1 comment Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 3/26/2015 8 comments Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 3/26/2015 Post a comment In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
The Smart Oil Field
Blog 3/25/2015 Post a comment Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 3/24/2015 12 comments As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 3/23/2015 Post a comment Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
How Low Can You Go? Getting the most out of Low Power MCUs
Guest Blogs 3/23/2015 Post a comment Some power-aware features are just showing up in tools, but it can still be a difficult task to determine where your design is the most power efficient and where it needs some help. Making sure your design is power efficient should become easier as tools catch up.
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC
Blog 3/23/2015 Post a comment The Programmable System-on-Chip BLE dev kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. Learn more about it and how to use it during an upcoming Continuing Education Center course.
DoE Energy Rule Will Lead to Bigger, Expensive Motors
Guest Blogs 3/20/2015 10 comments In early March, the US Department of Energy put new energy efficiency rules into effect for small, general-purpose electric motors. The agency says these revised regulations will save approximately 2.6 quads of energy and result in approximately $35 billion in energy savings from motors shipped between 2015 and 2044.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 3/19/2015 14 comments Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
7 Silent Project Killers
Blog 3/19/2015 2 comments There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
GE Gets Scientific About BBQ
Blog 3/19/2015 2 comments Nothing says Texas better than BBQ, and that’s where General Electric chose to hang its hat at SXSW, with a BBQ Research Center a short walk from Austin’s Convention Center to lure the hungry crowds. Hard to miss with its 12-foot super smoker, the firm said it was seeking whether it could use sensors and biofeedback to engineer the perfect plate of ribs.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
Blog 3/18/2015 5 comments If you’re an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and that’s not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
Blog 3/18/2015 15 comments Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
The Gigantic Impact of UX/UI Design on Internet of Things Applications
Guest Blogs 3/18/2015 1 comment Elegantly conceived UX/UI design is critical to the success of Internet of Things technology -- for ease of use, analysis and review, and both machines and humans to “see” and use data in purposeful ways. The best UX/UI designers are doing just that: designing the entire experience for fluidity, clarity, and meaning. Otherwise, IoT will be just a perfect storm of too much useless information.
Place and Route Algorithms for FPGAs: How Do They Do That?
Guest Blogs 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.
A Peek Into Cypress’ BLE Pioneer Kit for IoT
Guest Blogs 3/17/2015 4 comments With the Internet of Things (IoT) being one of today’s most important tech trends, development and prototyping work with low-power wireless sensor-based systems in electronics and home appliances, as well as automotive and industrial control products, will only grow in our increasingly connected world. Cypress Semiconductor created the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Pioneer Kit to enable system designers to start that work.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 3/16/2015 Post a comment Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
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.
Edmund Optics & LUXeXceL Deliver 3D-Printed Optics
Engineering Materials 3/12/2015 Post a comment The potential of LUXeXceL's 3D-printed plastic optics technology is good enough that it's attracted the attention of Edmund Optics, leading designer and manufacturer of precision optical components. The two companies have formed a working relationship to bring this technology to the photonics industry.
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.
MEMS & Sensors Can Bring a New mHealth World
Guest Blogs 3/11/2015 Post a comment We now have the technology now to enable doctors to diagnose disease from across the globe, delivering the results to your smartphone. That technology is MEMS and sensors, and we are just glimpsing what it can uncover through the increase in quantified-self data from wearables and health monitoring devices.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 3/10/2015 6 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 Growing Problem of e-Waste
Blog 3/10/2015 6 comments Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
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.
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