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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in June 2012
Get Your Wireless Devices to Speak the Same Language
Blog 
6/29/2012  3 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key, is running a class that will simplify the process of testing wireless networks.
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 
6/29/2012  13 comments
In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
Solid Double Back Iron Skewed the Data
Sherlock Ohms 
6/27/2012  8 comments
The solid double back iron was messing with the test results in the railcar yard.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
Blog 
6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
Keep the Focus on Requirements
Blog 
6/20/2012  12 comments
Adding unnecessary features to a product just because you can is sloppy engineering.
Slideshow: Samsung Galaxy S3 Teardown
Blog 
6/19/2012  12 comments
It should come as no surprise that Samsung's latest high-end Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S3, has drawn the interest of consumers, designers, engineers, and market analysts.
Settling Times Affect ADC Accuracy
Blog 
6/19/2012  5 comments
If long settling times cause problems, you can overcome them in several ways.
The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
Blog 
6/18/2012  4 comments
The annual high-tech tradeshow sometimes resembled a medieval fair with its jugglers, acrobats, and magicians.
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
Blog 
6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legendís Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
EV Battery Chemistry Could Eliminate Cooling Systems
Captain Hybrid 
6/14/2012  13 comments
A123 Systems Inc. says its new lithium-ion cells could allow carmakers to produce electric vehicles without cooling systems.
Washing Machine Can Keep the Change
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2012  31 comments
You have to dismantle this washing machine just to clean out the coin catch.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
Blog 
6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
West Wind Tilts Radio Antenna Out of Range
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2012  26 comments
The radio signal was not reaching those to the west of the antenna tower. A tilting antenna told the story.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
Blog 
6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
Hardware & Software Suppliers Simplify Multicore Programming
Electronic News & Comment 
6/12/2012  11 comments
Hardware and software companies are responding to the growth of multicore processing with a new generation of programming tools.
Detroit Paves Road to Autonomous Driving
Blog 
6/11/2012  18 comments
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, lasers, and radar will help future vehicles drive themselves.
Digital Recorder Unorganizes Your Music
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2012  13 comments
Digital audio recorder names your song files with its own confusing system.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
Blog 
6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
IndyCar Teams Look for Electronic Edge
Blog 
6/7/2012  9 comments
New rules against changing software code in certain parts of IndyCar vehicles will limit the ability of microcontrollers to give teams a competitive edge.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
China's Electric Cars No Better Than Ours
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2012  78 comments
Chinese leaders are scaling back their plans to sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2015.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 4
Mechatronics Zone 
6/6/2012  5 comments
Mathematics can provide the answer to problems with sampled signals.
Electric RAV4 Rolls Off Toyota Line
Captain Hybrid 
6/5/2012  25 comments
The automaker, which spent almost a decade out of the EV market, plans to sell 2,600 of the vehicles in three years.
Video: Five Ways to Get an Edge in IndyCar
Blog 
6/4/2012  14 comments
Even operating within the tight constraints of the rules, engineering teams can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Case of the Broken-Down Satellite
Sherlock Ohms 
6/4/2012  14 comments
At precisely 11:30 a.m. each day, the satellite earth station experienced channel noise alarms.
What's in Store for 2H12?
Blog 
6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.




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