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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in February 2013
Prospective Engineers Get a 'Good Feeling'
Electronic News & Comment 
2/28/2013  24 comments
A music video set to Flo Rida, extolling the virtues of engineering salaries, comes from the most unlikely of sources.
MathWorks Expands Functionality, Making Development Easier
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/28/2013  2 comments
MathWorks has released an update to its MATLAB, Stateflow, and Simulink platforms to try to lessen the gap between apps and computer coding.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
New Approaches to High-Efficiency Current Sensing
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2013  4 comments
Integrated Hall sensor ICs save power and space.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 
2/26/2013  11 comments
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
Startup Devises Liquid Metal Batteries for the Electricity Grid
Blog 
2/26/2013  28 comments
The founders of Boston-area startup Ambri have invented new liquid-based heavy-duty battery technology they hope will be the foundation of the next-generation electricity grid in which alternative energy will play a key role.
SoCs Target Motor Control
Blog 
2/26/2013  2 comments
Freescale, TI, and STMicroelectronics offer SoCs that bring together a lot of features to address particular application areas.
Slideshow: Diesels, Turbochargers Power Chicago Auto Show
Blog 
2/25/2013  20 comments
Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show featured a distinct flavor all its own.
Electronic Learning Toys Can Help Educate the World
Blog 
2/25/2013  22 comments
Lego-like toys from littleBits Electronics that snap together with magnets try to teach everyone about electronic design.
USC Researchers Invent Longer-Lasting Lithium-Ion Battery
Blog 
2/25/2013  23 comments
Researchers at the University of Southern California have come up with a new design for lithium-ion batteries that can hold more energy and recharge within a mere 10 minutes.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Captain Hybrid 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2013  20 comments
Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2013  19 comments
Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2013  4 comments
From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
The Subcontractor Zapped the Network
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2013  25 comments
While we were off on holiday, a subcontractor completely discombobulated the electrical network.
Sensor Performance Key to Process Improvement
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2013  4 comments
Eddy current, noncontact displacement sensors are very different from the common inductive proximity sensor and can provide submicron resolution in harsh environments.
Medical Device Vulnerabilities: What to Protect & How to Protect It
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2013  16 comments
Safety is important, and new technologies can enhance the patient experience.
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing
Electronic News & Comment 
2/14/2013  25 comments
Future manufacturing will be shaped by the consumer's desire for individually tailored products that can be created quickly and on the spot, a futurist told an audience of engineers at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing West Show.
Electronic Innovation Will Drive Medical Design
Electronic News & Comment 
2/13/2013  18 comments
Most of us are only vaguely aware of it, but there's a mini revolution taking place in the medical device industry that's going to change the way we monitor our health in the coming decade.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
Check Contact Resistance to Diagnose Relay Problems
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  10 comments
Even the best relays can fail at some point, but what causes them to fail?
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
Blog 
2/7/2013  41 comments
Korean researchers have developed what they are claiming is the world's first bendable lithium-ion battery, an invention that could pave the way for more flexible mobile and electronic devices.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 
2/7/2013  8 comments
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Captain Hybrid 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
More on Rotary Encoders
Blog 
2/6/2013  6 comments
A careful look at the signals reveals a way to increase resolution fourfold.
Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
Blog 
2/5/2013  42 comments
The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
Blog 
2/5/2013  30 comments
The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
MEMS Enabling a Health & Medical Revolution
Guest Blogs 
2/5/2013  7 comments
Wirelessly connected, integrated solutions let consumers monitor and maintain their own health.
Update: Design News Product Showcase
Blog 
2/5/2013  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Honeywell, and WAGO that we feel need a little highlighting.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.
Unusual Warp Switches Looming in Textile Factory
Sherlock Ohms 
2/1/2013  7 comments
Water-jet weaving looms were requiring a control box reboot each time a thread snapped, leading to a lot of factory downtime.




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