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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in May 2013
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Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Methane Hydrate Deposits
Blog 
5/31/2013  15 comments
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been on a focused mission to supplant their nuclear energy with safer alternatives (more like, non-radioactive alternatives).
NASA to Use Dreamliner Lithium-Ion Battery Packs to Power ISS
Blog 
5/30/2013  40 comments
NASA, throughout the 787-battery mess, has held on to a contract with Boeing for the design of a lithium-ion battery pack that will replace aging NiMH batteries on the International Space Station.
Machine Vision Using Ethernet Powerlink
Blog 
5/30/2013  11 comments
New connectivity between vision systems and automation solutions based on Ethernet Powerlink communications is creating simplified system architectures that enable higher performance application possibilities.
Slideshow: An Engineer Goes to Congress
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2013  24 comments
Many engineers often comment that Congress would make better decisions if it included more engineers. What they didn't know...
Micro-Sized Battery Promises to Deliver Power That Is Anything But
Blog 
5/29/2013  24 comments
The most significant and limiting factor for the immediate advancement of miniaturized electronics is the availability of a battery that packs a punch and is still tiny in size.
Maximizing Lifecycle & Performance of Optically Isolated Relays
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2013  4 comments
Optically isolated relays inherently have a long lifespan, thanks to their lack of moving parts and the robustness of their solid-state electronics. You can, however, make them last even longer by accounting for LED power losses.
Slideshow: Semi-Autonomous Features Boost Driver Safety
Electronics News 
5/28/2013  18 comments
While self-driving cars grab headlines, semi-autonomous features are quietly working their way into production vehicles and boosting safety today.
Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology
Blog 
5/28/2013  10 comments
Self-powered wireless switches, sensors, and controls are being utilized in a wide range of building automation and industrial applications, leveraging energy harvesting wireless technology to cut installation costs and enable efficient use of energy.
TEK Scope Fixes Itself
Made by Monkeys 
5/27/2013  14 comments
When your lab is only one scope, one meter, and one homebrew function generator and power supply, the scope is stage center. But this one wasn't working right.
Rebooting the Van
Sherlock Ohms 
5/27/2013  28 comments
Now that automotive electronics are as complex as a personal computer, sometimes they need a reboot like a computer.
Slideshow: Brilliant Gadgets From the Hands of the Young
Gadget Freak 
5/24/2013  31 comments
We see Gadget Freak projects from all walks of life, but many of our most imaginative gadgets are created by budding engineers.
MIT Research Could Dramatically Improve Solar Cell Efficiency
Blog 
5/24/2013  26 comments
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
Slideshow: LEDs Gaining Traction in Vehicles
Electronics News 
5/23/2013  25 comments
With LEDs dropping in price virtually every year, automakers have begun employing them, not only on luxury vehicles, but on entry-level models, as well.
Your Chance to Win an Exploration & Discovery Experience & Go Behind the Scenes at NASA
Blog 
5/23/2013  13 comments
Littelfuse Inc. has created a NASA Exploration & Discovery Experience for the engineering community as part of its 2013 Speed2Design promotion.
LEDs at Heart of Cadillac CTS 'Signature'
Electronics News 
5/22/2013  36 comments
Using almost 200 light-emitting diodes in the front and back of the new 2014 CTS, Cadillac designers are showing how LEDs can change the character of a vehicle.
Startup Aims to Build a Better Lithium-Ion Battery
Blog 
5/22/2013  6 comments
One of the university-level research efforts to improve the composition of lithium-ion batteries through nanotechnology has gone commercial.
Optical Tweezers Grab Blood Cells
Blog 
5/22/2013  4 comments
Yin-Mei Li of the University of Science and Technology of China developed a way to manipulate blood cells using lasers.
Researchers Improve Potential for Lithium-Air Batteries
Blog 
5/21/2013  2 comments
Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Labs have observed a reaction in lithium-air batteries that could help improve the design of these cells for electric vehicles and other applications.
The Internet of Things' Impact on Medical Care
Blog 
5/21/2013  8 comments
Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
Are the Power Windows Really the Problem?
Made by Monkeys 
5/21/2013  14 comments
The power windows were working as they were supposed to. That was one problem. Operator error was the other.
Slideshow: Energy Harvesters Lift Power From Surprising Sources
Blog 
5/20/2013  24 comments
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
Video: 'A Boy & His Atom'
Blog 
5/20/2013  7 comments
Watch IBM's atomic scale stop motion film about, you guessed it, a boy and his atom.
Fuse Holder Mismatched to Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2013  17 comments
If the fuse and fuse holder don't match up right, hefty repair bills might follow.
It's Still About the Battery
Automotive News 
5/17/2013  29 comments
The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronics News 
5/15/2013  37 comments
We recently posted an online slideshow called, “18 People You Didn’t Know Were Engineers.” Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
We Know What the IoT Is, but How & When It Arrives Is Unclear
Blog 
5/15/2013  14 comments
IoT technology has become so prevalent that there’s now a consortium based on the topic.
Do We Really Need an App for That?
Blog 
5/15/2013  28 comments
Huggies TweetPee sends a tweet to your mobile device when your baby's diaper gets wet. Is this necessary?
The Messed Up RF Generator
Made by Monkeys 
5/15/2013  9 comments
After the Monkeys messed with the RF generator, it was a puzzle to get it right.
Video: Simulator Lets Race Drivers Feel Their Designs
Electronics News 
5/14/2013  8 comments
Formula One and Indy racing teams are increasingly converging on a simulator in Italy to give themselves an edge in the design of their cars.
Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display
Blog 
5/14/2013  19 comments
As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others, like MyMultitouch, are blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology.
Datacenter Security: Is Protection at the Building & Room Enough?
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2013  3 comments
Government regulations, coupled with growing consumer sensitivity about data and identity theft, require that data storage organizations demonstrate proper protection and due diligence in protecting sensitive information stored inside datacenter enclosures.
Wireless Sensor for Devices Harvests Solar Energy
Blog 
5/14/2013  11 comments
Two Israel-based providers of electronics components have collaborated to provide solar-energy harvesting technology that can power wireless sensors so they require little or no battery power to operate.
Slideshow: Aston Martin Puts Hydrogen on the Race Track
Electronics News 
5/9/2013  27 comments
In yet another sign that hydrogen is creeping into the consciousness of global automotive designers, sports car maker Aston Martin plans to run a hydrogen-fueled vehicle in a 24-hour Grand Touring race later this month.
A Perfect Storm of Device Stress
Sherlock Ohms 
5/9/2013  11 comments
The recording device failed when it heard a loud, screeching voice.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Hydrogen Car Future
Automotive News 
5/8/2013  28 comments
Large-scale production of hydrogen cars may still be years away, but that hasn't stopped automakers from testing the feasibility of the technology.
Video Blog: Life-Changing Inventions & the Big Bucks
Blog 
5/8/2013  14 comments
DN brand director Rich Nass picks two important topics for his weekly video blog -- engineering starting salaries and the 20th anniversary of the Internet.
What's the Time?
Sherlock Ohms 
5/8/2013  52 comments
The radio station couldn't keep its clock synchronized. Apparently, the power company was goofing up the time.
Voices Gives Illiterate Access to the Internet
Blog 
5/7/2013  19 comments
The Voices project is working to give people who can't read the ability to connect and collaborate via the Internet.
Altered Design Hampers Transmitters
Sherlock Ohms 
5/7/2013  10 comments
The cooling system on the space transmitters ran into problems from metallic goo. Someone improvised a mess.
How to Create a Low-Pass Filter
Blog 
5/7/2013  5 comments
Sometimes you will not find a low-pass filter with the specifications you need in an anti-alias circuit. So you might decide to design your own. But you wonder, “Can I get the same performance I see in application notes?”
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronics News 
5/6/2013  54 comments
One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
Power Glitch Tunes Out TV
Made by Monkeys 
5/6/2013  59 comments
All of the controls to this TV are in the remote. But the remote stopped working and the company doesn't offer a replacement.
My Opinion on Energy Efficiency: It's Universal
Blog 
5/6/2013  7 comments
The Hanover Fair was eye-opening for lots of reasons, including the difference in German trade show culture vs. that seen in US trade shows.
Who Needs That Much TV?
Blog 
5/3/2013  21 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market. Is it really necessary?
NXP Acquires Development Tool Vendor, Strengthens ARM Ecosystem
Blog 
5/3/2013  2 comments
NXP Semi has acquired Code Red Technologies, an embedded software development tools provider. The important questions for you are, why did they do that, and what does it mean to you?
The Power of Human Touch
Sherlock Ohms 
5/3/2013  15 comments
When all of the testing via instruments leave a problem unsolved, it may be time to deploy human senses.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronics News 
5/2/2013  39 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say it’s unlikely to take hold in the US.
Video Blog: What Are the 'Must Have' Features of an MCU?
Blog 
5/2/2013  4 comments
Brand director Rich Nass sat down with Microchip's Mitch Dale during the Design West show last week to talk about MCUs.
This Phone Upgrade Will Take You Down
Made by Monkeys 
5/2/2013  37 comments
The phone message suggested a software upgrade, but the upgrade took on a life of its own.
Boston Bombings Likely to Boost Video Surveillance Gear Sales
Blog 
5/2/2013  16 comments
The tragic bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon are likely to spur a dramatic increase in spending on video surveillance equipment, according to market research firm IHS.
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